Georges Belfort Wins Biochemical Engineering Award
Georges Belfort, the Russell Sage Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received the 2011 Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Biotechnology Division. Belfort was recognized for his fundamental and applied research of separations processes in biochemical engineering.
The award recognizes “outstanding research and practice contributions toward the advancement of science and technology for the recovery of biological products,” according to the ACS. As part of the award, Belfort will be honored in March at the ACS annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., where he will deliver an award lecture.
“We applaud and congratulate Dr. Belfort for this well-earned and richly deserved honor from the ACS,” said David Rosowsky, dean of engineering. “In addition to his renown as a global authority on bioseparations and the behavior of biological molecules at solid interfaces, Georges’ inherent kindness and vigilant pursuit of excellence leave a lasting impression on his peers, colleagues, students, and everyone with whom he interacts. This award recognizes and celebrates the impact of Professor Belfort’s stellar career.”
Belfort has earned a place among the world’s most respected academic and industrial chemical engineers. Throughout his career, he has made seminal contributions in liquid-phase pressure-driven membrane-based processes, bioseparations engineering, interfacial science, and affinity separations.
The editor or co-editor of three books, Belfort has published more than 185 peer-reviewed papers and 22 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals and is the international editor of the Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan.
In 2008, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) named Belfort one of the “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era.” Also in 2008, he received the ACS E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.
Belfort is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is co-founder and former president of the North American Membrane Society, and has twice been named a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.