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

Current 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.

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Dr. Kush K. Dewangan

National-Post Doctoral Fellow (N-PDF)

Research Interest: Flash Evaporation, Phase Transition, Compressible Two-Phase Flow, Natural CirculationLoop


Dr. Sriniwasa Rao S

Postdoc fellow

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


Postdoc fellow

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

Current Ph.D Students


Durbar Roy

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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


Shubham Sharma

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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


Abdur Rasheed

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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


Akhil Aravind

Ph.D student (PMRF at ME Dept.)

Research Interest -  Droplet and Spray Combustion, Flames, Multiphase flows, Aerodynamics


Gautham V.

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Droplet Combustion, Nanofuels


Sonu Kumar

Ph.D. student (ICER Dept.)

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


Bal Krishan

Ph.D. student (ME Dept.)

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


Amey Agarkar

Ph.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

Ph.D. student (PMRF at ME Dept.)

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


Siddhant Jain

Ph.D. student (PMRF at ME Dept.)

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


Darshan Rathod

Ph.D student (PMRF at ICER Dept.)

Research Interest: Combustion and Spray

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Thirumalaikumaran S K

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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

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Rampada Rana

Ph.D student (ME Dept.) ERP

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Bhavin Rathod

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)


Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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


Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

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

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


Saini Jatin Rao

Ph.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest -  Fluid Mechanics, Physics, Droplet dynamics, Hydrodynamic Instability, Turbulence

Current Project Staffs

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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.


Harsha Shekar

Project Trainee at ME Dept.

I’am interested in physics and combustion.

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Karishma Bharti

P.A at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Supersonic flows, Supercritical flows, Laser Diagnostics


Nivedita Tiwari

JRF at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Fluid Mechanics, Microfluidics, Plasma based Propulsion