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Georges Belfort

Bioseparations Expert Georges Belfort Named Institute Professor

World-leading bioseparations expert Georges Belfort has named Institute Professor, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon a faculty member at Rensselaer. Belfort is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

“Dr. Belfort is a force in chemical and biological engineering in the United States and around the world.” — Robert Palazzo

Dr. Belfort is a force in chemical and biological engineering in the United States and around the world,” said Provost Robert Palazzo. “Not only is Georges contributing high-quality science and engineering to the field of bioseparations, he is also a trusted faculty leader on campus. He elevates his department and Rensselaer in a multitude of ways, including recruiting outstanding faculty, mentoring them, and bringing external recognition to Institute. Being named Institute Professor is a well-deserved honor, and we offer Georges hearty thanks and congratulations.”

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, protein misfolding at surfaces, and affinity separations. To honor his career, Belfort will receive the 2011 Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Biotechnology Division in March at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

The editor or co-editor of three books, Belfort has published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers and 22 book chapters. His h factor, a key metric for academic researchers that measures both productivity and the impact of published research, is greater than 40. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals and is the international editor of the Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan. Belfort also lectures widely in both academic and industrial settings and is an active consultant in the United States, Europe, and 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. Other major awards given to Belfort include the AIChE Clarence Gerhold Award in Separation Science and Technology in 2000, and the ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology in 1995.

Belfort is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 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.

Belfort received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California at Irvine.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 3, February 18, 2011
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