Navinkumar Patil, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows


My research focuses on understanding fundamental forces between surfaces at molecular and nano length-scales, liquid structure at solid-liquid interfaces, methods of their investigation and their importance in biological, chemical and technological aspects.

Currently, my efforts are aimed at gaining a better understanding of the interplay between electrostatics, van der Waals forces, and the hydrophobic interactions in the formation of amyloid plaques in biologically relevant environments. 

I use surface forces apparatus (SFA) combined with other material and surface characterization techniques to obtain quantitative insights into amyloid biophysics. I am also interested in nanomechanics and nanotribology of adhesive and lubricating proteins and bio-mimetic polymers.

Selected Publications

Complexation and Synergistic Boundary Lubrication of Porcine Gastric Mucin and Branched Poly(ethylenimine) in Neutral Aqueous Solution

​​Navinkumar J. Patil, Rishikesan Sankaranarayanan, Nikolaos Nikogeorgos, Rita Guzzi, Seunghwan Lee and Bruno Zappone
Soft Matter, 2017.  DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01801G

Interaction of Porcine Gastric Mucin with Various Polycations and its Influence on the Boundary Lubrication

Nikolaos Nikogeorgos, Navinkumar J. Patil, Bruno Zappone and Seunghwan Lee

​Polymer, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2016.08.030

Mussel Adhesion is Dictated by Time-Regulated Secretion and Molecular Conformation of Mussel Adhesive Proteins

Luigi Petrone, Akshita Kumar, Clarinda N. Sutanto, Navinkumar J. Patil, Srinivasaraghavan Kannan, Alagappan Palaniappan, Shahrouz Amini, Bruno Zappone, Chandra Verma and Ali Miserez

​Nature Communications, 2015.  DOI:10.1038/ncomms9737

Molecular Structure and Equilibrium Forces of Bovine Submaxillary Mucin Adsorbed at a Solid-Liquid Interface

Bruno Zappone, Navinkumar J. Patil, Jan B. Madsen, Kirsi I. Pakkanen and Seunghwan Lee

​Langmuir, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00548

Lubricating Properties of Charges (ABC) and Neutral (ABA) Triblock Copolymers Chains​


Polymer, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.07.049


2012-2016: PhD in Science and Technology of Mesophases and Molecular Materials, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria, Italy

2010-2012: M.Phil in Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University, India

2007-2009: M.Sc. in Physics (Solid State Electronics), Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University, India

2002-2006: B.Sc in Physics (Electronic Instrumentation), University of Mumbai, India

Professional Profile

2015: Visiting PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen.​