Email
rdatta@wpi.edu
Phone
+1 (508) 8315000 x6036
Education
BTech Indian Institute of Technology 1972
PhD University of California, Santa Barbara 1981

I happened upon teaching and research by accident. I had gone to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a MS in chemical engineering, with the intention of returning to my engineering job at Larsen Toubro, Bombay. Research hooked me, however, and I stayed on for a PhD, and, in fact, never left academia after that. Indeed, my world has remained virtually unchanged over the last three decades, continuing to work on applying the principles of kinetics, catalysis, and reaction engineering to energy challenges, surrounded by bright young people eager to do the same. Sustainable and clean energy constitute some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. While the long-term solution is renewable energy, much can be accomplished in the coming decades simply by improving energy efficiency. Fuel cells and hydrogen represent some of the most promising clean energy technology in this regard, which we have been pursuing since the early nineties. In addition, we have pursued renewable fuels, including ethanol and ethanol-derived ethers, for blending with gasoline. Further, we have developed novel catalysts and approaches to investigate kinetics of reaction networks.

Email
rdatta@wpi.edu
Phone
+1 (508) 8315000 x6036
Owner

Scholarly Work

Understanding the gas diffusion layer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. I. How its structural characteristics affect diffusion and performance
Beyond Sieverts' law: a comprehensive microkinetic model of hydrogen permeation in dense metal membranes
The peculiar catalytic sequence of the ammonia decomposition reaction and its steady-state kinetics
A comprehensive yet comprehensible analytical model for the direct methanol fuel cell
The continuum mechanical theory of multicomponent diffusion in fluid mixtures
Effect of the operating strategy of a solid oxide fuel cell on the effectiveness of decentralized linear controllers