Sushanta Mitra

Executive Director; Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Research Interests: Microfluidics/Nanofluidics; Bio-MEMS; Integrated Water Management


Professor Sushanta MITRA is a full Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering and is cross-appointed as a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. He serves as the Executive Director of Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute – the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN).

Before joining Waterloo, he had several administrative roles in Canadian higher education, including Department Chair (Lassonde School of Engineering), Associate Vice-President Research (York University) and Assistant Vice-President Research (University of Alberta). He also served as the President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. 

For his contributions to science and engineering, he has been elected a fellow of several professional organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a foreign fellow of both the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences India.

He has an entrepreneurial mind, being the Founder & CEO of a Canadian startup, Aquabits Inc. (on quantum computing) and a Dutch startup, SLE Enterprises B.V. (on ultra-fast encapsulation technology), supported by Waterloo.

He is equally passionate about teaching and has implemented experiential learning for first-year undergraduate engineering curricula through public-private partnerships. He has implemented a “Mobile First” learning platform to improve preparedness for post-secondary STEM programs in partnership with K-12 school and industry.

Sushanta Mitra


Recent publications include:

  • E. Wagemann, N. Y. Kim, and S. K. Mitra, "Cs+ conductance in graphene membranes with Ångström-scale pores: the role of pore entrance geometry", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, DOI: 10.1039/D4CP00400K, 2024 (Back Cover Article).
  • S. Misra, U. Banerjee, and S. K. Mitra, "Liquid−Liquid Encapsulation: Penetration vs. Trapping at a Liquid  Interfacial Layer", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c02177, 2023.
  • S. Saha, M. Sachdev, and S. K. Mitra, "Recent advances in label-free optical, electrochemical and electronic biosensors for glioma biomarkers", Biomicrofluidics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0135525, 2023.
  • S. Shyam, S. Misra, and S. K. Mitra, "A Universal Capillary-Deflection Based Adhesion Measurement Technique", J. Colloid & Interface Sci., DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2022.09.140, 2022
  • S. Misra, H. Teshima, K. Takahashi, and S. K. Mitra, "Reflected Laser Interferometry: A Versatile Tool to Probe Condensation of Low-Surface-Tension Droplets", Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c00145, 2021.
  • E. Wagemann, S. Misra, S. Das and S. K. Mitra, "Quantifying water friction in misaligned graphene channels under Ångström confinements", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 12, pp. 35757 - 35764, 2020.
  • S. Misra, K. Trinavee, N. S. K. Gunda, and S. K. Mitra, "Encapsulation with an interfacial liquid layer: Robust and efficient liquid-liquid wrapping", J. Colloid & Interface Science, Vol. 558, pp. 334 - 344, 2020.
  • N. S. K. Gunda, S. H. Gautam, and S. K. Mitra, “Artificial Intelligence based mobile application for Water Quality Monitoring”, J. Electrochemical Society, Vol. 166, pp. B1-B5, 2019 (Editor’s Choice).
  • S. Dasgupta, N. S. K. Gunda, and S. K. Mitra, “Fishing, trapping and killing of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in potable water ”, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Vol. 2, pp. 931-941, 2016 (Cover Article).
  • N. S. K. Gunda, S. Naicker, S. Shinde, S. Kimbahune, S. Shrivastava, and S. K. Mitra, “Mobile Water Kit (MWK): A Smartphone Compatible Low-Cost Water Monitoring system for rapid detection of total coliform and E. coli”, Analytical Methods, Vol. 6, pp. 6236 – 6246 , 2014 (Cover Article).
  • N. S. K. Gunda, B. Bera, N. Karadimitriou, S. K. Mitra and S. M. Majid Hassanizadeh, “Reservoir-on-a-Chip (ROC): A new paradigm in Reservoir Engineering”, Lab Chip, Vol. 11, 3785 – 3792, 2011 (Featured Article, Research Highlight from Royal Society of Chemistry 2011).