Priyanka Banerjee was born in 1988 in the east of India where she finished her BTech degree in Chemical Engineering in 2010 in National Institute of Technology, Durgapur.
Just after, she moved to Sweden for a year where she worked on two very exciting projects in Materials and Environmental Chemistry department of Stockholm University and Theoretical Chemistry department of Lund University.
In 2011, she got selected for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship to do the European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3) masters program. She got the wonderful opportunity to study in three different universities and lived in Spain (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), France (Ecole des Mines de Nantes), Sweden (Sweden - KTH Royal Institute of Technology)and Netherlands during the entire two years of her ME3 program. She finished her master thesis in the department of Biomass and Energy Efficiency of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) under the supervision of Dr. Juriaan Boon where she looked into the pre-combustion CO2 capture with Palladium membranes. Afterwards, she moved to United States to do some research work in the Chemical Engineering department of University of Cincinnati.
In June 2014, she got accepted in the SusPhos Marie Curie project. She presently works under the guidance of Prof Peter van der Sijde in the Faculty of Social Sciences in VU University, Amsterdam. She is studying the technology transfer of phosphorus recycling processes where she is focusing on identifying the barriers and then analyze how such research ideas get to the market. She finds the project very challenging and exciting at the same time.