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:

  • 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

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