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Neil Dasgupta

Neil Dasgupta

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Miller Faculty Scholar

Dasgupta Research Group


3658 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 764-9655


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
Ph.D. minor in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2006
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Research Interests

Renewable energy and energy storage; Batteries; Solar Energy; Catalysis; Nanomanufacturing; Atomic layer deposition; Bio-inspired materials; High-resolution microscopy and spectroscopy of nanomaterials; In situ/operando electrochemistry; Energy policy and economics

Research Areas

Energy, Manufacturing, Micro/Nano Engineering

Honors & Awards

  • Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, University of Michigan, 2023
  • E. & M. Ulsoy Citation Leader Award, University of Michigan, 2022
  • Robert M. Caddell Memorial Award for Research, University of Michigan, 2021
  • William N. Findley Award, University of Michigan, 2021
  • Miller Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2020
  • ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship, 2019
  • Young Faculty Award (YFA), DARPA, 2018
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2018
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, SME, 2017
  • Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M, 2017
  • Young Investigator Award (YIP), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2016
  • Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award, American Vacuum Society (AVS), 2016
  • Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award, ASME, 2015
  • U. S. Dept. of Energy EERE Postdoctoral Research Award (SunShot Fellowship), 2012-2013
  • Student Award for Best Presentation of Graduate Research in ALD, American Vacuum Society, 2011
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship (J. Hewes Crispin and Majorie Holmes Crispin Fellow), 2005-2008

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

$3M NSF grant to boost state-of-the-art solar manufacturing
Effort led by U-M could speed development of advanced solar cells

ME associate professor receives 2023 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award
Neil Dasgupta has received a 2023 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, which honors Michigan faculty that have acted as outstanding mentors to their doctoral students.

ME Faculty Awards Announced
ME Associate Professor Ashley Bucsek has received the William N. Findley Award, and ME Associate Professor Neil Dasgupta has won the E. & M. Ulsoy Citation Leader Award.

$3.4M to turn up the heat at solar-thermal plants
Improved heat-trapping materials for solar thermal energy could help the U.S. meet its goal of cutting solar energy costs in half by 2030.

$2M to replace fossil fuels with solar power in fertilizer production
The new approach could enable farmers to produce ammonia on-site, and also reduce CO2 emissions from fertilizer production.

Prepping for the Revolution
University of Michigan engineers are working to make our electrified future more equitable and avoid the mistakes of the past.

Neil Dasgupta and Michael Thouless receive William N. Findley Award
The U-M ME External Advisory Board has selected the joint paper entitled, "Lithium mechanics: roles of strain rate and temperature and implications for lithium metal batteries," for the 2020 William N. Findley Award. 

Research labs practice flexibility and creativity to create a new normal
As research begins to ramp back up in G.G. Brown, we find out how faculty and students are making changes to safely re-enter their workspace.

Daly and Dasgupta Selected as Miller Faculty Scholars
This award, endowed by engineering alumnus Larry Miller, is set up to recognize junior faculty members.

Neil Dasgupta accepts ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship
Five winners were announced for the 2019-2020 fellowships.

ME research team matches world records of lithium-metal anode efficiency
Preparing for the future by doing the research now, ME researchers have matched a world record.

Five ME Students Receive 2018 NSF GRFP awards
The purpose of the NSF GRFP (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.

Dasgupta receives DARPA Young Faculty Award
The DARPA Young Faculty Award program identifies rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and introduces them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.

Dasgupta and Vasudevan receive NSF CAREER Awards
The NSF CAREER awards are the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Dasgupta's research featured on front cover of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Assistant Professor Neil Dasgupta and PhD students Robin Rodriguez and Eric Kazyak's paper, "Biotemplated Morpho Butterfly Wings for Tunable Structurally Colored Photocatalysts" focuses on a biotemplating approach of Morpho butterfly wings.

U-M Solar Car Team - US Champions win second-place finish in Australia World Solar Challenge
In an innovative, bullet-shaped car, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team took an historic second place today in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, an 1,800-mile race across the Australian Outback.

Solar Car Team goes small to win big at World Solar Challenge
Meet Novum: a long, skinny, single-fairing solar car

Dasgupta receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
This award recognizes outstanding new faculty who were nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on their research, experience and academic leadership.

Battery material paper receives national and international press coverage, selected as journal cover image
The paper is titled "Dendrites and Pits: untangling the complex behavior of lithium metal anodes through operando video microscopy"

Koren chosen as namesake of the 2017 SME Outstanding Manufacturing Engineer Award; Dasgupta a recipient
Since 1980, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

Dasgupta wins AVS 2016 Paul Holloway Young Investigator Award
This is the main society in Dasgupta's research field, and only one award per year is granted.

Saving sunlight: storable solar energy through nanotechnology
ME PhD Student Ashley Bielinski wants to take the energy from the Sun and, instead of directly producing electricity as is usually done, aims to convert the energy into a storable fuel

Dasgupta wins 2016 AFOSR YIP Award
This award is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the US who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

Dasgupta receives 2015 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award
ME Assistant Professor Neil Dasgupta is being honored for outstanding achievements in Mechanical Engineering within 10 years of graduation

U-M solar car team wins Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge
The University of Michigan Solar Car team, composed of U-M alumni and students, partnered with students from the University of Abu Dhabi to race their championship car, Quantum, against 15 teams from six continents

Dasgupta featured as a "Shining Star of Solar" by DOE-EERE
Assistant Professor Neil Dasgupta was featured as a "Shining Star of Solar" on the DOE-EERE website.