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Sandip Ghosal

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L495
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-5990Email Sandip Ghosal


Research Projects


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program

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M.Phil & Ph.D. Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY

B.S. Physics, Presidency College, Calcutta, India

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics; micro-scale flows, biological and soft systems, turbulence

Research webpage:  http://ghosal.mech.northwestern.edu/

Reearch Blog:   http://s-ghosal.blogspot.com

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Cambridge University (UK)
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University (UK)
  • NASA ASEE Faculty Fellowship
  • Fellow of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University
  • CTR Summer research fellow, Stanford University
  • GFD fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Fellow of the faculty (Physics), Columbia University
  • J. Bose National Science Talent Search Award, India

Significant Professional Service

  • Chair of Acrivos dissertation award committee, American Physical Society (Division of Fluid Dynamics)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Mechanics Journal
  • Organizing Committee Member & Workshop Chair: IMA Thematic Year on Complex Fluids & Complex Flows

Selected Publications

  • J. D. Sherwood, Sandip Ghosal, “Nonlinear electrophoresis of a tightly fitting sphere in a cylindrical tube”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, (2018)
  • Nicholas A.W. Bell, Kaikai Chen, Sandip Ghosal, Maria Ricci, Ulrich F. Keyser, “Asymmetric dynamics of DNA entering and exiting a strongly confining nanopore”, Nature Communications, (2017)
  • Sandip Ghosal, John D. Sherwood, “Screened Coulomb interactions with non-uniform surface charge”, Proceedings of The Royal Society of London, Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, (2017)
  • Sandip Ghosal, John D. Sherwood, “Repulsion between Finite Charged Plates with Strongly Overlapped Electric Double Layers”, Langmuir, (2016)
  • Ghosal, Sandip; Dey, Ranabir; Shaik, Vaseem Akram; Chakraborty, Debapriya; Chakraborty, Suman, “AC electric field-induced trapping of microparticles in pinched microconfinements”, Langmuir, (2015)
  • Ghosal, S.; Mao, M.; Sherwood, J.D., “Electrically generated eddies at an eightfold stagnation point within a nanopore”, Physics of Fluids, (2014)
  • Ghosal, S.; Mao, M.; Sherwood, J.D., “Electro-osmotic flow through a nanopore”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, (2014)
  • Ghosal, S.; Mao, M.; Sherwood, J.D., “Electroosmosis in a finite cylindrical pore: Simple models of end effects”, Langmuir, (2014)
  • Ghosal, Sandip; Keyser, Ulrich F.; Laohakunakorn, Nadanai; Gollnick, Benjamin; Moreno-Herrero, Fernando, “A Landau-Squire nanojet”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • S Ghosal;Y Fukui, “Does buckling instability of the pseudopodium limit how well an amoeba can climb?”, Journal of Theoretical Biology, (2011)
  • S Ghosal;Z Chen, “Nonlinear Waves in Capillary Electrophoresis”, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, (2010)
  • S GHOSAL;Z CHEN, “A nonlinear equation for ionic diffusion in a strong binary electrolyte”, Proceedings of the Royal Society a-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, (2010)
  • S Datta, S Ghosal, “Characterizing dispersion in microfluidic channels”, Lab on a Chip, (2009)

In the Classroom

Professor Ghosal has taught Fluid Mechanics and various topics in Engineering Mathematics for graduate and undergraduate students.