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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.


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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Yiru_Li

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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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

  • Z. Chen, R. Agrawal. Classification and Comparison of Dividing Walls for Distillation Columns. Processes, 8-6 (2020) 699.

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

Dr. Taufik Ridha

Dr. Ridha joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2014. His research focused 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, he investigated the use of automated reaction network generator tool to identify new production routes and opportunities for heat and mass integration in biorefinery design. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2018.

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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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Dr. Easa Al-Musleh

Dr. Easa Al-Musleh joined the group as a graduate student in Summer 2008. His research focused on identifying energy efficient refrigeration cycles for a given application. He demonstrated this using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) systems. He also studied efficient separation of natural gas liquids (NGLs). He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in Spring 2014.

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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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