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Siddhartha Das, PhD, FRSC

Siddhartha Das

Associate Professor (from August 23, 2019 onwards)
Assistant Professor (March 1, 2014 to August 22, 2019)

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

2181 Glenn L. Martin Hall
301-405-6633
sidd@umd.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Siddhartha Das joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park in March, 2014. Dr. Das received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2010 in the area of theoretical microfluidics. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Das joined the Physics of Fluids Group in University of Twente, the Netherlands as a Postdoc and worked on surface nanobubbles, capillarity and soft wetting. After his stint in the Netherlands, Dr. Das went for his second Postdoc in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. In Alberta, Dr. Das was honored with the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship of Canada.

Dr. Das’ research interests span different areas of micro-nanoscale and interfacial fluid mechanics, interactions of soft matter with fluid mechanics, and computational biology, chemistry, and materials sciences. He is particularly interested in understanding issues such as the wetting of a soft solid, flows in functionalized nanochannels, interactions of water with nanostructured 2D materials, behavior of ions at air-water interfaces, computaional modeling of DNA and membrane biophysics, membrane-nanoparticle interactions, and thermofluidics and materials science of 3D printing.

Dr. Das has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolodaes including (a) IIT Kharagpur 2018 Young Alumni Achiever Award, (b) Hind Rattan Award, (c) Editorial Board membership of the journal Scientific Reports, and many more.

As of September 2019, Dr. Das has authored 129 journal publications, including publications in journals like Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Nature Communications, Physical Review LettersACS NanoApplied Physics LettersAdvanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Physical Review E, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Langmuir, Soft MatterJournal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Applied PhysicsPhysical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsChemical Communications, and Scientific Reports.

Awards

  • Selected for invitation to the inaugural Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Emerging Investigators Themed Issue (2019)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2019)
  • Honoree at University of Maryland’s Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration (2019)
  • Hind Rattan Award (Hindi Phrase when translated to English means “Jewel of India”) by NRI Welfare Society of India (Prof. Das has been selected to receive the award in a function in Bangalore, India on January 9, 2019 for his “Outstanding services, contributions and achievements” in his professional field. This award is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to non-resident persons of Indian origin (NRIs)) (2019)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) Young Alumni Achiever Awards 2018 (These awards started by IITKGP in 2018 “recognize alumni age 40 or younger who have demonstrated emerging and unique innovation, creativity and success in his or her chosen career.”) (2018)
  • Selection as Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (a journal of the Nature Publishing Group) (2017)
  • Recognized as the Outstanding Reviewer for the journal International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics (2015)
  • Honoree in 8th Annual University-Wide Celebration of Scholarship and Research (University of Maryland, College Park) (2015)
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Emerald Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards
  • High Value Ph.D. Fellowship, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • National Doctoral Fellowship, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
  • Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Innovative Students Project Award (Undergraduate Level)
  • S.P. Sengupta Memorial Award, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India

Affiliate Appointments

Center Affiliation

SMIEL Group (Spring, 2019)

From left (standing): Wang Yanbin, Ankit Etha, Parth Desai, myself, Harnoor Singh Sachar, Vishal Sankar Sivasankar, and Chenglin Yi,
From left (sitting): Haoyuan Jing, Bhargav Sai, Turash Haque Pial, and Beihan Zhao

SMIEL Group (Fall, 2018)

(from left) Beihan, Parth, Yanbin, Shayandev (on the day of his hooding), Siddhartha, Harnoor, Bhargav, Haoyuan

SMIEL Group (Fall, 2016)

(from left) Parth, Guang, Joseph (on the day of his MS thesis defense), Siddhartha, Shayandev, Yanbin, Haoyuan

Postdoctoral Researchers

Chenglin Yi (Started December 2018)

Chenglin received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2018 from State University of New York at Binghamton. He joined SMIEL as a postdoc in Dec 2018. His research will focus on 3-D printed electronics.

PhD Students

Ankit Sai Etha (Started Spring 2019)

Ankit received his undergraduate in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He joined as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Siddhartha Das in Spring 2019. Ankit’s research in SMIEL will be on the adsorption of species at the air-water and water-solid interfaces and the interactions of water with 2D materials with finite phonon effects.

Turash Haque Pial (Started Spring 2019)

Turash received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2018. His research in SMIEL will focus on studying the transport and behavior of water and ions at a variety of interfaces (e.g., air-water interface, solid-water interface, polyelectrolyte-grafted interface, etc.) using atomistic simulation techniques.

Beihan Zhao (Started Spring 2019)

Beihan has been a PhD student (jointly supervised by Prof. Das and Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta) from Spring 2019. Prior to that, Beihan received his MS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2016. Beihan’s research interest includes electronic packaging and 3D printing conductive materials.

Harnoor Singh Sachar (Started Fall 2018)

Harnoor received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus. He joined SMIEL as an MS student in Fall 2017. He converted to a PhD in Fall 2018. His research in SMIEL will focus on developing Molecular Dynamics models and continuum models for studying  flows in nanochannels grafted with Polylectrolyte brushes.

