Sankara Arunachalam

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

Sankara's research focuses on the design, fabrication, and experimentation of bio-inspired membranes for membrane distillation (MD) and surfaces for frictional drag reduction. 

Selected Publications

  • Superhydrophobicity and size reduction enabled Halobates (Insecta: Heteroptera, Gerridae) to colonize the open ocea...
    G.A. Mahadik, J.F. Hernandez-Sanchez, S. Arunachalam, A. Gallo Jr., L. Cheng, A.S. Farinha...
    Scientific Reports, Vol 10, Article 7785, (2020)
  • Mitigating cavitation erosion using biomimetic gas-entrapping microtextured surfaces (GEMS)
    S.R. Gonzalez-Avila, D.M. Nguyen, S. Arunachalam, E.M. Domingues, H. Mishra, C.-D. Ohl
    Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 13, eaax6192, (2020)
  • Proof-of-Concept for Gas-Entrapping Membranes Derived from Water-Loving SiO2/Si/SiO2 Wafers for Green Desalination
    R. Das, S. Arunachalam, Z. Ahmad, E. Manalastas, A. Syed, U. Buttner, H. Mishra
    Journal of Visualized Experiments, Issue e60583, (2020)
  • Rendering SiO2/Si Surfaces Omniphobic by Carving Gas-Entrapping Microtextures Comprising Reentrant and Doubly Reent...
    S. Arunachalam, E.M. Domingues, R. Das, J. Nauruzbayeva, U. Buttner, A. Syed, H. Mishra
    Journal of Visualized Experiments, Issue e60403, (2020)
  • Bio-inspired gas-entrapping membranes (GEMs) derived from common water-wet materials for green desalination
    R. Das, S. Arunachalam, Z. Ahmad, E. Manalastas, H. Mishra
    Journal of Membrane Science, (2019)
  • Spray in cross flow
    S. Prakash, B N Raghunandan, Hrishikash, Sankara
    poster at Frontiers of Liquid Atomization :An Indo-US workshop, (2011)


  • M.E., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2011
  • B.E., Aeronautical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 2009

Professional Profile

  • ​​2015-2020: Research Specialist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2011-2015: Aerospace Engineer (R&D), BEML Ltd, Bangalore, India​

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Biomimetics Microfabrication Wetting Membrane distillation Fluid dynamics Surface science