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 hydrogeochemistry), Department of Chemistry (Jackson State University), 2008

  1. Postdoc, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (2008 - 2008)
  2. Postdoc, University of Gottingen, Germany (2008 - 2011)
  3. Senior postdoc, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2011 - 2016)
  4. Ramanujan Fellow (DST, India), National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh, India (2016 - 2017)
  5. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )

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

Selected Publications:
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Darbha, Gopala Krishna. 2015. "Predicting the deposition of colloids onto granite surface." KIT Scientific reports, , 51-52