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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


Publications – Separations

G. M. Ramapriya, A. Selvarajah, L. E. Jimenez Cucaita, J. Huff, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal. Short-cut Methods versus Rigorous Methods for Performance-evaluation of Distillation Configurations. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, (2018)

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)

G. M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, A systematic method to synthesize all dividing wall columns for n‐component separation: Part II. AIChE Journal, 64-2 (2018) 660-672.

G. M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, A systematic method to synthesize all dividing wall columns for n‐component separation: Part I. AIChE Journal, 64-2 (2018) 649-659.

U. Nallasivam, V.H. Shah, A.A. Shenvi, J. Huff, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Global optimization of multicomponent distillation configurations: 2. Enumeration based global minimization algorithm, AIChE J. 62 (2016) 2071. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.15204.

G.M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Thermal coupling links to liquid-only transfer streams: An enumeration method for new FTC dividing wall columns, AIChE J. 62 (2016) 1200. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.15053.

G. Madenoor Ramapriya, A.A. Shenvi, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, A New Framework for Combining a Condenser and Reboiler in a Configuration to Consolidate Distillation Columns, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 54 (2015) 10449-10464. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.5b01701.

V.H. Shah, R. Agrawal, Conceptual Design of Zeotropic Distillation Processes, in: A. Gorak, E. Sorensen (Eds.), Distill. Fundam. Princ. Vol. 1, Elsevier, (2014): pp. 271-303.

G. Madenoor Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, New, Useful Dividing Wall Columns for Sustainable Distillation, in: Proc. 10th Int. Conf. Distill. Absorpt., Friedrichshafen, Germany, (2014): pp. 76-81.

G.M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Modified Basic Distillation Configurations with Intermediate Sections for Energy Savings, AIChE J. 60 (2014) 1091. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.14324.

G.M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Thermal Coupling Links to Liquid-Only Transfer Streams: A Path for New Dividing Wall Columns, AIChE J. 60 (2014) 2949. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.14468.

U. Nallasivam, V.H. Shah, A.A. Shenvi, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal, Global Optimization of Multicomponent Distillation Configurations: 1. Need for a Reliable Global Optimization Algorithm, AIChE J. 59 (2013) 971. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.13875.

A.A. Shenvi, V.H. Shah, R. Agrawal, New Multicomponent Distillation Configurations with Simultaneous Heat and Mass Integration, AIChE J. 59 (2013) 272. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.13971.

A.A. Shenvi, V.H. Shah, J.A. Zeller, R. Agrawal, A Synthesis Method for Multicomponent Distillation Sequences with Fewer Columns, AIChE J. 58 (2012) 2479. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.12752.

A.A. Shenvi, D.M. Herron, R. Agrawal, Energy efficiency limitations of the conventional heat integrated distillation column (HIDiC) configuration for binary distillation, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 50 (2011) 119-130. doi:10.1021/ie101698f.

V.H. Shah, R. Agrawal, A Matrix Method for Multicomponent Distillation Sequences, AIChE J. 56 (2010) 1759. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.12118.

Giridhar, R. Agrawal, Synthesis of distillation configurations: I. Characteristics of a good search space, Comput. Chem. Eng. 34 (2010) 73-83. doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2009.05.003.

Giridhar, R. Agrawal, Synthesis of distillation configurations. II: A search formulation for basic configurations, Comput. Chem. Eng. 34 (2010) 84-95. doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2009.05.004.

R. Pathare, R. Agrawal, Design of membrane cascades for gas separation, J. Memb. Sci. 364 (2010) 263-277. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2010.08.029.

V.H. Shah, R. Agrawal, Multicomponent Distillation Configurations with Large Energy Savings, in: Proc. Distill. Absorpt., (2010).

R.D. Noble, R. Agrawal, Separations research needs for the 21st century, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 44 (2005) 2887-2892. doi:10.1021/ie0501475.

Agrawal, Synthesis of multicomponent distillation column configurations, AIChE J. 49 (2003) 379-401. doi:10.1002/aic.690490210.

Agrawal, A.A. Brostow, D.M. Herron, M.J. Robert, Hybrid Cryogenic Liquefaction Processes, in: Proc. 21st Int. Congr. Refrig., Washington DC, (2003): p. ICR03090.

Z.T. Fidkowski, R. Agrawal, Multicomponent thermally coupled systems of distillation columns at minimum reflux, AIChE J. 47 (2001) 2713-2724. doi:10.1002/aic.690471211.

R. Agrawal, D.M. Herron, Feed Pretreatment for Binary Distillation Efficiency Improvement, in: R. Gani, S.B. Jorgensen (Eds.), Eur. Symp. Comput. Aided Process Eng. – 11, Elsevier, (2001): p. 339.

R. Agrawal, Multicomponent distillation columns with partitions and multiple reboilers and condensers, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 40 (2001) 4258-4266. doi:10.1021/ie000315n.

R. Agrawal, Separations: Perspective of a process developer/designer, AIChE J. 47 (2001) 967-971. doi:10.1002/aic.690470503.

