Prabir Dutta

Prabir Dutta
Prabir Dutta
Distinguished University Professor
Divisional Affiliation: Analytical, Materials, Chemical Physics
Office: 3033C McPherson Laboratory
Phone: 614-292-4532


Prabir K. Dutta received his BS degree in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 1972 and a MS degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1974. In 1978, he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Princeton University. After a year of post-doctoral study at Princeton and four years of industrial research at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he joined The Ohio State University as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988, and to Professor of Chemistry in 1992. Since 1998, he has been the Robert K Fox Professor of Chemistry. He was named Distinguished University Professor in 2010. He has received several research and teaching awards, including a Society for Applied Spectroscopy Award in 1993, Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award in 2000 and a Teaching Award in 2000. He is also currently the Deputy Director of the multidisciplinary NSF-funded center, Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements in the College ofEngineering with responsibility for directing the basic research program in ceramic sensors. Professor Dutta was the Department Chair from 2003 through 2007. 

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Research Overview

Analytical Spectroscopy, Materials Science

The four active areas of research in Professor Dutta's group are:

1) Microporous Materials Synthesis: We are examining the synthesis of microporous materials in novel environments such as reverse micelles. Our eventual goal is to exploit microgravity conditions on the International Space Station to further understanding of synthesis of microporous materials.

2) Photochemistry in Microporous Materials: The architecture of microporous materials, in particular, zeolites is being exploited to assemble photochemical assemblies that can promote the use of light to generate useful chemicals, as in the production of hydrogen and oxygen from water.

3) Harsh Environment Sensors: High temperature sensors appropriate for use in harsh environments, as in automotive exhausts for detecting gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides are being developed. In addition, arrays of sensors are being assembled to analyze complex gas mixtures.

4) Toxicity of Mineral Fibers: The basis of toxicity of mineral fibers, such as asbestos are being developed via studies of model zeolitic fibers with rat lung macrophages.



Jeremy C. White, Prabir K. Dutta, Krenar Shqau and Henk Verweij, Synthesis of Ultrathin Zeolite Y Membranes and their Application for Separation of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen Gases, Langmuir, 26 (12), 10287–10293 (2010)

Jiun-Chan Yang and Prabir K. Dutta,  High temperature potentiometric NO2 sensor with asymmetric sensing and reference Pt electrodes, Sensors and Actuators B, Chemical B, 143(2), 459-463 (2010) 

Xiaogan Li and Prabir K. D, uttaInteraction of Dimethylmethylphosphonate with Zeolite Y: Impedance-Based Sensor for Detecting Nerve Agent Simulants,   J. Phys. Chem. C,  114, 7986–7994 (2010) 


William C. Schumacher, Craig A. Storozuk , Prabir K. Dutta , and Andrew J. Phipps, Examination of Bacillus anthracis Spores by Multiparameter Flow Cytometry, Microbial Toxins, in press

Schumacher, William; Nagy, Amber; Waldman, W. James; Dutta, Prabir K..   Direct Synthesis of Aqueous CdSe/ZnS-Based Quantum Dots Using Microwave Irradiation.   Journal of Physical Chemistry C,  113(28),  12132-12139 (2009).

Zhang, Haoyu; Rajesh, Cheruvallil S.; Dutta, Prabir K..  Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes Containing a Conjugated Ligand LDq (LDq = 1-[4-(4'-methyl)-2,2'-bipyridyl]-2-[4-(4'-N,N'-tetramethylene-2,2'-bipyridinum)]ethene): Synthesis, Characterization, and Photoinduced Electron Transfer at Solution-Zeolite Interfaces.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C,  113(11),  4623-4633 )2009).

Yang, Jiun-Chan; Dutta, Prabir K..   Solution-based synthesis of efficient WO3 sensing electrodes for high temperature potentiometric NOx sensors.    Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical,  B136(2),  523-529 (2009).

Xiagoan Li, Ramamoorthy Ramasamy, Prabir K. Dutta, Study of the resistance behavior of anatase and rutile thick films towards carbon monoxide and oxygen at high temperatures and possibilities for sensing applications, Sensors and Actuators B,  143, 308–315 (2009)

William C. Schumacher, Andrew J. Phipps, Prabir K. Dutta, Detection of Bacillus anthracis spores: comparison of quantum dot and organic dye labeling agents, Advanced Powder Technology, 20,  438–446 (2009)

Shubham Vyas, Kefa K. Onchoke, Cheruvallil S. Rajesh, Christopher M. Hadad and Prabir K. Dutta, Optical Spectroscopic Studies of Mononitrated Benzo[a]pyrenes, J Phys Chem, 113,  12558-12565 (2009)