Navinkumar Patil, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows



B4/L4: 4288-WS14


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 Chainse 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.