Sankara Arunachalam

PhD Students

PhD Student


Research Interests

Experiments on Bio-inspired smart surfaces for bio-fouling prevention, drag reduction and oil water separation applications.

Selected Publications

  • Domingues, E.M., Arunachalam, S., Nauruzbayeva, J., & Mishra, H. Biomimetic coating-free surfaces for long-term entrapment of air under wetting liquids, Nature Communications 9, 3606 (2018).
  • S. Arunachalam, R. Das, J. Nauruzbayeva, E.M. Domingues, H. Mishra, Assessing Omniphobicity by Immersion, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2018, 534, 156-162
  • N. Subramanian, A. Qamar, A. Alsaadi, A. Gallo Jr., M. Ghifari, J-G. Lee, S. Pillai, S. Arunachalam, D. Anjum, F. Sharipov, N. Ghaffour, H. Mishra, Evaluating the Potential of Superhydrophobic Nanoporous Alumina Membranes for Direct Contact Membrane Distillation, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2018, 533, 723-732
  • Domingues, E. M.; Arunachalam, S.; Mishra, H., Doubly Reentrant Cavities Prevent Catastrophic Wetting Transitions on Intrinsically Wetting Surfaces. Acs Appl Mater Inter 2017, 9 (25), 21532-21538


  • M.E., Aerospace Engg, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2011
  • B.E., Aeronautical Engg, Anna University, Chennai, India, 2009

Professional Profile

  • 2011-2015: Engineer, Defence & Aero R&D, Beml Ltd, India
  • 2015-2020: Research Specialist, Interfacial Lab, KAUST

KAUST Affiliations

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