Associate professor Rita Khanna holds a PhD in condensed matter physics and has worked at several leading institutes: Nuclear Research Centre, Jülich, Germany; Dep’t. of Atomic Energy, India; Australian National University, Canberra; Sydney University; University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. She has extensive research experience in high temperature metallurgical processes, iron and steelmaking, computer simulations, disordered materials, sustainable recycling and waste management, nanoscale carbons, foams and structures, carbon-based oxide refractories etc. Her research has received over 1600 citations. She has 161 publications to her credit: 2 edited books, 13 book chapters, 118 journal and 28 conference papers.