Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 09/03/2019
“Heterogeneous Dynamics in Porous Media: from Gels to Cells”
In this talk, I will describe two different examples of how we investigate heterogeneous transport in porous media.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
Sujit Datta is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. He is also Associated Faculty at the Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment, the Princeton Institute for the Science & Technology of Materials, and the Princeton Environmental Institute. He earned a BA in Mathematics and Physics and an MS in Physics in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Physics in 2013 from Harvard, where he studied fluid dynamics and instabilities in porous media and colloidal microcapsules with David Weitz. His postdoctoral training was in Chemical Engineering at Caltech, where he studied the biophysics of the gut with Rustem Ismagilov. He joined Princeton in 2017, where his lab (dattalab.princeton.edu) studies soft and active materials in complex settings, motivated by challenges like clean oil/gas recovery, effective water remediation, and targeted drug delivery. Prof. Datta is the recipient of the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society, the Andreas Acrivos Award in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund New Investigator Award, the Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award, and multiple Princeton Engineering Commendations for Outstanding Teaching.
MOST RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
We study soft materials, with a focus on four areas:
(i) Multi-phase flow in porous rocks—how do structural heterogeneities and fluid rheology impact flow behavior?
(ii) Extreme mechanics of soft, porous materials—how can osmotic stresses be used to control deformations in gels?
(iii) Soft matter physics in the body—how do the physico-chemical properties of mucus alter transport through it?
(iv) Emergent behaviors of bacterial communities—how does confinement in porous media alter bacterial behavior?