"Subodh Das has wealth of experience, particularly in the field of Aluminum, has worked on various assignments in the field of aluminum, sustainability, and environment."

Sachin Satpute
Novelis- Korea

"Subodh is extremely knowledgeable about his space and added tremendous value to an aluminum-related transaction we executed at Houlihan Lokey in 2009. Our metals practice would definitely consider hiring Subodh again for diligence support, operations analysis, industry overviews or other expert assistance within the aluminum and light metals industries."

Michael Jenny
Executive Vice President
Houlihan Lokey

"I have known Subodh for several years as he has made several presentations at Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market conferences including events in Chicago, Detroit, and Vienna. He will also be speaking at our International Aluminum Conference in Bahrain. With many years of experience in diverse roles within the global aluminum industry, Subodh is knowledgeable in the several areas of the aluminum process."

Raju Daswani
Managing Director
Metal Bulletin

"SUBODH developed a creative approach to solve the nation's dependence on foreign oil and brought together a group of Fortune 500 CEOs to implement a successful technology advancement effort in the Aluminum production industry. SUBODH brings a rare combination of charisma and deep technical acumen to the field of energy efficiency and technology development. I would partner with SUBODH any time. He is a dynamo!! When I partnered with SUBODH, I was the Department of Energy official leading the nation's efforts to reduce industrial energy consumption by 25%. SUBODH was the major reason that we achieved our goals in the Aluminum industry."

Buddy Garland
Program Manager
US Department of Energy

"Subodh was a driving force behind the Sloan Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry at the University of Kentucky. It was a great pleasure to partner with him on the development of the grant and get the Center off the ground. He has enormous energy and a true passion for his work, is knowledgeable, and exhibited great devotion to his employees. He is a doer and I would gladly work with him again on any project."

Paul Jarley
Dean College of Business
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Through synergistic collaborations and alliances with individuals and organizations, Phinix, LLC provides services in the following areas of aluminum sector:

New Processes & Products Assessment and Development– As needs arise from changing cost, energy supply and mix, raw material availability and composition, environmental considerations, labor and safety situations and most importantly customer’s needs, exiting aluminum processes and products must be evaluated and modified to stay competitive.

Techno-Economic Analysis– All major investment decisions require an in-depth understanding and techno-economic analysis of interacting technical and economic variables.

Market Development– Since every product follows a life-cycle “S” curve, new markets and products must be studied and developed to meet competitive challenges from competing companies and materials and changing business environments.

Investment, Merger and Acquisition Analysis-Phinix, LLC provides technical and economic analysis to help make domestic and global investment, merger and acquisition decisions.

“There may not be enough aluminum in the world to make all products from aluminum. Let’s use aluminum for application with multiple unique attributes, recycle-friendly alloys with inherently high recyclability.”

Dr. Subodh Das
AIME Conference on “Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Material and Resources”, Ecole Polytechnique
Federal de Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2009

Services Offered

Through synergistic collaborations and alliances with individuals and organizations, Phinix, LLC provides services in the following areas of aluminum sector:

  • New Processes & Products Assessment and Development
  • Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Market Development
  • Investment, Merger and Acquisition Analysis

Symposium Organized

  • During the 2011 Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Minerals , Metals and Materials Society (TMS) in San Diego, California during February 27 – March 3, 2011, Dr. Das co-organized a symposium , consisting of 6 sessions on “ Aluminum Alloys: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications ” sponsored by TMS Light Metals Division / Aluminum Processing Committee. The scope of this symposium was to cover all aspects of the physical and mechanical metallurgy of aluminum alloys. It addressed fundamental and applied research as well as product development, testing and implementation of aluminum foil, sheet, plate, extrusions, forgings, and composites for end applications including transportation (automotive, aerospace and marine), packaging and other key product segments. The symposium consisted of invited as well as contributed papers.
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Papers / Presentations / Seminars offered

Strategy for a Sustainable Industry
- by Dr. Subodh Das

Aluminum International Today, July/August 2012

In a carbon-conscious world, every industry needs to demonstrate it is conducting sustainable practices to secure future business. This article describes five strategies for building a more sustainable aluminum industry.

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The Worldwide Aluminum Economy: The Current State of the Industry
- Dr. Subodh Das and Weimin Yin

Journal of Metals, November 2007, pp 57-63

This article provides an overview and characterization of the worldwide aluminum industry and its importance to the world economy. It reviews the current state of the industry, addressing the complete process from primary production through aluminum products to recycling. Global markets for aluminum and the future challenges and directions of the industry are also discussed, and the historical milestones in the aluminum industry are noted.

