Arnab Chatterjee

Arnab Chatterjee graduated with an honours degree in Chemistry from Oriel College, University of Oxford in 2000. Between 2000 and 2004, he worked for Professor John Foord, in the Oxford Centre for Surface Science, developing novel semiconductors for use in electrochemical applications. Having completed his doctorate, Dr Chatterjee set up a science communication company to help explain how the findings of scientists translate into tangible consequences in the “real world”. The projects included biochemistry marketing for a biotechnology start-up, art installation work for the Exhibition Road, radio for the BBC and seminars at The Dana Centre, London. The increasing prominence of questions surrounding sustainable and secure energy led to a position within Shell Global Solutions, Innovation Research in 2005. Between 2005-2008, he developed novel chemistries and processes for natural gas production and next generation automotive drivetrains. From 2007 to 2008, he also headed an innovation network whose intent was to capture a whole range of ideas around both the current and future business environments, and demonstrate their preliminary feasibility. From the beginning of this year, Arnab Chatterjee has been based in Canada, working within the unconventional oil domain. The project demonstrates the difficulties of translating a complex technical solution to operational scale in a challenging metereological, political and economic environment.