Mechanical Engineering

Aloke Kumar

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Assistant Professor



• Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA (2005-2010)

• Master of Technology, Industrial Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (2005)

• Bachelor of Technology, Manufacturing Science and Engg Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (2005).

Position Summary/ Research Interest:

Microfluidics and nanofluidics; Biomicrofluidics; Biofilms; Electrokinetics; Opto-electrofluidics


Selected Publications:

• A. Kumar*, D. Karig, R. Acharya, S. Neethirajan, P. P. Mukherjee, S. T. Retterer, M. J. Doktycz, “Microscale confinement features in microfluidic devices can affect biofilm formation”, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (Accepted)

• A. Valie, A. Kumar*, P. P. Mukherjee, Y. Liu, T. Thundat*, “A web of streamers: biofilm formation in a porous microfluidic device”, Lab-on-a-chip, 12, 5115 (2012) (featured as HOT Article)

• J-S Kwon, S. P. Ravindranath, A. Kumar, J. Irudayaraj, S. T. Wereley, “Opto-electrokinetic manipulation technique for high-performance on-chip biological assay”, Lab-on-a-chip, 12, 4955
(2012) (Cover Art Article; also listed in ‘Top 10%’ Articles in Nov 2012; Highlighted by Nature Photonics, 7, 12 (2012) )

• A. Kumar*, S. J. Williams, H-S. Chuang, N.G. Green and S. T. Wereley, “Hybrid opto-electric manipulation in microfluidics – opportunities and challenges”, Lab-on-a-chip, 11, 2135 (2011) (Cover Art Article; also HOT Article)

• A. Kumar*, N. P. Mortensen, P. P. Mukherjee, S. T. Retterer and M.J. Doktycz, “Electric field induced bacterial flocculation of Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli 042”, Applied Physics Letters,
98, 253701 (2011) (Cover Art Article; also featured in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, July 1 2011 Issue)

• A. Kumar, C. Cierpka, S. J. Williams, S. T. Wereley, “3D3C velocimetry measurements of an electrothermal microvortex using wavefront deformation PTV and a single camera” , Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 10, 355 (2011)

• A. Kumar, H-S. Chuang, S. T. Wereley, “Dynamic manipulation by light and electric fields: micrometer particles to microliter droplets”, Langmuir, 26, 7656 (2010)

• A. Kumar, J-S. Kwon, S. J. Williams, N. G. Green, N. K. Yip and S. T. Wereley, “Optically modulated electrokinetic manipulation and concentration of colloidal particles near an electrode surface”, Langmuir, 26, 5262 (2010)

• S. J. Williams, A. Kumar, N. G. Green and S. T. Wereley, “Optically induced electrokinetic concentration and separation of colloids”, J. Micromechanics and Microengineering, 20, 015022 (2010) (IOP Select; also Highlights of 2010 Paper)

• S. J. Williams, A. Kumar, N. G. Green and S. T. Wereley, “A simple, optically induced electrokinetic method to concentrate and pattern nanoparticles”, Nanoscale, 1, 133 (2009)

• A. Kumar, S. J. Williams and S. T. Wereley, “Experiments on opto-electrically generated microfluidic vortices”, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 6, 637(2009)

• S. J. Williams, A. Kumar and S. T. Wereley, “Electrokinetic patterning of colloidal particles with optical landscapes”, Lab-on-a-chip, 8, 1879 (2008)


Select Awards:

• Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (2010-2012)
• DeKármán Fellowship, Josephine DeKármán Fellowship Trust, California, USA (2009-2010)
• Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2009-2010)
• Adelberg Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2007-2008)
• Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2005-2006)
• Paul Foundation Scholar, The Paul Foundation, Calcutta India (2005)