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Prof Joydeep Dutta

Position: Visiting Faculty* , Director of the Nanotechnology Center of Excellence
Country of Origin: India
Ext: 5680
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Academic Affiliation

School of Engineering and Technology

Areas of Expertise (Keywords)

Understanding the physics and chemistry of cluster formation and organisation
Gas sensors and novel Bio-sensors
Microelectronics processing technologies
Nanoparticles and self-organisation of Nanowires
Nanoparticulate films and all-particle electronic devices
Niche opto-electronic devices using desk-top manufacturing
Polyelectrolyte deposition for electronic devices


Ph. D. (1990), Physics Indian Association for the Cultivation of University of Calcutta, India M. Sc. (1985), Physics North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India B. Sc. (Hons.) (1983), Physics St. Edmunds College, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. 

Professional Experience

Current Positions

  • June 2010- Present      Vice President-Academic Affairs, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 2008- Present               Professor, Nanotechnology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 2006- Present               Director, Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (AIT)

Academic Experience:

  • 2003-2008: Associate Professor, Microelectronics, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 1997-2002: Adjunct faculty Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
  • 1996-1997 & 2003: Group Leader Nanomaterials and faculty Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1993-1996: Scientist Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1992: Post Doctoral Fellow Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • 1991: Post Doctoral Fellow Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan

Industrial Experience:

  • 2001-2002: Industrial Project Leader- Special Projects Bobst SA, Switzerland
  • 2000-2001: Project Manager CNET SA, Switzerland 1999-2000: Senior Scientist Phonak AG, Switzerland 1997-1999: Product Manager Balzers Process Systems (now UNAXIS AG), Switzerland

Present Research Involvements

Research Highlights

  • 3 Text books published (
  • "Fundamentals of Nanotechnology"- Winner of the Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (
  • 9 Book Chapters
  • 3 patents granted (5 applications ongoing)
  • Over 130 Peer Reviewed Original Research Publications
  • Scopus H index = 17 ; citations > 800 (
  • Cited in a article published in the online publication Scienceline, October 12th, 2007 (
  • Work on fungi assembled microwires highlighted in the MRS Bulletin in October 2007 issue as a “NanoBio Focus News”
  • Contribution to the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, edited by Hari Singh Nalwa and published by American Scientific Publishers, 2004 which won the ‘2005 Best Reference Book Award’ from the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education
  • Advised a group of students who were awarded the First Runner up of the South East Asian Region of the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) – Business competition set-up by Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley with world's top business schools, including the Columbia Business School, London Business School, Indian School of Business and the Yale School of Management etc.

Research Interests

Research Areas


Novel wet-chemical synthesis methods


·         Metal (e.g. gold, silver and platinum) nanoparticles

·         Semiconducting (e.g. ZnS, CdS, CdSe, ZnO, SnO2, TiO2, SiO2) nanoparticles

·         Nanowires (gold, zinc oxide, and zinc sulphide)

·         Pyrosol Process (eg. Transparent conducting Oxide, decorative films etc.)


Directed self assembly of nanoparticles


·         Layer by layer deposition of thin films

·         Colloidal thin films

·         Colloidal self organization (nanowires)

·         Bio-mimetic self organization (micro-wires)


Applications of nanoparticles


·         Molecular sensing

·         Environmental sensors

·         Solar Cells

·         Photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants

·         Passive electronic components by ‘Drop-on-Demand’ techniques (e.g. inkjet printing)

Doctoral Research Supervision

Graduated Doctoral Students

·         Ms. Sujira Promminit, Directed self assembly of nanoparticles by modified polyelectrolyte deposition, 2008


Current Doctoral Students

·         Mr. Sunandan Baruah

·         Mr. Zaheer Abbas Khan

·         Mr. Mohammad Abbas Mahmood

·         Ms. Chamaiporn Teerasetsopon

·         Mrs. Supamas Danwittayakul

·         Mr. Tanujjal Bora

·         Mr. Myo Tay Zar Myint

·         Ms. Aneeqa Nazir

 I have supervised Diploma and Ph.D. students at EPFL, and am currently supervising Master's and Doctoral students at AIT.




Selected Publications

Selected Recent Publications (2010-2011)

1.       Plasmon resonance tuning of gold and silver nano-particle-insulator multilayered composite structures for optical filters

Rungrot Kitsomboonloha, Chayanon Ngambenjawong, Waleed S. Mohammed, Gabor L. Hornyak and Joydeep Dutta

Micro & Nano Letters (in Press 2011)



2.       Zinc oxide nanorod mediated visible light photoinactivation of model microbes in water

Ajaya Sapkota, Alfredo J Anceno, Sunandan Baruah, Oleg V Shipin and Joydeep Dutta

Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 215703 (7pp)

[JCR 2009 Impact Factor ~ 3.137]


3.       High-Performance Liquified Petroleum gas sensing  based on nanostructures of zinc oxide and zinc stannate

Aarthy Sivapunniyam, Niti Wiromrat, Myo Tay Zar Myint and Joydeep Dutta

Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical (in Press 2011)

[JCR 2009 Impact Factor ~ 3.083]


4.       Zinc stannate nanostructures: Hydrothermal synthesis

Sunandan Baruah and Joydeep Dutta

Science and Technology of Advanced Materials 12 (2011) 013004

[JCR 2009 Impact Factor ~ 2.599]


5.       Production of antibacterial filter paper from wood cellulose

R. Imani, M. Talaiepour, J. Dutta, M. R. Ghobadinezhad, A. H. Hemmasi and M. M. Nazhad

BioResources 6 (2011) 891-900

[JCR 2009 Impact Factor ~ 1.406]


6.       Superhydrophobic surfaces using selected zinc oxide microrod growth on ink-jetted patterns

        Myo Tay Z Myint, Rungrot Kitsomboonloha, Sunandan Baruah and Joydeep Dutta

        Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 354 (2011) 810–815

[JCR 2009 Impact Factor ~ 3.019]


7.       Enhanced visible light photocatalysis through fast crystallization of zinc oxide nanorods