Professor Muralidhar Krishnamurthy

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208106 UP India

Areas of Interest:

Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Optical measurements, Interfacial phenomena, Condensation on textured surfaces, Numerical simulation, Biomedical imaging, Gas hydrates and carbon sequestration, Thermophysical properties of aqueous suspensions.


Laser measurements and inversion, Numerical simulation, Gas hydrates, Dropwise condensation of steam and metal vapour, Bluff-body wakes, Forced jets

Consultancy Areas:

Biomedical imaging, Solar distillation, Gas hydrates, Wall heat flux sensors.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Government (including funding agencies)

Major Professional Contributions:

I have developed optical measurement techniques and numerical algorithms in several contexts. My work has led to better understanding of transport phenomena in porous media, wake dynamics, flow control, crystal growth, and biomedical flows. It finds applications in enhanced oil recovery, gas hydrates, regenerators, nuclear waste disposal, and growth of optical crystals. My work on interferometric tomography, fluid-fluid interfaces and schlieren imaging of convection patterns around growing crystals has appeared as books and invited review articles. I have a filed international patent related to enriching coarse MRI images of blood flow and several (filed) Indian patents on – (i) peristaltic pump for time-dependent flow rates, (ii) imaging chaotic flow in enlarged arteries, (iii) enhanced solar still, and (iv) optical mass diffusivity measurement system. My recent publications on dropwise condensation and interfacial phenomena have applications in water harvesting.

Professional Experience:

  • June 2009 onwards, Senior Professor (HAG), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India).
  • December 1995 to present, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India).
  • August 2003 – December 2003, Adjunct Professor, Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, USA.
  • 23rd June 2007 – 6th July 2007; 4 June – 20 June 2008; 6 July – 16 July 2009, Visited Computer Vision Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.
  • May-July 1999, INSA/JSPS Invitation Fellow, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • June-July 1997, Visiting Research Professor, SUNY Stony Brook, USA.
  • August 1996 to May 1997, JSPS Invitation Fellow, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • March 1993 to December 1995, Associate Professor, IIT, Kanpur, India.
  • July 1987 to March 1993, Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur, India.
  • January 1986 to July 1987, Post-doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, USA.
  • April 1985 to December 1985, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Delaware, Newark, DE USA .


Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, Optical measurements, Dropwise condensation, Interfacial phenomena, Computational fluid dynamics, Jets and wakes, Thermophysical properties.


Contact Information


K. Muralidhar, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 UP, India; Mobile: 99193 73363; Tel: 0512 259 7182

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  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), 1979, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur, India
  • Master of Technology (Mechanical Engineering), 1981, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Science), April 1985, University of Delaware, Newark DE, USA


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Invited Lecture entitled FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA WITH APPLICATIONS, presented on 19th March 2015 at The Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan.
  • Nominated as KEYNOTE SPEAKER from India in International Heat Transfer Conference held at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (2014).
  • Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (2014).
  • Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (2006).
  • University rank holder and degree with distinction in the undergraduate program (1979).
  • Awarded the Institution Prize of Institution of Engineers (India) for paper on enhanced oil recovery (1995).
  • Awarded the M.G. Deshpande Best Paper Prize in the National Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power Conference held at IIT Kharagpur, (1999).
  • Received letters of commendation from Director, IIT Kanpur for the following courses: Conduction and radiation, Experimental techniques in thermal sciences, Programming and Numerical methods.
  • University of Delaware Fellowship holder during the entire Ph.D program (1981-1985).
  • Awarded Institute Medal and Dr Sengupto Prize for standing First in the Master's program at IIT Madras, India (1981).

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section III: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2006

Year of Birth: 19th November 1958