Meenakshi Dutt

Meenakshi Dutt

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2017
  • ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2015

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.