MNT Lab People

Sushanta K. Mitra, Director

Sushanta K. Mitra received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently he is the Assistant Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta. He is the Director of the "Micro and Nano-scale Transport Laboratory" located at National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT). He is also leading a 15 member pan-Canadian team on Bioconversion of Coal, which is funded through Carbon Management Canada-NCE. He is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario and APEGGA.



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Administrative Assistant

Hazel Robinson

Ms. Robinson is the administrative assistant to Dr. Sushanta Mitra. Hazel comes to us from the Research Services Office at the U of A and has background in accounting and office management.

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Lab Technician

Ravi Chavali

Ravi Shankar Chavali received his B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India in 2009 and his M.Sc degree in Medical Sciences – Laboratory Medicine and Pathology from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2012.

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Research Associates

Selvaraj Naicker

Dr.Selvaraj Naicker has led research and development operations in various Pharmaceuticalcompanies in Edmonton, helping to oversee the companies’ growth from a tiny start-up to the approval of the drug by FDA and Health Canada. He is the discoverer of the drug called Voclosporin developed for treating transplant patients to avoid rejection. This drug is also developed for the treatment of other auto immune diseases such as Uveitis and psoriasis. As an accomplished researcher, Dr. Selvaraj Naicker has published more than 50 articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He authored more than 100 patents. He received his Ph.D. in organic Chemistry from Indian Institute of technology, Madras, and a member of various scientific societies. He has worked as Vice-President for Drug development in Isotechnika Inc and also as Chief operating Officer and executive Vice-President for drug development in Quest Pharmatech Inc. He has served as the board director in Quest Pharma tech Inc, Edmonton.

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Anil Stephen

Anil Stephen has received his Bachelors Degree in Automobile Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and Masters Degree in Fluids and Thermal Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India in 2010 and also MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta in 2014. Currently he is working as research associate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Sushanta K. Mitra (Supervisor) and Dr. David Nobes (Co-Supervisor). His current area of research is on the understanding of physico-chemical pathways of coal bioconversion through laboratory experiments.

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Post Doctoral Fellows

Prashant R. Waghmare

Prashant R. Waghmare received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Eng. from University of Alberta. He received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune, India 2004 and his Masters in Thermal and Fluids Engineering in 2006 with gold medal from the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, India. He worked as Research Associate during his M.Tech. dissertation for Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India and also worked as project staff on his preliminary part of Ph.D. in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. During his Ph.D., he received Alberta Innovates Nanotechnology Scholarship. Currently he is working as MITACS Elevate PDF in Mechanical Engineering in area of paper microfluidics. For more details, click here

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Marc Cassiede

Marc Cassiède obtained his Master degree in Physics from the University of Pau, France in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the same university in 2010. As a doctoral student and then an Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche, he was working in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics and Energetics of Complex Fluids under the joint supervision of Dr. Jérôme Pauly and Prof. Jean-Hugues Paillol on the development of a quartz crystal microbalance technique to measure accurately the density-viscosity product of fluids under pressure. He then spent two years working as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. John M. Shaw in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is presently holding a postdoctoral position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta under the joint supervision of Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra and Prof. John M. Shaw. His current works focus on experimental investigation of multi-phase flow through porous media by using multi-element acoustic sensors.

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Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Naga Siva Kumar Gunda

Naga Siva Kumar Gunda received his B.Tech degree with Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2006 and his M.Tech degree with Gold Medal in Reliability Engineering in 2008 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. Now he is pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, holding an Alberta Ingenuity Scholarship. His research interests involve the application of microfluidics to biomolecules separation.

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Aleksey Baldygin

Aleksey received his MS degree in Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) at the Faculty of Power Engineering, the Department of Refrigeration, Cryogenic Technique and Comfort Life Support Systems, Moscow, Russia in 2010. As intern student he was working in Schlumberger Company for 2 years on experimental investigation of phase permeability and multi-phase flow through porous media. Aleksey was carrying out experiments, developing design of experimental installations and its automation using LabView, performing simulations of fluids flow through core samples. Currently, he is pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta under the supervisions of Prof. David Nobes (Supervisor) and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-Supervisor). His research topic is related to experimental investigation of multi-phase flow through porous media.

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Lalit Pant

Lalit received his Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2009 and his Master of Science from the University of Alberta in 2011. During his M.Sc. he has worked in the area of mass transport in porous media, especially focusing on PEM fuel cells. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell (Supervisor) and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-Supervisor). His research is on the development of a multi-scale mass transport model involving stochastic reconstruction of porous media micro-structure, reactive mass transport simulation, simulation upscaling and obtaining macro-scale reaction and transport properties for the applications of PEM fuel cells and coal bio-conversion. He has also worked in the area of low temperature refrigeration, natural refrigerants, system modelling and Fluid Structure Interaction during his undergraduate. For more details click here.

