DYC Professor and His Research Team Participate in International Chemical Engineering Conference
Dr. Christopher Patridge's team was nominated for an award for their research on the design of materials with environmental and sustainability impact.
Buffalo, New York – November 26, 2014 – Christopher J. Patridge, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at D’Youville College and his former graduate team headed by Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee of Texas A&M University, attended the prestigious International Chemical Engineering Global Awards in November in Cheltenham, England at the invitation of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
The awards recognize the top innovations and engineering solutions to a multitude of challenges facing various population and regions throughout the world.
Patridge and the team were nominated for the Dhirubhai Ambani Award for their research on the design of materials with environmental and sustainability impacts. They were runner up for the award.
"Our graduate work was shortlisted for the Energy Award that aims to raise awareness of innovations in renewable, alternative, and sustainable technologies for energy production,” Patridge said.
The team’s work was one of only two nominees for the Dhirubhai Ambani Award that focuses on the chemical engineering innovation that could make a strong impact on people who are resource-poor and subsist on less than $2 a day.
“Our patented technology involves window coating which responds to the outside temperature,” Patridge pointed out. “During the summer months, the coating material acts as a reflective coating, preventing the infrared light from passing through the window, keeping the room at a cooler temperature and lowering the air cooling costs.”
In the winter the window allows heat and light in to warm the interior and again offset the heating costs.
Members of the Patridge Team included Robert Dennis, Dr. Sean Depnet, Katie Farley, Greg Horrocks, Dr. Kenneth Kor, Dr. Vincent Lee, Peter Marley, Kate Pelcher, Dr. Brian Schultz, Dr. Luis Velazquez and Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks. They did not attend the conference.
Dr. Banerjee, a chemistry professor formerly at the State University at Buffalo, is now on the chemistry faculty at Texas A&M University.
The president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Geoff Maitland, said: “Few professions have the [power globally to shape and improve the future. Chemical engineers have this privilege and this year’s awards illustrate how our profession is setting new standards in healthcare, energy, water, safety and a more sustainable planet including supporting some of the poorest people in the world.”
Patridge earned his doctorate in chemistry/materials at the University at Buffalo and also studied forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Contact Dr. Patridge at 716-829 -8096 or firstname.lastname@example.org