• Professor
  • James J. Cain ’51 Faculty Fellow I
Debjyoti Banerjee

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1999
  • M.S., M.S. Engineering Science, Computational Science, University of Mississippi, Oxford, M.S. 1995
  • B.S. (Honors) Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Kharagpur 1992

Research Interests

  • thermo-fluidics fundamentals (multi-phase flows, boiling-condensation, phase change materials; thermal management); micro/ nanotechnology (scanning probe lithography, nanosynthesis), nanofluids, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems), microfluidics, nanofluidics, confined fluids (shale-oil/ non-conventional reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing); energy-water nexus, thermal  energy  storage/ concentrated solar power, molten salt nanofluids; numerical simulations: network models/ lumped systems models, Finite Elements Analyses (FEA), Computational Fluids/ Heat Transfer (CFD/CHT), Molecular Dynamics  (MD).


    ABSTRACT: We are developing nanotechnology-enabled platforms for enhancing cooling, sensing and energy storage (involving both experimental and computational studies). Coupling of thermal and hydro-dynamic features during phase change (boiling, condensation) causes spatio-temporal fluctuations of surface temperature at the micro/nanoscales, which are termed as “cold-spots” and can transmit over 60-90%  of  the  total  heat  transfer.  Using Carbon-Nanotube (CNT) nanocoatings - cooling was enhanced by 60~300% by leveraging cold-spots and the “nanofin” effect (enhanced surface area). Using silicon nanofins - cooling was enhanced by ~120%. Nanothermocouples and diodetemperature nano-sensors integrated with the nanocoatings enabled the study of chaos/ fractal structures in boiling.

    Specific heat capacity was enhanced by ~120% using nanofluids. This has applications in the energy technologies, such as:  concentrated  solar  power/  CSP  (thermal  energy  storage/  TES),  nuclear, oil and gas exploration (deep drilling, reservoir engineering using nanotracers). Microchannel experiments using nanofluids showed that the precipitated nanoparticles behaved as nanofins (enhanced surface area) that dominate heat transfer for micro/nanoscale flows.

    DPN™ (Dip Pen Nanolithography™) leverages Scanning Probe  Microscopy using microfluidics.  Commercial microfluidic  devices  called  “Inkwells™” were developed earlier. The next generation microfluidic devices are being developed for DPN (e.g., Fountain Pen Nanolithography, “centiwells”). The applications are in nanocatalysis, bio-nanotechnology, maskless-lithography and nanosensors for homeland security, bio-security and explosives detection (e.g., “nano-nose”/ “nano-tongue”). We invented a gasless process for synthesis of organic nanoparticles under ambient conditions and the synthesis temperature of CNT was reduced to less than 300 °C (patent awarded in 2013).

    BIOGRAPHY:Dr. Banerjee received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA (with minor in MEMS). He received 3 M.S. degrees and was invited to 4 national honor societies. He attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur for his Bachelor of Technology (Honors). Prior to TAMU, Dr. Banerjee worked as a Manager of Advanced Research & Technology (ART) group at Applied  Biosystems  Inc.  (ABI), CA, (currently merged into Life Technologies). Also as a Hiring Manager at ABI he hired ~ 30 PhDs in ~6 months and managed a group of 10~15 Ph.D. engineers / scientists. Previously in a singular capacity, he developed from concept to a commercial product at NanoInk Inc.  (called “InkWells™”, which are microfluidic platforms used for  bio/nano-lithography of  proteins, nucleic acids, etc.).  Dr. Banerjee has 14 patents (9 US, 1EP & 4 WO), from his work at ABI, Ciphergen Biosystems, NanoInk, Coventor Inc. and TAMU.  Since 2005 he has advised 9 PhD and 16 MS students.  He received the “Amlan Sen Best Mechanical Engineering Student Award (Endowment)” at the graduation convocation at IIT and the “J.C.  Bose National Science Talent Scholarship” from the Govt. of India. He received the “Morris Foster Fellowship (2007-2008)” from Mechanical Engineering Department, the “TEES Select Young Faculty Fellowship (2008-2009)” from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and was designated as a Faculty Fellow at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at TAMU. He received the “2001 Best Journal Paper Award” from the ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD), the “New Investigator Award (2005)” from the Texas Space Grants Consortium (TSGC), “3M Non-Tenured Faculty” award (’09-’12), the “ASEE/ AFOSR Summer  Faculty  Fellowship  (’06, ’07)”  at  AFRL, and  the  “ASEE/ ONR  Summer  Faculty  Fellowship (’09)”  at  SPAWAR. 

