Pratim Biswas elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Pratim Biswas, Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer of Applied Particle Technology,  has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the field of engineering.

Biswas was selected “for advancing the science of aerosol dynamics and particle removal technologies.” He will be inducted into the NAE Class of 2019 Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C.

His work applying aerosol science to energy and environmental nanotechnology, solar energy use, air pollution control, medicine and other areas of science and engineering was most recently recognized with the Fuchs Award, the highest honor given to an aerosol scientist.


After NASA win, sensor startup has prospects on Earth and in space.

A St. Louis startup’s technology, designed to detect air quality problems on Earth, may also be headed into space.

Applied Particle Technology, based at the BioGenerator in the Central West End, recently won a $100,000 prize from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is looking for ways to protect astronauts from airborne pollutants. The win could lead to a test of APT’s sensor on the International Space Station, and perhaps eventually to its use on manned missions to the moon or Mars.