Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
NSF Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)
Professor Agrawal's current interest and passion is in energy production issues especially from renewable sources such as solar. The thrust of research is to fabricate low-cost solar cells based on nanotechnology.
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
- Brian Graeser
- Essam AlRuqobah
- Jose Chavez Velasco
- Zewei Chen
- Swapnil Deshmukh
- Ryan Ellis
- Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty
- Tony Joseph Mathew
- Yiru Li
- Scott McClary
- Anna Murray
- Wasiu (Peter) Oladipupo
- Apurva Pradham
- Edwin Rodriquez
- David Rokke
- Jonathon Turnley
- Kyle Weideman
- Co-advised: Joseph Andler
Awards and Honors
“Synthesis and Characterization of Cu3(Sb1-xAsx)S4 Semiconducting Nanocrystal Alloys with Tunable Properties for Optoelectronic Device Applications“, R. B. Balow, C. K. Miskin, M. M. Abu-Omar and R. Agrawal, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 573 (2017), DOI: pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03850
“Directing solar photons to sustainably meet food, energy, and water needs”, E. Gencer, C. Miskin, X. Sun, M. R. Khan, P. Bermel, M. A. Alam and R. Agrawal, Scientific Reports, 7: 3133 (2017), DOI:10.1038/s41598-017- 03437-x
“Solution-processed copper arsenic sulfide thin films for photovoltaic applications”, S.A McClary, J. Andler, C. A. Handwerker and R. Agrawal, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5, 6913 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/c7tc01920c
“Metastable defect response in CZTSSe from admittance spectroscopy”, M. J. Koeper, C. J. Hages, J. V. Li, D. Levi and R. Agrawal, Appl. Phys. Lett. , 111, 142105 (2017).
“Speciation of CuCl and CuCl2 Thiol-Amine Solutions and Characterization of Resulting Films: Implications for Semiconductor Device Fabrication”, P. Murria, C. K. Miskin, R. Boyne, L. T. Cain, R. Yerabolu, R. Zhang, E. C. Wegener, J. T. Miller, H. I. Kenttämaa and R. Agrawal, Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 14396 (2017), doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01359
“A Systematic Method to Synthesize All Dividing Wall Columns for n-component Separation - Part I”, G. Madenoor Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal, AIChE Journal, 64, 649 (2018), DOI 10.1002/aic.15964
“A Systematic Method to Synthesize All Dividing Wall Columns for n-component Separation - Part II”, G. Madenoor Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani and R. Agrawal, AIChE Journal, 64, 660 (2018), DOI: 10.1002/aic.15963
“Towards Supplying Food, Energy, and Water Demand: Integrated Solar Desalination Process Synthesis with Power and Hydrogen Coproduction", E. Gencer and R. Agrawal, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 133, 331 (2018), doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.01.030
“Minimum Energy of Multicomponent Distillation Systems Using Minimum Additional Heat and Mass Integration Sections”, Z. Jiang, G. Madenoor Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal, AIChE Journal, 64(9) , 3410 (2018). DOI 10.1002/aic.16189.
“Pure Phase Synthesis of Cu3PS4 and Cu6PS5Cl for Semiconductor Applications”, B. Graeser and R. Agrawal, RSC Advances, 8, 34094 (2018), DOI: 10.1039/c8ra06241b