Georges Belfort Named Chaired Professor at Rensselaer
Troy, N.Y. - Georges Belfort has been named a chaired
professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Belfort will
hold the title of Russell Sage Professor of Chemical
Belfort has been a chemical engineering faculty member for 25
years. He is a world-renowned authority on bioseparation, the
science of recovering valuable proteins and other biological
molecules from the complex mixtures in which they are produced.
He's also an expert on the behavior of biological molecules at
Belfort earned his Ph.D. in 1972 and an M.S. in 1969, both in
engineering, from the University of California at Irvine. He
received his B.S. in chemical engineering in 1963 from the
University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Among his many awards, Belfort earned the American Chemical
Society Award and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Award in Separation Science and Technology in 1995 and 2000,
respectively. He was elected a fellow of the American Institute
for Medical & Biological Engineering in 1994. He is
co-founder and former president of the North American Membrane
Society. He has twice been a fellow of the Japanese Society for
the Promotion of Science.
Several of his former students are currently on the faculty of
other universities, including the University of Maryland,
Princeton University, Ecole Normale Superieure (France),
Hanyang University (Korea), University of Oveido (Spain),
University of Sheffield (UK), Institut Technologg Bandung
(Indonesia), and Universität Essen (Germany). His former
students also have won National Science Foundation career
awards and the prestigious NATO Graduate Scholarship.
Belfort is editor or coeditor of three books and has written
more than 140 published reviewed papers and book chapters. He
holds five patents (with others), including one for producing
low-protein adhesive surfaces, and one for a new filter design
that self-cleans during filtration.
Belfort is a consultant to industry in the United States,
Europe, and Japan. His research has been supported by
governments and companies in those countries. He serves on the
editorial board of several international journals and is the
international editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal of
The Russell Sage chaired professorship at Rensselaer was
established in 1938. It was originally endowed by Margaret
Olivia Slocum Sage in memory of her husband, Russell Sage, who
served for 10 years as a Rensselaer trustee.
Contact: Jodi Ackerman
Phone: (518) 276-6531