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Malancha Gupta, PhD

Division: neural-electronics

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests:

Our research interests include the deposition of thin polymer films using chemical vapor deposition. Vapor phase deposition eliminates the need for organic solvents and thereby offers a safer and cleaner alternative to liquid phase polymer processing. Our biomedical applications include applying thin polymer coatings onto retinal implants and hydrocephalus shunts. Retinal implants are coated with thermoreponsive coatings that allow for reversible adhesion. Hydrocephalus shunts are coated with hydrophilic coatings to prevent biofouling.


Malancha Gupta is a professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. She received her BS in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union in 2002. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 under the guidance of Professor Karen Gleason. From 2007-2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working under the guidance of Professor George Whitesides. She has received several awards including the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award in 2012, the NSF CAREER Award in 2013, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2014.

List of Publications:

  • “Formation of Three-Dimensional Parylene C Structures via Thermoforming,” B.J. Kim, B. Chen, M. Gupta, E. Meng, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2014, 24, 065003.
  • “Solventless Fabrication of Porous-on-Porous Materials,” P. Kwong, S. Seidel, M. Gupta, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013, 5, 9714.
  • “Vapor Phase Deposition of Functional Polymers onto Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices for Advanced Unit Operations,” P. Kwong, M. Gupta, Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 84, 10129.
  • “Self-Assembly of Pillars Modified with Vapor Deposited Polymer Coatings,” B. Chen, S. Seidel, H. Hori, M. Gupta, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2011, 3, 4201.


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union, 2002

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