CHEG 2021 Fall Seminar Series - Professor D. Bhattacharyya (DB)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:00am to 12:15pm

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Abstract: Membrane processes are finding wide uses ranging from selective separations to affinity and adsorption applications. The development of catalytic and responsive, multifunctional materials and membranes for water applications requires a high level of control of both the characteristics of the base polymeric support layer, as well as, its corresponding pore configurations. Microfiltration membranes are primarily used for the removal of bacteria and particles, but by appropriate pore functionalization with responsive polymers or integration of catalytic (enzymes or nano sized catalyst) or biomimetic (such as, porins) domains to these MF membranes we have advanced the platform both water remediation to other environmental aerosol separations.  Many current treatments for the reclamation of contaminated sources are chemical-intensive, energy-intensive, and/or require post-treatment due to unwanted by-product formation. Can we use existing membranes to functionalize surface or pores and for what benefits? Can we translate water filtration membranes to air filtration?  The presentation will include: (a) short overview beyond normal RO/NF/UF, (b) surface and pore functionalization approaches, (c) creation of reactive and temperature responsive domain for emerging contaminant separations, (d) extension to aerosol separation application.  This research has been supported by NSF, NIH-NIEHS-SRP, Chevron, and Honeywell Corporation.


Brief Bio: Prof. Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the UK Center of Membrane Sciences, and a Fellow of AIChE and North American Membrane Society. He received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. from Northwestern University, and B.S. from Jadavpur University. He has published over 240 refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He and his students have nine US patents (and two pending in 2021) in membranes and environmental area. Dr.Bhattacharyya has received a number of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2021 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, 2020 AICHE (Sep div) Founders Award, 2018 Sturgill Award for graduate research and education, 2009 Gerhold award on Separations technology from AICHE, 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research, 1989 Larry K. Cecil AIChE Environmental Division Award, the Kentucky Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist Award, AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter Counselor Awards, and the University of Kentucky Great Teacher (1984,1996, and 2008) Awards.

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