My research interest is in transport phenomena at small length scales. Current research work is primarily focused on the instabilities in driven micro-scale free surface flows over heterogeneous surfaces. The wetted face of the solid substrate can have heterogeneities such as non-uniform temperature, topographical variations, solid-liquid interactions and so on. These heterogeneities lead to fascinating behavior of the free surface of the thin liquid film. Understanding of the dynamics and instability of such thin liquid film flows can be critical for micro- and nano-applications. Theoretical and computational work is on-going to better understand the dynamics of such flows.


  • Young Faculty Research Award, IIT Kanpur, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Kanpur, 2019
  • Young Faculty Research Award, IIT Kanpur, 2017
  • Young Scientist Research Award, BRNS-DAE, 2014
  • Membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007-2008
  • Travel Grant Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007

Work Experience

  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (Dec 2019-present)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (June 2015-Dec 2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (Dec 2012-June 2015)
  • Senior Research Engineer, Saint-Gobain, Northborough R&D center, MA (Aug 2008-Nov 2012)

Recent Publications

  • S. Khanum & N. Tiwari, "Gravity-driven thermoviscous liquid film down a heated or cooled vertical cylinder", Phys. Rev. Fluids, 5, 094005, 2020 (Editor's suggestion)
  • T. C. Kumawat & N. Tiwari, "Flow and stability of a gravity-driven thin film over a locally heated porous wall", Phys. Fluids, 32, 092106, 2020
  • U. Ranganathan, G. Chattopadhyay & N. Tiwari, "Evolution of a thin film down an incline: A new perspective", Phys. Fluids, 32, 013603, 2020
  • A.K.Dwivedi, ManishKumar, Gaurav Mishra, Manish Joshi, Arshad Khan, Naveen Tiwari, Sidyant Kumar, T.Saud, B.K.Saprac, S.N.Tripathi, "Optimization of controlling parameters of plasma torch aerosol generator and characteristics of synthesized metal oxide aerosols in context of NAF program", Prog. Nucl. En., 123, 103311, 2020
  • P. Thakur, N. Tiwari & R. P. Chhabra, "Forced Convection in a Bingham Plastic Fluid from a Heated Rotating Cylinder", J. Chem. Eng. Japan, 52(8), 2019