"At the Keck Institute in Caltech, my work will focus on the mechanical characterization of materials for extreme environment applications. NASA's future planetary missions to Titan, Europa or Venus—with very low surface temperatures (-180 C) on Titan and very high temperatures (486 C) and high atmospheric pressures (more than 90 times as compared to Earth) on Venus—represent some of the most extreme challenges for mission design and implementation. The primary focus of my work will be to address the long-term lifetime issues of carbon nanotube (CNT)-bundle cathodes, which have been earmarked as efficient high density cold cathodes for such extreme environment electronic applications."(April 2010)
Pathak presentation at the ICB Conference on Insights into Energy Absorption Mechanisms in Hierarchical Carbon Nanotube Forests (.pdf). (February 2012)
Pathak had a winning entry for Artistic Microscopy in the International Metallographic Contest. View his image of Micropillar Fabricated from a Dense Carbon Nanotube Brush. (February 2011)
Pathak contributed to the paper "Size effects in Al nanopillars: Single crystalline vs. bicrystalline" which has been published in Acta Materialia.