Naveen Tiwari

Raj and Neera Singh Chair Professor

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    Faculty Building 459 (Office)
    NL-II-203A (Lab)

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Research Interest

  • Hydrodynamic stability
  • Dynamics of thin liquid films
  • Contact-line spreading
  • Droplet dynamics
  • Flow through porous media
  • Mathematical modeling


  • B. Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi, 1999-2003
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA), 2003-2008

Research Overview

My research interest is in transport phenomena at small length scales. Current research work is primarily focused on the instabilities in driven micro-scale free surface flows over heterogeneous surfaces. The wetted face of the solid substrate can have heterogeneities such as non-uniform temperature, topographical variations, solid-liquid interactions and so on. These heterogeneities lead to fascinating behavior of the free surface of the thin liquid film. Understanding of the dynamics and instability of such thin liquid film flows can be critical for micro- and nano-applications. Theoretical and computational work is on-going to better understand the dynamics of such flows.


  • Young Faculty Research Award, IIT Kanpur, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Kanpur, 2019
  • Young Faculty Research Award, IIT Kanpur, 2017
  • Young Scientist Research Award, BRNS-DAE, 2014
  • Membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007-2008
  • Travel Grant Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007

Work Experience

  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (Dec 2019-present)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (June 2015-Dec 2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (Dec 2012-June 2015)
  • Senior Research Engineer, Saint-Gobain, Northborough R&D center, MA (Aug 2008-Nov 2012)


  • Garima Singh, Naveen Tiwari, Stability of traveling waves of a thermoviscous liquid film down the outer surface of a cylinder, Physical Review Fluids,9, 024002 (2024).
  • Tara Chand Kumawat, Naveen Tiwari, Rimming flow in a rotating horizontal cylinder with phase change at the interface , Physics of Fluids, 35, 102119 (2023).
  • M Dinachandra Singh, Chiranjeev Kaushik, Joseph Nishanth, Ajay Vijay Shinde, Raju Gupta, Naveen Tiwari, Kanwar S Nalwa, Enroute to sub-300° C operating Sn–Zn|| Pb–Bi liquid metal battery by compositional engineering, Journal of Power Sources,564, 232855 (2023).
  • Prateek Dwivedi, Atishay Shrivastava, Dipin Pillai, Naveen Tiwari, Rahul Mangal, Deforming active droplets in viscoelastic solutions, Soft Matter, 19 (21),3783-3793 (2023).
  • G. Singh, N. Tiwari, Thin film dynamics using lattice Boltzmann method: Role of aspect ratio and surface wettability gradient, Physics of Fluids, 34, 072104 (2022).
  • D. Kishal, N. Tiwari, Role of suction pressure in the stability of a gravity-driven thermoviscous liquid film flow down the interior surface of a cylinder, European Physical Journal E, 44, 100 (2021).
  • T. C. Kumawat, N. Tiwari, Flow and stability of a gravity-driven thin film over a locally heated porous wall, Physics of Fluids, 32, 092106 (2020).
  • S. Khanum, N. Tiwari, Gravity-driven thermoviscous liquid film down a heated or cooled vertical cylinder, Physical Review Fluids, 5, 094005 (2020).
  • U. Ranganathan, G. Chattopadhyay, N. Tiwari, Evolution of a thin film down an incline: A new perspective, Phys. Fluids, 32, 013603 (2020).