Current Research
Past Group Members




  1. Manish M. Kulkarni ,The University of Akron
  2. Satinder K. Sharma , Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi
  3. Rahul Konnur, Tata Consultancy Services, Pune.

    Ph. D.

  1. Ahmad T. Jameel, Nonlinear stability and morphology of thin films on solid surfaces (1994).
  2. Subir Bhattacharjee, Role of Surface Interactions in prediction of flux Decline during Ultrafiltration (1996).
  3. Rajesh Khanna, Equilibrium, dynamics and morphology of thin films (1998).
  4. Pavitra Shandilya, Studies on gas phase mass transfer in a centrifugal contactor (1999).
  5. Kajari Kargupta, Pattern formation and dewetting in thin liquid films (2001).
  6. S. Venkata Satyanarayana, Membrane pervaporation, characterization, modeling and optimization of pervaporation (2003).
  7. Jayati Sarkar, Instabilities of soft confined interfaces: adhesion, debonding, dewetting and pattern formation (2005).
  8. Vivekanand Gaur, Preparation and characterization of activated carbon fiber for the control of BTX, SO2 and Nox emissions (2005).
  9. Ruhi Verma, Stability and patterning of thin liquid films (2006).
  10. Manoj Gonuguntala,  Self-organized patterning of thin polymer films (2006).
  11. Rabibrata Mukherjee, Self-organization and patterning of soft polymer films (2007). "Shah-Schulman Award for the best PhD thesis in the area of Colloid and Interface Sciences" by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE); " Innovative Student Projects Award-2008" of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the "G C Jain Best PhD Thesis award - 2009" of Materials Research Society of India..
  12. Gaurav Tomar , Analysis of interfacial instabilities in adhesion, dewetting and phase change (2008).
  13. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Instability morphology and dynamics of thin viscoelastic bilayers (2009).
  14. Abhijit Majumder, Bio-inspired microfluidic adhesion with sub-surface microstructures (2010).
  15. Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Synthesis, Fabrication and properties of carbon based multiscale micro- and nano-structures (2011). Received "Innovative Student Projects Award-2011" of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
  16. Ankur Verma, Large area patterning of polymer thin films by self-organization (2011). Received Malhotra Weikfield Foundation - Nano Science Fellowship" for the year 2011, for his work in the area of Nano Sciences and "Shah-Schulman Award  for the best PhD thesis in the area of Colloid and Interface Sciences" by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).
  17. Bahni Ray, Free surface flows in drop impact and microchannel-electrokinetics (2012).
  18. P. Dinesh Sankar Reddy, Field Induced instabilities and pattern formation in thin viscoelastic films (2012).
  19. Sandip Patil, Adhesion of viscoelastic thin films: effects of surface and subsurface micro-patterns (2012)                                                                               IIChE M P CHARY MEMORIAL MEDAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING YOUNG CHEMICAL ENGINEER of the year 2012.
  20. Asima Shaukat, Dynamics of soft glassy materials under elongational flow field (2013).


