Meenakshi Dutt

Meenakshi Dutt

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Phone:848-445-5612
Fax:732-445-2421
Email:meenakshi.dutt@rutgers.edu
Office:C229
Website: Research Webpage

Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Duke University, USA (2002).
  • M.A. in Physics, Duke University, USA (1999).
  • M.Sc. In Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, India (1996).
  • B.Sc. In Physics, University of Delhi, India (1994).

Professional Affiliations

2011 - present, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway
 
2009 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
 
2007 - 2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
2002 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pfizer Institute of Pharmaceutical Materials Science, University of Cambridge, UK
 
2004 – 2007 M. Phil Supervisor
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK
 
2005 – 2007 Undergraduate College Supervisor
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK
 
1998 – 2002 Research Assistant
Duke University
 
1996 - 1998 Teaching Assistant
Duke University

Research Interests

  • Particulate Systems
    • Static & fluidized powder beds; compressed dense powder packings; fine particles.
    • Self-organization of particles.
  • Soft Materials
    • Integration of biological and synthetic macromolecules via self-, directed- and spontaneous assembly.
    • Interactions of lipid bilayer membranes & vesicles with charged colloids & nanoparticles.
    • Bio-interfaces.
    • Bio-inspired materials; Biomaterials; Biological Materials.
    • Mechanical properties of biological materials.
  • Materials Science in Medicine and Drug Delivery
    • Functionalized Surfaces
      • Hydrogen production for energy, photocatalytic water splitting.
      • Sensing applications.
      • Water purification.
    • Computational Science
      • Harnessing multiple computational techniques to resolve the multiscale behavior of soft materials.
      • Algorithmic development for simulation and data analysis.

    Selected Publications

    2015

    • Design of PAMAM-COO Dendron-Grafted Surfaces to Promote Pb(II) Ion Adsorption 
      Leebyn Chong and Meenakshi Dutt, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00309A
    • The Design of Shape-Tunable Hairy Vesicles 
      Fikret Aydin, Geetartha Uppaladadium and Meenakshi Dutt, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2015.01.049

    2014

    • Designing Soft Nanomaterials via the Self Assembly of Functionalized Icosahedral Viral Capsid Nanoparticles 
      Vidyalakshmi Chockalingam Muthukumar, Leebyn Chong and Meenakshi Dutt, J. Materials Research 2014. DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2014.346
    • Computer Simulations of Fluid Flow over Catalytic Surfaces for Water Splitting 
      L. Chong, M. Dutt, Applied Surface Science 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.08.172
    • Bioinspired Vesicles Encompassing Two-Tail Phospholipids: Self-Assembly and Phase Segregation via Implicit Solvent Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics 
      F. Aydin, M. Dutt, J. Phys. Chem. B 2014. DOI: 10.1021/jp503376r
    • Phase segregation in bio-inspired multi-component vesicles encompassing double tail phospholipid species 
      F. Aydin, P. Ludford, M. Dutt, Soft Matter 2014. DOI: 10.1039/C4SM00998C
    • Computational Design of Multi-component Bio-Inspired Bilayer Membranes 
      E. Koufos, B. Muralidharan, M. Dutt, AIMS Press Materials Science 2014, 1(2), 103. doi:10.3934/matersci.2014.1.103

    2013

    • Granular Dynamics Simulations of the Effect of Grain Size Dispersity on Uniaxially Compacted Powder Blends 
      M. Dutt, J.A. Elliott, Granular Matter, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-013-0463-3
    • Nano-pipette directed transport of nanotube transmembrane channels and hybrid vesicles 
      M. Dutt, O. Kuksenok, A.C. Balazs, Nanoscale 2013, 5(20), 9773. DOI: 10.1039/C3NR33991B
    • Design of Nanostructured Hybrid Inorganic-biological Materials via Self-assembly 
      E. Koufos, M. Dutt, MRS Spring 2013 Conference Proceedings.

    2012

    • Design and Characterization of Nanostructured Biomaterials via the Self-assembly of Lipids 
      P. Ludford, F. Aydin, M. Dutt, MRS Fall 2012 Conference Proceedings. 
    • Designing Tunable Bio-nanostructured Materials via Self-assembly of Amphiphilic Lipids and Functionalized Nanotubes 
      M. Dutt, O. Kuksenok, S.R. Little, A.C. Balazs, MRS Spring 2012 Conference Proceedings. 
    • Interactions of End-functionalized Nanotubes with Lipid Vesicles: Spontaneous Insertion and Nanotube Self-organization 
      M. Dutt, M.J. Nayhouse, O. Kuksenok, S.R. Little, A.C. Balazs, special issue on Molecular Simulation of Nano-particle/ Lipid-Membrane Interactions in Current Nanoscience. (in press)

