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Fall 2021


Energy System Group Members Zewei Chen, Yiru Li, Wasiu Peter Oladipupo, Edwin Rodriguez, Gary Sawyer, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Alternative ordering of process hierarchy for more efficient and cost-effective valorization of shale resources” was published in Cell Reports Physical Science.

Energy System Group Undergraduate Researcher Arsh Bhatia received OUR scholarship for 2021-2022 academic year. Congratulations Arsh!


Summer 2021


Separations Research Group Members Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco, Zewei Chen, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Energy-efficient membrane cascades for industrial separations” was published in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering.

Separations Research Group Members Tony Joseph Mathew, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “A Simple Criterion for Feasibility of Heat Integration between Distillation Streams Based on Relative Volatilities” was published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

Separations Research Group Members Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Optimal design of membrane cascades for gaseous and liquid mixtures via MINLP” was published in Journal of Membrane Science.

Separations Research Group member Tony Joseph Mathew successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations Tony!

Separations Research Group Members Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Methods to Assess Numerous Distillation Schemes for Binary Mixtures” was published in Chemical Engineering Research and Design.


Spring 2021


Tony Joseph Mathew and Zewei Chen both gave oral presentations at the 2021 AIChE Spring Meeting

Solar Energy Research Group member Swapnil Dattatray Deshmukh received the Outstanding Research Award 2021 from the College of Engineering. Congratulations, Swapnil!

Separations Research Group Member Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Systematic Analysis Reveals Thermal Separations Are Not Necessarily Most Energy Intensive” was published in Joule.


Fall 2020


Energy Systems Research Group member Zewei Chen received the Bill Murray Fellowship for 2020-21 academic year. Congratulations Zewei!


Separations Research Group members Tony Joseph Mathew, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript “Quickly Assess Distillation Columns” was published in Chemical Engineering Progress.


Solar Energy Research Group member Swapnil Deshmukh won the Second Place Award in the 2020 AIChE Graduate Student Award Competition in the Inorganic Chemistry Area. Congratulations Swapnil!


Separations Research Group member Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations Radhakrishna!


Summer 2020


Tony Joseph Mathew received first place for his Oral Presentation in the Energy and Process Intensification & Biotechnology category, and won the Best Overall award, at the 29th Annual Symposium organized by Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization. Congratulations, Tony!


David Rokke received first place for his Oral Presentation in the Material Science category at the 29th Annual Symposium organized by Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization. Congratulations, David!


Solar Energy Research Group members David Rokke and Swapnil Deshmukh’s submissions to the 2020 Annual AIChE conference are accepted for an oral presentation and two Graduate Student Award Oral Presentations respectively.


Separations Research Group member Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations Adrian!


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal and Separations Research Group Member Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty’s manuscript “Misconceptions about Efficiency and Maturity of Distillation” was published in AIChE Journal.


Separations Research Group member Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty is a winner of the 2020 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award in the Distillation and Absorption area. Congratulations Radhakrishna!


Solar Energy Research Group member Swapnil Deshmukh is a winner of the best student paper award at the 47th IEEE PVSC. Congratulations Swapnil!


Separations Research Group member Zewei Chen, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript, “Classification and Comparison of Dividing Walls for Distillation Columns” was published in Processes.


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal is interviewed on the Purdue University College of Engineering’s podcast, “Sounds Like the Future” on Episode 08: Advancing Sustainability Across Disciplines. Prof. Agrawal discusses his research and interests centered around sustainability


Solar Energy Research Group members Swapnil Deshmukh, Kyle Weideman, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript, “Analyzing and Tuning the Chalcogen–Amine–Thiol Complexes for Tailoring of Chalcogenide Syntheses” was published in Inorganic Chemistry


Spring 2020


Solar Energy Research Group members Ryan Ellis, Jonathan Turnley, David Rokke, Jacob Fields, Essam Alruqobah, Swapnil Deshmukh, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript, “Hybrid Ligand Exchange of Cu(In,Ga)S2 Nanopartcles for Carbon Impurity Removal in Solution Processed Photovoltaics” was published in Chemistry of Materials


Solar Energy Research Group member Essam AlRuqobah’s and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal’s manuscript, “Potassium Treatments for Solution-Processed Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 Solar Cells” was published in ACS Applied Energy Materials


Solar Energy Research Group member Joseph Andler successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations Joe!


