University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Cari Dutcher
Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering and McKnight Land-Grant Professor Graduate Faculty Member, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Office: ME 111
Phone: 612-624-0428

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NSF-AGS Postdoc, Air Quality Research Center,
University of California, Davis, 2009-2013

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley, 2009

B.S., Chemical Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004

Research Interests

  • Aerosols, suspensions, and emulsions
  • Droplet surfaces and interfaces
  • Thermodynamics and phase of aqueous solutions
  • Two-phase microfluidic flows
  • Two-phase Taylor-Couette flows
  • Extensional and interfacial rheology of dilute solutions and emulsions


Selected Awards

  • George W. Taylor Career Development Award (2019)
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (2017-2019)
  • American Associate of Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • Kenneth T. Whitby Award (2017)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016-2021)
  • ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2016-2018)
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2015-2017)
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2011-2013)
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Year Fellowship (2008-2009)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005-2008)

Selected Publications

1. Wilkinson, N.A. and Dutcher, C.S. Axial Mixing and Vortex Stability to in-situ Radial Injection in Taylor-Couette Laminar and Turbulent Flows, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 854, 324-347 (2018) 10.1017/jfm.2018.596

2. Narayan, S., Moravec, D. B., Hauser, B. G., Dallas, A. J., Dutcher, C.S. Understanding the impact of droplet size and surfactant transport on liquid-liquid separation of water-in-fuel microemulsions. Energy and Fuels, 32 (7), 7326-7337 (2018). 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00502

3. Nandy, L. and Dutcher, C.S. Phase Behavior of Ammonium Sulfate with Organic Acid Solutions in Aqueous Aerosol Mimics Using Microfluidic Traps. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122 (13), 3480-2490 (2018) 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b10655

4. Metaxas, A., Raethke, E., Wilkinson, N., Dutcher, C.S. In situ polymer flocculation and growth in Taylor-Couette flows, Soft Matter, 14, 8627-8635 (2018). 10.1039/C8SM01694A

5. Metcalf, A.R., Narayan, S., Dutcher, C.S., A Review of Microfluidic Concepts and Applications for Atmospheric Aerosol Science, Aerosol Science & Technology, 52 (3), 310-329 (2018). 10.1080/02786826.2017.1408952

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