Santanu Misra

PhD (Jadavpur University)

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences


Research Interest



  • PhD, Jadavpur University, 2007
    PhD thesis title: Formation of high strain zones in rocks: a theoretical and experimental study
    PhD thesis supervisor: Professor Nibir Mandal
  • M.Sc., Jadavpur University, 2001
  • B.Sc., Jadavpur University, 1999



  • Structural Geology Microstructure Experimental Rock Deformation Rock Physics Rheology and Deformation Mechanisms Earth System Processes. 


  • MISRA, S., Ellis, S. and Mandal, N. (2014); Fault damage zones in mechanically layered rocks: the effects of planar anisotropy (Accepted), Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth.

  • Almqvist, B.S.G., MISRA, S. and Mainprice, D. (2015); Melt production and percolation in synthetic quartz-mica schist: in situ detection via ultrasonic velocity drops and anisotropy reduction; Earth and Planetary Science Letters 425, 24-33; DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.05.039.

  • Kushnir, A., Kennedy, L., MISRA, S., Benson, P., and White, J.C. (2015); Carbonates in thrust faults: High temperature investigations into deformation processes in calcite-dolomite systems; Journal of Structural Geology 70, 200-216.

  • Ghosh, S., Baruah, A., MISRA, S. and Mandal, N. (2014); Effect of bedrock anisotropy on hill-slope failure in the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya: an insight from physical and numerical models; Landslide (in Press), doi: 10.1007/s10346-014-0513-x).

  • MISRA, S., Burg, J.-P., Mainprice, D. and Vigneresse, J.-L. (2014); Rheological transition during large strain deformation of melting and crystallizing metapelites. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth119, doi: 10.1002/2013JB010777.

  • MISRA, S., Boutareaud, S. and Burg, J.-P. (2014); Rheology of talc sheared at high pressure and temperature: a case study for hot subduction zones. Tectonophysics610, 51-52.

  • MISRA, S. and Burg, J.-P. (2012); Mechanics of kink-bands during torsion deformation of muscovite aggregates. Tectonophysics 548-549, 22-33.

  • MISRA, S. (2011); Deformation localization at the tips of shear fractures: ananalytical approach; Tectonophysics 503, 182-187.

  • Tumarkina, E., MISRA, S., Burlini, L. and Connolly, J.A.D. (2011); The role of deformation on partial melting in metapelites; Tectonophysics503, 92-99.

  • MISRA, S., Burg, J.-P. and Mainprice, D. (2011); Effect of finite deformation and deformation rate on partial melting and crystallization in metapelites; Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 116, B02205,doi: 10.1029/2010JB00786.

  • MISRA, S., Burlini, L. and Burg, J.-P. (2009); Strain localization and melt segregation in deforming metapelites; Physics of Earth and Planetary Interiors 177, 173-179.

  • MISRA, S., Mandal, N. and Chakraborty, C. (2009); Formation of Riedel shear fractures in granular materials: findings from analogue shear experiments and theoretical analyses; Tectonophysics 471, 253-259.

  • MISRA, S., Mandal, N., Dhar, R. and Chakraborty, C. (2009); Mechanisms of deformation localization at the tips of shear fractures: Findings from analogue experiments and field evidence, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth 114, B04204, doi: 10.1029/2008JB005737.

  • MISRA, S.and Mandal, N. (2007); Localization of plastic zones in rocks around rigid inclusions: Insights from experimental and theoretical models; Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, Vol. 112, B09206, doi: 10.1029/2006JB004328.

  • Feb 2019 – present: Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.

  • April 2015 – Feb 2019: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.

  • Jan 2013 – April 2015: Senior Scientist and Head of Rock and Soil Mechanics Laboratory, GNS Science, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Jan 2014 – April 2015: Guest Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Jan 2009 – Dec 2012: Lecturer, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • June 2007 – Dec 2008: SNF Postdoctoral Research Scientist, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.


  • 2010: Young Scientist Medal, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), India

  • 2011 – 2012: Swiss National Fond Research Fellowship, 2011-2012.
    2010 – 2011: Swiss National Fond Research Fellowship, 2010-2011.
    2007 – 2010: Swiss National Fond Research Fellowship, 2007-2010.

  • 2007: Professor N. N. Chatterjee Memorial Medal for important contribution in Geology from The Asiatic Society.

  • 2005: CSIR Senior Research Fellowship, Govt. of India, in the field of Earth-Atmospheric-Planetary and Ocean Sciences.

  • 2004: West Bengal Government State Senior Research Fellowship for pursuing PhD at Jadavpur University, India 2002: West Bengal Government State Junior Research Fellowship for pursuing PhD at Jadavpur University, India.


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