Partha Patra

Partha Patra
Tel: 001 347-518-3052


  • B. Tech 1994 Metallurgical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India
  • M. Tech. 2001 Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Ph. D 2007 Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Major Courses and Skills: Colloid and Suf. Sci., Bio-metallurgy, Hazardous waste management, Earth Resource recovery and management, Bio-reagent synthesis and application, Oil spill remediation, Emulsions, protein and surfactant dynamics at interfaces

Technical Interests

  • Microbe-mineral interactions – development & application of mineral specific microbially derived exo-polymers
  • Understanding of the rheological behavior of concentrated suspension – Complex sulfide ore processing
  • Synthesis and innovative application of bio-reagents for oil spill remediation, emulsification and others
  • Innovation in application of surfactants for lubrication, hydraulic fracing, etc.
  • Understanding of the molecular forces in self assembled surfactant structures
  • Protein dynamics and aggregation behavior at oil-water and air-water interfaces

Experience – Research / Industrial

  • 2007-present: Post-doctoral Fellow and Associate research scientist at, Columbia University, CPaSS, NY, USA
  • 2006-2007: Post-doctoral Fellow at, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
  • 2001-2002: Research assistant, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Extra-curriculum: Leadership, Teaching, outreach etc.

  • In the editorial board of Encyclopedia of Colloid and surface Science and Geomaterials journal, Peer-reviewer of Drug discovery today, Journal of Coll and interf sci., Coll and Surf: A/B, Tenside detergents, etc; Educating high school students