|William & Joan Porter Professor & Head
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of Minnesota, 1987
of Calcutta, India, 1982
Theoretical Condensed Matter
Amit Chakrabarti is a theoretical physicist with interests in
soft matter and statistical physics.
He has worked on diverse soft-matter systems ranging from
liquid mixtures, polymers, liquid crystals, aerosols, colloids, nanoparticles
and, most recently, self-assembly of proteins.
Chakrabarti's research is curiosity-driven and focuses on how
particles in a dispersed phase come together and form aggregates. His individual
and collaborative research projects have received extramural funding from
agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Chakrabarti is presently collaborating with several K-State
faculty on projects that have been funded by NASA and the National Science
One of his research collaborations is with Jim Gunton, a
professor at Lehigh University, to understand how insulin crystals form from
aqueous solutions. Insulin is an important drug in the treatment of diabetes;
understanding the process of microcrystal formation is important for developing
new methods of drug delivery. Chakrabarti also is working on fiber formation in
sickle cell hemoglobin, the mutant form of hemoglobin responsible for sickle
- National Science Foundation
Recent Selected Publications
- Shear History Independence in Colloidal Aggregation,
W. R. Heinson, C. M. Sorensen and A. Chakrabarti, Langmuir, 28,
- Nucleation in Short-Range Attractive Colloids:
Ordering and Symmetry of Clusters, S. J. Khan, O.L. Weaver, C.M.
Sorensen, and A. Chakrabarti, Langmuir, 28, 16015 (2012).
- Discrete Dipole Approximation for Low-Energy
Photoelectron Emission from NaCl Nanoparticles, M. J. Berg, K. R.
Wilson, C. M. Sorensen, A. Chakrabarti and M. Ahmed, J. of Quant. Spectrosc.
Radiat. Transfer. 113, 259- 265 (2012).
- Synthesis of Silica Aerosol Gels via Controlled
Detonation, R. Dhaubhadel, T. P. Rieker, A. Chakrabarti and C. M.
Sorensen, Aerosol Sci. & Tech., 46, 596 (2012).
- Solubility of Gold Nanoparticles as a Function
of Ligand Shell and Alkane Solvent, B. C. Lohman, J. A. Powell, S.
Cingarapu, C. B. Aakeroy, A. Chakrabarti, K. J. Klabunde, B. M. Law, and C.
M. Sorensen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 14, 6509 (2012).
- Nucleation of Nanoparticle Superclusters from
Solution, S. J. Khan, C. M. Sorensen and A. Chakrabarti, Langmuir,
28, 5570 (2012).
- A three parameter description of the structure of
diffusion limited cluster fractal aggregates, W. R. Heinson, C. M.
Sorensen and A. Chakrabarti, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science,
375, 65 (2012).
- Ethanol Shock and Lysozyme Aggregation, L.
R. Nemzer, B. N. Flanders, J. D. Schmit, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen,
accepted for publication in Soft Matter (2012).
- Formation of Light-weight Low-density Materials
via Gas Phase Aerosol Gelation, C. M. Sorensen, R. Dhaubhadel, C. S.
Gerving, and A. Chakrabarti, MRS proceedings, Vol. 1306, 93 (2011).
- Kinetics of Nanochain Formation in a Simplified
Model of Amelogenin Biomacromolecules, Wei Li et al., Biophysical
Journal, 101, 2502-2506 (2011).
publication list (154 total publications)