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Dibakar Bhattacharyya

Prof. Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the Co-Founder of the Center for Membrane Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He has published over 150 refereed journal articles and 20 book chapters dealing with environmental separations and membranes, and has recently received four U.S. Patents (Functionalized Membranes, and one on hazardous waste destruction technology). Dr. Bhattacharyya has received a number of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research, Larry K. Cecil AIChE Environmental Division Award, the Kentucky Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist Award, Henry M. Lutes Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Educator, AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter Counselor Awards, and the University of Kentucky Great Teacher (1984 and 1996) Awards. He is the Editor (with Butterfield as Co-Editor) of a newly published book on “New Insights Into Membrane Science and Technology: Polymeric and Biofunctional Membranes”, Elsevier, 2003.

Publications:

Xu J, Dozier A, Bhattacharyya D. Synthesis of nanoscale bimetallic particles in polyelectrolyte membrane matrix for reductive transformation of halogenated organic compounds. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, special issue on Nanotechnology and Environment (submitted, 2004).

Meyer D, Wood K, Bachas L, Bhattacharyya D. Degradation of chlorinated organics by membrane-immobilized nanosized metals. Environmental Progress (IN PRESS, 2004).

Wu L, Shamsuzzoha M, Ritchie SMC. Fabrication of porous polymeric membrane-supported zero-valent iron nanoparticles and their application to reduce TCE in water. Environmental Science and Technology (submitted, 2004).

Ritchie SMC, Wu L. Porous membranes containing zero-valent iron nanorods. In: Schwarz JA, Contescu C, Putyera K, eds. The Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. New York, NY: Dekker, 2004.

Hollman A, Scherrer N, Cammers-Goodwin A, Bhattacharyya D. Separation of dilute electrolytes in poly(amino acid) functionalized microporous membranes: model evaluation and experimental results. Journal of Membrane Science, 239, 65-79 ( 2004).

Ritchie SMC, Wu L. Dense polymer films containing zero-valent iron nanoparticles for environmental applications. In: Proceedings of the 2003 Topical Conference on Advanced Membrane-Based Separations, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 16-21, 2003.

Xu J, Bhattacharyya D. Synthesis of nanoscale metal particles for reductive transformation of halogenated compounds. In: Proceedings of the 2003 Topical Conference on Advanced Membrane-Based Separations, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 16-21, pp. 211-216 (2003).

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