Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice
Congratulation to Dr. Ajay Dalai, from University of Saskatchewan, on winning the 2014 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice.
Ajay K. Dalai is working as a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2001, he was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, and Tier 1 in 2009. In 2009, Dalai accepted the position of associate dean of Research and Partnerships for the College of Engineering, in addition to his professorship and supervisory role. His research focus is the novel catalyst development for gas to liquid (GTL) technologies, biodiesel productions and applications, hydrogen/syngas production from waste materials, hydroprocessing of heavy gas oil, and value-added products from biomass. He is currently working on the production and applications of activated carbon and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The worldwide impact of this research is tremendous in terms of combating pollution and finding alternate energy resources, and has generated much interest and collaborative projects with research institutes and universities around the world. Dalai has published over 300 research papers mostly in heterogeneous catalysis and catalytic processes in international journals and conference proceedings. He has submitted several patent applications. He is an active board member, reviewer, and guest editor for several international journals. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Engineers, the Indian Catalysis Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and an active member of the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is a Fellow of CIC, CAE, EIC, AIChE and IIChE.