Faculty Profile  

Ashutosh Sharma
Institute Chair Professor & C . V. Seshadri Chair Professor
Secretary, Dept. of Science  &  Technology, New Delhi (Since January'2015)

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987.
M.S., Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1984.
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, 1982.

Phone: +91-512-259-7026   ashutos[AT]iitk.ac.in

Research Interests

  • Soft nanofabrication
  • Mechanics, patterns and instabilities of soft visco-elastic interfaces and ultrathin films
  • Self-organized meso-patterning of polymers, carbon, ceramics and hydrogels
  • Functional and nano-materials: adhesive, catalytic, optical, super-wetting and nano-composites
  • Multiscale MEMS/NEMS & microfluidic systems: materials and platforms
  • Soft interfaces: Wetting, adhesion and friction
  • Carbon micro/nanostructures & composites: fabrication and applications in environment, health and energy; bio-platforms; electrochemical systems
  • Interfacial and colloidal interactions

Professional Experience

  • Associate EditorACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2014- );  ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing(2012-2014)Editorial Advisory Boards: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS publication) (2013-2015); Nanomaterials and Energy, ICE publishing (UK)(2011-2013); Chemical Engineering Science (2007-2010); Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2006-2007); Indian Chemical Engineer (Journal of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (2006-); Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2000-2002).

    Institute Chair Professor (2007-); C V Seshadri Chair Professor (2012-);  INAE Chair Professor (2011-2013); Ranjit Singh Chair Professor (2008-2011);  Professor (1997-);  Associate Professor (1994-97);  Assistant Professor (1990-1994); Coordinator & PI, Unit on Nanosciences(2005-);  Head, Department of Chemical Engineering (2003-05);  Research Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (1987- 1990).

  • Visiting Appointments: University of Texas at Austin, 1997; University of Western Ontario, 2005;  University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2006-07;  WCU Visiting Professor, Yeungnam University, 2009-2013.

Honors and Awards

Selected Recent Publications

  • S. Jain, A. Sharma and B. Basu, Vertical electric field stimulated neural cell functionality on porous amorphous carbon electrodes,Biomaterials 34, 9252–9263 (2013).
  • J. Mitra, S. Jain, A. Sharma and B. Basu, Patterned growth and differentiation of neural cells on polymer derived carbon structures in vitro,Carbon 65, 140-155 (2013).
  • Y. Kumaresan, A. Rammohan, P. K. Dwivedi and A. Sharma, Large area IR microlens arrays of chalcogenide glass photoresists by grayscale maskless lithography,ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 5, 7094–7100 (2013).
  • S. Patil, R. Mangal, A. Malasi and A. Sharma, Biomimetic wet adhesion of viscoelastic liquid films anchored on micro-patterned elastic substrates,Langmuir 28, 14784-14791 (2012).
  • S. Patil, A. Malasi, A. Majumder, A. Ghatak and A. Sharma, A reusable and antifouling viscoelastic adhesive with an elastic skin, Langmuir 28, 42-46 (2012). [Media Report]
  • T. Maitra, S. Sharma, A. Srivastava, Y.-K. Cho, M. Madou and A. Sharma, Improved graphitization and electrical conductivity of suspended carbon nanofibers derived from carbon nanotube/polyacrylonitrile composites by directed electrospinning, Carbon 50, 1753-1761 (2012).
  • A. Verma and A. Sharma, Sub-40 nm polymer dot arrays by self-organized dewetting of e-beam treated ultrathin polymer Films, RSC Advances 2, 2247-2249 (2012).
  • S. Patil, A. Ranjan and A. Sharma, Pre-fracture instabilities govern generation of self- affine surfaces in tearing of soft viscoelastic elastomeric sheets, Macromolecules 45, 2066-2073 (2012). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201001939
  • A. Verma, A. Sharma and G. U. Kulkarni, Ultrafast large area micropattern generation in non-absorbing polymer thin-films by pulsed laser diffraction, Small 7, 758-765 (2011). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201001939
  • C. S. Sharma, H. Katepalli, A. Sharma and M. Madou, Fabrication and conductivity measurement of suspended carbon nanofiber arrays, Carbon 49 , 1727-1732 (2011).DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2010.12.058
  • A. Verma and A. Sharma, Enhanced self-organized dewetting of ultrathin polymer films under water-organic solutions: fabrication of sub-micron spherical lens arrays, Advanced Materials 22, 5306-5309(2010).DOI: 10.1002/adma.201002768
  • P. S. G. Pattader, I. Banerjee, A. Sharma and D. Bandyopadhyay, Multiscale pattern generation in viscoelastic polymer films by spatio-temporal modulation of electric field and control of rheology, Advanced Functional Materials 21, 324–335(2011). DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201001206
  • R. Mukherjee, S. Das, A. Das, S. Sharma, A. K. Raychaudhuri and A. Sharma, Stability and dewetting of metal nanoparticles filled thin polymer films: control of instability length-scale and dynamics, ACS Nano 4, 3709-3724 (2010).
  • J. Sarkar and A. Sharma, A unified theory of instabilities in viscoelastic thin films: from wetting to confined films, from viscous to elastic films, and from short to long waves, Langmuir 26(4), 2218–2222 (2010) and Langmuir 26, 8464–8473 (2010).
  • C. S. Sharma, A. Sharma and M. Madou, Multiscale carbon structures fabricated by direct micro-patterning of electrospun mats of SU-8 photoresist nanofibers, Langmuir 26, 2218–2222 (2010).
  • N. Arun, Ashutosh Sharma, Partho S., G. Pattader, Indrani Banerjee, Hemant M. Dixit and K. S. Narayan, Electric-Field-Induced Patterns in Soft Viscoelastic Films: From LongWaves of Viscous Liquids to ShortWaves of Elastic Solids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 254502 (2009).
  • R. Mukherjee, D. Bandyopadhyay and A. Sharma, Control of morphology in pattern directed dewetting of thin polymer films, Soft Matter 4, 2086-2097 (2008).
  • M. M. Kulkarni, R. Bandyopadhyaya and A. Sharma, Janus silica film with hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces grown at oil-water interface, J. Materials Chem. 18, 1021-1028 (2008).
  • Abhijit Majumder, Animangsu Ghatak and Ashutosh Sharma, Microfluidic Adhesion Induced by Sub-surface Micro-structures, Science, 318, 258-261,(2007). [Perspectives] [MEDIA REPORTS]
  • Das A. L., Katiyer V., Mukherjee R., Kulkarni M., Ghatak A. and Sharma A., Pattern miniaturization using hydrogel, Adv. Mat. DOI: 10.1002/adma.200602681 (2007).
  • Arun N., Sharma A., Shenoy V. and Narayan K. S., Electric field controlled surface instabilities in soft elastic films, Adv. Materials 18, 660-663 (2006).
  • Gonuguntala M., Sharma A., Sarkar J., Subramanian S. A., Ghosh M. and V. Shenoy, Contact Instability in adhesion and debonding of thin elastic films, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 018303 (2006).

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