Suman Chakraborty is Head of the School of Medical Science and Technology, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Dean at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Prof. Chakraborty has research interests in the areas of Microfluidics, Nanofluidics, and CFD. Through a serious of investigations, he resolved one of the outstanding paradoxes on interfacial slip in nanoscale transport, by demonstrating the exact mechanism by which less dense phases may be segregated within nanometer length scales adhering to solid-liquid interface.
He further extended this model to understand electrohydrodynamics in presence of hydrophobic interactions, resolving outstanding anomalies on massive amplification in electrokinetic pumping in nanochannels. Suman has also been the first researcher to develop a fundamental theory on electrokinetic transport of blood through microfluidic conduits, and to translate the same towards the development of an original device for analyzing the flow of blood from a droplet into a microfluidic capillary, together with the effects of suspended red blood cells and dynamically evolving contact angle on the underlying non-intuitive flow features under the complex coupling of electrokinetics, interfacial phenomena and fluid rheology.
In recognition of his pioneering research contributions in Engineering Sciences, he has been conferred the Santi Swaroop Bhatanagar Prize, the highest scientific honour from the Government of India. He has also become Fellow of various National Academies of Science and Engineering, and a fellow of ASME.