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Sanjoy Banerjee

Sanjoy Banerjee

The City College of New York
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of the CUNY Energy Institute

Telephone: (212) 650-5728

Research Interest

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 (, which develops highly parallelizable software aimed at very large fluid/thermal simulations, Mindflash Technologies (, which applies artificial intelligence techniques to learning systems software, and Gas Reaction Technologies Inc. (, 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.

Professional Preparation

  • IIT Kharagpur 1960-65
  • B. Tech. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering 1965
  • University of Waterloo 1965-68
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering 1968
  • Thesis supervisors: Profs. D.S. Scott and E. Rhodes
  • National Research Council of Canada Graduate Fellow


  • City College New York, CUNY 2008-present
    • CUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
    • Director, The Energy Institute, CUNY
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Professor (Abovescale), Chemical Engineering 1980-2008
    • Professor, Mechanical & Environmental Engineering 1995-2008
    • Chairman, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering 1984-89
    • Vice-Chairman, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering 1981-84
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Professor, Nuclear Engineering 1979-81
  • McMaster Unversity
    • Westinghouse Professor, Engineering Physics 1976-80
  • Atomic Energy of Canada
    • Acting Director, Applied Science (ultimate position) 1968-76

Synergistic Activities

  • Member, NY State Economic Development Task Force, 2009
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards 2006
  • Member Reference Board, Norwegian Government/Industry Oil-Gas Flow Assurance Center (FACE), 2008-present.
  • Int. Editor of Trans. Int. Chem. Engrs. (London) Series A&B, Assoc. Editor, J. Fluids Engr. (ASME); Chair, First Int. Symp. on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, Santa Barbara.

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Collaborators and Co-Editors

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)