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Anish Tuteja | Faculty

Anish Tuteja

Assistant Professor: Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering

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Profile Story

Throughout his career, Professor Anish Tuteja’s research has taken him from chemical engineering to material science, from India to Michigan to Massachusetts, and throughout it all, one topic has held his fascination: polymers.

"It’s a very interdisciplinary field," he says happily. "You have people in chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science all working in polymers."

As an undergraduate, Professor Tuteja studied chemical engineering at Panjab University in his hometown of Chandigarh, India. He moved to the United States for graduate school, leaving behind the only home he had ever known.

"I had no idea what America was going to be like, but I wanted to find out," he recalls. "You obviously miss family, but I was very excited to see how things are done here."

"There’s been a lot of work trying to repel water droplets from surfaces, but for low-surface tension liquids, like oils or alcohols, nothing had really existed."
Anish Tuteja

After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering and materials science from Michigan State University, he accepted a postdoctoral position at MIT. There, he worked on a project for the Air Force to create an oleophobic coating to repel oil droplets. When applied to the surface of rocket components, such a coating could prevent engine fires.

"There’s been a lot of work trying to repel water droplets from surfaces, but for low-surface tension liquids, like oils or alcohols, nothing had really existed."

Professor Tuteja continued pursuing the many applications of these repellent surfaces, leading him to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at U-M in 2009. He founded the Polymer, Surfaces and Interfaces Group, a lab that has developed a compound resistant to almost all liquids, even acids and bases.

When liquids land on the coated surface, they either bead up or roll off entirely, without leaving any stains behind. Professor Tuteja sees such coatings not only protecting clothes or smartphones—but also waterproofing ships to reduce drag and saving soldiers from chemical weapons.

"Anyone that I have talked to can immediately start to think of areas where they could use coatings like this," he says. "Everyone has spilled juice or wine or coffee on himself or herself."

As he continues to research repellent surfaces, Professor Tuteja makes the most of his time in Ann Arbor. He enjoys taking walks in Nichols Arboretum, dining on Main Street and following Michigan athletics.

"I love the football team, and I love following basketball," he says. "It’s great to be a part of a university that has great sports teams and great research. There are very, very few universities that can say that."

Short Bio


Michigan State University
PhD Chemical Engineering and Materials Science '06

Panjab University (India)
BE CHE '01


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, (2009-present)


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009

Research Interests

Superoleophobic surfaces, superhydrophobic surfaces, ice-repellent surfaces, membranes, polymer nanocomposites, thermoelectrics, solar cells and liquid-liquid separations.

Selected Publications

Choi, W, Tuteja, A, Chhatre, S, Mabry, JM, Cohen, RE, and McKinley, GH (2009). Fabrics With Tunable Oleophobicity, Advanced Materials, 21(21):2190-2195.

Tuteja, A, Choi, W, Mabry, JM, Cohen, RE, and McKinley, GH (2008). Robust Omniphobic Surfaces, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(47):18200-18205.

Tuteja, A, Choi, W, McKinley, GH, Cohen, RE, and Rubner, MF (2008). Design Parameters for Superhydrophobicity and Superoleophobicity, MRS Bulletin, 33:752-758.

Tuteja, A, Duxbury, PM, and Mackay, ME (2008). Polymer Chain Swelling Induced by Dispersed Nanoparticles, Physical Review Letters, 100:077801.

Tuteja, A, Choi, W, Ma, M, Mabry, JM, Mazzella, SA, Rutledge, GC, McKinley, GH, and Cohen, RE (2007). Designing Superoleophobic Surfaces, Science(318):1618-1622.

Tuteja, A, Duxbury, PM, and Mackay, ME (2007). Multifunctional Nanocomposites with Reduced Viscosity, Macromolecules(40):9427-9434.

Tuteja, A, Mackay, ME, Narayanan, S, Asokan, S, and Wong, MS (2007). Breakdown of the Continuum Stokes-Einstein Relation for Nanoscale Inclusions in Polymer Melts, Nano Letters, 7(5):1276-1281.

Mackay, ME, Tuteja, A, Duxbury, PM, Hawker, CJ, Horn, Bv, Guan, Z, and Krishnan, R (2006). General Strategies for Nanoparticle Dispersion, Science(311):1740-1743.

Tuteja, A, Mackay, ME, Horn, Bv, Hawker, CJ, and Ho, DL (2006). The Molecular Architecture and Rheological Characterization of Novel Intramolecularly Crosslinked Polystyrene Nanoparticles, Journal of Polymer Science – Part B – Polymer Physics(44):1930-1947.

Tuteja, A, Mackay, ME, Horn, Bv, Hawker, CJ, and Ho, DL (2005). Effect of Ideal, Organic Nanoparticles on the Flow Properties of Linear Polymers; Non-Einstein-like Behavior, Macromolecules(38):8000-8011.

Mackay, ME, Dao, TT, Tuteja, A, Ho, DL, Horn, Bv, Kim, H, and Hawker, CJ (2003). Nanoscale Effects Leading to Non-Einstein-Like Decrease in Viscosity, Nature Materials, 2(11):762-766.