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, phase change heat transfer, icephobicity, droplet fluid mechanics, open channel microfluidics, microrobots, hemocompatibility and sensors. Checkout the Kota Research Group YouTube Channel.

Selected Publications

Recent Group News

Aug 2018 Prem joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!


Aug 2018 Sravanthi joined the group as a Doctoral student. Welcome!


Jul 2018 Sravanthi’s work on Superhydrophobic Coatings for Improved Performance of Electrical Insulators got published in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. Congratulations!


May 2018 Hamed won the Paul Wilbur Scholarship. Congratulations!


Mar 2018 Hamed won the ACS Poly travel award. Congratulations!


Jan 2018 Sanli won the outstanding graduate poster award at ACS Fluoropolymer workshop. Congratulations!


Summer 2018 Kota research group conducted outreach workshops called “Fun with Surfaces” for underrepresented high school students from the Denver public school district (primarily African American & Hispanic) and TriUte Native American tribes.


Apr 2018 Prof. Kota received the NSF CAREER Award to investigate sustainable super-repellent surfaces. Congratulations!


Mar 2018 Sravanthi successfully defended her Masters thesis. Congratulations!


Jan 2018 Matt C won the LSAMP best graduate poster award. Congratulations!


Dec 2017 Prof. Kota received an NIH R21 grant to investigate superomniphobic coatings for biomedical devices. Congratulations!


Oct 2017 Anudeep successfully defended his Masters thesis. Congratulations!


Sep 2017 Prof. Kota received the ACS PRF New Directions grant to investigate role of contact angle hysteresis in single phase flows. Congratulations!


Aug 2017 Sanli won the Walter Scott Jr. CoE Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Congratulations!


Aug 2017 Dan joined the group as a Doctoral student. Welcome!


Aug 2017 Hamed and Wei’s work on Coalescence-Induced Self-Propulsion of Droplets on Superomniphobic Surfaces got published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations!


Jul 2017 Prof. Kota received an NIH R01 grant to investigate superhydrophobic heart valve prosthesis. Congratulations!


Jul 2017 Anudeep and Sanli’s work on Fabrication of nanostructured omniphobic and superomniphobic surfaces with inexpensive CO2 laser engraver got published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations!


Jun 2017 Lewis successfully defended his Masters thesis. Congratulations!


Jun 2017 Hamed’s work on Metallic superhydrophobic surfaces via thermal sensitization got published in Applied Physics Letters. Congratulations!


Summer 2017 Kota research group conducted outreach workshops called “Fun with Surfaces” for underrepresented high school students from the Denver public school district (primarily African American & Hispanic) and TriUte Native American tribes.


May 2017 Wei’s work on Metamorphic superomniphobic surfaces got published in Advanced Materials. Congratulations!


Apr 2017 Hamed won people’s choice award for best presentation at the CSU Ventures Innovation Symposium. Congratulations!


Dec 2016 Sanli and Vicki’s work on Hemocompatibility of superhemophobic titania surfaces got published in Advanced Healthcare Materials. Congratulations!


Nov 2016 Darryl and Wei’s work on Durable gels with ultra-low adhesion to ice got published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Congratulations!


Oct 2016 Matt C won the Gary Olson scholarship. Congratulations!


Aug 2016 Lewis won 1st prize for best poster at the ACS Young Talent in Colorado and Beyond. Congratulations!


Aug 2016 Matt C won the NSF Bridge to Doctorate scholarship. Congratulations!


Aug 2016 Matt C joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!


Aug 2016 Hamed and Wei’s work on Free-standing, flexible superomniphobic films got published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations!


Jul 2016 Karsten and Wei’s work on Superhydrophobic coatings with edible materials got published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations!


Jul 2016 Sanli’s work on Tunable superomniphobic surfaces for sorting droplets by surface tension got published in Lab on a Chip. Congratulations!


Summer 2016 Kota research group conducted outreach workshops called “Fun with Surfaces” for underrepresented high school students from the Denver public school district (primarily African American & Hispanic) and TriUte Native American tribes.


May 2016 The senior design team (Nick, Abdullah, Turki, Mike, Cassie) has won 3rd best prize for senior design project. Congratulations!


Apr 2016 Sanli won people’s choice award for best presentation at the CSU Ventures Innovation Symposium. Congratulations!


Mar 2016 Prof. Kota received the US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship. Congratulations!


Feb 2016 Prof. Kota received the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU. Congratulations!


Jan 2016 Sravanthi joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!


Aug 2015 Lewis joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!


Jul 2015 Darryl successfully defended his Masters thesis. Congratulations!


Summer 2015 Kota research group conducted outreach workshops on Surface Science for underrepresented (primarily women and African American) freshmen engineering students, underrepresented high school students from the Denver public school district (primarily African American & Hispanic) and Native American middle school and high school students from TriUte tribes.


Mar 2015 Anudeep joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!


Jan 2015 Hamed joined the group as a Doctoral student. Welcome!


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


Summer 2014 Kota research group conducted an outreach workshop on Engineering and Surface Science for underrepresented (primarily African American) high school students from the Poudre school district.


May 2014 Dr. Wei Wang joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome!


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


January 2014 Sanli joined the group as a Doctoral student. Welcome!


November 2013 Darryl joined the group as a Masters student. Welcome!

W. Wang, J. Salazar, H. Vahabi, A. Joshi-Imre, W. E. Voit*, A. K. Kota*, “Metamorphic Superomniphobic Surfaces,” Advanced Materials, 27, p. 1700295 (2017).


S. Movafaghi, V. Leszczak, W. Wang, J. A. Sorkin, L. P. Dasi, K. C. Popat*, A. K. Kota*, “Hemocompatibility of superhemophobic titania surfaces,” Advanced Healthcare Materials, 6, p. 1600717 (2017)


H. Vahabi, W. Wang, S. Davies, J. M. Mabry, and A. K. Kota*, “Coalescence-Induced Self-Propulsion of Droplets on Superomniphobic Surfaces,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9, p. 29328 (2017).


D. Beemer, W. Wang, A. K. Kota*, “Durable gels with ultra-low adhesion to ice,” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, p. 18253 (2016).


S. Movafaghi, W. Wang, A. Metzger, D. D. Williams, J. D. Williams, A. K. Kota*, “Tunable superomniphobic surfaces for sorting droplets by surface tension,” Lab on a Chip, 16, p. 3204 (2016).


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


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).

Research Overview

Superomniphobic

Surfaces

Open Channel

Microfluidics & Sensors

Hemocompatible

Surfaces

Deicing

Surfaces

Openings: We are always looking for highly motivated postdocs and students. Email if you are interested in joining our group.

Funding & Support

We thank the following institutions, foundations and industries for supporting our research: