Somenath Mitra, PhD, of Bridgewater, a professor in and chair of the department of chemistry and environmental science, has been selected to be promoted to Distinguished Professor with tenure at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.
Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event. A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.
Mitra has focused his research on discovering new ways to assemble and modify carbon nanotubes. He hopes his research will ultimately pave the way to create novel and new materials that can be used in applications ranging from tennis rackets to rocket ships. Other uses include developing smaller nano-chips for electronics (also known as nano-electronics) and inexpensive, high performance throw-away chemical sensors. The latter might range from sensors for clinical diagnostic purposes such as to discern if a toxic chemical is in the air, food or water. (ATTENTION EDITORS: Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event. To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Mitra’s other research interests include researching for analytical techniques and sensors to discover low-level trace elements in air, water and soil. His current projects include developing instrumentation and methods for continuous, on-line analysis of trace levels of organic pollutants in air and water. These methods range from using gas chromatography or mass spectrometry to micro scale, lab-on-a-chip devices.
Mitra has published 70 journal papers and is the coauthor of Environmental Chemical Analysis (CRC Press, New York, 1998). He also edited Sample Preparation Techniques in Analytical Chemistry (John Wiley, New York, 2003). Mitra holds five patents and has made more than 150 presentations at conferences. Mitra received his doctorate from Southern Illinois University. For more information about Mitra, please visit http://www.njit.edu/news/experts/mitra.php.