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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


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; turbulence and combustion, micro-scale flows, biological and soft systems

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

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

  • Sherwood, J. D.; Ghosal, S., Packing a flexible fiber into a cavity, Physical Review E (2022).
  • Sherwood, J. D.; Ghosal, S., Electrophoresis of tightly fitting spheres along a circular cylinder of finite length, Journal of fluid Mechanics (2021).
  • Pandey, Doyel; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Ghosal, Sandip, Charge Selectivity of an Ionic Transistor, Langmuir 37(15):4571-4577 (2021).
  • Ghosal, S., Exclusion-Enrichment Effect in Ionic Transistors, Langmuir 36(13):3308-3314 (2020).
  • Das, Sankha Shuvra; Kumar, Sumeet; Ghosal, Sambuddha; Ghosal, Sandip; Chakraborty, Suman, Anomalous diffusion in an electrolyte saturated paper matrix, ELECTROPHORESIS 41(9):678-683 (2020).
  • Sherwood, J. D.; Ghosal, S., Effect of Nonzero Solid Permittivity on the Electrical Repulsion between Charged Surfaces, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 36(10):2592-2600 (2020).
  • Pandey, Doyel; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Ghosal, Sandip, A numerical study of the selectivity of an isolated cylindrical or conical nanopore to a charged macro-ion, Biomicrofluidics 13(5) (2019).
  • Ghosal, Sandip; Sherwood, John D.; Chang, Hsueh Chia, Solid-state nanopore hydrodynamics and transport, Biomicrofluidics 13(1) (2019).

In the Classroom

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