Laboratory Director

DRDO Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

FNAE, FRSC, FRAeS, FAScT, FASME, FInstP, AF-AIAA, DST Swarnajayanti Fellow


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2007
MS, University of Connecticut, 2004
BE, Jadavpur University, 2000

Research interest

Multiphase transport processes. Atomization and sprays, Micro-nanoscale transport in droplets, Combustion

Lab Manager


Chaitra Arakesh

Lab Manager

Contact details: achaitra@iisc.ac.in

Post-doctoral Fellows


Dr. Vivek Jaiswal

C.V. Raman Postdoc fellow

Research Interest:Droplet Evaporation, Bio-fluid Transport Phenomena, Pattern Analysis, Droplet Combustion, Micro-channel simulations, Microfluidics, Electromagnetism.


Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Combustion, Propulsion, Heat Transfer, Combustion Modeling, Droplet Impact 


Dr. Sreeparna Majee

Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Bio-Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Droplet Evaporation and pathogen self-assembly in fluid interfaces

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Omkar Hegde

Research Associate

Research Interest: Droplets, Active matter fluid dynamics at small scale, Soft Matter, Microfluidics 


Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay

Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Multiphase systems, Soft Matter, Interfacial Phenomena, Active Fluids, Micro-Nano Scale Transport


Dr. Sriniwasa Rao S

Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Experimental Heat and Mass transfer, Tomography, Flow Visualization, Drop-impact dynamics, Shock-droplet interaction

Current Ph.D Students


Durbar Roy

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest:Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Thermofluidics and Mathematical modelling of physical systems


Gautham V.

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Droplet Combustion, Nanofuels


Sonu Kumar

P.h.D. student (ICER Dept.)

Research Interest:  Atomization and Spray, Spray Combustion, Swirl Flow, Solar Thermal Energy Storage


Bal Krishan

P.h.D. student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer Gas Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Statistical Physics and Molecular Dynamics.


Shubham Sharma

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Multiphase flow interactions, Atomisation mechanisms, Compressible flows, Microscale droplet dynamics, Fluid dynamics relevant to COVID-19 transmission.


Amey Agarkar

P.h.D student (PMRF at ICER Dept.)

Research Interest: Elucidation of fluid dynamics of bacterial movements in natural body fluids and its relation to pathogenesis.


Joita Chakorbarty

P.h.D. student (PMRF at ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Multiphase flows, Hydrodynamic Instability, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thin-film flows.


Siddhant Jain

P.h.D. student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Fluid dynamics, Vortex rings, Multiphase flow interactions, Bluff body aerodynamics, Wind Energy.


Abdur Rasheed

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Biofluid droplet evaporation, microscale flow phenomena, bio-fluid precipitation, and pattern formation.


Darshan Rathod

P.h.D student (PMRF at ICER Dept.)

Research Interest: Combustion and Spray

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Thirumalaikumaran S K

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Droplet Combustion, Vortex-Flame Interaction, Nano fuels, Spray Combustion

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Rampada Rana

P.h.D student (ME Dept.) ERP


Akhil Aravind

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

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Bhavin Rathod

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)


P.h.D student (ME Dept.)


P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Guide: Prof. Aloke Kumar
Co-guide: Prof. Saptarshi Basu

Research Interest:  Multiphysics modeling and simulation. Electrothermal, thermofluid, fluid structure interaction.​ Energy storage and harvesting system. Pattern reorganization Data-driven discovery, Machine learning

Research Interest: Droplet evaporation of polymeric fluids, Pattern formation in polymeric droplets

Project Staffs


Abhishek Dubey

P.A. at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Propulsion and Combustion, Reacting Flow, Atomization and Sprays, Laser Diagnostics.


Sophia M.

P.A at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, and physics.


Samprada Kumbhare

P.A at ICER Dept.

Research Interest: Combustion and Sprays.


Darshan Aditya

Project Trainee at ME Dept.

To learn about mechanical systems/configuration and combustion


Harsha Shekar

Project Trainee at ME Dept.

I’am interested in physics and combustion.