Faculty Director

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 November, Dr. Das has authored 146 journal publications, including publications in journals like Nature Materials, Advanced MaterialsJournal 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, Matter, Nucleic Acids Research, Physical Review E, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Langmuir, Soft MatterJournal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Applied PhysicsPhysical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsChemical Communications, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry B/C, Langmuir, and Scientific Reports.

Awards

  • Selected in UMD Research Leaders Fellows Program (2020)
  • Honoree at University of Maryland’s Maryland Research Excellence Celebration  (2020)
  • 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

Summary of the Numbers (Completed): Number of Postdocs Advised: 4; Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated: 3; Number of M.S. Students Graduated: 5; Total number of Faculty Placements: 1

Summary of the Numbers (Current): Number of Postdocs: 1; Number of Ph.D. Students: 10

Postdoctoral Researchers (Current)

Yanbin Wang (Started January 2020)

Yanbin received his PhD from Prof. Das’ group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland. He is currently working as a Scholar-in-Residence working in U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In his postdoc, he is working on the analysis of blood flow in 3D printed microchannels

PhD Students (Current)

Vishal Sankar Sivasankar (Started Fall 2020)

Vishal received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University at Chennai. He joined SMIEL as a Masters student in Fall 2018 and completed his MS in August 2020. After that he has joined SMIEL as a Ph.D. student. His research in SMIEL will focus on continuum models for studying Nano-particles, flows in Nano-channel, CFD analysis of heat transfer in 3D-printing, and experiments for printed electronics applications.

Chava Bhargav Sai (Started Spring 2020)

Bhargav received his B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in 2018. He joined SMIEL as an MS student in Fall 2018. He converted to a PhD in Spring 2020. His PhD research in SMIEL will focus on developing Molecular Dynamics models for probing ionics in ultra-nanoconfined systems.

Christopher Riso (Started Spring 2020)

Christopher received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of the District of Columbia. He joined SMIEL as a PhD student (co-advised by Prof. Das and Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta) in Spring 2020. Christopher’s research focus is in 3D printed electronics.

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 (Current)

Undergraduate Students

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

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

Alumni

Postdocs

Chenglin Yi (December, 2018 — November, 2020)

First Position After Leaving the Group:

Current Placement of the Postdoc (if known):

Enrique Wagemann (March, 2019 — February, 2020)

First Position After Leaving the Group: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica) at Universidad de Concepción

Current Placement of the Postdoc (if known): Same as the first placement

Yuan Gu (October, 2016 — November, 2018)

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

Current Placement of the Postdoc (if known): Same as the first placement

Guang Chen (February, 2017 — February, 2018)

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

Current Placement of the Postdoc (if known): Same as the first placement

PhD Students

Yanbin Wang (August, 2016 — November, 2019)

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

First Position After Leaving the Group: Postdoc (advised by Prof. Siddhartha Das) in Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program in U.S. Food and Drug Administration supported by Prof. Das’ NSF-SIR funding.

Current Placement of the Student (if known): Same as the first placement

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)

Current Placement of the Student (if known): Scientist,Intel Corporation

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)

Current Placement of the Student (if known): Same as the first placement

MS Students

Vishal Sankar Sivasankar (December, 2018 — August, 2020)

Thesis title: ELECTROKINETIC TRANSPORT IN NANOCHANNELS GRAFTED WITH BACKBONE CHARGED POLYELECTROLYTE BRUSHES

Current Position: PhD under Prof. Das

Chava Bhargav Sai (August, 2018 — December, 2019)

Current Position: Transferred to PhD under Prof. Das

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)

Awards Received by the Students

Mr. Harnoor Singh Sachar (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the STLE (Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) Scholarship (July, 2020).
Mr. Harnoor Singh Sachar (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the 2020 Future Faculty Program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering School of University of Maryland, College Park (January, 2020).  
Mr. Harnoor Singh Sachar (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected as one of the nominees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering UMD for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2019 offered by the Graduate School, University of Maryland (December, 2019).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) won the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMD best PhD Dissertation award for 2018.
Mr. Haoyuan Jing (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the 2019 Future Faculty Program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering School of University of Maryland, College Park (December, 2018).  
Mr. Parth Rakesh Desai (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the STLE (Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) Scholarship (July, 2018).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2018 offered by the Graduate School, University of Maryland (April, 2018).  
Dr. Guang Chen (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) won the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMD best PhD Dissertation award for 2017.
Mr. Yanbin Wang (Current PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the 2018 Future Faculty Program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering School of University of Maryland, College Park (December, 2017).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for receiving the STLE (Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) Scholarship (July, 2017).  
GEMSTONE Team (TEAM BACTERIA), mentored by Dr. Siddhartha Das, wins the best poster award in the Junior Year Level Poster presentation (April, 2017).  
Mr. Joseph Andrews (Former M.S. student of Dr. Das) won the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMD best M.S. Thesis award for 2016.  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the 2017 Future Faculty Program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering School of University of Maryland, College Park (December, 2016).  
GEMSTONE Team (TEAM BACTERIA), mentored by Dr. Siddhartha Das won $5000 UMD Sustainability Fund to support research involving the use of bacteria-produced enzymes for breaking asphaltenes for heavy oil recovery (December, 2016).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2015 offered by the Graduate School, University of Maryland (April, 2016).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) received the Kulkarni Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2016 offered by the Graduate School, University of Maryland (April, 2016).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was recognized by ASME for taking part in Family Day in Washington DC (March, 2016).  
Dr. Shayandev Sinha (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) chosen as one among 37 students for serving in the ASME’s International Petroleum Technology Institute Collegiate Council (December, 2015).  
Dr. Guang Chen (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) selected for the 2016 Future Faculty Program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering School of University of Maryland, College Park (December, 2015).  
Dr. Guang Chen (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) received the Northrup Grumman Graduate Fellowship in Engineering Education for the 2015-2016 academic year (November, 2015).  
Dr. Guang Chen (Former PhD student of Dr. Das) was selected as a finalist in the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy symposium (October, 2015).
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