Kota Research Group


We leverage our strength in surface science to conduct both fundamental and applied research in the areas of bio-inspired and bio-compatible surfaces, super-repellent surfaces, chemically patterned surfaces, and stimuli-responsive surfaces. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and it addresses some of the key issues in the areas of membrane separations, boiling and condensation heat transfer, icephobicity, droplet bouncing dynamics, open channel microfluidics and microrobotics involving low surface tension liquids.

Selected Publications

Recent Group News

Jun 5, 2014 Prof. Kota’s paper on Superoleophobic Surfaces has been awarded the Best Science Paper Award by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

May 20, 2014 A knowledgeable and skillful postdoctoral researcher - Wei - has joined the group.Welcome!

May 1, 2014 An outstanding undergraduate student - Lewis - has joined the group. Welcome!

April 25, 2014 Darryl received the “Outstanding Senior Researcher” award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering @ CSU. Congratulations!

April 25, 2014 A resourceful masters student - Seth - has joined the group. Welcome!

January 15, 2014 A highly motivated doctoral student - Sanli - has joined the group. Welcome!

December 1, 2013 The lab is now fully functional with equipment including contact angle goniometer and tensiometer, a high speed camera, vacuum oven, UV lamps, spin coater and spray coater.

November 15, 2013 Four outstanding undergraduate students - Ari, Tia, Karsten and Robbie - have joined the group. Welcome!

November 1, 2013 An energetic and motivated masters student - Darryl - has joined the group. Welcome!

S. Pan, A. K. Kota, A. Tuteja, “Superomniphobic surfaces for effective chemical shielding,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135, p. 578 (2013).

S. P. R. Kobaku, A. K. Kota, J. M. Mabry, A. Tuteja, “Patterned superomniphobic-superomniphilic surfaces: Templates for site-selective self-assembly,” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51, p. 10109 (2012).

A. K. Kota, G. Kwon, W. Choi, J. M. Mabry, A. Tuteja, “Hygro-responsive membranes for effective oil-water separation,” Nature Communications, 3, 1025 (2012).

G. Kwon, A. K. Kota, Y. Li, A. Sohani, J. M. Mabry, A. Tuteja, “On-demand Separation of Oil-Water Mixtures,” Advanced Materials, 24, p. 3666 (2012).

Research Overview



Patterned Superomniphobic-Superomniphilic Surfaces



Electric Field Responsive Interfaces

Openings: We are always looking for highly motivated postdocs and students. Email if you need more information about the group.