Professor Suman Chakraborty

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Areas of Interest:

Microfluidics and microscale transport processes, Interfacial phenomena and phase change, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Nano-scale energy conversion, Point-of-care diagnostics and affordable healthcare.


Thermal and Fluid science

Consultancy Areas:

Microfluidics, Computational fluid dynamics, Micro heat pipe, Droplet based microfluidics, Medical diagnostic devices.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Consultancy Firms, Private Agencies

Major Professional Contributions:

Suman Chakraborty has made significant research contributions towards understanding multifarious theoretical and experimental facets of thermo-fluidic transport over disparate physical scales, especially related to microfluidics, nanofluidics, and phase change phenomenon. His pioneering scientific investigations have revealed that a rough surface, under specially designed circumstances, may actually help in transmitting a fluid flow, instead of creating additional resistances, contrary to common scientific intuitions. With the aid of his fundamental scientific discoveries, Chakraborty has designed new generation microneedles for blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, non-mechanical valves for controlling fluid motion with the aid of light, traction-force microscopy for capturing the spatio-temporal characteristics of cancer cell dynamics in micro-confinements, CD-based micro-devices for mixing and phase separation, paper based microfluidic devices for rapid and ultra-low-cost disease detection, rapid DNA hybridization protocols, and several other innovative miniaturized devices and systems for bio-medical, bio-technological, and chip cooling applications.

Professional Experience:

  • Head, School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2015 onwards)
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2008-date)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2007-2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2002- 2007)
  • Lecturer, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (1999-2002).


Microfluidics, Nanofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, Lab-on-CD device, Paper-and-pencil device, Interfacial phenomena, Computational fluid dynamics.


Contact Information


Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),
West Bengal, India.

Tel. No.: + 91-3222-282990 (Office)
FAX: +91-3222-282278

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  • B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) 1996, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
  • M.E. (Mechanical Engineering) 1999, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) 2002, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Awarded Santi Swarup Bhatnagar Prize by CSIR, Govt. of India, 2013
  • Elected as Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) and ASME (FASME)
  • Selected as INAE Chair Professor and recipient of Adjunct Professorship of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ACSIR)
  • Recipient of the Scopus Young Scientist Award in Engineering for the Year 2008, Platinum Jubilee Young Scientist Award given by the National Academy of Science (2007), INAE Young Engineer Award, 2004 and INSA Medal for Young Scientist, 2003
  • Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (availed years 2005, 2006 and 2007)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To : Section III: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2009

Year of Birth: 1973