Sreekiran Pillai

PhD Students


Research Interests

​Intermolecular and surface forces; organic fouling of hydrophobic surfaces

Selected Publications

  • A Molecular to Macro-scale Assessment of Direct Contact Membrane Distillation for Separating Organics from Water. S. Pillai, A. Santana, R. Das, B. R. Shrestha, E. Manalastas, H. Mishra*. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2019 (under review).
  • Nuclear Quantum Effects in Hydrophobic Nanoconfinement. Shrestha, B. R., Pillai, S., Santana, A., Donaldson, Jr., S. H., Pascal, T. A., Mishra, H.*. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019
  • Evaluating the Potential of Superhydrophobic Nanoporous Alumina Membranes for Direct Contact Membrane Distillation. 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, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2018, 533, 723-732


  • PhD, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 2019​ - “Investigating Mechanisms Underlying Hydrophobic Interactions between Extended Surfaces in Aqueous Environments”
  • M.Tech.,Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India, 2014
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Government Engineering College, Calicut, India, 2011

Professional Profile

  • ​​2014-2015: Assistant Manager Design and Development, Sunrise Industries India Pvt ltd.​

KAUST Affiliations

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