The City College of New York
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of the CUNY Energy Institute
Telephone: (212) 650-5728
The behavior of systems far from equilibrium, including rapid phase transitions, turbulence and most recently nonlinear phenomena such as dendrite formation in electrochemical energy storage systems.
SANJOY BANERJEE is a CUNY distinguished professor of chemical engineering and director of the CUNY Energy Institute, whose headquarters is at The City College of New York. The author of more than 190 articles, book chapters and refereed conference proceedings and the holder of four patents, he has a BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Until March 2008, Banerjee was professor abovescale in the chemical engineering department, with joint appointments in the mechanical engineering department and the Bren School of Environmental Science, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he had been since 1980. Banerjee was vice chair of chemical engineering from 1982-84, chair from 1984-90 and is largely responsible for bringing the UCSB chemical engineering department into the top 10 in the country. Previously, he held appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, McMaster University in Canada and Atomic Energy of Canada, ultimately serving as its acting director of applied science. He is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, which is congressionally mandated to maintain oversight over nuclear power. He also is on the Reference Board of the Norwegian Govt.-Oil Industry Consortium for Oil-Gas Flow Assurance Project. Banerjee also helped to establish several companies based on research collaborations, including Metaheuristics LLC (www.metah.com), which develops highly parallelizable software aimed at very large fluid/thermal simulations, Mindflash Technologies (www.mindflash.com), which applies artificial intelligence techniques to learning systems software, and Gas Reaction Technologies Inc. (www.grt-inc.com), which uses novel metal oxide catalysts to convert natural gas to a variety of liquid products, including gasoline and benzene/toluene/xylene. These spinoffs are profitable, with GRT's being recently acquired by a major oil company. Banerjee also has served or serves as a consultant to several oil companies, including ExxonMobile (Houston), Shell (Amsterdam), Statoil (Stavanger), Det Norske Veritas (Oslo), Reliance (Mumbai) and ENI (Milano), as well as many chemical/pharma companies, including Hoffmann LaRoche, Novartis and Novo Nordisk (Denmark). He has helped these companies with technical and operational issues as well as high-level due diligence related to acquisitions and projects.
Collaborators: P. Andreussi (University of Pisa), H. Ceniceros (UCSB), A. Cortesi (University of Bern, CH), G. Frederickson (UCSB), F. Gibou (UCSB), G. Hewitt (Imperial College, London), J. Hunt (University College, London), R. Lal (Chicago), T. Larson (Idaho National Engineering Lab), T. Lookman (LANL), C. Meinhart (UCSB), M. Moskovits (UCSB), K. Premnath (Wyoming), M. Pattison (Hypercomp), J. Santiago (Stanford), A. Soldati (Udine), H. Takahira (Osaka), G. Yadigaroglu (ETH Zurich)Graduate Advisors
Profs. D.S. Scott and Edward Rhodes, University of Waterloo (Emeriti)PhD Thesis Advisor(Recent)
Brian Piorek (Spectrafluidics), David Hall (Exa), Jean-Christoph Nave (MIT), Vittorio Badalassi (Rolls Royce), Valerio De Angelis (Mindflash), B. Knowlton (Mission Research), X. Nan (Caterpillar), Rohit Gupta (Teradyne), Y. Pan (Toyota Research), DamonTurney (Brookhaven). (35 Ph.D. students total)