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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

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

    1. Laohakunakorn N., Gollnick B., Moreno-Herrero F., Aarts D., Dullens R., Ghosal S. and Keyser U. "A Landau-Squire nanojet'' Nano Lett. (2013) doi:10.1021/nl402350a

    2.  Thacker V., Ghosal S., Hernandez-Ainsa S. & Keyser, U.  "Studying DNA translocation in nanocapillaries using single molecule fluorescence'' Appl. Phys. Lett. (2012), 101 (22), 223704

    3. Ghosal, S. "A capstan friction model for DNA ejection from bacteriophages'' Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012), 109 (24), 248105

    3. Ghosal, S. & Chen, Z. "Nonlinear waves in capillary electrophoresis''  Bull. Math. Biol. (2010), 72 (8),  2047-2066

    4. Ghosal, S.  "Effect of salt concentration on the electrophoretic speed of a polyelectrolyte through a nanopore'' Phys. Rev. Lett. (2007) 98, 238104

    5. Ghosal, S. "Electrokinetic  Flow & Dispersion in Capillary Electrophoresis'', Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. (2006), 38, 309-338

In the Classroom

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