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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


Congratulation to Scott McClary for receiving the 2018-109 Bisland Dissertation Fellshowp


Congratulation to Yiru Li for passing her Preliminary Examination


The Solar Energy Research Group and Energy Systems Research Group welcome Kyle Weideman and Zewei Chen respectively


Fall 2017


Congratulations to Essam AlRuqobah, Swapnil Deshmukh, Ryan Ellis, and Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty for passing their Preliminary Examinations


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal received the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research during the 2017 AIChE National Meeting.


Swapnil Deshmukh, Zheyu Jiang, Radhakrishna Tumbalamgooty, Taufik Ridha, and Parham Mobed presented their works during the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting


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Graduate Students


Graduate Students

 

Zheyu

Zheyu Jiang

Research Interests

My research interest lies in developing new methods and algorithms to synthesize and optimize multi-component distillation systems. In particular, I have been working on developing nonlinear programming based global optimization algorithms for multi-component distillation configurations to minimize their total costs and to maximize their thermodynamic efficiency. These algorithms and methods will greatly benefit industrial practitioners in designing highly energy efficient and cost effective distillation systems for a wide range of applications.

Publications

  • Z. Jiang, G. M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Minimum Energy of Multicomponent Distillation Systems Using Minimum Additional Heat and Mass Integration Sections. AIChE Journal, (2018)
  • Agrawal, K.V., Topuz, B., Jiang, Z., Nguenkam, K., Elyassi, B., Francis, L.F., Tsapatsis, M. and Navarro, M., 2013. Solution processable exfoliated zeolite nanosheets purified by density gradient centrifugation. AIChE Journal, 59(9), pp.3458-3467.

Educational Background

2010 – 2014, B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota.

Contact Information

jiang360(at)purdue(dot)edu

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Krishna

Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty

Research Interests

My research involves identification of energy efficient distillation column configuration and optimal operating conditions to separate an n-component zeotropic mixture. This is achieved by formulating the problem as a Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Program (MINLP). This formulation is very useful for mixtures with five or more components, since the search space of configurations for these mixtures is very large.

Publications

  • Radhakrishna, T. G., Mobed, P., Tawarmalani, M., Agrawal, R. Optimal Multicomponent Distillation Column Sequencing: Software and Case Studies. Accepted. (Peer-reviewed conference proceeding)
  • Picardo, J. R., Radhakrishna, T. G., & Pushpavanam, S. (2016). Solutal Marangoni instability in layered two-phase flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 793, pp. 280 – 315; http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2016.135
  • Picardo, J. R., Radhakrishna, T. G., Vir, A. B., Ramji, S., & Pushpavanam, S. (2015). Modelling Extraction in Microchannels with Stratified Flow: Channel Geometry, Flow Configuration and Marangoni Stresses. Indian Chemical Engineer, 57(3-4), 322-358; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00194506.2015.1044027

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of Purdue Graduate Centennial Fellowship (2015)

Educational Background

2010 – 2015, B.Tech (Honors) and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Contact Information

rtumbala(at)purdue(dot)edu

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Jose Adrian Chávez Velasco

Research Interests

Design of separation processes, multicomponent distillation, nonlinear programming and mixed integer nonlinear optimization.

Publications

  • Macias Salinas, R., Chavez Velasco, J. A., Aquino Olivos, M. A., Mendoza de la Cruz, J. L., & Sanchez Ochoa, J. C. (2013). Accurate Modeling of CO2 Solubility in Ionic Liquids Using a Cubic EoS. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52, 7593-7601

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Fellowship for Ph.D. studies

Educational Background

  • 2002 – 2007, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • 2010 – 2013, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Mexico.

Contact Information

jchavezv(at)purdue(dot)edu

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Tony Joseph Mathew

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the determination of an optimal basic distillation column configuration for the separation of multicomponent zeotropic mixtures to minimize vapor duty.

Educational Background

2012 – 2016, B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Contact Information

mathew28(at)purdue(dot)edu

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Alumni


Dr. Parham Mobed

Dr. Parham Mobed joined the group in Fall 2016. His work focused on developing methods and algorithms for optimizing multicomponent distillation configurations by formulating nonlinear programming problems and solving them to global optimum. The developed programs have been consolidated into a user-friendly interface that can be used by industrial practitioners. He also worked on the control of Dividing Wall Column configurations. He graduated from the group in Spring 2018. Currently, he is working at AspenTech

Gautham Madenoor Ramapriya

Dr. Gautham Madenoor Ramapriya

Dr. Gautham Madenoor Ramapriya joined the group in Fall 2011. He is currently a post doctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Arun Giridhar

Dr. Arun Giridhar

Dr. Arun Giridhar joined the group in Fall 2005. He developed a method to solve the long-standing problem of synthesizing multicomponent distillation configurations with a focus on reducing the heat duty requirement. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2008 and is currently a post-doctoral researcher with the Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-SOPS) at Purdue University. He is working on real-time process control and informatics in particulate and pharmaceutical systems.

 Vishesh

Dr. Vishesh Shah

 

Dr. Vishesh Shah joined the group as a graduate student in Fall 2006. He developed a systematic mathematical framework to identify energy efficient multicomponent distillation sequences with a focus on thermally coupled distillation sequences. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2010.

Thesis Title: Energy Savings in Disitllation Via Identification of Useful Configurations

Anirudh

Dr. Anirudh Shenvi

 

Dr. Anirudh Shenvi joined the group as a graduate student in Fall 2007. Focusing on identifying useful heat integration approaches in distillation and synthesizing energy efficient multicomponent distillation sequences, he successfully defended his Ph.D. in Spring 2012.

Thesis Title: Energy Savings in Disitllation Via Identification of Useful Configurations

Nathan

Dr. Ulaganathan Nallasivam

Dr. Ulaganathan Nallasivam joined the group as a post doctoral research associate in Spring 2010. His research area focuses on globally optimal configuration for multicomponent distillation sequences and energy network problems.

Rugved

Dr. Rugved Pathare

Dr. Rugved Pathare joined the group as a graduate student in Fall 2005. His research area focused on developing a framework for the design and optimization of membrane separation schemes. Rugved successfully defended his Ph.D. in Summer 2010.
Easa

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 in Spring 2014.
Josh

Dr. Joshua Huff

Dr. Joshua Huff joined the group as a graduate student in Spring 2010. His research focused on applying principles of membrane design and optimization to determine the optimal membrane cascade arrangement for multicomponent separations, as well as using principles of exergy and cost analysis to identify attractive distillation configurations. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in Fall 2014.

Haibo

Dr. Haibo Zhang

Dr. Haibo Zhang joined the group as a post doctoral research associate in Spring 2012. His research area focuses on capital cost modeling and a mixed-integer formulation for optimizing distillation configurations.
Jeremy

Jeremy Zeller

Jeremy Zeller joined the group as an undergraduate researcher in Fall 2009. He worked on developing general concepts for low-cost distillation schemes.