Haoyuan Jing (Started Spring 2017)

Hoayuan has been an MS student in SMIEL group led by Prof. Siddhartha Das from Fall, 2015. On spring 2017, he transferred to the PhD  under the supervision of Prof. Siddhartha Das. Prior to joining SMIEL, Haoyuan Jing received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Sprig 2015. Haoyuan’s current research IN SMIEL are on (a) 3-D prining of composites and (b) Surface charge effects on soft materials.

Parth Desai (Started Spring 2017)

Parth has been an MS student in SMIEL group led by Prof. Siddhartha Das from Fall, 2015. On spring 2017, he transferred to the PhD working under the joint supervision of Prof. Siddhartha Das and and Dr. Keir Neuman (NHLBI, NIH). Parth’s current research is on DNA supercoiling and is supported by the UMD-NHLBI Graduate Partnership Program.

Jaemi Herzberger (Started Fall 2014)

Jaemi works on Electrochemical Migration and Dendrite growth. She is co-advised by Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta and Prof. Siddhartha Das

MS Students

Chava Bhargav Sai (Started Fall 2018)

Bhargav received his B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in 2018. In SMIEL hw would studying flows in nanochannels grafted with polyelectrolyte brushes and heat transfer in 3D printing.

Vishal Sankar Sivasankar (Started Fall 2018)

Vishal received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University at Chennai. He joined SMIEL as a Masters student in Fall 2018. His research in SMIEL will focus on continuum models for studying Nano-particles, flow in Nano-channel, and CFD analysis of heat transfer in 3D-printing.

Undergraduate Students

TEAM GECKO (GEMSTONE TEAM) (Fall, 2019 onwards)

Research Topic: 3D-printing of Magnetically and Electrically Responsive Materials

Alumni

Postdocs

Yuan Gu (October, 2016 — November, 2018)

First Position After Leaving the Group: Industry (Electronic Inks)

Guang Chen (February, 2017 — February, 2018)

First Position After Leaving the Group: Postdoc, Princeton University (Advisor, Howard Stone)

PhD Students

Yanbin Wang (August, 2016 — November, 2019)

Thesis Title: WATER, ION, AND GRAPHENE: AN ODYSSEY THROUGH THE MOLECULAR SIMULATIONS

Shayandev Sinha (January, 2015 — July, 2018)

Thesis title: BILAYER MEMBRANE ELECTROSTATICS AND CHARGE-REGULATED MEMBRANE-NANOPARTICLE INTERACTIONS

First Position After Leaving the Group: Postdoc, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (Advisors: Dr. Nate Cira and Dr. Hyungsoon Im)

Guang Chen (August, 2014 — January, 2017)

Thesis title: NANOCONFINED POLYELECTROLYTE BRUSHES: THERMODYNAMICS, ELECTROSTATICS AND TRANSPORT

First Position After Leaving the Group: Postdoc, Princeton University (Advisor: Prof. Howard Stone)

MS Students

Neil Dalal (June, 2017 — November, 2018)

Thesis title: INFLUENCE OF GAS FLOW RATES ON TRACE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY IN A SELECTED CONDUCTOR INK PRINTED WITH AN AEROSOL JET PRINTER

First Position After Leaving the Group: Applied Physics Lab, JHU

Harnoor Singh Sachar (August, 2017 — August, 2018)

Current Position: Transferred to PhD under Prof. Das

Jahin Patwary (August, 2014 — August, 2018)

Thesis title: ENERGY CONVERSION IN NANOCHANNELS GRAFTED WITH POLYELECTROLYTE AND POLYZWITTERION BRUSHES

First Position After Leaving the Group: Industry

Raja Maheedhara (March, 2017 — July, 2018)

Thesis title: ENHANCED DIFFUSIOOSMOSIS AND THERMOOSMOSIS IN POLYELECTROLYTE-BRUSH-FUNCTIONALIZED NANOCHANNELS

First Position After Leaving the Group: Industry

Haoyuan Jing (August, 2015 — December, 2016)

Current Position: Transferred to PhD under Prof. Das

Parth Desai (August, 2015 — December, 2016)

Current Position: Transferred to PhD under Prof. Das

Joseph Andrews (August, 2015 — August, 2016)

Co-Advisor: Peter W. Chung

Thesis title: WETTING OF GRAPHENE

First Position After Leaving the Group: Industry

Undergraduates

TEAM BACTERIA (GEMSTONE TEAM) (January, 2016 — May, 2018)

Vineet Padia (Fall, 2015 — Spring, 2016)

Lucas Myers (Spring, 2015 — Fall, 2016)

Joseph Andrews (Fall, 2014 — Summer, 2015)

Kyle McDaniel (Summer 2014 — Spring 2015)

Fedra Valcius (Summer Intern; June/July, 2014)

Interns

Lunch with the Summer Interns (Summer, 2014)
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