Prof. Prabir K. Dutta


Prof. Prabir K. Dutta is the Co-founder of Zeo Vation, a company that develops antimicrobial additives that keep the environment germ-free. ZeoVation is an advanced materials company offering a range of patent-pending, controlled release "smart" particles, enabling the next generation of everyday products in the Coatings, Healthcare, Polymers & Plastics, Textiles and Sun Protection markets.


Prof. Prabir K. Dutta did his Bachelor's in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 1972 and earned an MSc. degree from IIT Kanpur in 1975 and doctorate from Princeton University in Chemistry in 1978. 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 and became a full-professor in 1992. Since 1998, he has been the Robert K Fox Professor of Chemistry. He was named Distinguished University Professor in 2010.

Prof. Dutta is the recipient of 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 of Engineering with responsibility for directing the basic research program in ceramic sensors. Professor Dutta was the Department Chair at Ohio State University from 2003 to 2007. His areas of interest are Microporous Materials Synthesis, Photochemistry in Microporous Materials, Harsh Environment Sensors, Toxicity of Mineral Fibers.

Achievements and Honors

  • Fellow, National Academy of Engineering, USA, 2017.
  • Distinguished University Professor , Ohio State University, 2010.
  • Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award in 2000
  • Teaching Award in 2000.
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy Award in 1993.