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Bhaduri, Dai named UT-Battelle corporate fellows

Budhendra Bhaduri and Sheng Dai
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 9, 2011 — Budhendra Bhaduri and Sheng Dai of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named UT-Battelle corporate fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their scientific and technical fields.

The addition of Bhaduri and Dai to this prestigious group brings the total number of active corporate fellows, the highest designation a researcher can receive at ORNL, to 31 engineers and scientists.

"Our corporate fellows are exceptionally gifted individuals who exemplify the best in science and technology," ORNL Director Thom Mason said. "The addition of Sheng and Budhu to this esteemed group recognizes their outstanding research accomplishments and their extraordinary contributions to their respective fields."

Bhaduri, the leader of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group at ORNL, is internationally renowned for his role in conceiving, designing and implementing novel geocomputational methods to help solve a wide variety of national and global problems in energy, environment and national security. He is also a founding member of DOE's Geospatial Science Steering Committee.

Bhaduri received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Calcutta, India, a master's degree from Kent State University and a doctorate from Purdue University. In 2010, Bhaduri was named a recipient of the Homeland Security Award presented by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and AgustaWestland North America.

Dai, the group leader of the Nanomaterials Chemistry Group at ORNL, researches the functionality of mesoporous oxides and carbons for real-world applications, ionic liquids for chemical separation and materials synthesis, sol-gel synthesis and molecular imprinting of inorganic materials, as well as catalysis by nanomaterials.

Dai received bachelor's and master's degrees from Zhejiang University and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He is the author or co-author of more than 280 peer-reviewed papers and has been awarded 13 U.S. patents. In 2010 Dai won UT-Battelle's annual award for outstanding individual achievement in science and technology.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for DOE's Office of Science.