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Orest Shardt

Orest obtained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2010, receiving the APEGGA Past Presidents' Medal in Chemical Engineering and the Governor General's Silver Medal. His research involves lattice Boltzmann simulations of multiphase flows with a focus on emulsions and applications in microfluidics and porous media. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jos Derksen (Supervisor) and Dr. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-supervisor).

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Swayamdipta Bhaduri

Swayamdipta obtained his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur (India) in 2010 and his Master of Science by Research (MS) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur (thesis submitted in 2013). His research at IIT Kharagpur was on the condensation of steam through inclined microchannels. He has joined UofA in Fall of 2013 as a PhD student under the joint supervision of Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra and Prof. Aloke Kumar. His research is on understaning of biofilm growth in porous media.

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M.Sc. Students

Arnab Guha

Arnab Guha received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with First class (Honours) from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India. During his under graduation, he participated in Summer Internship Program of Mechanical Engineering Department at Jadavpur University, India under the guidance of Dr. Achintya Mukhopadhyay in the field of micro-fluidics and submitted a project report on “Control of mass flow rate of the non polar fluid using time varying electro-osmotic flow”. He also participated in Summer Internship program of Mechanical Engineering department at IIT Guwahati, India under the guidance of Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen in the field of micro-fluidics and submitted a project report on “Analytical modelling and simulation of a low cost painless disposable drug delivery device”. He worked in a winter project at IIT Kharagpur, India under the guidance of Dr. Suman Chakraborty in the field of micro-fluidics and submitted a project report on “Study of potential and velocity distributions on EDL”.Currenly, he is M.Sc. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra. His research is on fundamental understanding of wetting processes.

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Mehrnaz Rahimi

Currenly, she is M.Sc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Thundat (Supervisor) and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-Supervisor). Her research area is in sensor development for methane.

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Sheng Tian

Sheng received his Bachelor’s degree of Science in Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China in 2012, where he majored in Materials Science and Engineering. Sheng started out his research experience early as a sophomore, when he joined Advanced Materials Research Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University as research assistant of Dr. Ke Chen. Since then, he had been working on a project studying hot deformation and microstructure control in the nickel-base superalloy Nimonic 80A as well as another project about in situ synthesis of Al3Ti nanoparticles by Friction Stir Welding. Thanks to these research experiences, Sheng has improved his ability to think independently, learn quickly, operate sophisticated experimental tools, and present his work coherently, all while building his spirit of exploration.He is currently pursuing M.Sc. under the supervision of Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Supervisor) and Prof. Thomas Thundat (Co-Supervisor). His research area is in Nano-Catalytic Energy Cell.

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Shadi Ansari

Shadi received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran in 2012. Her B.Sc.’s project was on Measurement Methods of Interfacial Tension in Fluid-Fluid Systems. Currently, she is pursuing Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. David Nobes and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra. Her research is on chemical and thermal modeling of methane generation during bioconversion of coal.

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Amrit Bhinder

Amrit has received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from National Institute of Technology , Durgapur India in 2012 .During his undergraduation he participated in Summer Internship Program of Mechanical Engineering Department at IIT Guwahati , India and worked under the guidance of Professor Amaresh Dalal in 2011 . Currently he is pursuing M.Sc. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under Dr. Sushanta K. Mitra and Dr. Aloke Kumar. He is working in the area of paper-based microfluidics.

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Sourayon Chanda

Sourayon Chanda received his B.Tech degree from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India in 2013. He was the topper of his undergraduate departmental batch. During his undergraduation, he won the prestigious DAAD scholarship, which allowed him to work on the project “Stokes Hypothesis and Effect of Bulk Viscosity on high Mach Number flow” in University of Stuttgart, Germany. Currently, he is pursuing M.Sc. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. Siddhartha Das (Supervisor) and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-Supervisor). His research is on Soft Matter Electrokinetics.

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MNT Lab Alumni

  • Dr. Samba Rao, PDF
  • Dr. Siddhartha Das , PDF
  • Dr. Susanta S Roy, RA
  • Dr. Tim Hossain, RA
  • Dr. Gajanan Nagare, PDF
  • Dibyo Sarkar, MSc
  • Minashree Singh, MSc
  • Jerry Joseph, MSc
  • Pankaj Sahu, MSc
  • Reeshav Chatterjee, MSc
  • Satya S. Gajapathi, MSc
  • Bijoyendra Bera, MSc
  • Akshay Gunde, MSc
  • Lalit Pant, MSc
  • Debjyoti Sen, MSc
  • Omkar Lokhande, Intern
  • Siddharth Thakur, Intern
  • Aditya Bandopadhyay, Intern
  • Sebastian Weise, Intern
  • Rahul Misra, Intern
  • Monika Boddeda, Intern
  • Nishant Prabhakar, Intern
  • Aditya Banerji, Intern
  • Nikhil Gupta, Intern
  • Debonil Maity, Intern