Biswas receives prestigious award for environmental chemical engineering

Pratim Biswas, a professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been selected to receive the 2015 Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Pratim Biswas

The award, one of the most prestigious given by AIChE, is given by the institute's Environmental Division in recognition of an individual's outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in preserving or improving the environment. The recipient must be an AIChE member, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.

Biswas will receive the award Nov. 9 at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

Biswas, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, is an internationally renowned aerosol scientist. Among his many contributions to the field include understanding the formation of combustion aerosols, which has been successfully applied to prevent the emissions of inadvertently produced particles and for the controlled production of nanoparticles for energy and environmental technologies.

His research and teaching interests include aerosol science and engineering; nanoparticle technology; air quality engineering; environmentally benign energy production; combustion; materials processing for environmental technologies, environmentally benign processing, environmental nanotechnology, and the thermal sciences.

Biswas earned a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; a master's degree from the University of California, and a doctorate from California Institute of Technology.

Biswas, also director of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership, a network of 29 top universities worldwide. He has more than 300 refereed journal publications and six patents. He has graduated 40 doctoral students and has won numerous teaching and research awards.


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Pratim Biswas, PhD, is an internationally renowned aerosol scientist.

Among his many contributions to the field include understanding the formation of combustion aerosols, which has been successfully applied to prevent the emissions of inadvertently produced particles.