Dr Karthikeyan Kandan has experience in composite materials and has worked on the deformation and failure mechanisms of composites and architectured 3D materials under extreme loading. His work has had a direct impact in the defence industry especially in the area of blast and ballistic loading and led the way to the development of new armours. Karthik has an excellent track record of performing world-class industry-led research. He is responsible for investigating various materials and their combination into composites.