Himanshu Mishra, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​​​​​


Research Interests

We investigate water-hydrophobe interfaces across some twelve orders of magnitude – molecular to kilometer scales – via a broad set of experimental techniques, theory, and computation. Problems of specific interest include, global food-water security through bio-inspired technologies, superhydrophobic insects and plants, chemical reactions “on-water” and in sprays, and nanoconfined liquids (dilute to ultraconcentrated).

Selected Publications


        • 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

        • 2020-Present: Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​​​​​, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
        • 2014-2020: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
        • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA


        Awards and Recognitions:

        • 2023: 1st place ITAS Arab Youth Competition  - International Conference on Innovation and Technological Advances for Sustainability, 1st place (out of 117 entries) at University of Doha for Science and Technology, Qatar, awarded by the Prime Minister of Qatar 
        • 2022 - 2023: Taqadam Start-up Accelerator Program - US $140,000 non-dilutive cash award (only 10 teams chosen among > 2000 applicants) 
        • 2022: Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship Endowment awarded by ICT, Mumbai, India.
        • 2022: Cover Article, Chemical Science, DOI: 10.1039/D1SC06465G 
        • 2020: Editors’ Highlights, Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19054-8
        • 2020: Cover Article, Advanced Materials Interfaces, DOI:10.1002/admi.202001268
        • 2020: Cover Article, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, DOI:10.1002/qua.26501
        • 2020: Student delegate to the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Interdisciplinary Meeting: Adair Gallo Jr., PhD student
        • 2019: Invited lecture: Physical Chemistry Seminar, College of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA 
        • 2019: Invited lecture: Chemical Physics Seminar, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
        • 2019: Best Poster Prize, 45th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering, Rhodes, Greece (Zain Ahmad, MS student) (Out of 404 entries; cash prize: 400 Euros)
        • 2019: Session Chair, Wetting on Soft or Microtextured Surfaces, Bad Honnef, Germany (Host: Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz)
        • 2019: Cover Article, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b01835
        • 2019: Cover Article, Chemical Science, 10, 2566–2577, DOI: 10.1039/C8SC05538F
        • 2018: Lecture at the United Nations COP-24 meeting on climate change at Katowice, Poland, got >92k views on Facebook through Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) reporting.
        • 2017: Elsevier Best Poster Award, 7th International Colloids Conference, Sitges-Barcelona, Spain (Presenter: H. Mishra)
        • 2017: First Place, Doctoral Level Students Poster Contest, 5th Water Arabia Conference and Exhibition, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia (2017) (Presenter: Adair Gallo Jr., Ph.D. student)
        • 2016: Best Presentation Award, International Conference on Science and Technology of Emerging Materials (STEMa, 2016), Thailand (Presenter: H. Mishra)
        • 2016: Cover Article, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10721
        • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

        KAUST Affiliations

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