Nivedita Gupta

Nivedita Gupta

Professor of Chemical Engineering


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
B. Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 1993

Research Interests

  • Fluid Dynamics, Microfluidics
  • Predicting two-phase flow of Newtonian fluids is important in a variety of applications such as materials, polymer, and food processing, pharmaceuticals, and microfluidics. The interface between two fluid phases is often characterized by a single property, the interfacial tension. Variation of interfacial tension along an interface leads to tangential stresses that are known as Marangoni stresses. Temperature gradient or a gradient in concentration of surface-active agents (surfactants) along the interface leads to surface tension variation along the interface. Furthermore, if the bulk fluids exhibit viscoelasticity, they can store energy to some extent and display partial recovery upon removal of stress. The focus of this research is to understand the fundamental issues of how surface tension gradients affect free surface flows, how surfactants can be added to control flows, and how elasticity in the bulk phase changes the deformation and break up of a dispersed fluid phase.

Courses Taught

  • CHE 601:  Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations
  • CHE 602: Heat Transfer and Unit Operations
  • CHE 603: Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
  • CHE 612:  Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
  • CHE 703: Mass Transfer and Stagewise Operations
  • CHE 713:  Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
  • CHE 722/822:  Introduction to Microfluidics
  • CHE 913:  Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • CHE 932: Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics

Recent Publications

  • Y. Cui and N. R. Gupta, "Numerical study of surfactant effects on the buoyancy-driven motion of a drop in a tube," Chem. Eng. Sci., 144, 48-57 (2016).
  • S. Hemmati, D. P. Barkey, N. R. Gupta, and R. Banfield, "Synthesis and characterization of silver nanowire suspensions for printable conductive media," ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol, 4(4), P3075-P3079 (2015).
  • R. M. Carroll and N. R. Gupta, "Inertial and surfactant effects on the steady droplet flow in cylindrical channels," Phys. Fluids, 26, 122102 (2014).
  • N. R. Gupta, H. Haj-Hariri, and A. Borhan, "Effect of free surface heat transfer on thermocapillary flow in double-layer fluid structures," Heat Mass Transfer, 50, 333-339 (2014).
  • Y. Cui and N. R. Gupta, "Surfactant effects on drop formation in co-flowing fluid streams," Colloids and Surfaces  A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 393, 111-121 (2012).
  • Y. Cui and N. R. Gupta, "Drop formation in co-flowing fluid systems," in press for International Journal of Transport Phenomena (2011).
  • J. Li, V. Bulusu, and N. R. Gupta, “Buoyancy-driven motion of bubbles in square channels,” Chem. Eng. Sci., 63(14), 3766-3774 (2008).
  •  N. R. Gupta and A. Borhan, “Thermocapillary convection in Double-Layer Fluid Structures within an Two-dimensional Open Cavity,” J. Coll. Int. Sci., 315(1), 237-247 (2007).
  • N. R. Gupta, H. Haj-Hariri, and A. Borhan, "Thermocapillary flow in double-layer fluid structures,” Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci., 1077, 395-414 (2006).
  • F. Jin, N. R. Gupta, and K. J. Stebe, “The detachment of a viscous drop in a viscous solution in the presence of a soluble surfactant,” Phys. Fluids, 18(2), 022103 (2006).
Nivedita Gupta
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