    2011

    • Modeling of the Self-assembly of Lipids and Nanotubes in Solution: Forming Vesicles and Bicelles with Trans-Membrane Nanotube Channels 
      M. Dutt, O. Kuksenok, M.J.Nayhouse, S.R. Little, A.C. Balazs, ACS Nano 2011, DOI: 10.1021/nn201260r.
    • Forming Trans-membrane Channels Using End-Functionalized Nanotubes 
      M. Dutt, O. Kuksenok, S.R. Little, A.C. Balazs, Nanoscale 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00578A

    2009

    • Numerical Model for Ultra-fine Particles in the Absence and Presence of Gravity 
      Meenakshi Dutt and J.A. Elliott, Powders and Grains 2009: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media vol. 1145, p. 101 (2009)
    • The Effect of Particle Size Dispersity in Dense Granular Packings on the Void Structure and the Interparticle Contact Frictional State 
      Meenakshi Dutt and J.A. Elliott, Powders and Grains 2009: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media vol. 1145, p. 803 (2009)
    • A Particle-Substrate Numerical Model for a quasi-2D Driven Dissipative Granular Gas 
      Meenakshi Dutt and R.P. Behringer, Powders and Grains 2009: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media vol. 1145, p.1112 (2009)
    • An extension of the DL\_POLY granular dynamics code to study ultra-fine particulate ensembles 
      M. Dutt, B.C. Hancock, A.C. Bentham, J.A. Elliott, submitted. 
    • Influence of particle size dispersity on frictional frustration in dense compressed dense packings 
      M. Dutt, B. Hancock, C. Bentham, J. Elliott, submitted. 

    2007

    • Dynamically Tessellating Algorithm for Analysis of Pore Size Distribution in Particle Agglomerates 
      M. Benedict, M. Dutt, J.A. Elliott, Physica A 378, 465 (2007)
    • Effects of surface friction on a two-dimensional granular system: numerical model of a granular collider experiment 
      M. Dutt, R.P. Behringer, Physical Review E 75, 021305 (2007)
    • Granular templating: effects of boundary structure on particle packings generated by simultaneous shear and compression 
      M. Dutt, B.C. Hancock, A.C. Bentham, J.A. Elliott, Europhysics Letters 77, 18001 (2007)
    • Microstructural Studies of Dense Granular Media \& Their Importance to the Pharmaceutical Industry 
      M. Dutt, J.A. Elliott, International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2007, Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (in press). 

    2006

    • Applications of DL\_POLY to modeling of mesoscopic particulate systems 
      J.A. Elliott, M. Benedict, M. Dutt, Molecular Simulations 32, 1113 (2006)
    • Investigation of particle packing in model pharmaceutical powders using x-ray microtomography and discrete element method 
      X.W. Fu, M. Dutt, A.C. Bentham, B.C. Hancock, R.E. Cameron, J. A. Elliott, Powder Technology 167, 134 (2006)

    2005

    • An implementation of granular dynamics for simulating frictional elastic particles based on the DL_POLY code 
      M. Dutt, C. Bentham, B. Hancock, J. A. Elliott, Computer Physics Communications 166, 26 (2005)
    • Quantitative analysis of packed and compacted granular system by X-ray microtomography 
      X.W. Fu, G.E. Milroy, M. Dutt, A.C. Bentham, B.C. Hancock, J.A. Elliott, Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing, Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) 5747 Pt. 1-3, 1955-1964 (2005)
    • The Granular Collider: Particle-Substrate Model and the Numerical Experiment 
      M. Dutt, R.P. Behringer, Powders and Grains 2005, ed. R. Garcia-Rojo, H.J. Herrmann, S. McNamara, Balkema, Rotterdam, 2005.
    • Effects of Size Polydispersity on Pharmaceutical Particle Packings 
      C. Bentham, M. Dutt, B. Hancock, J. Elliott, Powders and Grains 2005, ed. R. Garcia-Rojo, H.J. Herrmann, S. McNamara, Balkema, Rotterdam, 2005. 
    • Studies of Particle Packings in Mixtures of Pharmaceutical Excipients 
      M. Dutt, B. Hancock, C. Bentham, J. Elliott, Powders and Grains 2005, ed. R. Garcia-Rojo, H.J. Herrmann, S. McNamara, Balkema, Rotterdam, 2005. 
    • Ordered Packing Induced by Simultaneous Shear and Compaction 
      B. Hancock, M. Dutt, C. Bentham, J. Elliott, Powders and Grains 2005, ed. R. Garcia-Rojo, H.J. Herrmann, S. McNamara, Balkema, Rotterdam, 2005. 
    • Porosity Determination in Mesoscale Simulations using Artificial Intelligence Technique 
      M. Benedict, M. Dutt, J. Elliott, Proceedings of the Intelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials 2005. 

    2004

    • Effects of Surface Friction on a Two Dimensional Granular System: Cooling Bound System 
      M. Dutt, R.P. Behringer, Physical Review E 70, 061304 (2004).

    2003

    • Energy Dissipation and Clustering for a Cooling Granular Material on a Substrate 
      B. Painter, M. Dutt and R.P. Behringer, Physica D 175, 43 (2003)