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About Surita Bhatia

Our research focuses on complex fluids, which can be defined as solutions and gels containing surfactants, polymers, and colloidal particles. These "soft materials" have been investigated for a wide variety of applications, including paints, coatings, adhesives, cosmetics, skin and eye care products, and food additives. More recently, solutions of surfactants and polymers have been investigated as potential drug delivery agents and models for biomembranes.


Present Adjunct Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2012, AIChE Mentorship Excellence Award
  • 2011, Invited participant, NSF/AAS Workshop on Diverisity Technology Development Award
  • 2010, UMass Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property Technology Development Award Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education
  • 2008, UMass Program Outreach Innovation Award
  • 2005, UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
  • 2004, UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2003-2008, National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2002-2005, Dupont Young Professor Award
  • 2002-2005, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award

Contact Information

112F Goessmann Lab
686 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-0096
Fax: 413-545-1647