Arunprabhu Arunachalam Sugumaran

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Dr Arunprabhu Arunachalam Sugumaran



Dr. Arunprabhu A Sugumaran obtained a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. He has been part of the National HIPIMS Technology Centre as a Researcher since 2014.  He has been involved in the development of monolithic/nanoscale multilayer thin film coatings for various applications such as biomedical, decorative, corrosion and wear protection using DCMS/HIPIMS.


Arunprabhu obtained a PhD in Surface Engineering in 2014 after completing Postgraduate degree in Materials Science and Bachelor degree in Physics. He wrote his PhD thesis on development of nanostructured PVD coatings for total knee replacement joints using HIPIMS

His research interests are DC magnetron sputtering, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS), monolithic/multilayer thin film coatings and surface analysis. He has huge experience in surface analytical techniques such as SEM, FIB, AFM, XRD, Tribological analysis, Raman analysis, Nanohardness test and Corrosion test.

Prior to his doctoral studies, he briefly worked as a microscopist, specialised in Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). He also has research experiences as project trainee and project assistant in surface engineering division at National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), India.


Collaborators and Sponsors

  • Ionbond
  • TWI
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • Innovate UK


Journal articles

Purandare, Y., Shukla, K., Sugumaran, A., Ehiasarian, A., Khan, I., & Hovsepian, P. (2023). Improving tribocorrosion resistance of a medical grade CoCrMo alloy by the novel HIPIMS nitriding technique. Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices, 8 (3).

Ehiasarian, A., Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Hovsepian, P., Davies, C., & Hatto, P. (2022). Real-time monitoring of plasma synthesis of functional materials by high power impulse magnetron sputtering and other PVD processes: towards a physics-constrained digital twin. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 56 (3).

Hovsepian, P., Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Rainforth, M., Qi, J., Khan, I., & Ehiasarian, A. (2022). Microstructure and load bearing capacity of TiN/NbN superlattice coatings deposited on medical grade CoCrMo Alloy by HIPIMS. Journal of The Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 132.

Hovsepian, P., Shukla, K., Sugumaran, A., Purandare, Y., Khan, I., & Ehiasarian, A. (2022). A novel plasma nitriding process utilising HIPIMS discharge for enhanced tribological and barrier properties of medical grade alloy surfaces. Materials Letters, 313.

Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Purandare, Y., Shukla, K., Khan, I., Ehiasarian, A., & Hovsepian, P. (2021). TiN/NbN nanoscale multilayer coatings deposited by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering to protect medical grade CoCrMo alloys. Coatings, 11 (7).

Shukla, K., Purandare, Y., Sugumaran, A., Ehiasarian, A., Khan, I., & Hovsepian, P. (2021). Correlation between the microstructure and corrosion performance of the HIPIMS nitrided bio-grade CoCrMo alloy. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 879, 160429.

Ehiasarian, A., Purandare, Y., Sugumaran, A., Hovsepian, P., Hatto, P., & DeBacker, J. (2021). Improving the Quality of Friction Stir Welds in Aluminium Alloys. Coatings, 11 (5).

Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Shukla, K., Khan, I., Ehiasarian, A., & Hovespian, P. (2020). Dry sliding wear mechanisms of HIPIMS plasma nitrided CoCrMo alloy for medical implant applications. Vacuum.

Krishnanand, S., Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Khan, I., Ehiasarian, A., & Hovsepian, P. (2020). Low pressure plasma nitrided CoCrMo alloy utilising HIPIMS discharge for biomedical applications. Journal of The Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Ma, D., Harvey, T., Wellman, R., Ehiasarian, A., Hovsepian, P., Arunprabhu, S., ... Wood, R. (2019). Cavitation erosion performance of CrAlYN/CrN nanoscale multilayer coatings deposited on Ti6Al4V by HIPIMS. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 788, 719-728.

Biswas, B., Purandare, Y., Arunachalamsugumaran, A., Khan, I., & Hovsepian, P. (2018). Effect of chamber pressure on defect generation and their influence on corrosion and tribological properties of HIPIMS deposited CrN/NbN Coatings. Surface and Coatings Technology, 336, 84-91.

Biswas, B., Purandare, Y., Arunachalamsugumaran, A., Loch, D., Creasy, S., Khan, I., ... Hovsepian, P. (2017). Defect growth in multilayer chromium nitride/niobium nitride coatings produced by combined high power impulse magnetron sputtering and unbalance magnetron sputtering technique. Thin Solid Films, 636, 558-566.

Arunachalamsugumaran, A., Purandare, Y., Ehiasarian, A., & Hovsepian, P. (2017). Corrosion behaviour of post-deposition polished droplets-embedded arc evaporated and droplets-free HIPIMS/DCMS coatings. Corrosion, 73, 685-693.

Ehiasarian Hovsepian, P., Papken Ehiasarian, A., Purandare, Y., Arunachalam Sugumaran, A., Marriott, T., & Khan, I. (2016). Development of superlattice CrNNbN coatings for joint replacements deposited by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 27 (9).

Hovsepian, P., Arunachalamsugumaran, A., Purandare, Y., Loch, D., & Ehiasarian, A. (2014). Effect of the degree of high power impulse magnetron sputtering utilisation on the structure and properties of TiN films. Thin Solid Films, 562, 132-139.

Barshilia, H.C., Deepthi, B., Arun Prabhu, A.S., & Rajam, K.S. (2006). Superhard nanocomposite coatings of TiN/Si3N4 prepared by reactive direct current unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Surface and Coatings Technology, 201 (1-2), 329-337.

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