Himanshu Mishra

Associate 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, 2013M.S., Purdue University, 2007
  • B.E., Punjab Engineering College, 2005

Research Interests

Biomimetics Chemistries and electrification at water-hydrophobe interfacesSurface forces (hydrophobic interactions, DLVO, structural forces) Superhydrophobic sand mulches and soil amendments for arid land agriculture

Selected Publications

  • Das, R., Ahmad, A., Nauruzbayeva, Mishra, H.*, "Biomimetic Coating-free Superomniphobicity" (accepted, Scientific Reports, #2e02d35e-86bd-44e6-b70c-34c82bc49123)
  • Mahadik, G. A., Hernandez Sanchez, J. F., Arunachalam, S., Gallo Jr., A., Farinha, A. S., Thoroddsen, S. T., Mishra, H.*, Duarte, C. M., "Superhydrophobicity and Size Reduction Allowed Water Striders to Colonize the Ocean" (accepted, Scientific Reports, SREP-19-11017)
  • Pillai, S., Santana, A., Das, R., Shrestha, B.R., Manalastas, E., Mishra, H*, "A Molecular- to Macro-Scale Assessment of Direct Contact Membrane Distillation for Separating Organics from Water" (accepted, Journal of Membrane Science,
  • Gonzalez-Avila, S. R., Nguyen, D. M., Arunachalam, S., Domingues, E., Mishra, H.*, Ohl, C-D., "Mitigating Cavitation Through a Biomimetic Gas-entrapping Microtextured Surfaces", Science Advances, 2020, (
  • Shrestha, B. R., Pillai, S., Santana, A., Donaldson, Jr., S. H., Pascal, T. A., Mishra, H.*, "Nuclear Quantum Effects in Hydrophobic Nanoconfinement", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019, 10, 5530-5535 (Journal cover; Featured on,, KAUST Discovery, etc.)
  • Gallo Jr., A., Farinha, A. S., Dinis, M., Emwas, A-H., Santana, A., Nielsen, S., Goddard III, W. A., Mishra, H.*, "The Chemical Reactions in Electrosprays of Water Do Not Always Correspond to Those at the Pristine Air-Water Interface", Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 2566-2577 (Journal Cover; featured on, KAUST Discovery, etc.)
  • Domingues, E. M., Arunachalam, S., Nauruzbayeva, Mishra, H.*, "Biomimetic Coating-free Surfaces for Long-term Entrapment of Air under Wetting Liquids", Nature Communications, 2018, 9, Article Number: 3606. (Featured on Nature Chemistry Channel 'Behind the Paper', Phys.Org, and Eureka Alert)
  • Domingues, E. M., Arunachalam, S., Mishra, H.*, "Doubly Reentrant Cavities Prevent Catastrophic Wetting Transitions on Intrinsically Wetting Surfaces", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 21532-38 (Featured on Engineers Australia ( , EurekAlert! ( , ( )