Abhaya Datye


Phone: (505) 277-0477

Physical Address

Room 436
Mechanical Engineering

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Regents' Professor and Chair

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering



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PhD, University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering, 1984

MS, University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering, 1980

BS, University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering, 1980




The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 87131
1/10 - Regents Professor
9/07 - Distinguished Professor
8/07 - Director, graduate program in Nanoscience and Microsystems
8/02 - 12/07 Associate Chair, Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
8/04 - 9/07 Site Director, Center for Ceramic and Composite Materials (CCMC)
9/00 - 8/02 Interim Assoc. Chair of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
8/99 - 8/04 Executive Director, Center for Ceramic and Composite Materials (CCMC)
4/94 - Director, Center for Microengineered Materials (CMEM)
5/93 - 9/07 Professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
5/90- 5/93 Associate Professor with tenure 
5/88- 5/90 Associate Professor
8/84- 5/88 Assistant Professor 


1976 - 78, Hindustan Organic Chemicals, Rasayani, India, Scientific Officer.
1975 - 76, Hindustan Lever Ltd., Research Center, Bombay, India, Research Assistant.

Sabbaticals and Visiting Appointments

University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France, Summer 2004, Visiting Professor.
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Honorary Professor, 2003-present, Dept. of Chemistry.
Haldor Topsøe, Lyngby, Denmark, 1999, to apply advanced TEM techniques to the study of industrial heterogeneous catalysts
High Temperature Materials Lab Fellowship, 1994, Oak Ridge National Lab, to work on electron holography using the Hitachi HF 2000 FEG-TEM.
BP Research Center, Sunbury on Thames, UK, 1991 to work on in-situ and controlled atmosphere EM of catalysts

Honors and Awards:

UNM Regents Professor, University of New Mexico, 2010
Elected vice chair of the Gordon research conference on Catalysis, 2008 and Chair, 2010
NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, 2008 Award for Excellence
Best paper Materials Science, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2006, University of New Mexico
Senior Teaching Excellence Award, 2008, University of New Mexico School of Engineering
Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico, 2007
Senior Research Excellence Award, 1998, University of New Mexico School of Engineering
Junior Research Excellence Award, 1989, University of New Mexico School of Engineering
Outstanding Teacher Award, 1988, Chemical & Nuclear Engineering graduate students
Presidential Lectureship, 1986-88, University of New Mexico
Outstanding graduate student, 1982, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Publications And Presentations:

276 journal publications, 69 conference proceedings, 4 patents and 140 invited talks

Invited Talks (140)

Publications (203, h-index 39)

4925 Citations (as recorded in the Web of Science)

Research Funding (Total $30,991,307.00 as Pi or Co-PI)

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