Salil S Desai

University Distinguished Professor/Director of CEPDAM

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Engineering

Industrial & Systems Engineering

McNair Hall 422-B
OtherMechanical Engineering / K. J. Somaiya Polytechnic
B.S.Mechanical Engineering / Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
M.S.Industrial Engineering / University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D.Industrial Engineering / University of Pittsburgh


Desai investigates hybrid nano/micro manufacturing combining direct-write fabrication and nanoimprint lithography with applications in the areas of flexible electronics, energy devices and regenerative tissue engineering. Desai’s portfolio consists of a significant number (over 100) of patents/invention disclosures, publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His R&D and infrastructure funding exceeds $7.0 million from NIH, NSF, DoD, DoE, and industry. Desai is recipient of several prestigious awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (White House), NSF CAREER Award, UNC Board of Governors Award, Outstanding Engineer Awards from ORNL, DoD, SME, ASME, IIE, and ASEE.

Research Interests

Hybrid Nano/Micro and Bio Manufacturing,
Regenerative Tissue Engineering & Drug Delivery,
Multiscale and Multiphysics modeling,
Combinatorial Additive Manufacturing,
Digital Smart Manufacturing.

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Recent Publications

  • Salil Desai, Abhaysinh Gaikwad (2020). (Atomistic investigation of process parameter variations on material deformation behavior in nanoimprint lithography of gold). ). Precision Engineering.
  • Faisal Aldawood, Salil Desai (2020). (Design and manufacture of a high precision personalized electron bolus device for radiation therapy). ). Journal of Medical Devices and Sensors.
  • Paula Bartolo, Bopaya Bidanda, Salil Desai (2019). (Emerging Trends in the Applications of Metallic and Ceramic Bio-materials). ). Springer Verlag .
  • Salil Desai, Izabele Marquetti (2019). (Orientation Effects on the Nanoscale Adsorption Behavior of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 on Hydrophilic Silicon Dioxide). 9, pp. 906-916 ). RSC Advances.
  • Salil Desai, Hietam Elhoone (2019). (Cyber-based design for additive manufacturing using artificial neural networks for Industry 4.0). ). International Journal of Production Research.
  • Jhonatam Cordeiro, Salil Desai (2019). (The Nanoscale Leidenfrost Effect). 11, pp. 12139–12151 ). Nanoscale.
  • Bandar Altubaishe, Salil Desai (2019). (Comparative Analysis of Risk Management Strategies for Additive Manufacturing Supply Chains). (8) 16, pp. 273-282 ). American Journal of Applied Science.
  • Salil Desai, SantoshKumar Parupelli (2019). (A Comprehensive Review of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing): Processes, Applications and Future Potential). (8) 16, pp. 244-272 ). American Journal of Applied Science.
  • Salil Desai, Gene Haeberle (2019). (Investigating Rapid Thermoform Tooling Via Additive Manufacturing (3d Printing)). (8) 16, pp. 238-243 ). American Journal of Applied Science.
  • Salil Desai (2019). (Emerging Trends in Polymers, Composites and Nano Biomaterial Applications). ). Springer Verlag Publishers.
  • Ahmed Alabawali, Huraish Almakaeel, Salil Desai (2018). (Artificial neural network based framework for cyber nano manufacturing). (Part B) 15, pp. 151-154 ). Manufacturing Letters.
  • Salil Desai, Izabele Marquetti (2018). (Molecular modeling the adsorption behavior of bone morphogenetic protein-2 on hydrophobic and hydrophilic substrates). 706, pp. 285-294 ). CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS.
  • Salil Desai, Izabele Marquetti (2018). (Adsorption Behavior of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 on a Graphite Substrate for Biomedical Applications). (2) 11, pp. 1037 – 1044 ). American Journal of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Ablah Aljohani, Salil Desai (2018). (3D Printing of Porous Scaffolds for Medical Applications). (2) 11, ). American Journal of Engineering and Applied Scienc.
  • Salil Desai, Abhay Gaikwad (2018). (Understanding Material Deformation in Nanoimprint of Gold using Molecular Dynamics Simulations). (2) 11, pp. 837-844 ). American Journal of Engineering and Applied Scienc.
  • Salil Desai, Jasmine McKenzie (2018). (Investigating Sintering Mechanisms for Additive Manufacturing of Conductive Traces). (2) 11, pp. 652-662 ). American Journal of Engineering and Applied Scienc.
  • Tahmina Akter, Salil Desai (2018). (Developing a Predictive Model for Nanoimprint Lithography using Artificial Neural Networks). (15) 160, pp. 836-848 ). Materials and Design.
  • Eben Adarkwa, Salil Desai (2016). (Scalable Droplet Based Manufacturing Using In-flight Laser Evaporation). 6, pp. 1-6 ). Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanomanufacturing.
  • Jhonatam Cordeiro, Salil Desai (2016). (The Leidenfrost Effect at the Nanoscale). (4) 4, pp. 041001 ). ASME Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing.
  • Salil Desai, Priscila Gomes (2015). (Design for nano/micro manufacturing using a flexible decision making technique (AHP)). (2) 39, ). Udyog Pragati.