Micro Nano Bio Fluidics Unit



Dr. Ashis K Sen is a Professor in the Dept of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southampton, UK (2008-2010), visiting faculty at TU Darmstadt (2012) and OIST Japan (2017). He received his BE degree from NIT Rourkela, ME degree from IISc Bangalore and PhD degree from USC-Columbia in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Sen has made significant original contributions to research in micro/nanofluidics. Particularly, he has made notable contributions to the field of droplet microfluidics and  acoustofluidics in terms of both fundamental physics as well as technology development. He has published over 130 research articles in various prestigious international journals. He has also published several conference proceedings, 8 books/book chapters, filed 6 patents, and supervised 25 Ph.D./MS scholars. He has delivered several keynote/invited talks at various prestigious international conferences/workshopws.

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards/fellowships: Swarna Jayanti Fellowship 2017-18, IITM Institute Research and Development Award (IRDA) - Mid-career level 2021, Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards  2020, NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award 2019, IITM IRDA - Early-career level 2017, IITM Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA) 2017 and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award 2013, Institution of Engineers India (IEI) Young Engineer Award 2013, and the USC Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2007.

He has served as an elected Board Member of the International Acoustofluidics Society (2021-2024) and is a Life member of the Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer, Indian Society of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, and Indian Society of Smart Materials and Structures.

