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Nilanjan Chatterjee

Principal Research Scientist

Nilanjan Chatterjee is an igneous and metamorphic petrologist. His current research interests include the origin and crystallization of the K/Pg Deccan flood basalts of India, igneous activity and metamorphism in the Cenozoic Alpine-Himalayan orogenic belt, and high-grade metamorphism in eastern India with implications for Proterozoic-Paleozoic supercontinent break-up and assembly. He has also collaborated in studying hydrous peridotite melting in the mantle wedge.

Nilanjan obtained his B.Sc. (1981) and M.Sc. (1983) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. (1989) from City University of New York. His Ph.D. thesis involved creating an internally consistent thermodynamic database to calculate phase equilibria. During 1990-1991, he served as a postdoctoral assistant at American Museum of Natural History, New York, where he studied meteorites. Nilanjan has over 25 years of experience with the electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA, or the electron microprobe) and its applications in the earth and material sciences. He oversees the operation of the Electron Microprobe Laboratory (a research facility within EAPS), teaches the theory and application of the x-ray micro-analytical technique, and provides training for students, researchers and the faculty.


Chatterjee, N. (2017) Constraints from monazite and xenotime growth modelling in the MnCKFMASH-PYCe system on the P-T path of a metapelite from Shillong-Meghalaya Plateau: implications for the Indian shield assembly. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 35, 393-412. doi:10.1111/jmg.12237

Ghose, N.C., Chatterjee, N. and Windley, B.F. (2016) Subaqueous early eruptive phase of the Late Aptian Rajmahal volcanism, India: evidence from volcaniclastic rocks, bentonite, black shales, and oolite. Geoscience Frontiers, online. doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2016.06.007

Bhattacharya, A., Das, H.H., Bell, E., Bhattacharya, A., Chatterjee, N., Dutt, A. and Saha, L. (2016) Restoration of Late Neoarchean-Early Cambrian tectonics in the Rengali Orogen and its environs (eastern India): the Antarctic connection. Lithos, online. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2016.06.006

Pauly, J., Marschall, H.R., Meyer, H.-P., Chatterjee, N. and Monteleone, B. (2016) Prolonged Ediacaran-Cambrian metamorphic history and short-lived high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the H.U. Sverdrupfjella, Dronning Maud Land (East Antarctica): Evidence for continental collision during Gondwana assembly. Journal of Petrology, 57/1, 185-228. doi:10.1093/petrology/egw005

Chatterjee, N. and Jagoutz, O. (2015) Exhumation of the UHP Tso Morari eclogite as a diapir rising through the mantle wedge Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 169, no. 1, doi: 10.1007/s00410-014-1099-y

Chatterjee, N. and Sheth, H. (2015) Origin of the Powai ankaramite, and the composition, P-T conditions of equilibration and evolution of the primary magmas of the Deccan tholeiitesContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 169, no. 3, doi: 10.1007/s00410-015-1125-8

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