Ankur Gupta
Assistant Professor

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


  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Teaching Award (2021)
  • 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

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

A. Gupta, S. Shim, L. Issah, C. McKenzie, H.A. Stone
Diusion of multiple electrolytes cannot be treated independently: Model predictions with experimental validation
Soft Matter, 15, 9965, 2019

A. Gupta, B. Rallabandi, H.A. Stone
Diusiophoretic and Diusioosmotic Velocities for Mixtures of Valence-asymmetric Electrolytes
Physical Review Fluids, 4, 043702, 2019

K. Singh, A. Gupta, A. Buchner, F. Ibis, J.W. Pronk, D. Tam, H.B. Eral
A Low-cost Centrifugal Homogenizer for Emulsication & Mechanical Cell Lysis
Journal of Colloidal and Interface Science, 547, 127, 2019 

A. Gupta, H. A. Stone
Electric Double Layers: Eect of Asymmetry in Electrolyte Valence on Steric Eects,
Dielectric Decrement and Ion-Ion Correlations
Langmuir, 34, 11971, 2018 

A. Gupta*, H. Lee*, P.S. Doyle
Oil Recovery from Micropatterned Triangular Troughs during a Surfactant Flood
Langmuir, 34, 10644, 2018

A.Z.M. Badruddoza*, A. Gupta*, B.L. Trout, A.S. Myerson, P.S. Doyle
Low Energy Nanoemulsions as Templates for the Formulation of Hydrophobic Drugs
Advanced Theraputics, 1700020, 2018 

A. Gupta*, H. Lee*, P.S. Doyle
Controlled Liquid Entrapment over Patterned Sidewalls in Conned Geometries
Physical Review Fluids, 2, 094007, 2017 [link]

A. Gupta*, A.Z.M. Badruddoza*, T.A. Hatton, P.S. Doyle
A General Route for Nanoemulsion Synthesis using Low Energy Methods at Constant Temperature
Langmuir, 33, 7118, 2017 

H. Lee*, A. Gupta*, T.A. Hatton, P.S. Doyle
Controlled Entrapment of Liquid Isolated Chambers through Photo-patterned Obstacles
Physical Review Applied, 7, 004013, 2017

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.