Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
Another major thrust of his current research is efficient conversion of biomass to liquid fuel and maximizing liquid fuel from a given quantity of biomass. He is also involved in modeling to find the role of biofuels vis-a-vis other solar energy derived alternatives to propel an entire transport sector in a solar economy.
The group is also involved with developing efficient separation processes. Currently methods to synthesize and identify energy efficient distillation configurations for multicomponent separation are being developed. Additional effort is being devoted to develop optimal methods for membrane separation processes.
He has a broad experience in hydrogen production and purification technologies. This has evolved from his earlier activity in developing integration steps within coal gasification combined cycles for power as well as syngas generation.
His research interests also include basic and applied research in process development, gas liquefaction processes, cryogenics, and thermodynamics.
To find out more about Dr. Agrawal's research, visit his research group page.
Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates
- Caleb Miskin
- Essam AlRuqobah
- Robert Boyne
- Swapnil Deshmukh
- Ryan Ellis
- Emre Gencer (co-advised with Nicholas Delgass and Fabio Ribeiro)
- Brian Graeser
- Zheyu Jiang
- Mark Koeper
- Yiru Li
- Gautham Madenoor Ramapriya
- Scott McClary
- Steve Mcleod
- Taufik Ridha (co-advised with Fabio Ribeiro and Nicholas Delgass)
- Tumbalam Gooty Rakhakrishna
- Xin Zhao
Awards and Honors
"Oxygen removal from intact biomass to produce liquid fuel range hydrocarbons via fast-hydropyrolysis and vapor-phase catalytic hydrodeoxygenation," V. K. Venkatakrishnan, W. N. Delgass, F. H. Ribeiro and R. Agrawal, Green Chemistry, 17, 178 (2015)
"Synthesis and Characterization of 15% Efficient CIGSSe Solar Cells From Nanoparticle Inks," S. M. McLeod, C. J. Hages, N. J. Carter, and R. Agrawal, Accepted for Publication in Prog. Photovolt.: Res. Appl.
"A Synergistic Biorefinery Based on Catalytic Conversion of Lignin Prior to Cellulose Starting from Lignocellulosic Biomass," T. Parsell, S. Yohe, J. Degenstein, T. Jarrell, I. Klein, E. Gencer, B. Hewetson, M. Hurt, J. Im Kim, H. Choudhari, B. Saha, R. Meilan, N. Mosier, F. Ribeiro, W. N. Delgass, C. Chapple, H. I. Kentt?maa, R. Agrawal and M. M. Abu-Omar, Green Chemistry, Available online DOI: 10.1039/c4gc01911c.
"Thermal Coupling Links to Liquid-Only Transfer Streams: A Path for New Dividing Wall Columns," G. Madenoor Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani and R. Agrawal, AIChEJ, 60, 2949 (2014); DOI 10.1002/aic.14468.
"Contamination-Free Solutions of Selenium in Amines for Nanoparticle Synthesis," B. C. Walker and R. Agrawal, Chem. Commun., 50, 8331 (2014)
“From Shale Gas to Renewable Energy Based Transportation Solutions,” D. S. Mallapragada, G. Duan and R. Agrawal, Energy Policy 67, 499 (2014).
“9% Efficient Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Solar Cells from Selenized Nanoparticle Inks,” C. K. Miskin, W.-C. Yang, C. J. Hages, N. J. Carter, C. S. Joglekar, E. A. Stach, and R. Agrawal, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, DOI: 10.1002/pip.2472.
“Continuous power supply from a baseload renewable power plant”, E. I. Al-Musleh, D. S. Mallapragada, and R. Agrawal, Applied Energy, 122, 83, (2014).
“Improved performance of Ge-alloyed CZTGeSSe thin-film solar cells through control of elemental losses,” C. J. Hages, S. Levcenco, C. K. Miskin, J. H. Alsmeier, D. Abou-Ras, R. G. Wilks, M. Bar, T. Unold, and R. Agrawal, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pip.2442/abstract
“Limiting and Achievable Efficiencies for Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production,” D. S. Mallapragada and R. Agrawal, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 62 (2014).
“Real-time observation of Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cell absorber layer formation from nanoparticle precursors,” R. Mainz, B. Walker, S. S. Schmidt, O. Zander, A. Weber, H. Rodriguez-Alvarez, J. Just, M. Klaus, R. Agrawal and T. Unold, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, 18281(2013)
"Sun-to-Fuel Assessment of Routes for Fixing CO2 as Liquid Fuel," D. Mallapragada, N. Singh, V. Curteanu, and R. Agrawal, I&EC Res, 53, 5136 (2013)