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Texas A&M chemist Sarbajit Banerjee (left), working in his Texas A&M Chemistry lab with 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient and group member Luis De Jesus '18.

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Sarbajit Banerjee, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)'s Rosenhain Medal and Prize in recognition of his research in new materials design.

The prestigious annual award, presented to Banerjee in London last Wednesday (Nov. 11), is bestowed in recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, with preference given to researchers under the age of 40. Instituted in 1951 to honor the memory of German-born Australian metallurgist Walter Rosenhain, it is the highest young researcher award presented by IOM3, the premier global network for professionals in materials science.

Banerjee, 37, joined the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry faculty in 2014 and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Specifically, he was cited for his early-career accomplishment in the area of phase transformations in complex oxides, in addition to powder metallurgy of light metals and the ability to bring together theory, measurement and applications.

"It is wonderful to see one of our recently recruited faculty members being recognized with this rising-star award," said Dr. François P. Gabbaï, head of the Department of Chemistry and holder of the A.E. Martell Endowed Chair. "This medal is awarded by a UK-based organization, which speaks to Sarbajit's international reputation. Congratulations, Sarbajit!"

After earning his doctorate at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2004 and completing a postdoctoral stint at Columbia University in 2007, Banerjee spent seven years as an assistant and then associate professor at the University at Buffalo prior to coming to Texas A&M. His research interests are focused on nanomaterials, solid-state chemistry, materials for energy storage and conservation, phase transformations in materials, interface design, green buildings and multifunctional coatings.

Despite being at an early stage of his research career, Banerjee's is a name already well known in national and international research circles. He is described by his nominator Daniel Fischer, head of the Synchrotron Methods Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as "the pre-eminent authority of his generation on complex electronic materials, the remarkable consequences of scaling such materials to nanometer-sized dimensions, electronic structure studies at interfaces, and the design of composite coatings to prevent corrosion." Fischer notes that, already, Banerjee has taken fundamental aspects of materials science and applied them with great success in developing energy efficient glazing technologies -- more commonly known as smart windows -- anti-corrosion coatings and photocatalysts.

"Sarbajit is the rare researcher that is effortlessly able to straddle the worlds of basic and applied materials science and to bring together theory, measurement and applications," Fischer added.

Banerjee's career honors to date include a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009), the American Chemical Society ExxonMobil Solid-State-Chemistry Fellowship (2010), the Cottrell Scholar Award (2011), the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Young Leader Award (2013) and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Lectureship (2013). In addition to being named a Scialog Fellow in 2013, Banerjee was named to MIT Technology Review's global list of "top 35 innovators under the age of 35" in 2012 for the discovery of dynamically switchable smart windows technology that promises a dramatic reduction in the energy footprint of buildings. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Institute of Physics' Materials Research Express and the Journal of Coordination Chemistry.

Banerjee has published more than 100 articles cited in excess of 5,000 times and is listed as an inventor on six issued patents. A prominent advocate for for materials research and education, he has spoken at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Government Accountability Office and on both National Public Radio and Australian Public Radio. He currently serves on the Public and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

For additional information about Banerjee and his research, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/banerjee.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee, (979) 862-3102 or banerjee@chem.tamu.edu

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