Anoop Rajappan

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Anoop obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2015, after which he moved to Cambridge, MA to join the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received a Master’s degree from MIT in 2017, and an Sc.D. degree in 2020, working with Prof. Gareth McKinley. For his doctoral thesis, Anoop studied the use of plant-based polymers and bioinspired non-wetting surfaces for reducing frictional losses in turbulent flows.

At Rice University, Anoop will work closely with Prof. Dan Preston to develop novel biomimetic surfaces with robust liquid-repellent properties, which can be used, for example, to make infection-resistant medical catheters, and non-clogging surgical drains. A key focus of his work will be to ensure that these new surfaces are durable, biocompatible, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. At the Rice Academy, Anoop looks forward to gaining valuable experience and a broader perspective through interactions and collaborations with researchers from diverse fields, as he prepares for a future career in interdisciplinary academic research.

Outside the lab, Anoop enjoys reading short fiction, watching movies, and (making clumsy attempts at) playing the violin.