Himanshu Mishra, Ph.D.


Associate 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


  • 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


  • 2019: Cover Article, Chemical Science, 10, 2566–2577, DOI: 10.1039/C8SC05538F
  • 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

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