Himanshu Mishra

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Water Desalination and Reuse

Interfacial Lab


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013-2014
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S., Purdue University, 2007
  • B.E., Punjab Engineering College, 2005

Research Interests

With a complementary application of experiment and theory, Prof. Mishra's research group addresses complex challenges in the following areas:
  • Physics and Chemistry at aqueous interfaces: environmental chemistry, specific-ion effects, self assembly, proton dynamics in cellular metabolism
  • Exploring intermolecular forces between surfaces submerged in electrolytes. Examples include metals, polymers, minerals, and biomaterials.
  • Materials and devices for energy conversion and sensing: thermoelectrics, nanostructured carbon, artificial olfactors and taste receptors
  • Smart surfaces/coatings: omniphobicity, biomimicry, wetting, adhesion, and friction

Selected Publications

  • ​H. Mishra, S. Enami, L. A. Stewart, R. J. Nielsen, M. R. Hoffmann, W. A. Goddard III, A. J. Colussi, "Brønsted basicity of the air-water interface" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012) doi/10.1073/pnas.1209307109
  • H. Mishra, S. Enami, R. J. Nielsen, W. A. Goddard III, M.R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, "Anions dramatically enhance proton transfer across aqueous interfaces" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (12): 124904 DOI: 10.1063/1.4729114 (2012)
  • H. Mishra, R. J. Nielsen, S. Enami, M.R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, W. A. Goddard III, "Quantum chemical insights into the dissociation of nitric acid on the surface of aqueous electrolytes" International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2012) DOI: 10:1002/qua.24151
  • H. Mishra, D. P. Chen, C. J. Yu, M. R. Hoffmann, W.A. Goddard III, M. S. Diallo, "Branched polymer resins with high binding capacity and selectivity for boron in aqueous solutions" Environmental Science &Technology (2012)
  • S. Enami,H. Mishra, M. R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, "Dry deposition and oligomerization of gaseous isoprene on mildly acidic surfaces" Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2012), 116 (24): 6027-32