Prof. Meenakshi Dutt receives the NSF CAREER award

Meenakshi Dutt, asssistant professor of chemical and biochemcial engineering, is the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award for research related to applying a computational method for designing soft materials with specific structure-function relations. The highly competitive award includes a grant to Dutt for $445,401 and is given to support the research and education initiatives of faculty at the beginning of their careers.

Dutt's research, education, and outreach activities will focus around the design of nanoparticles with targeted properties. The unique framework for the rational design of these nanoparticles using the multiscale method will revolutionize the prediction of soft materials-based nanoparticles for a variety of molecular storage challenges. The results will potentially facilitate innovations in storage in areas of medicine, energy and environmental sustainability. The research will support engagement with high school students and the general public via collaboration with the Liberty Science Center and graduate curricula development for the School of Engineering.

The NSF’s CAREER program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar. This academic year, three Rutgers Engineering faculty members received NSF CAREER recognition.