  1. S. Hazra, Nonlinear interfacial instability and chaos in flowing thin liquid films  (1991)
  2. A.Saha, Composites of alumina and ceria doped zirconia through a hybrid sol-gel route (1991) co-advisor: Prof. D. C. Agrawal.
  3. R. Khanna, Characterization of the free energy and force (DLVO) diagrams by catastrophe theory: Application to aggregation of oxide particles in aqueous media (1992).
  4. S. Sen, Nonlinear stability and dynamics of free flows in heat and mass transfer (1992).
  5. B.S. Bhatia, Global stability of gas-liquid reactors by Lyapunov's functionals (1992) co-advisor: Prof. S. Narasimhan.
  6. N. Ravichandar, Solutal Marangoni effect in flowing thin liquid films (1992)
  7. B. Srinivasa Rao, Role of contact-angle hysteresis in hold-up and interfacial area of capillary bridges between touching spherical particles (1992) co-advisor: Prof. D. P. Rao.
  8. C.S. Kishore, Nonlinear stability of thin free films (1994).
  9. K.R. Guruvayurappan, Curvature induced capillary instability of thin flowing films (1994).
  10. S. Salaniwal, Some problems of thin film stability (1995).
  11. S. Majumdar, Cell adhesion to solid substrate: Role of surface properties and receptor aggregation (1996).
  12. Raman, Nonlinear instabilities in thin films undergoing phase change (1996).
  13. S. Tiwari, Stability of the tear film and morphology of dewetting (1997).
  14. A. S. Padmakar, Stability and dewetting of evaporating thin water films (1998).
  15. Animansu Ghatak, Morphology and dynamics of hole growth in thin films (1998).
  16. S. R. Jadhav, Micellar enhanced ultrafiltration for removal of phenol and aniline from aqueous stream using cetyl pyridinium chloride (1998; co-advisor: Prof. P. K. Bhattacharya).
  17. Joydip Bagchi, Numerical solution of thin film flows using a finite element method (1999).
  18. Dinni Lingaraj, Spontaneous pattern formation and dewetting in thin films of perfectly wettable macroscale systems (1999).
  19. Rupanvita Choudhary, Role of physical and chemical heterogeneities in stability of thin films (2000).
  20. Manoj Zope, Morphology and dynamics of thin film on heterogeneous coated substrates (2000).
  21. A. Kumar,  A computational study of hole growth in thin liquid films (2000).
  22. S. Srinivas, A numerical algorithm for thin film flows using nonuniform grids (2000).
  23. A. Mandal, Kinetics of hole formation and coalescence in thin films (2001).
  24. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Stability and dynamics of bilayers (2001).
  25. Richa Shadangi, Instability of thin films induced by aggregation of insoluble surfactants (2001).
  26. Jeetain Mittal, Instabilities of thin films due to density variations: a new mechanism of spinodal dewetting (2002).
  27. Jayati Sarkar, Stability and pattern formation in thin solid films (2002).
  28. G. Devnani, Morphological and optical characterization of spin coated polymer films (2002).
  29. J. Guha, Pattern formed by an evaporating droplet on a dissolving substrate (2002).
  30. Moniraj Ghosh, Pattern formation during adhesion and debonding of thin elastic films (2004); "Cadence Medal" for best Thesis.
  31. Subasis Sarkar, Solvent induced structures in thin polymer films (2004).
  32. Kasturi Roy, Solvent induced dewetting and pattern formation in thin polymer films (2005).
  33. S. Subramanian, Surface instability and patterning in soft elastomeric films (2005).
  34. Patil Ganesh Krishna, Patterning of corved and flexible polymer surfaces and their characterization (2006).
  35. Ravindra C. Pangule, Contact instability in bilayer films and pattern miniaturization on gel surfaces (2006).
  36. Danish Faruqui, Some novel techniques for self-organized patterning of single and layered visco-elastic thin polymer films (2006).
  37. Sharad Saurabh, Novel ways of patterning through self-assembly, (2007).
  38. Indrani Banerjee, Controlling the surface instability of viscoelastic films by electric field and substrate patterning (2007).
  39. Partho Sarathi Gooh Pattader, Electric field and solvent induced meso-patterning in viscoelastic polymer film (2007).
  40. Samanvaya Srivastava, Electric field induced patterning (2009).
  41. Nitish Singh, Numerical modelling of gas-bubble motion in a liquid-filled finite cylinder using CLSVOF Method (2010).  
  42. Rahul Mangal, Modification of surface and sub-surface properties of PDMS adhesive and their effects on adhesion (2010).
  43. Hari Katepalli, Synthesis, patterning and applications of carbonaceous materials (2010).
  44. Arvind Modi, Instabilities in Thin Viscous Slipping Bilayers (2010).
  45. Lokesh Tayal, Fabrication of porous carbon particles and carbon capsules and their applications in drug delivery and synthesis of nanostructures (2011).
  46. Tanmoy Maitra, Fabrication and electrical property of polymer derived carbon nano composite fiber (2011).
  47. Manoj Ghosh, Fabrication of polymer and ceramic nanofibers through electrospinning and their characterization (2011).
  48. Souryadeep Bhattacharyya, Templated synthesis of PDMS nanoparticles for biomedical applications (2012).
  49. Jaba Mitra, Synthesis of nanostructures for possible biological applications (2012).
  50. Jitendra Nath Srivastava, Development of thermal management materials by incorporation of nano/micro carbon in phase change materials (2012).