Lakshmeesha Upadhyaya, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​My research interests are channelized towards design and fabrication of functionalized nanocomposite membranes by using novel materials and an interplay of engineering fundamentals towards sustainable applications including water and clean energy sector.

Selected Publications

  • Porous membranes from acid decorated block copolymer nano-objects via RAFT alcoholic dispersion polymerization 
    L.Upadhyaya, M.Semsarilar, R.Fernandez-Pacheco, G.Martinez, R.Mallada, A.Deratani, D.Queme...
    Polymer Chemistry, Issue 7, 1899 1906, (2016)
  • Nanostructured Mixed Matrix Membranes from Supramolecular Assembly of Block Copolymer Nanoparticles and Iron Oxide ... 
    L.Upadhyaya, M.Semsarilar, S. Nehache, D.Cot, R. Fernández-Pacheco, G.Martinez, R. Mallada...
    Macromolecules, Volume 49, 79087916, (2016)
  • Nano-structured magneto-responsive membranes from block copolymers and iron oxide nanoparticles 
    L. Upadhyaya, M. Semsarilar, R. Fernández-Pacheco, G. Martinez, R. Mallada, I.M. Coelhoso,...
    Polym. Chem. Issue 8, 605-614 , (2017)
  • Block copolymer based novel magnetic mixed matrix membranes-magnetic modulation of water permeation by irreversible... 
    L.Upadhyaya, M.Semsarilar, R.Fernandez-Pacheco, G.Martinez, R.Mallada, D.Quemener, Isabel ...
    J. Membrane Science, Volume 551, 273-282, (2018)
  • Chemical modification of membrane surface — overview 
    L.Upadhyaya, X.Qian, R.wickramasinghe
    Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Volume 20, 13-18, (2018)
  • Influence of Magnetic Nanoparticles on PISA Preparation of Poly(Methacrylic Acid)- b -Poly(Methylmethacrylate) Nano... 
    Lakshmeesha Upadhyaya, Chidubem Egbosimba, Xianghong Qian, Ranil Wickramasinghe, Rodrigo F...
    Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Volume 40, 1800333, (2019)


  • Ph.D. in Membrane Technology (European Doctorate in Membrane Engineering, EUDIME), European Institute of Membranes, Montpellier, France / Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain / Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, 2016
  • M.Sc in Membrane technology (Erasmus Mundus Masters in Membrane Engineering, EM3E), University of Montpellier & University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France/ Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic/ University of Twente, The Netherlands, 2013
  • M.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, 2011
  • B.E in Biotechnology, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, India, 2009

Professional Profile

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Membrane Science & Technology Center (MAST) at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA, 2017–2018

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​North American Membrane Society (NAMS), 
  • European Membrane Society (EMS), 
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), 
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 
  • Indian Membrane Society (IMS), 
  • Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)


  • ​European membrane society Travel grant for Euromembranes Aachen, September 2015
  • Ph.D. graduation with honours (cum laude) from University of Zaragoza Spain, Nov 2016
  • European Membrane society Young Academic award, Euromembranes Valencia, July 2018

Research Interests Keywords

​Membrane technology1 Nanocomposite membranes1 Mass transport Polymer science & Engineering