Solar Energy Research Group members, Ryan Ellis and Swapnil Deshmukh’s submissions to IEEE’s 2020 PVSC conference were both selected for (now virtual) oral presentations


Solar Energy Research Group member, David Rokke, is accepted to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hands on Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) 2020 program, a week long on-site educational program with field experts at NREL


Group member Tony Mathew received the 2020 Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching by the College of Engineering for his teaching assistantship of CHE660: Chemical Reaction Engineering during the Spring 2019 semester


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal and alumni Xianyi Hu are co-authors of a newly published book, “Sustainable Photovoltaics,” which is an overview of various research projects that were a part of the SERIIUS funding network


Group members Ryan Ellis, Swapnil Deshmukh, and Zewei Chen all receive $1000 travel grants from the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering for conference travel


Solar Energy Research Group members Ryan Ellis and Swapnil Deshmukh’s submissions to the 2020 Spring MRS conference are accepted for oral presentations


Fall 2019


Solar Energy Research Group member Ryan Ellis wins first place in the Electronics and Photonic Materials Graduate Student Awards Session at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting for his oral presentation. Congratulations, Ryan!


Prof. Agrawal is an invited panelist for the Meet the Innovators presentation and panel discussion at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting


Ryan Ellis, Kyle Weideman, Zewei Chen, Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco, Yiru Li, and Peter Oladipupo all give oral presentations at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting


Solar Energy Research Group members Swapnil Deshmukh,* Ryan Ellis,* David Rokke, Dwi Sutandar and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal publish a paper titled, “Versatile Colloidal Synthesis of Metal Chalcogenide Nanoparticles from Elemental Precursors using Amine-Thiol Chemistry” in Chemistry of Materials


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal is awarded the Phillip C. Wankat Graduate Teaching Award in Chemical Engineering recognizing his achievements as an instructor in graduate-level courses. Congratulations, Prof. Agrawal!


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal writes a “Behind the Paper” blog post for Nature Sustainability describing the motivation behind the recently published paper


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal and Prof. Mitch Tunistra write a second blog post on Medium discussing the concept of Aglectric Farming


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal and Prof. Mitch Tunistra write a blog post on Medium featuring the NRT team and their research along with the new Nature Sustainability publication


Group alumni Caleb Miskin and current group members Yiru Li, Ryan Ellis, and Prof. Rakesh Agrawal publish, “Sustainable co-production of food and solar power to relax land-use constraints” in Nature Sustainability


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agrawal Professor Rakesh Agrawal
Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering

 

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Graduate Students

       
Shubhanshu Agarwal
Second Year
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Solar Energy
Zewei Chen
Fourth Year
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Energy Systems
Daniel Hayes
Third Year
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Solar Energy
Tony Joseph Mathew
Fifth Year
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Separations
Anna Murray
Fourth Year
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Solar Energy
Akash Sanjay Nogaja
First Year
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Separations
Apurva Pradhan
Fourth Year
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Solar Energy
Edwin Rodriguez
Third Year
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Energy Systems
David Rokke
Sixth Year
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Solar Energy
Jonathan Turnley
Fourth Year
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Solar Energy
Varsha
Second Year
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Energy Systems
Kyle Weideman
Fifth Year
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Solar Energy
Ryan Swope
Second Year
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Solar Energy
Robert Spilker
Second Year
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Solar Energy
       

Postdoctoral Associates

Shreyash Hadke

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Undergraduate Students

       
       
       

