Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Ketul Popat


Office: Scott 312
Phone: 970-491-1468

Dr. Ketul Popat

Director, Biomaterials Surface Micro/Nano-Engineering Laboratory

Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering

Director of Undergraduate Program, School of Biomedical Engineering

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Advanced Materials Discovery

Dr. Popat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering/School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University. Prior to that, he was working as a Research Specialist in the Department of Physiology at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Langmuir, Biomaterials, Journal of Orthopedic Research, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, etc. and has and h-index of 39. He has also presented his work at numerous national and international level conferences. He currently directs the Biomaterials Surface Micro/Nano-engineering Laboratory (BSμηL) that currently includes 3 PhD students, 2 MS students, 4 BS students and 4 international visiting students/faculty.


  • Ph.D. 2003, University of Illinois at Chicago—Bioengineering
  • M.Engr. 2000, Illinois Institute of Technology—Chemical Engineering
  • B.E. 1998, Maharaja Sayajirao University—Chemical Engineering


Research Interests

  • Titanium Nanomaterials for Orthopedic Implants
  • Blood-Contacting Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Medical Devices
  • Superhydrophobic and Superhydrophilic Surfaces for Blood Contacting Materials
  • Polymeric Nanostructured Surfaces for Tissue Engineering Applications 
  • Novel Alloys and Surface Treatments or Implants Applications

Honors and Awards

  • 2019, George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Award, College of Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
  • 2018, Art Corey Award for Outstanding International Contributions, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
  • 2017, Teaching Excellence Award, School of Biomedical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
  • 2016, Best Professor Nominee, Engineering College Council, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
  • 2010, George T. Abell Outstanding Early Career Award, College of Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA

International Connections

  • Country: India
    Contact: Dr. Neetu Singh, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Research
  • Country: India
    Contact: Prof. Radhakrishnan and Prof. Selvakumar, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Research/Education
  • Country: Brazil
    Contact: Prof. Ana Paula Rosifini Alves Claro, Universidade Estadual Paulista Jlio de Mesquita Filho, Campus de Guaratinguet, Research
  • Country: India
    Contact: Prof. Geetha Manivasagam, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Research
  • Country: Brazil
    Contact: Prof. Paulo C. Soares, Pontificia Universidade Catlica do Paran, Curitiba, Research
  • Country: Brazil
    Contact: Prof. Rodrigo Viera, Universidade Federal do Ceará, UFC · Departamento de Engenharia Química
  • Country: South Africa
    Contact: Prof. Michael Pillay, Vaal University of Technology, vut · Department of Biotechnology
  • Country: Canada
    Contact: Prof. Diego Mantovani, Laval University, ULAVAL · Department of Mining Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Country: Brazil
    Contact: Alessandro Martins,  Federal University of Technology – Paraná/Brazil (UTFPR) | UTFPR · Chemistry Department
  • Country: Brazil
    Contact: Ângela Maria Moraes, Universidade Estadual de Campinas