Dr. Kalliat T. Valsaraj is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development at LSU. He holds the titles of Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Ike East Professorship in Chemical Engineering. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In 2010 he was awarded the LSU Rainmaker Award in the Senior STEM category and in 2011 he was awarded the Distinguished Research Master award by LSU. The professional societies of AIChE and ACS (American Chemical Society) awarded him the Charles E Coates award in 2012.
He received the M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Chemical Engineering as Minor) from Vanderbilt University in 1983. After a brief stint at the Arkansas Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he joined LSU in 1986 as a research associate. He later became a regular faculty in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and progressed through the ranks to a tenured full professor. He served as the Department Chair from 2005 to 2011. He has also provided service as a member of the Faculty Senate, Chair of the College of Engineering Policy Committee, and several other committees during his 27 years of service to LSU.
His research area is in environmental chemical engineering. He has broad research experience in wastewater treatment, atmospheric chemistry and, modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in all three environmental media (air, water and soil/sediment). He has mentored 12 Ph.D. (2 more in progress), 19 MS (2 more in progress) students at LSU and several postdoctoral students in addition to hosting a number of visiting professors in his laboratory.
Area of Interest
His present research is concerned with the transformations of pollutants on atmospheric aerosols (fog, rain, ice and snow), mercury sequestration in sediments and, studies on chemical dispersant design for sub-sea oil/gas spill. He is the author of 1 textbook (with three editions), 175 peer-reviewed journal articles, 27 book chapters and 2 U.S. patents. He has made over 200 national and international presentations and 27 invited seminars and plenary lectures on his research. His research has been supported by the NSF, EPA, DOE, DOD, USGS and several private industries. He was very active in one of the longest lasting (1982-2002) Centers of Excellence at LSU in the college of engineering, viz., the U.S. EPA Hazardous Substances Research Center which brought in about $30 million in research funds during its lifetime. He is presently co-directing another $10.34 million Consortium on Molecular Engineering of Dispersants (CMEDS) funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. He has consulted for various private industries and also provided service to several review panels, state and federal agencies.
Atmospheric chemistry of green leaf volatiles in fog waters
Yes, coastal atmosphere