Arun Kumar Kota

Assistant Professor

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PhD 2008

Mechanical Engineering

University of Maryland

MS 2003

Chemical Engineering

Clarkson University

BS 2001

Chemical Engineering

Andhra University

Research Description

In my research group, we leverage our expertise in surface and interfacial science to conduct both fundamental and applied research in the areas of bio-inspired surfaces, super-repellent surfaces, chemically patterned surfaces and stimuli-responsive surfaces. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and it addresses some of the key issues in the areas of membrane separations, phase change heat transfer, icephobicity, droplet fluid mechanics, microrobots, hemocompatibility and microfluidic sensors.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2018
  • George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award from Colorado State University, 2018
  • US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Award from Colorado State University, 2016
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Award from the University of Maryland, 2008
  • George R. Irwin Centennial Research Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2005
  • Block Grant Fellowship from the University of Maryland, 2003


Superhydrophobic Heart Valve Prosthesis
(8/01/20 - 7/31/21)
CAREER: Towards A Paradigm of Sustainable Liquid Repellent Surfaces
(7/15/19 - 3/31/23)
Understanding the Influence of Contact Angle Hysteresis on Pressure Drop and Heat Transfer Coefficient in Single Phase Flow
(9/01/19 - 8/31/22)
Superhydrophobic Heart Valve Prosthesis
(8/01/19 - 7/31/20)