    SERVICE:He is an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine (JNEM). He was invited to the advisory board of JNEM, J. Nanoengineering and Nanomanufacturing, J. Chemical Engineering and Process Technology; J. Nanofluids; J. Advances in Nanoparticles; J. Advances in Automobile Engineering; Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics. He organized international workshops in France (sponsored by ASME and CANEUS) and India. The Indo-US workshops were sponsored by NSF, AFOSR/AOARD, ONR-G (from US) as well as IUSSTF (from India).

    Research Sponsors/ Collaborators: NSF, DARPA, SPAWAR/ SSC, AFRL, AFOSR/ AOARD, ONR, ARO, TSGC, NASA, JPL, DOE/ SETP (Solar Energy), Qatar Foundation (QNRF), ADA Technologies, Anteon Corp (General Dynamics), Aspen Thermal Systems, General Electric (GE-CRD), Irvine Sensors, Lynnt

Awards & Honors

  • Awarded 14 US Patents: 2017 [1]: 9,671,365. 2015 [4]: 9,132,400; 9,126,169; 9,061,262; 9,044,724. 2013 [3]: 8,470,285 B1, 8,470,149 B2, 8,383,062 B2. 2012 [2]: 8,163,150; 8,147,770. 2011 [1]: 8,062,611. 2010 [1]: 7,762,638. 2008 [1]: 7,378,259. 2006 [1]: 7,034,854
  • Faculty Advisor for the Student Ambassador Program at Texas A&M University by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), (2015-2016)
  • Fellow, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), February, 2016
  • Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professor in Mechanical Engineering (2014-2015)
  • 3M Corporation “Non Tenured Faculty Award” (2009-2012)
  • Select Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M Engineering Experimentation Station (2008-09)
  • Faculty Fellow, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University (2007)
  • Morris-Foster Faculty Fellowship (2007-2009), Texas A&M University
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellow (2009) – Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR), Advanced Technology Branch - San Diego; sponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellow (2006, 2007) – Air Force Research Lab. (AFRL) Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB); sponsored by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • New Investigator Award (2005), Texas Space Grants Consortium (TSGC)
  • 2001 Best Journal Paper Award by the ASME Heat Transfer Division for 2 papers published in the Journal of Heat Transfer
  • Invited to four National Honor Societies: (Sigma Xi for Scientific Research), (Phi Kappa Phi for Academic Excellence),(Gamma Beta Phi for Social Service), (Tau Beta Pi for Engineering), 1994-1995
  • "Best Mechanical Engineering Student Award" (Amlan Sen Endowment) awarded at the graduation convocation ceremony, I.I.T. Kharagpur (1992)
  • Merit Scholarships for Undergraduate Student (3 times), I.I.T., Kharagpur. (1988-1992)
  • J.C. Bose National Science Talent Search Scholar, Government of India (1988)
  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Scholarship, Govt. of India (1988-1992)

Selected Publications

  • Singh, N.*, and Banerjee, D., “Nanofins: Science and Applications”. Publisher: Springer, New York, N.Y., 2013. ISBN 978-1-4614-8532-2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8532-2
  • Yu, J.*, Kang, S-K.*, Jeong, R-G., and Banerjee, D., “Experimental validation of numerical predictions for forced convective heat transfer of nanofluids in a microchannel”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 62, Part B, Pages 203–212, December 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2016.11.001
  • Alfi, M.*, Nasrabadi, H., and Banerjee, D., “Experimental investigation of confinement effect on phase behavior of hexane, heptane and octane using lab-on-a-chip technology”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, Volume 423, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fluid.2016.04.017
  • Ahn, H.S*, Sinha N.*, Zhang‡, M., Feng, S. ‡, Banerjee, D., Baughman, R., “Pool boiling experiments on Multi Walled Carbon Nanotube (MWCNT) Forests”, ASME Transactions Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 128, No. 12, pp.1335-1342, December, 2006. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2349511
  • Shin, D.*, and Banerjee, D., “Enhanced specific heat capacity of nanomaterials synthesized by dispersing silica nanoparticles in eutectic mixtures”, ASME Transactions Journal of Heat Transfer, Volume 135, Issue 3, February, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4005163
  • Kang, S.W. *, Banerjee, D., Kaul, A.B., Megerian, K.G., “Nano-Patterning of Catalysts by Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) for synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes (CNT)”, Scanning: The Journal of Scanning Probe Microscopies, Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp. 42-48, January/February, 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sca.20184