LSU Researcher Awarded Charles E. Coates Memorial Award
BATON ROUGE – LSU researcher Kalliat T. Valsaraj recently received the Charles E. Coates Memorial Award, which is jointly awarded by the Baton Rouge chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society.
The Charles E. Coates Memorial Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to the professions of chemistry and chemical engineering, the corresponding professional society and the community.
Valsaraj has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 25 book chapters and has presented his research at numerous conferences and invited presentations across the globe. He has published three solutions manuals and five books, including three editions of “Elements of Environmental Engineering: Thermodynamics and Kinetics,” along with “Atmospheric Aerosols: Characterization, Chemistry and Modeling” and “Photocatalytic Reaction with Inverse Opal Catalyst: A Method to Solve Air Pollution via Photocatalysis.”
He is responsible for a number of high-profile research grants, and counts among his honors being named a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, among others.
Valsaraj currently holds several honorific titles, including the Ike East Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering, both within LSU’s College of Engineering. He also currently serves as associate vice chancellor of LSU Office of Research & Economic Development. He was recently named an LSU 2011 Distinguished Research Master.
Valsaraj received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Calicut in India. He went on to receive a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, then completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his administrative role at ORED, Valsaraj served as chair in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at LSU.
The award is named after the illustrious Charles Coates who established both the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering here at LSU. Coates was head of the Chemistry Department at LSU from 1893 to 1937, and dean of the Audubon Sugar School from 1908 to 1931. The award was instituted in 1958.