Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Academic Visitor







ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





The overarching objective of my research is to unravel interactions between solid-liquid-gaseous systems and translate that knowledge into affordable materials and processes to address global environmental and public health challenges. 

At Imperial, I investigated cell-surface interactions to develop affordable materials to prevent water-borne diseases. Also, for BASF at Ludwigshafen, Germany, I developed rapid characterization methods to evaluate the stability of the pharmaceutical powders at real-world environmental conditions. 

I received a PhD and MEng from the University of Toronto and a BEng from Osmania University, all in Mechanical Engineering in addition to research training in nanoscience, surface chemistry, and microbiology. Also, I was a Visiting Scholar at Imperial College London, UK, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US. My research expertise is in thermofluidics, material science, imaging, water quality analysis, and microbiology assays.  

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hakim Mohd Azmi L, Cherukupally P, Hunter-Sellars E, et al., 2021, Polydimethyl siloxane/MIL-101 Composites for Enhanced Toluene Adsorption in the Presence of Humidity

Cherukupally P, Sun W, Williams DR, et al., 2021, Wax-wetting sponges for oil droplets recovery from frigid waters, Science Advances, Vol:7, ISSN:2375-2548

Cherukupally P, Sun W, Wong APY, et al., 2019, Surface-engineered sponges for recovery of crude oil microdroplets from wastewater, Nature Sustainability, Vol:3, ISSN:2398-9629, Pages:136-143

Cherukupally P, Acosta EJ, Hinestroza J, et al., 2017, Acid-Base Polymeric Foams for the Adsorption of Micro-oil Droplets from Industrial Effluents, Environmental Science and Technology (washington), ISSN:1520-5851


Cherukupally P, Fiddes L, Park C, et al., 2019, Open cell foams - An emerging, low-cost bacteria adhesive surface for energy and environmental applications

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