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Dr. Dibakar Datta is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He joined the MIE department in 2016 from Stanford University, where he was a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, he received his PhD from Brown University in 2015 with major in Solid Mechanics and minors in Physics and Chemistry. He was a visiting PhD scholar at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania for a year (2014-2015). He obtained his Master of Science (MSc) in Computational Mechanics from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), France and Universitat Polytechnica of Catalunya (UPC), Spain (dual degree), Master of Engineering (ME) from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India, and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), India.
His research focuses on different themes: modeling of energy storage systems such as rechargeable batteries, mechanics and electronics of nanomaterials (e.g., graphene) and other two-dimensional materials such as Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs), modeling of imperfections in crystalline materials, and nanomaterials for biological problems. His research has been published in top-tier journals such as Nature Communications, Nano Letters, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Carbon. Prof. Datta received numerous awards such as ‘The President of India Gold Medal’ from the governor of the state of West Bengal, India. While a visiting PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, his proposals to mentor undergraduates led to prestigious LittleJohn summer funding for two students.
To know more about his activities, visit his homepage: http://dibakardatta.com
- Solid Mechanics (major), Physics & Chemistry (minors), 2015, Ph.D.
- Brown University, Providence, United States
- Visiting PhD Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
- Computational Mechanics (Dual Degree), 2010, M.Sc.
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
- École Centrale de Nantes (ECN), Nantes, France
- M.E., Structural Engineering, 2008
- Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- Civil Engineering, 2006, B.E.
- Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, India
Academic and Professional Appointments
- Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NJIT, USA, September 2016 - present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University, USA, March 2015 - August 2016
- Research Assistant, Brown University, USA, September 2010 - January 2015
- Visiting Research Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, USA, January 2014 - January 2015
- Research Intern, Électricité de France (EDF), Paris, France, February 2010 – July 2010
Dr. Datta’s research interests are in the area of modeling of energy storage systems such as rechargeable batteries, mechanics and electronics of nanomaterials (e.g., graphene) and other two-dimensional materials such as Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs), modeling of imperfections in crystalline materials, and nanomaterials for biological problems.
Modeling of Energy Storage Systems:
Understanding and computational modeling of different phenomena in Lithium and other ion batteries (Sodium, Calcium): diffusion mechanism, interface fracture, phase-boundary motion, Solid-Electrolyte-Interface (SEI) formation.
Two-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) e.g., MoS2, WS2 for high-capacity energy storage applications.
Design of cost-effective, stable, environmentally benign NCA type cathode materials.
Mechanics and Electronics of Nanomaterials:
Fracture, Friction, Thermal characteristics of nanomaterials.
Mechanics of heterostructures of nanomaterials.
In-phase growth, Valleytronics of TMD materials.
Computational design of anti-oxidant, defect-free TMD materials.
Modeling of Imperfections in Crystalline Materials:
Atomistic and molecular modeling of dislocation
Phase field modeling of grain-boundary, crystal growth problems
Nanomaterials for Biological Problems:
Nanomaterials (e.g. graphene) for drug-delivery applications
Interface of nanomaterials with biological cells
Please see Google Scholar Profile for latest publications
- D. Datta, J.Li, and V. B. Shenoy, “Defective Graphene as a High-Capacity Anode Material for Na- and Ca-Ion Batteries,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6(3), 1788-1795 (2014)
- D. Datta, J. Li, N. Koratker and V. B. Shenoy, “Enhanced Lithiation in Defective Graphene,” Carbon, 80, 305-310 (2014)
- D. Datta, S. Nadimpalli, Y. Li, and V. B. Shenoy, “Effect of Crack Length and Orientation on Mixed-Mode Fracture of Graphene,” Extreme Mechanics Letters, 5, 10-17 (2015)
- R. Mukherjee, A.V. Thomas, D. Datta, E. Singh, J. Li, O. Eksik, V. B. Shenoy, and N. Koratker, “Defect-induced Plating of Lithium Metal within Porous Graphene Networks,” Nature Communications, 5, 3710 (2014)
- J.-H. Cho, D. Datta, S-Y. Park, V.B. Shenoy and D.H. Gracias, “Plastic Deformation Drives Wrinkling. Saddling and Wedging of Annular Bilayer Nanostructures,” Nano Letters, 10(12), 5098-5102 (2010)