R. Agrawal, Thermally coupled distillation with reduced number of intercolumn vapor transfers, AIChE J. 46 (2000) 2198-2210. doi:10.1002/aic.690461112.

R. Agrawal, Multieffect distillation for thermally coupled configurations, AIChE J. 46 (2000) 2211-2224. doi:10.1002/aic.690461113.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, Improving Efficiency of Distillation with New Thermally Coupled Configurations of Columns, in: Found. Comput. Process Des. AIChE Symp. Ser. No. 323, Vol. 96, (2000): p. 381.

R. Agrawal, A method to draw fully thermally coupled distillation column configurations for multicomponent distillation, Chem. Eng. Res. Des. 78 (2000) 454-464. doi:10.1205/026387699526449.

R. Agrawal, D.M. Herron, Air Liquefaction: Distillation, Encycl. Sep. Sci. (2000) 1895.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, More Operable Arrangements of Thermally Coupled Distillation Column, in: M. D. Pritchett, H. Z. Kister (Eds.), Distill. Horizons New Millenn. AIChE Top. Conf. Prepr., (1999): p. 105.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, Thermodynamically efficient systems for ternary distillation, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 38 (1999) 2065-2074. doi:10.1021/ie980531k.

R. Agrawal, D.M. Herron, Production of Low-Purity Oxygen in the Next Millennium, in: 20th IIR Proc., (1999).

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, New thermally coupled schemes for ternary distillation, AIChE J. 45 (1999) 485-496. doi:10.1002/aic.690450306.

R. Agrawal, More Operable Fully Thermally Coupled Distillation Column Configurations for Multicomponent Distillation, Configurations. 77 (1999) 543-553.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, Ternary distillation schemes with partial reboiler or partial condenser, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 37 (1998) 3455-3462.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, Improved direct and indirect systems of columns for ternary distillation, AIChE J. 44 (1998) 823-830. doi:10.1002/aic.690440407.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, Are thermally coupled distillation columns always thermodynamically more efficient for ternary distillations, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 37 (1998) 3444-3454. doi:10.1021/ie980062m.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, More operable arrangements of fully thermally coupled distillation columns, AIChE J. 44 (1998) 2565-2568. doi:10.1002/aic.690441124.

R. Agrawal, J. Xu, Advanced Cryogenic Air Separation Plants for Carbonaceous Fuel-Based Ammonia Synthesis, in: Cryog. Refrig. Proc. ICCR-98, Hangzhou, China, (1998): p. 538.

R. Agrawal, M. Herron, Intermediate Reboiler and Condenser Arrangement for Binary Distillation Columns, AIChE J. 44 (1998) 1316-1324.

R. Agrawal, D.M. Herron, Optimal thermodynamic feed conditions for distillation of ideal binary mixtures, AIChE J. 43 (1997) 2984-2996. doi:10.1002/aic.690431111.

R. Agrawal, H.C. Rowles, G.E. Kinard, Cryogenic Distillation, in: D. M. Ruthven (Ed.), Encycl. Sep. Technol., Wiley, New York, (1997): p. 379.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, A.K. Modi, Co-production of High Purity Products Using Thermally-Linked Columns, Distill. Absorpt. 1997, Inst. Chem. Eng. Symp. Ser. 142 (1997) 511.

R. Agrawal, A simplified method for the synthesis of gas separation membrane cascades with limited numbers of compressors, Chem. Eng. Sci. 52 (1997) 1029-1044. doi:10.1016/S0009-2509(96)00376-4.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidkowski, J. Xu, Prefractionation to reduce energy consuption in distillation without changing utility temperatures, AIChE J. 42 (1996) 2118-2127.

R. Agrawal, J.G. Xu, Gas-separation membrane cascades utilizing limited numbers of compressors, AIChE J. 42 (1996) 2141-2154. doi:10.1002/aic.690420806.

R. Agrawal, Z.T. Fidgowski, On the use of intermediate reboilers in the rectifying and condensers in the scriping section of a distillation column, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 35 (1996) 2801-2807. doi:10.1021/ie9601312.

R. Agrawal, Production of Ultra-high Purity Nitrogen Free of Light Impurities, in: Proc. MUST-96, Munich Meet. Air Sep. Technol., (1996): p. 25.

R. Agrawal, J. Xu, A Systematic Procedure for Drawing Gas Separation Membrane Cascades with Limited Number of Compressors, in: Proc. ICOM-96, 1996 Int. Congr. Membr. Membr. Process., Yokohama, Japan, (1996): p. 288.

R. Agrawal, Synthesis of Distillation Column Configurations for a Multicomponent Separation, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 35 (1996) 1059-1071. doi:10.1021/ie950323h.

J. Xu, R. Agrawal, Gas separation membrane cascades I. One-compressor cascades with minimal exergy losses due to mixing, J. Memb. Sci. 112 (1996) 115-128. doi:10.1016/0376-7388(95)00272-3.

Products, Membrane Separation Process Analysis and Design Strategies Based on Thermodynamic Efficiency of Permeation, Chem. Eng. Sci. 51 (1996) 365-385.

