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Fall 2018

  • Solar Energy Research Group member Ryan Ellis’ abstract titled, “Ligand Exchange of Copper Indium Gallium Sulfide Nanoparticles for Minimization of Carbonaceous Impurities in High Efficiency Solution Processed Photovoltaics,” is accepted for an oral presentation at the 2018 Fall MRS Conference
  • Solar Energy Research Group member Scott McClary is recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for best overall talk
  • Solar Energy Research Group members David Rokke and Kyle Weidman are recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for Best Poster in the Energy and Process Intensification Category

Summer 2018

  • Group members David Rokke, Scott McClary, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Yiru Li, Zheyu Jiang and Tony Matthew’s submissions to the 2018 AIChE Conference are accepted for oral presentations
  • Prof. Rakesh Agrawal delivered plenary lecture on “Energy Systems Engineering for 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
  • 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, and Ryan Ellis 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
  • Swapnil Deshmukh is recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for Best Poster in the Materials and Nanotechnology Category
  • Prof. Rakesh Agrawal was selected by the executive editors of Chemical Engineering Science to give the prestigious Denckwerts Memorial Lecture titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Chemical Engineering in an Emerging Solar Economy” at the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, Spain (October 2017).

Summer 2017

  • Swapnil Deshmukh and Ryan Ellis attend the Hands on Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) educational conference and present their work on solution processed CIGSSe
  • Scott McClary and Joseph Andler’s paper titled, “Solution-Processed Copper Arsenic Sulfide Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications” is published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C
  • Joseph Andler presents a poster at the 2017 Crystal Growth and Assembly Gordon Research Conference entitled ” Luzonite Nanoparticle to Enargite Grain Polymorphic Transition for Thin-film Photovoltaics”
  • Taufik Ridha presents a poster at the 2017 EFRC-Hub-CMS PI Meeting entitled  “Systems-Level Molecular Mapping of Biomass-derived Molecules to Target Products”
  • Scott McClary is nominated for the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2017 PVSC
  • Scott McClary gives a talk at the 2017 Photovoltaic Specialist Conference in Washington DC titled, “Fabrication of Copper Arsenic Sulfide Thin Films from Nanoparticles for Application in Solar Cells”
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mark Koeper for accepting a job at Intel in Portland, OR. Best of Luck in Industry Mark
  • Congratulations to Dr. Xin Zhao for accepting a job at Roche in Pleasanton, CA. Best of Luck in Industry Xin
  • Congratulations to Dr. Caleb Miskin for accepting a job at ASM in Pheonix, AZ. Best of Luck in Industry Caleb

    Spring 2017

  • Emre Gencer and Caleb Miskin paper titled, “Directing Solar Photons to Sustainably Meet Food, Energy, and Water Needs” is published in Nature Scientific Reports
  • Congratulation to Dr. Mark Koeper, Dr. Xin Zhao, Dr. Brian Graeser, and Dr. Steven McLeod for successfully defending their PhD theses
  • Congratulations to Taufik Ridha for winning the 2017 Undergraduate Award for Teaching Excellence in a Senior Course
  • Congratulations to Scott McClary for passing his preliminary examination
  • Dr. Caleb Miskin was selected as the 2017 winner of the Faculty Lecturship Award for outstanding scholarly research and publications
  • The Solar Energy Research Group welcomes new student, David Rokke
  • Dr. Bobby Ballow and Dr. Caleb Miskin’s paper “Synthesis and Characterization of Cu3(Sb1-xAsx)S4 Semiconduction Nanocrystal Alloys with Tunable Properties for Optoelectronic Device Applications” published in Chemistry of Materials

    Fall 2016

  • Ryan Ellis, Essam AlRuqobah, Swapnil Deshmukh, Yiru Li, and Radhakrishna T. Gooty successfully pass their qualifying exams.
  • Dr. Emre Gencer and Dr. Gautham M. Ramapriya successfully defend their theses
  • Emre Gencer is the recipient of the 2016 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award
  • Emre Gencer is the recipient of the AIChE Process Development Student Paper Award for 2016!
  • Melissa LaGuire receives Bravo Award. Congratulations Melissa!
  • Mark Koeper and Xin Zhao Receive First Conference Papers at the PVSC
  • Dr. Caleb Miskin successfully defends thesis
  • Scott McClary receives and honorabale mention for the NSF fellowship
  • Robert Boyne and Mark Koeper receive purdue presidential safety award
  • Emre Gencer receives the highest award recognizing graduate student teachers: The 2016 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award
  • The Solar Energy Research Group welcomes new students, Joespeh Andler, Essam AlRuqobah, Swapnil Deshmukh, and Ryan Ellis
  • The Modeling Research Groups welcomed Yiru Li and Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty

Press News

Professor Rakesh Agrawal and the NSF NRT Project are Featured in an Article by Forbes

“A Purdue University professor is developing a way for farmers to capture solar energy without blocking the sunlight their crops need. The solar collectors being developed by Chemical Engineering Professor Rakesh Agrawal and his colleagues would capture infrared radiation for energy production while letting visible light pass through to crops. “We are going to build this structure on agricultural land. We have an agronomist who will grow corn and we will monitor the land and make sure we can produce electricity and grow food at the same time,” he said in Chicago Wednesday. “The day we figure out how to have food and energy coexist together, I think it is perfect.””

Prof. Agrawal’s Sustainable Full Earth Concept Recognized in News Article from DNA

“Using different parts of sunlight’s spectrum to produce crops, generate electricity, collect heat and purify water could provide food, energy and water resources for the world’s growing population, a team led by an Indian origin scientist has proposed. He led a team which proposes a system that would use the entire solar spectrum to maximize resource production from a given land area. The concept, described in the journal Scientific Reports, works by separating and harvesting the three specific segments of the solar spectrum that are best suited to facilitate the production of food, energy and clean water.”

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal awarded NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) funding for graduate education in STEM fields

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, is principal investigator (PI) of a research project awarded funding as part of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program. Seventeen projects received a total of $51 million to develop bold, new, potentially transformative models for graduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The new NRT awards included funding for Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems (SFEWS). Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University, and Dr. Aavudai Anandhi Swamy, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Professor Rakesh Agrawal Recognized at Inventors Recognition

During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization officials reported a record-breaking 376 invention and copyright disclosures, 236 licensing deals, 151 U.S. and global patents issued, 521 global patent applications and $5.45 million in royalty income. They also reported a record 27 startups based on Purdue intellectual property launched in the fiscal year. Prof. Agrawal was among those recognized.

Professor Agrawal Wins ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology

Professor Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recently selected as the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2017 ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology.

This award recognizes the development of novel applications with major impacts and/or the practical implementations of modern advancements in the field of separation science and technology. It is sponsored by Waters Corp.

Professor Agrawal will be honored at the ACS Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

‘Hydricity’ Concept Uses Solar Energy to Produce Power Round-the-Clock

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. “Researchers are proposing a new hydricity concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water for round-the-clock power production.

The proposed hydricity concept represents a potential breakthrough solution for continuous and efficient power generation, said Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University’s Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, who worked with chemical engineering doctoral student Emre Gencer and other researchers. The concept provides an exciting opportunity to envision and create a sustainable economy to meet all the human needs including food, chemicals, transportation, heating and electricity.

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal Receives National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Barack Obama congratulates Purdue’s Rakesh Agrawal (left) during the presentation of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in Washington, D.C. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president of the United States. (Photos by Ryan K. Morris Photography)