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Dr. Mahendra Sunkara, PH.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr Sunkara

Mahendra Sunkara, PhD

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B.Tech. Chemical Engineering – Andhra University, India - 1986

M.S. Chemical Engineering – Clarkson University - 1988

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – Case Western Reserve University - 1993


  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1999
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in Engineering, 1999
  • Top 25 Young Guns in Louisville, Louisville Magazine, 2002.
  • Finalist, Speed School Alumni Scholar, 2002.
  • Member, Sigma Xi


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • American Society of Materials (ASM/TMS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)


  • M. Mozetic, U. Cvelbar, M.K. Sunkara and S. Vaddiraju, “A method for the rapid synthesis of large quantities of metal oxide nanowires at low temperatures”, Advanced Materials, 17(17), 2138, (2005).
  • G. Bhimarasetti and M.K. Sunkara, “Synthesis of sub-20-nm-sized bismuth 1-D structures using gallium-bismuth systems, J. of Phys. Chem. B., 109(34), 16219-16222 (2005)
  • S. Vaddiraju, A. Mohite, A. Chin, M. Meyyappan, G. Sumanasekera, B. Alphenaar and M.K. Sunkara, “Mechanisms of 1D crystal growth in reactive vapor transport: Indium nitride nanowires”, NanoLetters 5(8), 1625-1631 (2005).
  • K.C. Krogman, T. Druffel, and M.K. Sunkara, “Anti-reflective optical coatings incorporating nanoparticles”, Nanotechnology, 16 (7), S338-343 (2005).
  • G. Bhimarasetti, J.M. Cowley, and M.K. Sunkara, “Carbon microtubes: tuning internal diameters andconical angles”, Nanotechnology, 16 (7), S362-S369 (2005).

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