Research Interests

  • Biomimetics
  • Superhydrophobic sand mulches and soil amendments for aridland agriculture
  • Coating-free liquid-repellent surfaces for drag reduction; Nano-/micro-fluidics
  • Surface forces (hydrophobic interactions, DLVO, structural forces)
  • Chemistries and electrification at water-hydrophobe interfaces



Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, 2013
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA, 2007
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, India, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Awards

  • 2017: Elsevier Best Poster Award, 7th International Colloids Conference, Sitges-Barcelona, Spain (Presenter: H. Mishra)
  • 2017: First Place, Doctoral Level Students Poster Contest, 5th Water Arabia Conference and Exhibition, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia (2017) (Presenter: Adair Gallo Jr., Ph.D. student)
  • 2016: Best Presentation Award, International Conference on Science and Technology of Emerging Materials (STEMa, 2016), Thailand (Presenter: H. Mishra)
  • 2016: Cover Article, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10721
  • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA


KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​