Ankur Gupta
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: JSCBB D125


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi,  2012
  • MS, Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2017


  • Soft Matter Emerging Investigator, RSC Journals (2023)
  • Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Award, IIT Delhi (2022)
  • CU Next Award for Innovation in Teaching (2022)
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Doctoral New Investigator (2022)
  • Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Riser (2022)
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Teaching Award (2022)
  • Publons Peer-review Award for placing in top 1% of reviewers (2018)
  • Hugh Hampton Young Fellow, MIT (2016-17)
  • Individual Citation Award for Teaching and Outreach, MIT (2017)
  • Dow Travel Award, 2016 Annual AIChE Meeting (2017)
  • Presidents' Gold Medal, IIT Delhi (2012)

Selected Publications

* denotes equal contribution

F. Henrique, P.J. Zuk, A. Gupta
Charging dynamics of electrical double layers inside a cylindrical pore: predicting the effects of arbitrary pore size
Soft Matter 18, 198 2022

A. Gupta, A. Govind Rajan, E. A. Carter, H.A. Stone, 
Ionic Layering and Overcharging in Electrical Double Layers in a Poisson-Boltzmann Model, 
Physical Review Letters, 18, 188004, 2020

A. Gupta, P. J. Zuk, H.A. Stone
Charging Dynamics of Overlapping Double Layers in a Cylindrical Nanopore
Physical Review Letters, 125, 076001, 2020

A. Gupta, S. Shim, H.A. Stone
Diusiophoresis: From Dilute to Concentrated electrolytes
Soft Matter, 16, 6975, 2020 (selected for front inside cover)

A. Gupta
Nanoemulsions, invited book chapter in Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications: Fundamental Concepts,
Biological Interactions and Clinical Applications
2020, edited by Eun Ji Chung, Lorraine Leon and Carlos Rinaldi, Elsevier publication

J.L. Wilson, S. Shim, E. Yu, A. Gupta, H.A. Stone
Diusiophoresis in Multivalent Electrolytes
Langmuir, 36, 7014, 2020

Research Interests

Interfaces, by definition, occur due to heterogeneity in physical systems, and thus result in unique properties and interactions. For instance, liquid-fluid interfaces tend to minimize interfacial area due to surface tension; liquid-fluid-solid interfaces give rise to wetting phenomena; and an electrical double layer forms when an electrolyte comes in contact with a charged surface. By invoking concepts from colloidal and multiphase fluid physics,  Laboratory of Interface, Flow and Electrokinetics (LIFE) investigates the systems dominated by interfacial phenomena using both experimental and computational approaches.

Specifically, LIFE focuses on (i) electrokinetics for energy and the environment, (ii) flow in porous media, and (iii) advanced nanoemulsions. The overarching goal of LIFE is to uncover the full potential of interfacial science to address societally relevant problems of energy storage, soil remediation, oil recovery, and rational formulation of pharmaceutical and food products.