Soumik Das

Assistant Professor

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    +91-512-679-2385 (Office)

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    604, ESB-III (Office)

    614, ESB-III (Lab)

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Research Interest

  • Wettability alteration, Surfactants, Composites
  • Molecular assembly and synthesis in structured solvents
  • Liquid crystals, Solitons in liquid crystals, Soliton-based chemical soft matter


  • B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur 2013
  • Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin 2020

Research Overview

Recent years have witnessed a tremendous surge in the use of composite materials across multiple research communities. Composites, which involve an innovative combination of different materials, enable synergistic enhancement of the properties of individual components. For example, nanoparticle-hydrogel composites can exhibit superior mechanical properties compared to the hydrogel itself, and at the same time improve the stability of the nanoparticles against aggregation. Exciting strategies involving a rational selection of hybrid or composite materials to modulate interfaces have further opened new directions in the field of materials discovery with unique bulk and interfacial properties. In our group, we plan to harness the plurality of bulk and interfacial properties offered by organic-inorganic composites to fabricate functional materials, with potential applications in green enhanced oil recovery (EOR), carbon capture, programmable and multi-responsive emulsions, and atmospheric water harvesting (AWH).

A second aspect of the research in our group would be to use structured solvents like liquid crystals as templates for molecular assembly and synthesis of functional materials. The central theme in this direction would be to translate the anisotropic order of these solvents into well-defined hierarchical structures that possess macroscale anisotropy. Such structures are quite prevalent in many biological systems and have potential applications in membrane separations, nanofluidic osmotic energy conversion and energy storage devices.


  • Thomas H. and Dorothy M. Timmins Endowed Graduate Fellowship (UT Austin 2019-20).
  • Cockrell School of Engineering Fellowship (UT Austin 2018-19).
  • Professional Development Award (UT Austin 2016-18).
  • George J. Heuer, Jr. Ph.D. Endowed Graduate Fellowship (UT Austin 2014-15).


  • X Tang, N Atzin, A Mozaffari, S Das, NL Abbott, JJ de Pablo, Generation and Propagation of Flexoelectricity-Induced Solitons in Nematic Liquid Crystals, ACS Nano, 18, 16, 10768–10775 (2024).
  • Noe Atzin, Ali Mozaffari, Xingzhou Tang, Soumik Das, Nicholas L Abbott, Juan J de Pablo, Minimal Model of Solitons in Nematic Liquid Crystals, Physical Review Letters, 131 (18),188101 (2023).
  • Soumik Das, Noe Atzin, Xingzhou Tang, Ali Mozaffari, Juan de Pablo, Nicholas L Abbott, Jetting and Droplet Formation Driven by Interfacial Electrohydrodynamic Effects Mediated by Solitons in Liquid Crystals, Physical Review Letters, 131 (9),098101 (2023).
  • Soumik Das, JungHyun Noh, Wei Cao, Hao Sun, Nathan C Gianneschi, Nicholas L Abbott, Using Nanoscopic Solvent Defects for the Spatial and Temporal Manipulation of Single Assemblies of Molecules, Nano letters, 22, 18 (2022).
  • Soumik Das, Sangchul Roh, Noe Atzin, Ali Mozaffari, Xingzhou Tang, Juan J de Pablo, Nicholas L Abbott, Programming Solitons in Liquid Crystals Using Surface Chemistry, Langmuir, 38, 11 (2022).
  • Noe Atzin, Ali Mozaffari, Xingzhou Tang, Soumik Das, Nicholas L Abbott, Juan J de Pablo, A minimal model of solitons in nematic liquid crystals,, (2022).
  • Jaehyung Yu, Ce Liang, Myungjae Lee, Soumik Das, Andrew Ye, Fauzia Mujid, Preeti K Poddar, Baorui Cheng, Nicholas L Abbott, Jiwoong Park, Two-Dimensional Mechanics of Atomically Thin Solids on Water, Nano letters, 22, 17 (2022).
  • Soumik Das, Amit Katiyar, Neeraj Rohilla, Quoc P Nguyen, Roger T Bonnecaze, Wettability alteration and adsorption of mixed nonionic and anionic surfactants on carbonates, Langmuir, 36, 50 (2020).