Dibakar Bhattacharyya


University of Kentucky

Professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. from Northwestern University, and B.S. from Jadavpur University. He is the Co-Founder of the Center for Membrane Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He is also the CO-PI of a recently funded NSF-IGERT Program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. He has published over 185 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has recently received five U.S. Patents (Functionalized Membranes, and on hazardous waste destruction technology). Dr. Bhattacharyya has mentored many graduate and undergraduate students in the area of environmental research, catalysis, and membrane separation. He and his graduate students have pioneered the development of functionalized membranes for enzyme catalysis, ultra-high capacity metal capture, and nanostructured metal synthesis for environmental and bio applications. He has worked with several industries in projects dealing with wastewater treatment, material recovery, functionalized materials, and membrane separations. He was the Editor (with Butterfield as Co-Editor) of a recently published (Elsevier) book on “New Insights Into Membrane Science and Technology: Polymeric and Biofunctional Membranes”