  • Micro/Nanoscale Interfacial Phenomena.
  • Droplet Microfluidics and Soft Matter.
  • Acoustofluidics.
  • Wetting and Capillarity.
  • Lab on Chip Technology.
  • PhD : University of South Carolina – Columbia, USA (2005-2008)
  • ME  : Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore, India (2001-2003)
  • B.E  : National Institute of Technology – Rourkela, India (1996-2000)
  • Professor, IIT Madras (2021 - till date)
  • Associate Professor, IIT Madras (2016 - 2021)
  • Assistant Professor, IIT Madras (2010 - 2016)
  • Research Associate, University of Southampton UK (2009 - 2010)
  • Sr Microfluidics Engineer, Epigem Ltd UK (2008 - 2009)
  • Thermal Engineer, Applied Thermal Technologies Pune, India (2003 - 2005)
  • Elected Board Member, Acoustofluidics Society (International) (2021-2024).
  • Swarna Jayanti Fellowship Award (Engineering Sciences) 2017-2018, Dept. of Science and Technology, India.
  • Institute Research & Development Award (IRDA) 2017- Mid Career Level, IIT Madras, 2021.
  • Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards, 2020.
  • NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Awards, Innovation in Engineering and Physical Sciences, 2019.
  • Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA) 2017, IIT Madras, 2017.
  • Institute Research & Development Award (IRDA) 2017- Early Career Level, IIT Madras, 2017.
  • Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award (2013).
  • Institute of Engineers India (IEI) Young Engineer Award (2013).
  • USC Outstanding Graduate Student Award, USC-Columbia (2007).
  • Guest Editor, Biomicrofluidics, Special Issue - Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in India, 2023-24.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Fluids Engineering, 2022-till dt.
  • Editor, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) transactions, 2022-till dt.
  • Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Physics, 2021-till date.
  • Institute of Smart Materials and Systems: Life Member (No. 388)
  • Indian Society of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power: Life Member (No. LM740)
  • Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer: Life Member (No. 839)   
  1. Development of a micropump for electrospray microthruster, ISRO, 2023-2025.
  2. Micro Nano Bio -Fluidics, Phase - I and II, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, 2021-2025.
  3. Fundamental Study of Polar Liquids inside Slit-like Nanochannels, Science and Engineering Research Board, DST, 2021-24.
  4. Understanding Acoustofluidics Based Manipulation of Fluid Interfaces and particles in Microfluidics, PI, DST (Swarna Jayanti Fellowship), 2019-2024.
  5. Understanding Behavior of Droplets and Liquid Interfaces under a Magnetic Field, PI, 43.12 lakhs, 2020-2023.
  6. Nanotelectronics Network for Research and Application (NNetRA), MeiTY and DST, Co-PI, 2018-201.
  7. Microfluidic platform for continuous monitoring of gasotransmitters for early level management of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome in Trauma patients, IMPRINT, PI, 2017-2020.
  8. Development of Smartphone Integrated Generic Microfluidic Devices for Rapid, Portable and Affordable healthcare diagnostics, IMPRINT, co-PI, 2017-2020.
  9. Lab on chip for Blood Plasma Separation and Detection of Antigens using SPR, TDB (DST), PI, 2017-2019.
  10. Microfluidic platform for identification and isolation of target cells, SERB (DST), PI, 2015-2018.
  11. Development of microfluidics based healthcare diagnostics, IIT Madras, Role: PI, Duration: 2015-2020.
  12. Sorting of deformable objects in microchannels for biomedical applications, DBT, PI, Duration: 2013-2016.
  13. Development of Electrospray Based MEMS Microthruster, ISRO (ISRO-IITM STC), Role: PI, 2013-2016.
  14. Development of a ‘plug-n-play’ microfluidic research platform and novel approaches to mixing, droplet, particle separation and pumping at micro-scale, DST (Fast-Track Early Career Grant), PI,
  • Area Review Panel (ARP) for "Devices and Diagnostics" for BIPP, SBIRI & PACE schemes.
  • Member, Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting for Swayam Prabha, DTH Channel 11.
  • Expert - Faculty Selection, MNIT Allahabad.
  • UGC Nominee, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai, 2022-2027.
  • Member, IIT Madras Strategic Planning Committee (Faculty), 2021.
  • Member, Planning Committee, micro Flow and Interfacial Phenomena (µFIP) conference.
  • Treasurer, Mechanical Engineering Association (MEA), IIT Madras, 2016-till date.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engg. & Science IPSA.
  • Member, Project Monitoring Committee, BIPP, BIRAC, 2019.
  • Member, Institute Hindi OLIC committee, IIT Madras, 2014-2019.
  • Member, Board of Academic Research (BAR), IIT Madras, 2016- 2018.
  • Member, Technical Experts Committee (TEC), SBIRI, BIRAC, Feb 20, 2017.
  • Chairman, Ph.D. Comprehensive viva and Doctoral DC meetings for MNBE Group, 2015-2017.
  • Member, NFSC Research Project Review Committee, IIT Madras, 2016.
  • Member, Institute Time Table Committee, IIT Madras, 2014-2016.
  • Convener, MNBE Group, Dept. of ME, IIT Madras, 2016-present.
  • Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering Lab II, July-Nov, 2013
  • Member, Project Review Committee, DST-TSDP, 2016.
  • Keynote Speaker, Micro Flow and Interfacial Phenomena, Hong kong, June 21-24, 2024.
  • Invited Speaker, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Gandhinagar, March 15, 2024.
  • Invited Speaker, Collaborative Research Center on Interaction between Transport and Wetting Processes, TU Darmstadt, Germany, Feb 09, 2024.
  • Invited Speaker, NIPER-PHARMACON 2023, International Conference on New Horizons in Drugs, Devices & Diagnostics, Hyderabad, 14 – 16 September 2023.
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE Nanomed, OIST, Japan, Dec 5-8, 2023.
  • Keynote Speaker, IRN – CNRS Hydrobio, Oct 17-19 2022, IISc Bangalore.
  • Keynote Speaker, Complex Fluids 2020, IIT Bombay.
  • Keynote Speaker, FMFP 2020, IIT Guwahati.
  • Invited Speaker, ACS Science Talks, Science Connect: Langmuir, 10-12 October 2020.
  • Keynote Speaker, 17th NAMIS International Workshop 2019 (IIT Bombay and CNRS) - Nano and Microsystems for fundamental, medical, and industrial applications, IIT Bombay, Mumbai.
  • Keynote Speaker, Acoustofluidics 2019 Conference, University of Twente, Enschede.
  • Keynote Speaker, IHMTC-2019: 25th National and 3rd International ISHMT-ASTFE Heat and Mass Transfer Conference. IIT Roorkee.
  • Keynote Speaker, 7th International and 45th National Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power Conference (FMFP), IIT Bombay, Dec 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker, Certificate Program on “Microfluidics – A Promising Technology for Future”, Rajalakshmi Engineering College.
  • Invited lecture, Microfluidics session at CompFlu-2018, December 2018 at IIT Roorkee, India.
  • Invited to display research in the Exhibition on Innovations in Medical Science and Bio-Technology for Grassroots Applications at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, March 2017.