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Controlling droplet motion on engineered surfaces
Dr Pallab Sinha Mahapatra
Manipulation of fluids on an open surface can be done actively or passively. Wettability patterning is an approach to passive fluidic manipulation for its easy accessibility, ease of fabrication, and low cost. Wettability patterning can be done through surface engineering, which can be performed at both the micro and nano-scale. This approach is not limited to solid surfaces but can also be applied to porous substrates.
A detailed investigation of fluid manipulation on different wettability pattern surfaces is missing, and an effort is being made through numerical simulation, theoretical analysis, and experiments to optimize the pattern and investigate the fluid dynamics on the patterned wettable surfaces. Wettability pattern is shown in condensation, spray cooling, identification of milk adulterants, etc.<?p>
Dr Pallab Sinha Mahapatra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras. He received his Ph.D. and B.E. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, in 2014 and 2007, respectively. He also had postdoctoral research experiences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His primary research encompasses interfacial flows, wettability engineering, collective dynamics, and energy systems. He is a Dr. V Ganesan Faculty Fellow and the recipient of the ISEES Young Scientist Award, SERB Early Carrier Research Award (ECRA), Institute Research and Development Award (IRDA), etc. Dr. Pallab has more than 60 international journal publications and nine invention disclosures.