Amar Agarwal Ph.D. (IIT-Roorkee, India; KIT-Germany)
Assistant Professor

Room 102, Block-C, Old SAC, IIT Kanpur
0512-679 -2145 (O)
E-mail: amarag[AT]


Research Specialization

  • Applied Structural Geology
  • Impact Cratering
  • Rock magnetism

Current Teaching area

  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology

Research Interests

I employ investigative tools such field studies, optical and electron microscopy for microstructure analysis, strain estimation, magnetic mineralogy, magnetic fabrics, paleomagnetism and various spectroscopies. The main research directions include, (i) understanding the evolution of various faults and thrusts, such as those in Himalaya, Central Mexico and Turkey; (ii) studying the effect of shock waves at natural and experimental impact craters; and (iii) understanding the emplacement dynamics of various pyroclastic and volcanic deposits in India and Mexico.


List of Selected Publications (peer reviewed)

  1. Kenkmann T., Wulf G., Agarwal A. (2020) Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India: a 10 km diameter complex impact crater. Meterotitic and planetary science. doi: 10.1111/maps.13454.

  2. Agarwal A., Poelchau M. H., Kenkmann T., Rae A., Ebert M. (2020) Impact experiment on gneiss: The effects of foliation on cratering process. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. 124 (12), 13532-13546 doi: 10.1029/2019JB018345.

  3. Agarwal, A., Alva-Valdivia, L. (2020) Curie temperature of weakly shocked target basalts at the Lonar impact crater, India. Earth Planet and Space. 71, 141. doi: 10.1186/s40623-019-1120-9.

  4. Agarwal A., Kontny A., Poelchau M. H., Kenkmann T. (2019). Variation in magnetic fabrics due to experimental impact cratering. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. 124(8), 9095-9108. doi: 10.1029/2018JB017128.

  5. Alva-Valdivia, L. M., Agarwal, A.*, García-Amador, B., Morales-Barrera, W., Agarwal, K.K., Rodríguez, S. and Gonzalez-Rangel, J. A. (2019). Paleomagnetism and tectonics from the late Pliocene to late Pleistocene in the Xalapa monogenetic volcanic field, Veracruz, Mexico. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 131(9-10), 1581–1590. doi: 10.1130/B32006.1.

  6. Agarwal, A., Alva-Valdivia, L.M., Rivas-Sánchez, M.L., Herrero-Bervera, E., Urrutia-Fucugauchi, J., Garcia-Espejel, V., (2017). Emplacement dynamics and hydrothermal alteration of the 2.8 Mya Atengo ignimbrite, southern Sierra Madre Occidental, northwestern Mexico. Journal of South American Earth Sciences. 80, 559-568. doi: 10.1016/j.jsames.2017.10.017.

  7. Alva-Valdivia L. M., Agarwal A., Caballero-Miranda C. I., García-Amador B.I., Morales-Barrera W., Rodríguez S., and Rodríguez-Trejo A., (2017). Paleomagnetic and AMS studies of the El Castillo ignimbrite, central-east Mexico: Source and rock magnetic nature. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 336, 140-154. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.02.014.

  8. Agarwal A., Reznik B., Alva-Valdivia, L.M., Srivastava, D.C., (2016). Alternating augite-plagioclase wedges in basement dolerites of Lockne impact structure, Sweden: A new shock wave induced deformation feature. Meteoritics and planetary science, 52(3), 458-470. doi: 10.1111/maps.12806.

  9. Agarwal, A, Reznik B., Kontny A., Heissler S., Schilling F., (2016). Lingunite-a high-pressure plagioclase polymorph at mineral interfaces in doleritic rock of the Lockne impact structure (Sweden). Nature: Scientific Reports, 6, 25991. doi: 10.1038/srep25991.

  10. Agarwal A, Agarwal K.K., Bali, R., Prakash C, Joshi G., (2016). Back-thrusting in Lesser Himalaya: Evidences from magnetic fabric studies in parts of Almora Crystalline Zone, Kumaun Lesser Himalaya. Journal of Earth System Science, 125(4), 873–884. doi: 10.1007/s12040-016-0699-5.

  11. Agarwal A., Kontny A., Srivastava D.C., Greiling R.O., (2015). Shock pressure estimates in target basalts of a pristine crater: a case study in the Lonar crater, India. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 128, 19-28. doi: 10.1130/B31172.1


Awards and Fellowships

  1. Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship at University of Freiburg, Germany (2017 - 2019)

  2. Dirección General Asuntos del Personal Académico (DGPA) fellowship for Postdoctoral Research in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico (2015 - 2017).

  3. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Sandwich Model Scholarship for PhD in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany (2012 - 2014).

  4. CSIR-UGC NET, on 19th June 2011, qualified for Junior Research Fellowship for PhD.


Professional Experience

  • 2019 to present: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, Kanpur, India.

  • 2018 - 2019: Alexander von Humboldt Post Doc at University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

  • 2015 - 2017: Post-doctoral researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CD Mexico, Mexico.

  • 2012 - 2014: Doctoral candidate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany (sandwich model).

  • 2011 – 2015: Doctoral candidate at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.