314-935-6054
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Brauer Hall, Room 3025

PhD, University of Nevada–Reno, 2008
MS, University of Nevada–Reno, 2006
BS, University of Madras, 2003

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Rajan Chakrabarty

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professor

Expertise

Aerosol Physics and Chemistry; Instrumentation; Radiative Transfer and Energy Balance; Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosol; Gas Phase Synthesis of Aerogels; Optical spectroscopy; Air quality; Non-equilibrium particle dynamics; Stochastic processes

Research

Professor Chakrabarty currently leads the Complex Aerosol Systems Research Laboratory at Washington University, which works at the forefront of addressing grand challenges associated with characterization, synthesis, granular-level modeling, radiative forcing estimation, and remote sensing of particulate matter existing in non-equilibrium conditions. Over the years, his research group has made technical contributions to aerosol science and technology focusing on the themes of:

  1. Addressing Grand Challenges Associated with Radiative Forcing by Carbonaceous Aerosols,
  2. Open-Source and User-Interactive Aerosol Physics Software Development,
  3. Advances in Fundamental Aerosol Physics, and
  4. Aerosol Instrumentation and Engineering Techniques.

Research advances in these four themes have a tremendous broader impact in the societally highly relevant research areas of atmospheric radiative forcing and climate change, satellite remote sensing, and governmental policy making (especially in developing countries).

Biography

Rajan Chakrabarty obtained his PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Nevada, Reno with dissertation research conducted at the Desert Research Institute. He also holds degrees in Atmospheric Physics (MS) and Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (B Eng.). His research contributions have been recognized with several prestigious honors, most notably the 2019 Schmauss award (GAeF), 2018 AGU Global Environmental Change Early Career award, the 2017 Richard M. Goody award by the electromagnetic light scattering and remote sensing community, and a 2015 NSF CAREER award. Chakrabarty has been an active member, including serving as the chair of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Aerosol Physics working group since 2008. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as chair of the AAAR Education Committee for three consecutive years. He was one of the host organizers of the 2018 International Aerosol Conference, in charge of a number of activities from organizing tutorials to overseeing the day-to-day smooth functioning of the events.

Leads the Complex Aerosol Systems Research Laboratory

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New partnership brings together McKelvey, IIT Bombay to study air pollutionhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/New-partnership-brings-together-McKelvey,-IIT-Bombay-to-study-air-pollution.aspxNew partnership brings together McKelvey, IIT Bombay to study air pollution
In the media: A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Firehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/A-Forecast-for-a-Warming-World-Learn-to-Live-With-Fire.aspxIn the media: A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Fire
Chakrabarty wins Kenneth T. Whitby award for aerosol research https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-wins-Kenneth-T--Whitby-award-for-aerosol-research.aspxChakrabarty wins Kenneth T. Whitby award for aerosol research
Alum Pandey joins Harvard team to study summer storms impact on atmospherehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/alum-pandey-joins-harvard-team-to-study-atmosphere.aspxAlum Pandey joins Harvard team to study summer storms impact on atmosphere
Chakrabarty wins Schmauss award for aerosol research https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-wins-Schmauss-award-for-aerosol-research.aspxChakrabarty wins Schmauss award for aerosol research
Chakrabarty awarded NSF grant to study wildfire smoke up closehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty-awarded-NSF-grant-to-study-wildfire-smoke-up-close.aspxChakrabarty awarded NSF grant to study wildfire smoke up close
Chakrabarty receives NSF grant for on-the-ground wildfire researchhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty-receives-NSF-grant-for-on-the-ground-wildfire-research.aspxChakrabarty receives NSF grant for on-the-ground wildfire research
2019 Collaboration Initiation Grants awarded to four faculty membershttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/2019-Collaboration-Initiation-Grants-awarded-to-four-faculty-members.aspx2019 Collaboration Initiation Grants awarded to four faculty members
Law of soot light absorption: Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosolhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Law-of-soot-light-absorption-Current-climate-models-underestimate-warming-by-black-carbon-aerosol.aspxLaw of soot light absorption: Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosol
Chakrabarty earns Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from American Geophysical Unionhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-earns-Global-Environmental-Change-Early-Career-Award-from-American-Geophysical-Union.aspxChakrabarty earns Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from American Geophysical Union
Chakrabarty to receive early career award from AGUhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-to-receive-early-career-award-from-AGU.aspxChakrabarty to receive early career award from AGU
Engineering the Future: Nanoparticles Part 1https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Engineering-the-Future-Nanoparticles-Part1.aspxEngineering the Future: Nanoparticles Part 1
New tools reveal prelude to chaoshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/New-tools-reveal-prelude-to-chaos.aspxNew tools reveal prelude to chaos