https://engineering.wustl.edu/Profiles/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty.aspx48Rajan Chakrabarty<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Chakrabarty_Rajan.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate ProfessorRajan Chakrabarty - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - Leads the Complex Aerosol Systems Research Laboratory<div>​​​PhD, University of Nevada–Reno, 2008</div><div>MS, University of Nevada–Reno, 2006</div><div>BS, University of Madras, 2003</div><p>  <a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=c79hBb0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao"><img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/gscholar.png" alt="" style="margin: 0px 0px -5px;"/> Google Scholar</a><br/></p><div> <span><hr/></span><strong>Affiliations</strong><br/> <ul style="text-align: left;"><li><a href="http://cccu.wustl.edu/index.php" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization</a><br/></li><li> <a href="https://aerosols.wustl.edu/home/faculty/" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)</a><br/></li><li> <a href="https://imse.wustl.edu/" style="font-size: 0.9em;">The Institute of Materials Science & Engineering</a><br/></li></ul></div>https://sites.google.com/view/chakrabarty-group/<p>​Associate Professor</p><p> <a href="https://eece.wustl.edu/chakrabarty-group/covid/">COVID-19 Medical Demand Forecast website</a><br/></p><h3>Expertise<br/></h3><p>Complex Systems; Non-equilibrium dynamics; Aerosol Physics and Chemistry; Airborne disease transmission; Public Policy; Aerosol Instrumentation; Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosol; Gas Phase Synthesis of Aerogels<br/></p><h3>Research<br/></h3><p></p> <p>Dr. Chakrabarty currently leads the <a href="https://sites.google.com/view/chakrabarty-group/">Complex Aerosol Systems Research Laboratory</a> at WuStl, which works at the forefront of addressing grand challenges associated with Complex Environmental Systems. Current research focus is in quantifying the dynamics and properties of the various "agents" that undergo multiple interactions to give rise to emergent behavior in environmental systems. Over the years, his research group has made technical contributions to the focal themes of: </p><ol style="list-style-type: decimal;"><li>Addressing Grand Challenges Associated with Radiative Forcing by Carbonaceous Aerosols, </li><li>Advances in Fundamental Aerosol Physics<br/></li><li>Open-Source and User-Interactive Aerosol Physics Software Development,</li><li>Aerosol Instrumentation and Engineering Techniques,</li><li>Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease Transmission, and </li><li>Effectiveness of Non-pharmaceutical Containment Strategies.</li></ol><p>Research advances in these themes have a tremendous broader impact in the societally highly relevant research areas of climate change, human health, satellite remote sensing, and governmental policy making.<br/></p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Dr. Chakrabarty obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Nevada, Reno with dissertation research conducted at the Desert Research Institute. He also holds degrees in Atmospheric Physics (M.S) and Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (B. Eng.). His research contributions have been recognized with several prestigious honors, most notably the 2019 Kenneth T. Whitby award (AAAR), 2019 Schmauss award (GAeF), 2018 AGU Global Environmental Change Early Career award, the 2017 Richard M. Goody award by the electromagnetic light scattering and remote sensing community, and a 2015 NSF CAREER award. Dr. Chakrabarty has been an active member, including serving as the Chair, of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Aerosol Physics working group since 2008, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Between 2014 and 2017, he served as Chair of the AAAR Education Committee for three consecutive years. He was one of the host organizers of the 2018 International Aerosol Conference, in charge of a number of activities from organizing tutorials to overseeing the day-to-day smooth functioning of the events.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Chakrabarty_research.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​314-935-6054<br/><a href="mailto:rajan.chakrabarty@seas.wustl.edu">chakrabarty@wustl.edu</a><br/>Brauer Hall, Room 3025 </p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arV4-vi0gdo">play video</a><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" contenteditable="false"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 386f1971-6618-48e1-8353-b3f401139dab" id="div_386f1971-6618-48e1-8353-b3f401139dab" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_386f1971-6618-48e1-8353-b3f401139dab" unselectable="on" style="display: none;"></div></div><ul style="margin-top: -10px;"><li> <a href="/news/Pages/In-the-media-The-Story-Of-Aerosols-Science-Friday.aspx">The Story Of Aerosols (Science Friday)</a><br/></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Study-casts-doubt-on-the-warming-implications-of-brown-carbon-aerosol-from-wildfires.aspx">Study casts doubt on the warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires</a><br/></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Recreating-wildfires.aspx">Recreating wildfires</a>​</li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/New-type-of-soot-from-wildfires-to-be-probed-for-role-in-climate-change.aspx">New type of soot from wildfires to be probed for role in climate change</a> </li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-receives-CAREER-Award-from-National-Science-Foundation.aspx">Chakrabarty receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation</a><br/></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Peat-fire-emissions-may-shed-light-on-climate-change.aspx">Peat fire emissions may shed light on climate change</a><br/></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Environmental-budget-cuts-could-be-grim.aspx">Environmental budget cuts could be ‘grim’</a> <br/></li></ul>

