Dr. Meenakshi Dutt joined Rutgers University in July 2011 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. She obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Delhi, India followed by a M.Sc. from the Indian Institute of Technology—Delhi, India and her Doctorate in Physics from Duke University, USA.
Her research interests encompass the design and investigation of novel soft and biological materials with specific structure-function properties, such as charged colloidal systems, bio-inspired hybrid bio-nanomaterials and functionalized surfaces. The overall goal is to understand the role of physical interactions, molecular chemistry, multiscale spatial organization and dynamical processes underlying the equilibrium and non-equilibrium characteristics of these materials. These efforts are supported by the development and application of computational methods, models and characterization tools. The scientific outcomes of these studies can be harnessed to predict the inception of new hybrid soft and biological materials.
She is the recipient of the OpenEye Junior Faculty ACS COMP (August 2015) and the NSF CAREER award (2017). She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in July 2017.