Anish Tuteja Joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

Anish Tuteja Joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Anish Tuteja

Anish Tuteja has accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and will assume the position of assistant professor.

Tuteja earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University in India and a PhD in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral research in the area of surface and interfacial science was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At MIT, Tuteja helped develop the first-ever "superoleophobic" surfaces, which resist wetting by extremely low surface tension liquids such as various oils and alcohols1,2. Such surfaces are expected to have a wide range of commercial applications, including stain-resistant textiles and fingerprint-resistant surfaces for flat-panel displays, cell phones and sunglasses. This work was named as one of the top five breakthroughs of the year (2007) in Nanotechnology by Technology Review, one of five new discoveries that will change the world by Chosun Daily, and was also highlighted by National Public Radio, ABC News, CBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature Chemistry and over 50 other magazines, newspapers and websites. 

At U-M, Tuteja plans to build a research program focused on understanding and engineering functional nanoparticle-polymeric systems. The materials developed through this research will address some of the key challenges of renewable energy and environmental science. At MIT, his work was based on understanding the synergistic effects of surface texture and chemistry on surface wettability. He plans to further expand this knowledge through his work at U-M to better understand the wetting dynamics and spreading of miscible liquid mixtures along textured surfaces. If his research approach proves successful, Tuteja anticipates it will considerably broaden the commercial appeal of bio-ethanol and encourage its large-scale use.

For many years, Tuteja has followed the research efforts of MSE faculty and was particularly intrigued by the possibility of collaborating with them. He is also excited about mentoring a new generation of materials scientists at U-M, since, "I believe materials scientists will have a defining role in both discovering and commercializing materials for efficient energy conversion," he said. 


For more information, visit the Tuteja research group homepage.

1. Tuteja et al. Science, 318, 1618-1622 (2007).
2. Tuteja et al. PNAS, 105, 47, 18200-18205 (2008).