Membrane Technology Expert at New Jersey Institute of Technology Receives Honors Around The World

NEWARK, May 15- Kamalesh K. Sirkar, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology recently was selected as the first recipient of the Themis Medicare Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award. He received the award in Chennai, India during an international symposium on challenges for chemical engineering. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers sponsored the honor; he was also inducted as an honorary fellow of the same organization.

Sirkar, who also held since 1992 the sponsored chair in membrane separations and biotechnology at NJIT, is a prominent expert in this field. He is also the director for the Center for Membrane Technologies at NJIT. Membrane separations are processes used in biomedical, biotechnology, chemical, food, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and water treatment industries to separate/purify/concentrate liquid solutions or cellular suspensions or gaseous mixtures. His research has most recently been published in the following journals: Industrial and Engineeering Chemistry Research; Journal of Membrane Science; Polymer; Biotechnology Progress; Journal of American Chemical Society; Journal of Controlled Release.

Prior to receiving the award in India, Sirkar was an invited panelist and seminar leader at Chung Yuan University (Chung-Li, Taiwan). The panel as well as his seminar discussed the history, current status, and future trends of membrane technology. In other professional dealings, Sirkar was the recent keynote speaker at the Symposium on Transport Phenomena and Applications: Membrane Separations Forum, held at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. While at the university, he presented a workshop on membrane separations.

Sirkar graduated with a bachelor's degree with honors in 1963 from the Indian Institute of Technology, located in Kharagpur, India. He received his master's degree in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Illinois, Urbana.


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