Gopala Krishna Darbha

Assistant Professor
Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: gkdarbha [at]
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Research Interest:

    To understand the fate and transport of nanoparticles in the subsurface environment. More specifically to interpret the mechanisms responsible for deposition or mobility of colloids/nanoparticles in the porous (soil) environment and at rock and mineral surfaces. Also, the studies focus on understanding the transport of contaminants such as toxic metal ions or environmental pollutants such as PCBs and PAHs (colloid-associated-contaminants). Advertisement for Ph.D. recruitment can be found at

Academic Background:
  1. M.Sc., M.Tech., Ph.D. (Environmental Nanoscience), USA (Jackson State University), 2008

  1. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Senior postdoc, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2011 - 2016)
  3. Postdoc, University of Gottingen, Germany (2008 - 2011)
  4. Postdoc, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (2008 - 2008)

Awards and Honors:
  1. Ramanujan Fellowship from SERB, Department of Science and Technology (2016)
  2. Best graduate student Ph.D. from Jackson State University, U.S.A. (2008)
  3. 2nd prize in graduate student presentation from 8th SSCCM Conference (2008)
  4. 2nd prize in graduate student presentation from 7th SSCCM Conference (2007)
  5. Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering with 98.6 percentile from AICTE (2003)
  6. Sri N.Sri Ramabhadra Raju memorial prize (Gold medal) for standing top among all B.S. students from D.N.R. College, Andhra University (2000)
  7. Sri N.Bangar Raju memorial prize for standing first among all the B.S. Physics students from D.N.R. College, Andhra University (2000)
  8. Sri A.B.R.B.Kasi Viswanadha Raju memorial prize for standing first among all the B.S. Chemistry from D.N.R. College, Andhra University (2000)

Selected Publications:
  1. Luetzenkirchen, Johannes; Franks, G.V.; Plaschke, Marcus; Zimmermann, R; Heberling, Frank; Abdelmonem, A; Darbha, Gopala Krishna; Schild, Dieter; Filby, Andre; Eng, P; Catalono, J.G.; Rosenqvist, J.; Aytug, T.; Zhang, D.; Gan, Y and Braunschweig, B.. 2017. "The surface chemistry of sapphire-c: A literature review and a study on various factors influencing its IEP." Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 251, 1-25
  2. Darbha, Gopala Krishna. 2017. "Colloid interaction with mineral surfaces." KIT Scientific reports, 2016, 37
  3. Bae, Sungjun; Gim, Suji; Kim, Hyungjun; Dorcet, Vincent; Pasture, Mathieu; Greneche, Jean-Marc; Darbha, Gopala Krishna and Hanna, Khalil. 2017. "New Features and Uncovered Benefits of Polycrystalline Magnetite as Reusable Catalysts in Reductive Chemical Conversion." Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 45, 25195
  4. Stoll, Madeleine; Huber, Florian M; Darbha, Gopala Krishna; Schill, Eva and Schaefer, Thorsten. 2016. "Impact of gravity and particle size on monodisperse polystyrene particles in an artificial fracture flow cell ." Colloid and interface science, 475, 171-183
  5. Delabernhe, L; Steudel, A; Darbha, Gopala Krishna; Schaefer, Thorsten; Schuhmann, R; Woehll, C; Geckeis, Horst and Emmerrich, K. 2015. "Influence of mineralogical and morphological properties on the cation exchange behavior of dioctahedral smectites." Colloid and Surfaces A, 481, 591 - 599
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