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Summer 2018


David Rokke’s submission to the 2018 AIChE Conference, “Understanding the Formation and Pyrolysis of Metal Thiolate Complexes for Solution-Processed Thin Film Photovoltaics,” is accepted for an oral presentation


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal delivered a plenary lecture titled “Energy Systems Engineering for an Emerging Solar Economy” at the 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE) 2018.


Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty and Yiru Li presented their research at PSE 2018


Congratulations to Zheyu Jiang for receiving the 2018 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award


Congratulations to Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty for receiving PSE 2018 Young Researcher Award


Spring 2018


Professor Rakesh Agrawal and the NSF NRT research project are featured in an article by Forbes


Congratulations to Solar Energy Research group alumni Charles (Chuck) Hages for accepting a faculty position at the University of Florida


Congratulations to Solar Energy Research group alumni Charles (Chuck) Hages for receiving the Citation Award from the Purdue University Davidson School of Chemical Engineering


Congratulations to Scott McClary for receiving the 2018-2019 Bisland Dissertation Fellowship


Congratulations to Yiru Li for passing her Preliminary Examination


Energy Systems

Graduate Students

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Yiru Li

Research Interests

My research focuses on the process design and optimization of renewable energy systems, aiming at efficient energy consumption and a sustainable economy. Specifically, I am investigating the coproduction of electricity and hydrogen from solar thermal energy in various processes.

Publications

  • Yunhai Ma, Dali Cai, Yiru Li, Ning Wang, Usman Muhammad, Anna Carlsson, Dong Tang et al. “The influence of straight pore blockage on the selectivity of methanol to aromatics in nanosized Zn/ZSM-5: an atomic Cs-corrected STEM analysis study.” RSC Advances 6, no. 78 (2016): 74797-74801.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2015.

Contact Information

li2232@purdue.edu

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Taufik Ridha

Taufik Ridha

Research Interests

My research interest focuses on developing a methodology for systematic screening of process routes based on fundamental knowledge of biomass conversion reaction systems with the aim of generating biorefinery design. Specifically, using process system engineering principles and mathematical models, I am investigating the use of automated reaction network generator tool to identify new production routes and opportunities for heat and mass integration in biorefinery design.

Publications

  • Pittman, W.; Ridha, T.; Nayak, S.; Carreto, V.; Mannan, M.S. “Zero-Energy Determination: Confirmation of Vessel and Pipeline Discharge and De, Energizing through Non-Invasive Techniques with Strain Gauges”. Process Safety Progress. Vol. 33-2, 195-199, June 2014.

Educational Background

2010-2014, B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Minor in Process Safety Engineering, Texas A&M University.

Contact Information

tridha@purdue.edu

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Peter W. Oladipopu

Peter W. Oladipopu

Research Interests

My research involves developing new and effective reactor and process configuration concepts/methods. Specifically, I am developing new concepts, strategies, design parameters, and configurations towards the optimal design of catalytic reactors and the overall processes for the efficient and cost-effective conversion of light alkane to liquid fuel.

Publications

Educational Background

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria (2006 – 2011)

Contact Information

woladipu@purdue.edu

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Zewei Chen

Zewei Chen

Research Interests

My research interest lies in the process design and optimization of shale gas valorization process. Now I am focusing on separation operations in the process including gas treatment, dehydration and NGL(natural gas liquids) recovery.

Publications

Educational Background

2013-2017, B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and Minor in Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Contact Information

chen2624@purdue.edu

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Alumni

Emre Gencer

Dr. Emre Gencer

Emre Gencer joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2011. His research area focuses on the synthesis and optimization of processes to satisfy essential human needs including fuel, chemicals, and electricity, using renewable energy sources to enable a solar economy. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2016 and started working for MIT in September, 2016.

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Dharik Mallapragada

Dr. Dharik S. Mallapragada

Dharik Mallpragada joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2008. His research area focuses on developing novel processes through synergistic integrations. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2013 and started working for Sabic in November, 2013. He is now currently working for ExxonMobil.

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Dr. Navneet R. Singh

The graduate student with whom, the idea of forming such a group was coined in the fall of 2005. Navneet, through his pioneering work on process systems integration and modeling, has provided direction for future experimental and theoretical studies being pursued. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2009 and started working for Bayer Cropscience in November, 2009.

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