Partha Dutta



Associate Director, Smart Lighting Research Center

Department of Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Physics
B.S., Bombay University, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics


While completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Dutta worked as a Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India. Subsequently, he served as a visiting scientist at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain and at the Solid State Physics Laboratory of Delhi, India. He joined Rensselaer in 1996 as a research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and Mechanics. Three years later, he was appointed as a research assistant professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department. In 2000, he was offered a tenure track assistant professor position.

Dr. Dutta has published over 50 technical articles in high profile referred journals and presented more than 40 talks in national and international conferences and meetings. He has received two U.S. patents and has several more pending.

Research Interests

  • Semiconductors
  • Nanotechnology

Dr. Dutta's research interests include the development of materials technology for large-scale applications and manufacturing. His broad expertise is in the area of advanced photonic and electronic materials and devices. His materials research and development efforts span from nanosized crystals to large diameter bulk ingots. He has over ten years of experience in semiconductor bulk crystal growth and wafer processing, electronic and optoelectronic device fabrication, processing, and testing. Two of his key innovations in the last five years include development of large diameter ternary and quaternary bulk III-V substrates, and process development for large-scale manufacturing of high-quality, tunable-size nanocrystals (or quantum dots).

Dr. Dutta and his team of graduate students are conducting research in the areas of ternary bulk crystal growth, nanomaterials, free space optical communication, infrared photodetectors and photovoltaic devices, and III-V antimonide processing.


Early Career Award,National Science Foundation

2001, Early Faculty CAREER Award, The National Science Foundation

2001, Rensselaer Trustees Award for Faculty Achievement

1997, Martin Foster Award for Best Ph.D. Thesis of the Year

1995, The Young Scientist Award, 8th International Workshop on Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Dehli India


Partha Dutta

Low Center for Industrial Innovation Room 6015
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 276- 8277