Former Doctoral Students

Name Appointment  
Dr. Anirudh Shenvi 2007-2012 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Arun Giridhar 2005-2008 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Ryan Ellis 2015-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Anirudh Shenvi 2007-2012 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Arun Giridhar 2005-2008 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Essam Alruqobah 2015-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Anirudh Shenvi 2007-2012 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Arun Giridhar 2005-2008 In-2C-21px-R
Bethlehem Negash (M.S.) 2012-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Brian Graesar 2011-2017 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Bryce Walker 2009-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Caleb Miskin 2011-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Chinmay Joglekar (M.S.) 2011-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Chuck Hages 2010-2015 In-2C-21px-R
Deepika Sharma (M.S.) 2019-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Dhairya Metha 2009-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Dharik S. Mallapragada 2008-2013 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Emre Gencer 2011-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Easa Al-Musleh 2008-2014  
Dr. Erik J. Sheets 2010-2015 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Gautham M. Ramapriya 2011-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Grayson Ford 2006-2011 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Harshavardhan Choudhari 2009-2015 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Hye Yeon Park 2009-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. John Degenstein 2011-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Jose Adrian Chavez Velasco 2016-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Joseph Andler 2015-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Joshua Huff 2010-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Kevin Brew 2010-2015 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Mahaprasad Kar 2005-2010 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Mark Koeper 2012-2017 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Nathan Carter 2010-2015  
Dr. Navneet R. Singh 2005-2009 In-2C-21px-R
Peter W. Oladipopu (M.S.) 2017-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Piotr Gawecki 2008-2012 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Qijie Guo 2004-2009 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty 2015-2020 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Robert Balow 2012-2015 In-2C-21px-R
Robert Boyne (M.S.) 2014-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Rugved Pathare 2005-2010 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Ruihong Zhang 2012-2016 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Sara Yohe 2008-2012 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Steve Mcleod 2011-2017  
Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh 2015-2021 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Taufik Ridha 2014-2018 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Vinod Kumar Venkatakrishnan 2009-2014 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Vishesh Shah 2006-2010 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Xin Zhao 2012-2017 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Zheyu Jiang 2015-2018 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Yiru Li 2015-2020 In-2C-21px-R

Former Postdoctoral Associates

Name Appointment
Dr. Parham Mobed 2016-2018 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Caleb Miskin 2016-2017 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Grayson Ford 2011-2011 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Haibo Zhang 2010-TBD  
Dr. Qijie Guo 2009-2011 In-2C-21px-R
Dr. Ulaganathan Nallasivam 2010-2011 In-2C-21px-R

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Name Appointment
Cassie Campbell 2015-2016
Dwi Sutandar 2017-2020
Daw Gen Lim  
Gaurav Mittal  
Jacob Haines  
Jeremy Weinstock 2009
Jordan Grommet 2016
Journey Warner 2019-2020
Juan Munoz  
Lei Zhong  
Preston Fernandez 2016
Trey Sanfrey 2016
Yunjie Wang  
Aaron Gerber 2009
Ajay Raj 2010
Alvin Ang 2009
Andrew Nguyen 2010
Ankur Sarkar 2013-2014
Anthony Rogers 2009-TBD
Bethany Mcllrath 2015
Conner Davis 2014-2015
Cori Bucherl 2008-2009
Eduardo Garza 2010
Evan Hanley 2011
Gang Duan 2011-2012
Aaron Gerber 2009-TBD
James Meyer 2011-2012
Jarod Goh 2009
Jeremy Zeller 2009
Karim Chakroun 2014
Kevin Bock 2014-2015
Kyle King 2010
Luis Jimenez 2014
Matt Clifford 2010
Mingxuan Lu 2014-2015
Mohammed Al-kaki 2009-TBD
Naseeha Mohammed 2019-2020
Piyasit Wongareesanti 2010
Pulak Sharma 2007
Sakinah Jabar 2019-2020
Samantha Hahn 2010
Seonghyuk (Nic) Cho 2014-2015
Stephen Szczepaniak 2012,2014
Tyler Tekyl 2011
Tahsin Choudhury 2009
Vijay Raj 2011
Vlad Curteanu 2007
William Borror 2008-2009
Xiaojing (Jenny) Li 2015
Ye Yuan 2011-2012
Yelena Dracheva 2007
Yoongyeong Jeong 2019-2020
Yoo Rang Heo 2010
Yusheng Zhu 2015

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