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Chemical engineer

Rathin Datta, American chemical engineer. Recipient Environmental Technology of Year award Discover Magazine, 1998, Presidential Green Chemistry award United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1998, Research and Development 100 award, 2002; grantee United States Department Energy, United States Department of Agriculture, others, Distinguished Alumnus award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2010.


Datta, Rathin was born on November 11, 1948 in Calcutta, India. Son of Amulya N. and Karuna Datta. came to the United States, 1970.


Bachelor of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1974.


Engineering associate Merck & Company, Rahway, New Jersey, 1974-1978. Senior engineer Exxon Research & Engineering Company, Linden, 1978-1982. Research scientist, section leader Corn Products/cost per click International, Summit, Illinois, 1982-1987.

Vice president research Michigan Biotechnology Institute, Lansing, Michigan, 1987-1992. Technical consultant Chicago, since 1992. Senior advisor bioengineering Argonne National Laboratory, 1992—2006.

Chairman Vertec Biosolvents Inc., Downers Grove, Illinois, since 2001. Chief science officer & co-founder Coskata Inc., since 2006. Member research committee National Corn Growners Association, St. Louis, 1991-1993.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Journal Industrial Microbiology, Linden, New Jersey, 1985-1990, Journal Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, since 2005. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books. Patentee in field.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, AIChE (Ernest E. Thiele award 1996), American Chemical Society, Society Industrial Microbiology, Water Pollution Control Federation, Institute Food Technologists, Sierra Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, squash, opera, sitar.


Son of Amulya N. (deceased) and Karuna Datta. Married Alicia Reyes, September 14, 1974.

Amulya N.

Karuna Datta

Alicia Reyes