Shalabh C Maroo


  • Post-doctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2010-2011
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2009
  • M.S. (thesis) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2006
  • B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, 2003

Lab/Center Affiliations:

  • Multiscale Research & Engineering Laboratory [MREL]
  • Syracuse Center of Excellence
  • CASE

Research Interests:

  • Energy & thermal management
  • Water desalination & filtration
  • Bio-mechanical systems

Current Research:

Multiscale Research & Engineering Laboratory (MREL) is a research group of Prof. Shalabh C. Maroo in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University. The group’s research interests are highly multidisciplinary, in the areas of multi-scale transport phenomenon, thermal management, and bio-mechanical systems with a focus on energy and water desalination, and an emphasis on using the fundamentals of nano-science and nano-technology to build efficient macro-scale mechanical systems. His recent work includes, (1) thin-film evaporation heat transfer at the nanoscale to achieve ultra-high heat fluxes for efficient thermal management, (2) fundamental investigation and visualization of contact line and microlayer, (3) surface and transport properties of ionic solution in tobacco mosaic virus for water desalination. All three research methods are pursued: theoretical analysis, computational simulations (molecular dynamics and CFD) and experimental techniques (including nano-metrology and nanofabrication). In addition, Professor Maroo has also been greatly involved in (a) utilization of solar energy, (b) improving building energy efficiency, and (c) design of a novel adsorbtion battery to provide heating and cooling in electric vehicles.

Courses Taught:

  • MAE 500 – Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • MAE 355 – Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
  • MAE 655 – Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MAE 587 – Design of Solar Energy Systems


  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • ‘Thermal and Fluid Science’ best PhD dissertation award at the University of Florida for the year 2009

Selected Publications:

Sumith YD & Shalabh C. Maroo, Surface-Heating Algorithm for Water at Nanoscale, The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC) Letters, 6, pp 3765-3769, 2015

L. Plawsky, A. G. Fedorov, S. V. Garimella, H. B. Ma, S. C. Maroo, L. Chen & Y. Nam, Nano- and Microstructures for Thin-Film Evaporation—A Review, Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Vol. 18, Issue 3, p. 251-269 (2014)

Tom Humplik, Rishi Raj, Shalabh C. Maroo, T. Laoui & Evelyn N. Wang, Effect of Hydrophilic Defects on Water Transport in MFI Zeolites, Langmuir, 30(22), p. 6446-6453 (2014)

An Zou & Shalabh C. Maroo, Critical height of micro/nano structures for pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 221602 (Nov. 2013)

Rishi Raj, Shalabh C. Maroo & Evelyn N. Wang, Wettability of Graphene, Nano Letters, 13 (4), pp 1509–1515 (March 2013)

Shalabh C. Maroo & J. N. Chung, Fundamental roles of non-evaporating film and ultra-high heat flux associated with nanoscale meniscus evaporation in nucleate boiling, Journal of Heat Transfer, special edition for 75th Anniversary of ASME, 135(6), 061501 (May 2013)

Rong Xiao, Shalabh C. Maroo & Evelyn N. Wang, Negative Pressures in Nanoporous Membranes for Thin Film Evaporation, Applied Physics Letters, 102, 123103 (2013)

Shalabh C. Maroo & J. N. Chung, Negative pressure characteristics of an evaporating meniscus at nanoscale, Nanoscale Research Letters, 6:72 (2011)

Shalabh C. Maroo & J. N. Chung, Heat transfer characteristics and pressure variation in a nanoscale evaporating meniscus, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53 (15-16), 3335-3345 (2010)

Shalabh C. Maroo & D. Yogi Goswami, Theoretical analysis of a single-stage and two-stage solar driven flash desalination system based on passive vacuum generation, Desalination, 249 (2), 635-646 (2009)