Chemistry doctoral graduate named to the National Academy of Inventors

Author: Lily Brouder

Madan Bhasin '63 Ph.D. has been named a 2021 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

Bhasin’s work focuses on the way the rate of chemical reactions can be increased by using catalysts. Specifically, he is a specialist in heterogeneous catalysis, where the phase of catalysts is different from that of the reactants or the substance formed from the reaction. Notably, he contributed to the discovery and commercialization of high efficiency catalysts that have been used in technology from Dow Chemical and Union Carbide. 

The NAI Fellowship recognizes individuals for their contributions to the field of innovation that can improve society. For academic inventors, the election to this fellowship is the highest professional accolade. NAI Fellows have been issued over 48,000 U.S. patents and have created more than 13,000 licensed technologies and companies. These discoveries have generated over $3 trillion in revenue and more than one million jobs. 

Bhasin received his doctoral degree in physical chemistry after completing his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Delhi University. Bhasin’s career has included 45 years in research and development. He is chief scientific advisor of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, and Innovation Center (MATRIC) and chief executive officer of Innovative Patent Solutions. He previously worked at the Dow Chemical Company as a senior scientist. 

Bhasin was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 2006, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Louisiana State University Cain Department of Chemical Engineering. He holds 25 U.S. Patents and has had 24 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The official induction for Bhasin and other fellows will be held in June 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.