Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, will receive the 2019 Schmauss Award from the German Association for Aerosol Research (Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung) at the European Aerosol Conference August 25-30 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Schmauss Award, named after the physicist and meteorologist August Schmauss, is given to up to two outstanding young scientists under age 40 in atmospheric aerosol science and recognizes the scientist's significant research contribution to the field. Chakrabarty is being recognized for his significant contributions to the characterization of the optical properties of carbonaceous aerosols with implications to radiative forcing, climate change and remote sensing.

It is the latest in a recent string of awards Chakrabarty has received. In 2018, he received the Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from the American Geophysical Union; in 2017 he received the Goody Award from the Electromagnetic Light Scattering Society; and in 2015 he received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Chakrabarty leads the Complex Aerosol Systems Research Laboratory, 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 nonequilibrium conditions. Over the years, his research group has made technical contributions to aerosol science and technology focusing on the themes of addressing grand challenges associated with radiative forcing by carbonaceous aerosols; open-source and user-interactive aerosol physics software development; advances in fundamental aerosol physics, and aerosol instrumentation and engineering techniques. Research advances in these areas 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.

Chakrabarty joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. He is a faculty fellow in the university's Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering and in the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. Previously, he was an assistant research professor at the University of Nevada-Reno/Desert Research Institute. Chakrabarty earned a doctorate in chemical physics and a master's in atmospheric physics from the University of Nevada-Reno and a bachelor's degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering from the University of Madras in India.

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