Anish Tuteja, phd


Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering


Anish Tuteja is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (2001) from Panjab University. Tuteja received his Ph.D. (2006) from the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University, working with Prof. Michael E. Mackay. Following his Ph.D., Tuteja started his postdoctoral work on developing superoleophobic surfaces in the labs of Prof. Robert E. Cohen (Chemical Engineering) and Prof. Gareth H. McKinley (Mechanical Engineering) at MIT. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2009. He has been awarded the 2014 NSF CAREER Award, 2014 Best Science Paper Award (Institute of Civil Engineers) and the 2011 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award.  

His research interests pertain to the modification of surface-liquid and surface-solid interactions for addressing a range of applications. Current work in his group includes the design of so called “omniphobic” surfaces i.e. surfaces which repel all liquids; instant and persistent antimicrobial surfaces, and development of multiphasic nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery. 

Tuteja’s work has led to more than 13 patents / patent disclosures and over 40 peer reviewed publications, including multiple publications in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Angewandte Chemie and PNAS. Five startup companies have been launched to commercialize the work performed in his lab at the University of Michigan. His previous work on developing superoleophobic surfaces was named as one of the “Top five new discoveries that will change the world”, while the work on oil-water separation was named as one of the “breakthroughs of the year”. His work has also been highlighted by Bloomberg TV, National Public Radio, ABC News, CBC News, Science Podcast, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and thousands of other news outlets, magazines and newspapers.