Dr Rahul Mangal is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur. His research interests include Soft Matter, Polymer Physics, Active Matter and Liquid Crystals.


  • Active Matter
  • Polymer Nano-Composites
  • Soft Matter
  • Rheology of Composites & Complex Fluids


  • Post Doc, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI, USA
  • PhD, Cornell University, NY, USA
  • M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur

Honors & Awards

INAE Young Engineer Award, (2020)

Indian National Academy of Engineering

Early Career Research Award, (2019-2022)

Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India

Ramanujan Fellowship, (2017-2022)

Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, (2016)

Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

McMullen Fellowship, (2012)

Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

Academic Excellence, (2009)

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur

Academic Excellence, (2008)

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur

Teaching @ IITK

Undergraduate Courses

  • CHE453A: Chemical Process Design (Instructor)
  • ESO204A: Fluid Mechanics (Tutor)

Graduate Courses

  • CHE677A: Introduction to Physics of Polymeric Systems (Instructor)


Research Interest

  • Active Matter
  • Polymer Nano-Composites
  • Soft Matter
  • Rheology of Composites & Complex Fluids

Ongoing Projects

Active Colloids and Emulsions

Active particles or emulsions are capable of harnessing energy from their surroundings and drive themselves out of thermodynamic equilibrium. Consequently, unlike Brownian particles, where equilibrium thermal fluctuations leads to random motion, artificial active colloids offer more control over the dynamics of particles and feature various novel transport and self-assembly behaviors. In our group, we are currently endeavoring into investigating several unexplored fundamental questions pertaining to their motion through Single Particle Tracking experiments.

Please go through this recorded video seminar which Dr. Mangal delivered in recently concluded conference Compflu 2020.

Impact of Shock Waves on the Structure and Dynamics of Polymer Nano-composites (PNCs)

Addition of nano-particles (NPs) to polymer hosts is a well-practiced method for augmenting various properties of the host, including mechanical strength, thermal stability, barrier properties, and wear resistance. Hence, lately there has been an active interest in using PNCs as shock mitigater for protective equipments in case of a bomb explosion. In this work we are experimentally investigating the impact of shock waves on the fundamental physical properties of PNCs. Our long term goal is to design a nano-composite material offering best resistance to shock waves.

Open Positions

I am looking for motivated Post Docs, PhDs, Masters/Dual Degree students to work with me on interesting problems in colloids and complex fluids. Please check my research brief and papers for further details. Interested candidates can contact me by email with a short description about their interests.


Recent News

  • Dec.23,2020: Vinay published in ACS Applied Polymer Science
  • Oct.10,2020: Dr. Rahul Mangal delivered a seminar in ACS ScienceConnect Langmuir
  • Sept.10,2020: Dr. Rahul Mangal received the prestigious INAE Young Engineer 2020 Award.
  • Sept.8,2020: Bishwa Ranjan Si published in Langmuir


Solute Induced Jittery motion of Self-Propelled Droplets

P. Dwivedi, B.Ranjan Si, D. Pillai and R. Mangal, Physics of Fluids (just accepted), (2020).

Fabrication and Characterization of Porous Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Adhesives

M. Vinay, T. Deshpande, Y. R. Singh, S. Patil, A. Sharma and R. Mangal, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, (2020).

Self-Propelled Janus Colloids in Shear Flow

B. Ranjan Si, P. Patel, and R. Mangal, Langmuir, 36, 40, 11888 (2020).

Instability Driven by shear thinning and elasticity in the flow of concentrated polymer solutions through microtubes.

B. Chandra, R. Mangal, D. Das and V. Shankar, Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 083301 (2019).

Dynamics of nanoparticles in entangled polymer solutions.

P. Nath, R. Mangal, F. F. Kohle, S. Chodhury, S. Narayanan, U. B. Wiesner and L. A. Archer, Langmuir 34(1), (2017).

Active Janus Particles at Interfaces of Liquid Crystals.

R. Mangal, N. Karthik, Y. K. Kim, E. Bukusoglu, U. M. Cordova-Figuerora and N. L. Abbott, Langmuir 33 (41), (2017).

Phase stability and dynamics of entangled polymer nanoparticle composites.

R. Mangal, S. Srivastava, and L. A. Archer, Nature Communications 32 (2), (2016).

A highly reversible room-temperature lithium metal battery based on crosslinked hairy nanoparticles.

S. Chodhury, R. Mangal, A. Agrawal and L. A. Archer, Nature Communications 6, 10105 (2015).

Size-Dependent Particle Dynamics in Entangled Polymer Nanocomposites.

R. Mangal, S. Srivastava, S. Narayanan and L. A. Archer, Langmuir 6, 7198 (2015).

Multiscale Dynamics of Polymers in Particle-Rich Nanocomposites.

R. Mangal, , Y. H. Wen, S. Chodhury and L. A. Archer, Macromolecules 49 (14), (2016).

Enthalpy-Driven Stabilization of Dispersions of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles in High-Molecular-Weight Polymer Melts.

R. Mangal, , P. Nath, M. Tikekar, and L. A. Archer, Macromolecules 32 (41), (2016).

Hyperdiffusive Dynamics in Newtonian Nanoparticle Fluids.

S. Srivastava, P. Agarwal, R. Mangal, D. L. Koch, S. Narayanan and L. A. Archer, Macroletters 4 (10) (2015).

Relaxation Dynamics of Nanoparticle-Tethered Polymer Chains.

S. Kim, R. Mangal, and L. A. Archer, Macromolecules 48 (17) (2015).

Biomimetic Wet Adhesion of Viscoelastic Liquid Films Anchored on Micropatterned Elastic Substrates.

S. Patil, R. Mangal, A. Malasi and A. Sharma, Langmuir 28 (41) (2012).


PhD Students (Current)

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Prateek Dwivedi  ( )

Prateek hails from Gandidham (Kachh) Gujarat. He did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Bilaspur (Chhatisgarh) and M.Tech. from IIT Roorkee. He has worked in Cargill India Private Limited in Davangere Karnataka. Currently, he is focusing on investigating the dynamics of active emulsions.

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Sweta Sarangi  ( )

Sweta hails from Bhuveneshawar, Odisha. She did her B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), Odhisha and M.Tech. from IIT Dhanbad.

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Karnika Singh  ( )

Karnika hails from Kanpur, UP. She recently finished her B.Tech. from MNNIT Allahbad, UP.

MTech / Dual Degree Studentss (Current)

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Ravindra Jangid  ( )

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Rohan Jha  ( )


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