R. Agrawal, Membrane cascade schemes for multicomponent gas separation, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 35 (1996) 3607-3617. doi:10.1021/ie960160c.

R. Agrawal, J. Xu, Gas separation membrane cascades II. Two-compressor cascades, J. Memb. Sci. 112 (1996) 129-146. doi:10.1016/0376-7388(95)00273-1.

J. Xu, R. Agrawal, Local Thermodynamic Efficiency of Permeation and Strategies for Efficiency Improvement for Membrane Gas Separation, in: 1995 Top. Conf. Recent Dev. Futur. Oppor. Sep. Technol. Am. Inst. Chem. Eng., (1995): p. 351.

R. Agrawal, Production of Ultrahigh-Purity Oxygen: A Distillation Method for the Coproduction of the Heavy Key Component Stream Free of, (1995) 3947-3955.

R. Fidkowski, Zbigniew T and Agrawal, Utilization of Waste Heat Stream in Distillation, 34 (1995) 1287-1293.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, Efficient Process to Produce Tonnage Nitrogen, in: 19th Int. Congr. Refrig., The Hauge, The Netherlands, (1995): p. 1011.

R. Agrawal, J. Xu, Separation devices for gas mixing, AIChE J. 41 (1995) 2585-2602. doi:10.1002/aic.690411208.

R. Agrawal, T.F. Yee, Heat Pumps for Thermally Linked Distillation Columns: An Exercise for Argon Production from Air, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 33 (1994) 2717-2730.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, T.F. Yee, Argon production from air distillation: Use of a heat pump in a ternary distillation with a side rectifier, Gas Sep. Purif. 8 (1994) 37-43. doi:10.1016/0950-4214(94)85006-2.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, K.A. Ludwig, D.L. Bennett, Impact of Low Pressure Drop Structure Packing on Air Distillation, in: Inst. Chem. Eng. Symp. Ser. No. 128, (1992): p. 125.

R. Agrawal, R.M. Thorogood, Production of medium pressure nitrogen by cryogenic air separation, Gas Sep. Purif. 5 (1991) 203-209. doi:10.1016/0950-4214(91)80025-Z.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, Efficient Cryogenic Nitrogen Generators – An Exergy Analysis, Gas Sep. Purif. 5 (1991) 139-150.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, Impact of Low Pressure Drop Structured Packing on Argon Production and Purification from Air, in: Proc. XVIIIth Int. Congr. Refrig., Montreal, Canada, (1991): p. 162.

R. Agrawal, W.T. Kleinberg, Efficient Processes to Produce Ultra High Purity Nitrogen from Air, in: Proc. XVIIIth Int. Congr. Refrig., Montreal, Canada, (1991): p. 156.

J.S. Choe, R. Agrawal, S.R. Auvil, Membrane/Adsorption Hybrids for Gas Separation, in: AIChE Symp. Ser., Houston, (1991).

R. Agrawal, S.R. Auvil, J.S. Choe, D.W. Woodward, Membrane/cryogenic hybrid scheme for argon production from air, Gas Sep. Purif. 4 (1990) 75-80. doi:10.1016/0950-4214(90)80031-F.

J.S. Choe, R. Agrawal, S.R. Auvil, R. Srinivasan, R.M. Thorogood, Membrane/Adsorption Hybrids for Gas Separation, in: Proc. 1990 Int. Congr. Membr. Membr. Process., (1990): p. 995.

R. Agrawal, D.W. Woodward, W.T. Kleinberg, K.B. Wilson, Efficient Processes to Produce Nitrogen by Cryogenic Air Separation, in: Proc. Low Temp. Cryog. Conf., Southampton, U.K., (1990): p. 4.

J.M. Abrardo, R. Agrawal, A.R. Smith, D.W. Woodward, Oxygen Plants for IGCC, in: C. F. Gottzmann, L. C. Kun, K. D. Timmerhaus, L. Wenzel (Eds.), Seventh Intersoc. Cryog. Symp., (1989): p. 37.

R. Agrawal, D.C. Erickson, D.W. Woodward, High Efficiency Processes for Cryogenic Air Separation, in: C. F. Gottzmann, L. C. Kun, K. D. Timmerhaus, L. Wenzel (Eds.), Seventh Intersoc. Cryog. Symp., (1989): p. 33.

J.S. Choe, R. Agrawal, S.R. Auvil, T.R. White, Membrane/Cryogenic Hybrid Systems for Helium Purification, in: Proc. Sixty-Seventh Gas Process. Assoc. Annu. Conv., Dallas, Texas, (1988): p. 251.

R. Agrawal, S.R. Auvil, S.P. DiMartino, J.S. Choe, J.A. Hopkins, Membrane/cryogenic hybrid processes for hydrogen purification, Gas Sep. Purif. 2 (1988) 9-15. doi:10.1016/0950-4214(88)80036-7.

R. Agrawal, New Pressure Drop Correlation for Sieve Tray Distillation Columns, AIChE J. 29 (1983) 434-442.