 

 

Social distancing and COVID-19: A law of diminishing returnshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Social-distancing-and-COVID-19-A-law-of-diminishing-returns.aspxSocial distancing and COVID-19: A law of diminishing returns
Aerosol researchers at McKelvey School of Engineering tackle novel coronavirushttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Aerosol-researchers-at-McKelvey-School-of-Engineering-tackle-novel-coronavirus.aspxAerosol researchers at McKelvey School of Engineering tackle novel coronavirus
Soot may only be half the problem when it comes to cookstoveshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Soot-may-only-be-half-the-problem-when-it-comes-to-cookstoves.aspxSoot may only be half the problem when it comes to cookstoves
Predicting chaos using aerosols and AIhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Predicting-chaos-using-aerosols-and-AI.aspxPredicting chaos using aerosols and AI
Firing Up Climate Modelshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Firing-Up-Climate-Models.aspxFiring Up Climate Models
New partnership brings together McKelvey, IIT Bombay to study air pollutionhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/New-partnership-brings-together-McKelvey,-IIT-Bombay-to-study-air-pollution.aspxNew partnership brings together McKelvey, IIT Bombay to study air pollution
A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Firehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/A-Forecast-for-a-Warming-World-Learn-to-Live-With-Fire.aspxA Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Fire
Chakrabarty wins Kenneth T. Whitby award for aerosol researchhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-wins-Kenneth-T--Whitby-award-for-aerosol-research.aspxChakrabarty wins Kenneth T. Whitby award for aerosol research
Alum Pandey joins Harvard team to study summer storms impact on atmospherehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/alum-pandey-joins-harvard-team-to-study-atmosphere.aspxAlum Pandey joins Harvard team to study summer storms impact on atmosphere
Chakrabarty wins Schmauss award for aerosol researchhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-wins-Schmauss-award-for-aerosol-research.aspxChakrabarty wins Schmauss award for aerosol research
Rajan Chakrabarty awarded NSF grant to study wildfire smoke up closehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty-awarded-NSF-grant-to-study-wildfire-smoke-up-close.aspxRajan Chakrabarty awarded NSF grant to study wildfire smoke up close
Chakrabarty receives NSF grant for on-the-ground wildfire researchhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty-receives-NSF-grant-for-on-the-ground-wildfire-research.aspxChakrabarty receives NSF grant for on-the-ground wildfire research
2019 Collaboration Initiation Grants awarded to four faculty membershttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/2019-Collaboration-Initiation-Grants-awarded-to-four-faculty-members.aspx2019 Collaboration Initiation Grants awarded to four faculty members
Law of soot light absorption: Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosolhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Law-of-soot-light-absorption-Current-climate-models-underestimate-warming-by-black-carbon-aerosol.aspxLaw of soot light absorption: Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosol
Chakrabarty earns Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from American Geophysical Unionhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-earns-Global-Environmental-Change-Early-Career-Award-from-American-Geophysical-Union.aspxChakrabarty earns Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from American Geophysical Union
Chakrabarty to receive early career award from AGUhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Chakrabarty-to-receive-early-career-award-from-AGU.aspxChakrabarty to receive early career award from AGU
Engineering the Future: Nanoparticles Part 1https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Engineering-the-Future-Nanoparticles-Part1.aspxEngineering the Future: Nanoparticles Part 1
New tools reveal prelude to chaoshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/New-tools-reveal-prelude-to-chaos.aspxNew tools reveal prelude to chaos