Santanu Misra (PhD Jadavpur University)
Associate Professor

Room no. 201, Old SAC Building
0512-259-6812 (O)
E-mail: smisra[AT]
Personal webpage

Research Specialization

  • Structural Geology & Tectonics
  • Experimental Rock Deformation & Rock Physics
  • Rheology, Microstructure & Texture Analysis

Major Projects

  1. Dynamics of subduction interface: from earthquakes to partial melting.
    (Swarnajayanti Fellowship, DST, 2017-2021)

    This project aims to provide a new insight of the complex and transient rheological phenomena, that facilitates the rheological-transition, and to recognize the critical geological factors that control the catastrophic rupture dynamics, fluid flow and resultant physical properties. The hypothesis to be tested is “the plate-interface slip-mechanisms are functions of several parameters, which are multiply-connected, naturally-tuned and operate in micro-scale.

  2. Enhanced CBM recovery and CO2 sequestration
    (Pan IIT-ONGC Research Grant, 2017-2020)

    This proposal is designed to explore and quantify the enhanced CH4 (Unconventional Energy Resource, UER) recovery from Indian coal-basins and gas-rich-shale and tight-sediment reservoirs by studying the stress induced micro-mechanisms to maximize the gas flow under complex Thermal-Hydrological-Mechanical environment coupled with CO2 injection.

  3. Seismic-aseismic transitions of active faults in Himalaya
    (Early Career Research Award, DST, 2017-2020)

    The Himalaya, being one of the most dynamic regions on the Earth, display several geological features including variety of faults. Most the faults in Himalaya, exposed at various sections along the strike of the orogeny, are predicted to be active and have potential in generating earthquakes M > 4 or represent signature of past earthquakes. This project with consider three sets of faults exposed in Himalaya, from west to east, with an aim to develop a data set for frictional sliding and explore the strain response to the release of stress in the context of rate-and-state friction laws.

  4. Tectono- metamorphic evolution of Naga-Hill Ophiolite sequence
    (Initiation Grant, IIT Kanpur, 2016-2018)

    This research proposal aims to study the mechanical and thermal evolution of the Indo-Burma ophiolite bearing suture zone, a geological feature that preserves the history of the colliding Indian plate with Eurasia. The ophiolites exposed in this region are transported as nappe over the Paleogene flyschoid sediments and represent a significant shear displacement. The study area will cover mostly Nagaland, Manipur and Andaman Islands. The key questions in this proposal are mostly related to the sequence of thermo-mechanical conditions during and after the collision with a special focus on grain scale localization processes.


List of Journal Publications (peer reviewed)


Mukherjee, M., MISRA. S. and Raja, E. [2020]. Determination of dynamic elastic properties of dry, wet and partially CO2 saturated coals from laboratory scale ultrasonic response. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 96; 10.1016/j.ijggc.2020.103000


Maiti, G., Mandal, N. and MISRA. S. [2020]. Insights into the dynamics of an orogenic wedge from lubrication theory: Implications for the Himalayan tectonics. Tectonophysics. 776;


Nanda, K., Vaishakh, TK., Das, A. and MISRA. S. [2020]. Hydro-mechanical response in porous rocks during localized deformation: A finite element analysis. Journal of Structural Geology . 130;


Mukhopadhyay, M., Biswas, U., Mandal, N. and MISRA. S. [2019]. On the development of shear surface roughness. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 124;


Hunter, N. J., Weinberg, R. F., Wilson, C. J. L., Luzin, V and MISRA, S. [2019]. Quartz deformation across interlayered monomineralic and polymineralic rocks: A comparative analysis. Journal of Structural Geology 119; 118-134.


Abdullah, S., MISRA, S. and Ghosh, B. [2018]. Melt-rock interaction and fractional crystallization in the Moho Transition Zone: Evidence from the Cretaceous Naga Hills Ophiolite, North-East India. LITHOS 322; 197-211.


Mukherjee, M. and MISRA, S. [2018]. A review of experimental research on Enhanced Coal Bed Methane (ECBM) recovery via CO2 sequestration. Earth-Science Reviews 179; 392-410


Hunter, N.J.R., Weinberg, R.F., Wilson, C.J.L. and MISRA, S. [2018]. The anatomy of a 'hot-on-cold' shear zone: insights from quartzites of the Main Central Thrust in the Alaknanda region (Garhwal Himalaya). Geological Society of America Bulletin. 130; 1519-1539.


Ghosh, B., MISRA, S. and Morishita, T. [2016]. Plastic deformation and post-deformation annealing in chromite: mechanisms and implications. American Mineralogists. 102; 216-226.


MISRA, S. ,Mandal, N. and Dasgupta, S. [2015]. Role of pressure and temperature in inclusion-induced shear localization: an analogue experimental approach. Journal of Structural Geology 81; 78-88.


Almqvist, B.S.G., Biedermann, A.R., Klonowska, I. and MISRA, S. [2015]. Petrofrabric development during experimental partial melting and recrystallization of a mica-schist analogue. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16;


MISRA, S., Ellis, S. and Mandal, N. [2015]. Fault damage zones in mechanically layered rocks: the effects of planar anisotropy. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 120;


Almqvist, B.S.G., MISRA, S. and Mainprice, D. [2015]. Ultrasonic velocity drops and anisotropy reduction in mica-schist analogues due to melting with implications for seismic imaging of continental crust; Earth and Planetary Science Letters 425; 24-33;


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. [2015]. Effect of bedrock anisotropy on hill-slope failure in the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya: an insight from physical and numerical models; Landslide 12; 927-941,


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 Earth 119;


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. Tectonophysics 610; 51-52.


Van Dissen, R.J., McSaveney, M.J., ….. and MISRA, S. [2013]. Landslides and liquefaction generated by the Cook Strait and Lake Grassmere earthquakes: a reconnaissance report. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 46(4); 196-200.


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]. An experimental study of the role of shear deformation on partial melting of a synthetic metapelite; Tectonophysics 503; 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,


MISRA, S. [2010]. Domino-type faults in the Chottanagpur Gneissic Complex, India (POM); Journal of Structural Geology 32, 877.


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.


Tumarkina, E., MISRA, S. , Burlini, L. and Connolly, J.A.D. [2009]. Mineral reactions and melt generation in metapelites: Insights from torsion experiments and thermodynamical modeling. Geochimica et cosmochimicaacta 73; Issue 13, A1352.


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;


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, 112,


Mandal, N., Dhar, R., MISRA, S. and Chakraborty, C. [2007]. Use of boudinaged rigid objects as a strain gauge: Insights from analogue and numerical models; Journal of Structural Geology 29; 759-77.


Mandal, N., Mitra, A., MISRA, S. , and Chakraborty, C. [2006]. Is the outcrop topology of dolerite dikes of the Singhbhum Archean craton fractal in nature? Journal of Earth System Science 115; 643-660.


Mandal, N., MISRA, S. and Samanta, S.K. [2005]. Rotation of single rigid inclusions embedded in an anisotropic matrix: a theoretical study; Journal of Structural Geology 27; 731-74.


Mandal, N., MISRA, S. and Samanta, S.K. [2004]. Role of weak flaws in nucleation of shear zones: an experimental and theoretical study; Journal of Structural Geology 26; 1391-1400.


Mandal, N., MISRA, S. and Samanta, S.K. [2004]. Role of weak flaws in nucleation of shear zones: an experimental and theoretical study; The Experimental Earth 2; Issue 4.