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Texture Evolution in Continuous Casting AA5052 Aluminum Alloy Hot Band During Equi-biaxial Stretching
- Y. Wen, Z. D. Long, W. M. Yin, T. Zhai, Z. Li and Dr. Subodh Das

Aluminum Wrought Products for Automotive, Packaging, and Other Applications - The James Morris Honorary Symposium Edited by S.K. Das, G. Jha, Z. Li, T. Zhai, and J. Liu TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society), 2006

In this study, the global texture evolution in a 2 mm gauge hot band of continuous casting AA5052 aluminum alloy, annealed at 449 °C for 4 hours, was investigated. Samples were deformed to three different strain values under a near equi-biaxial stretching condition. Their textures were. The major and minor strains of these samples were measured using an automatic strain analysis system. The texture evolution in the different layers through thickness of these samples was measured using X-ray diffraction. It was found that cube and Goss ({110}􀂢001􀂲) components varied markedly during biaxial stretching, while brass, copper and S components were changed only slightly. Cube orientation was decreased, whereas Goss orientation was increased, which was more profound in the surface region of the hot band during stretching. A weak fiber-like component, {110}􀂢hkl􀂲, was developed during biaxial stretching. In addition, a {110}􀂢111􀂲 component was also found to exist mainly in the surface.

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Energy Implications of the Changing World of Aluminum Metal Supply
- Dr. Subodh Das, W. Jerry Long III, H. Wayne Hayden, John A.S. Green, and Warren H. Hunt, Jr.

Journal of Metals, August 2004, pp 14-17

Driven primarily by energy considerations, there has been a major change in the geographical distribution of primary aluminum production over the past few decades, even as the energy efficiency of the process has been improved. Meanwhile, in the United States, production of aluminum from secondary sources increased nearly ten-fold. This paper discusses past and projected future trends, emphasizing the changes in energy savings potential as the industry comes to rely more on remelting and less on primary production.

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Trends in the Global Aluminum Fabrication Industry
- Dr. Subodh Das and Weimin Yin

Journal of Metals , February 2007 pp 83-87

The aluminum fabrication industry has become more vital to the global economy as international aluminum consumption has grown steadily in the past decades. Using innovation, value, and sustainability, the aluminum industry is strengthening its position not only in traditional packaging and construction applications but also in the automotive and aerospace markets to become more competitive and to face challenges from other industries and higher industrial standards. The aluminum fabrication industry has experienced a significant geographical shift caused by rapid growth in emerging markets in countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Market growth and distribution will vary with different patterns of geography and social development; the aluminum indus¬try must be part of the transformation and keep pace with market developments to benefit.

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Aluminum Alloys for Bridges and Bridge Decks
- Dr. Subodh Das and J. Gilbert Kaufman

Aluminum Alloy for Transportation, Packaging, Aerospace and other application, Edited by Subodh Das and Weimin Yin, TMS 2007, pp 61-72

Aluminum alloys have been used in bridge structures since 1933, when the first aluminum bridge deck was used to replace an earlier steel and wood deck on Pittsburgh’s Smithfield Street Bridge in order to increase its live-load carrying capacity. While still not considered a standard for bridge structures, aluminum alloys have much to offer for such applications, and continue to be used where their light weight, high strength-to-weight ratio, and excellent corrosion resistance satisfy service requirements.

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Books Edited

  • Energy Technology: Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management, Alternative Energy Sources (2010), Published by the Minerals. Metals and Materials Society (TMS), Warrendale, PA, USA.
  • "Aluminum Recycling and Processing" Edited by: John A.S. Green , Chapter 9, Published by American Society of Metals International, 2007
  • Aluminum Alloys Proceedings of the TMS 1998 Annual Meeting: Packaging III
  • Automotive Alloys: Proceedings of the TMS 1997 Annual Meeting , Automotive Alloys II
  • Aluminum Alloys: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications Proceedings of the TMS 200 Annual Meeting (2008)

Projects Conducted

  • Dr. Das has successfully conducted and completed several research contracts for US Department of Defense and US Department of State.
  • Phinix has numerous projects that are completed and more in process for global clients and investment bankers in process improvement, product development, investment, merger and acquisition opportunities areas.
  • Phinix has worked for a major aluminum and a major packaging company to conduct techno-economic analysis to evaluate an alternative process to make aluminum , leading to presentations to the executive management teams of both companies.
  • Dr. Das has served as a technical expert reviewer for several US Department of Energy (DOE) technical, manufacturing and renewal energy solicitations.
  • Dr. Das has performed several technical due diligence assignments for global aluminum and packaging clients leading to successful acquisition actions.
  • Dr. Das has consulted with numerous investment bankers and independent knowledge / information brokers to provide investment /acquisition /divesture analyses and research related to global aluminum and manufacturing businesses.
  • Dr. Das has been retained by several major aluminum companies in the fabrication sector to provide manufacturing and customer solutions to lower cost and introduce new products in the market place.