Ashutosh Sharma

Institute Chair Professor

Research Interest

  • Soft nanofabrication
  • Mechanics and instabilities of soft visco-elastic interfaces, thin films and nano-systems
  • Self-organized meso-patterning of polymers, ceramics, hydrogels and carbon
  • Functional and nano-materials: adhesive, catalytic, optical, super-wetting and nano-composites
  • Multiscale MEMS/NEMS & microfluidic systems: materials and platforms
  • Soft interfaces: Wetting, adhesion and friction
  • Carbon micro/nanostructures & composites: fabrication and applications in environment, health and energy; bio-platforms; electrochemical systems
  • Interfacial and colloidal interactions


  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, 1982.
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1984.
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987.

Research Overview

Research in Prof. Ashutosh Sharma’s group mainly focusses on: understanding and control of interfacial instabilities in soft, highly confined visco-elastic materials with applications in the meso-scale patterning and micro-nano fabrication by self-organization. Some recent examples of self-organized patterning of thin films are by dewetting, adhesion, external fields and laser diffraction. Other related themes include multiscale functional interfaces and nanomaterials in applications ranging from structured adhesion and wetting to multiscale polymeric and carbon based structures used in microfluidic, MEMS, Sensors, energy, environment and health.


  • Dr. B P Godrej Life Time Achievement Award (2022)
  • President, Indian National Science Academy (2022)
  • Institute Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2020)
  • UNESCO Medal for outstanding scientific contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies (2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, State University of New York, SUNY Buffalo (2016)
  • MRSI Distinguished Lectureship Award, Materials Research Society of India, (2011-12)
  • The Syed Husain Zaheer Medal (a triennial award for Engineering and Technology), Indian National Science Academy (2011).
  • Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science, Infosys Science Foundation (2010).
  • Elected Fellow, TWAS--The World Academy of Sciences (2010).
  • The TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy (2008).
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2007)
  • Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2007-date)
  • Elected Fellow, Indian National Science Academy
  • Elected Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences
  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences (2002)
  • J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Department of Science & Technology (2006-date)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006)
  • Herdillia Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for excellence in basic research (2003)

Professional Experience

    Associate Editor: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2014- ); ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing(2012-2014); Editorial Advisory Boards: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS publication) (2013-2015); Nanomaterials and Energy, ICE publishing (UK)(2011-2013); Chemical Engineering Science (2007-2010); Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2006-2007); Indian Chemical Engineer (Journal of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (2006-); Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2000-2002).

    Institute Chair Professor (2007-); C V Seshadri Chair Professor (2012-); INAE Chair Professor (2011-2013); Ranjit Singh Chair Professor (2008-2011); Professor (1997-); Associate Professor (1994-97); Assistant Professor (1990-1994); Coordinator & PI, Unit on Nanosciences(2005-); Head, Department of Chemical Engineering (2003-05); Research Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (1987- 1990).

    Visiting Appointments: University of Texas at Austin, 1997; University of Western Ontario, 2005; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2006-07; WCU Visiting Professor, Yeungnam University, 2009-2013.


  • Genevieve Abd, Raquel S Díaz, Anju Gupta, Tagbo HR Niepa, Kunal Mondal, Seeram Ramakrishna, Ashutosh Sharma, Andrés D Lantada, Monsur Islam, Carbon nanomaterials-based electrically conductive scaffolds for tissue engineering applications, MedComm–Biomaterials and Applications, , (2024).
  • Auhin Kumar Maparu, Prerana Singh, Beena Rai, Ashutosh Sharma, Sri Sivakumar, PDMS nanoparticles-decorated PDMS substrate promotes adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of skin cells , Journal of Colloid and Interface Science , 659, 629-63 (2024).
  • L Vashishtha, MV Bagal, AM Iyer, Parag R Gogate, A Sharma, BR Mishra, D Singh, Ultrasound-Assisted Catalytic Ozonation-Based Treatment of Rare-Earth Processing Effluent Containing Ammonium Thiocyanate (NH4SCN), Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 63, 7, 2969–2979 (2024).
  • Monsur Islam, Kunal Mondal, Vinay Kishnani, Ankur Gupta, Ashutosh Sharma, Synthesis of high-surface-area mesoporous SnO2 nanomaterials using carbon template, Next Nanotechnology, 5, (2024).
  • P Deo, A Sharma, G Naidu, P Bhatia, M Singh, D Das, R Minz, S Jain, Evaluation of FC gamma receptor (FCΓR/FCGR) & cyp genetic polymorphism and its pharmacogenomic correlation with rituximab and cyclophosphamide response in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitis, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , 82, 427-428 (2023).
  • Auhin Kumar Maparu, Prerana Singh, Beena Rai, Ashutosh Sharma, Sri Sivakumar, A simple robust and scalable route to prepare sub-50 nm soft PDMS nanoparticles for intracellular delivery of anticancer drugs , Nanotechnology , 33, 495102 (2022).
  • N. Bhandaru, N. Agrawal, M. Banik, R. Mukherjee, A. Sharma, Hydrophobic recovery of cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane films and its consequence in soft nano patterning, Bulletin of Materials Science, 43, 186 (2020).
  • V. Mohania, T. D. Deshpande, Y. R. G. Singh, S. Patil, R. Mangal, A. Sharma, Fabrication and characterization of porous poly(dimethylsiloxane)(PDMS) adhesives, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 3, 130 ( 2020).
  • B. Mordina, R. Kumar, N. S. Neeraj, A.K. Srivastava, D. K. Setua, A. Sharma, Binder free high performance hybrid supercapacitor device based on nickel ferrite nanoparticles, Journal of Energy Storage, 31, 101677 (2020).
  • T. D. Deshpande, Y. R. G. Singh, S. Patil, Y. M. Joshi, A. Sharma, Adhesion strength and viscoelastic properties of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based elastomeric nanocomposites with embedded electrospun nanofibers, Soft Matter, 15, 5739 (2019).
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