Research Interests

  • Biomimetics
  • Superhydrophobic sand mulches and soil amendments for aridland agriculture
  • Coating-free liquid-repellent surfaces for drag reduction; Nano-/micro-fluidics
  • Surface forces (hydrophobic interactions, DLVO, structural forces)
  • Chemistries and electrification at water-hydrophobe interfaces

Selected Publications

  • Electrification at water–hydrophobe interfaces 
    J. Nauruzbayeva, Z. Sun, A. Gallo Jr. M. Ibrahim, J.C. Santamarina, H. Mishra
    Nature Communications, volume 11, Article number: 5285, (2020)
  • Mitigating cavitation erosion using biomimetic gas-entrapping microtextured surfaces (GEMS) 
    S.R. Gonzalez-Avila, D.M. Nguyen, S. Arunachalam, E.M. Domingues, H. Mishra, C.-D. Ohl
    Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 13, eaax6192, (2020)
  • A first‐principles approach for treating wastewaters 
    A.Santana, A.S. F. Farinha, A. Z.Toraño, M. Ibrahim, H. Mishra
    Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Volume121, Issue5, e26501, (2020)
  • Counterintuitive Wetting Transitions in Doubly Reentrant Cavities as a Function of Surface Make‐Up, Hydrostatic Pressure, and Cavity Aspect Ratio
    S. Arunachalam, Z. Ahmad, R. Das, H. Mishra
    Advanced Materials Interfaces, (2020)
  • Biomimetic Coating-free Superomniphobicity 
    R. Das, Z. Ahmad, J .Nauruzbayeva, H. Mishra
    Scientific Reports, Vol 10, Article 7934, (2020)
  • Superhydrophobicity and size reduction enabled Halobates (Insecta: Heteroptera, Gerridae) to colonize the open ocean
    G.A. Mahadik, J.F. Hernandez-Sanchez, S. Arunachalam, A. Gallo Jr., L. Cheng, A.S. Farinha, S. T. Thoroddsen, H. Mishra, C.M. Duarte
    Scientific Reports, Vol 10, Article 7785, (2020)
  • Nuclear Quantum Effects in Hydrophobic Nanoconfinement 
    B.R. Shrestha, S. Pillai, A. Santana, S.H. Donaldson Jr., T. A. Pascal, H. Mishra
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, volume 10, pp. 5530-5535, (2019)
  • The chemical reactions in electrosprays of water do not always correspond to those at the pristine air–water interface
    A. Gallo Jr., A.S.F. Farinha, M. Dinis, A. Emwas, A. Santana, R.J. Nielsen, W.A. Goddard, H. Mishra
    Chemical Science, (2019)
  • Bio-inspired gas-entrapping membranes (GEMs) derived from common water-wet materials for green desalination
    R. Das, S. Arunachalam, Z. Ahmad, E. Manalastas, H. Mishra
    Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 588, p. 117185 (2019)
  • Biomimetic coating-free surfaces for long-term entrapment of air under wetting liquids 
    E.M. Domingues, S. Arunachalam, J. Nauruzbayeva, H. Mishra
    Nature Communications, Vol 9:3606 (2018)


  • ​Ph.D., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, 2013
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA, 2007
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, India, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2020-Present: Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2020: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, USA


  • Best Poster Prize, 45th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering, Rhodes, Greece (September 23-26, 2019) (Zain Ahmad, MS student) (Out of 404 entries; cash prize: 400 Euros)
  • 2017: Elsevier Best Poster Award, 7th International Colloids Conference, Sitges-Barcelona, Spain (Presenter: H. Mishra)
  • 2017: First Place, Doctoral Level Students Poster Contest, 5th Water Arabia Conference and Exhibition, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia (2017) (Presenter: Adair Gallo Jr., Ph.D. student)
  • 2016: Best Presentation Award, International Conference on Science and Technology of Emerging Materials (STEMa, 2016), Thailand (Presenter: H. Mishra)
  • 2014: The Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
  • 2021-2022: Recipient of the "Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship Endowment", Institute of Chemical Technology, India



  • Editors’ Highlights, Nature Communications (2020) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19054-8
  • Cover Article, Advanced Materials Interfaces (2020) DOI:10.1002/admi.202001268
  • Cover Article, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2020) DOI:10.1002/qua.26501
  • Student delegate to the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Interdisciplinary Meeting (2020): Adair Gallo Jr., PhD student
  • Invited lecture: Physical Chemistry Seminar, College of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA (October 15th, 2019)
  • Invited lecture: Chemical Physics Seminar, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA (October 8th, 2019)
  • Session Chair, Wetting on Soft or Microtextured Surfaces, Bad Honnef, Germany (Host: Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Apr 11-13, 2019)
  • Cover Article, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2019) DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b01835
  • Cover Article, Chemical Science (2019) DOI: data-sf-ec-immutable="" 10.1039/C8SC05538F
  • Lecture at the United Nations COP-24 meeting on climate change at Katowice, Poland (Dec, 2018) got >92k views on Facebook through Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) reporting.
  • Cover Article: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10721

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​