Himanshu Mishra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​​​​​

Research Interests

​​We are interested in quantifying intermolecular forces between a variety of surfaces, such as minerals, metals, and polymers, and applying those insights in (1) designing energy efficient desalination membranes, (2) unraveling why low salinity water enhances oil recovery, and (3) developing preventive coatings against biofouling and scaling. We are also very much interested in exploring chemical and physical phenomena at interfaces of water with hydrophobic media, such as electron and proton transfers and specific ion effects.

Selected Publications

  • H. Mishra, S. Enami, L. A. Stewart, R. J. Nielsen, M. R. Hoffmann, W. A. Goddard III, A. J. Colussi, "Brønsted basicity of the air-water interface" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012) 109(46) 18679-18683
  • H. Mishra, S. Enami, R. J. Nielsen, W. A. Goddard III, M.R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, “Anions dramatically enhance proton transfer across aqueous interfaces" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (12): 124904 DOI: 10.1063/1.4729114 (2012)
  • H. Mishra, R. J. Nielsen, S. Enami, M.R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, W. A. Goddard III, “Quantum chemical insights into the dissociation of nitric acid on the surface of aqueous electrolytes" International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2012) DOI: 10:1002/qua.24151
  • H. Mishra, D. P. Chen, C. J. Yu, M. R. Hoffmann, W.A. Goddard III, M. S. Diallo, “Branched polymer resins with high binding capacity and selectivity for boron in aqueous solutions" Environmental Science &Technology (2012)
  • S. Enami,H. Mishra, M. R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, “Dry deposition and oligomerization of gaseous isoprene on mildly acidic surfaces" Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2012), 116 (24): 6027-32
  • S. Enami,H. Mishra, M. R. Hoffmann, A. J. Colussi, “Hofmeister effects in micromolar electrolyte solutions" Journal of Chemical Physics (2012) 136, 154707; doi: 10.1063/1.4704752
  • H. Mishra, B. A. Cola, V. Rawat, P. B. Amama, K. G. Biswas, X. Xu, T. S. Fisher, T. D. Sands, “Bismuth telluride films electrodeposited onto carbon nanotube arrays for mechanically compliant, low resistance interfaces in thermoelectric microdevices" Advanced Materials(2009) 21, 1-4


  • ​Ph.D., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, 2013
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA, 2007
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, India, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA


  • ​2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​