Graduate Research AssistantAdvised by Professor Rajamani Gounder
Selected Honors and Awards
- (2016) Chemical Engineering Excellence in Safety Award
- (2015) Phillips 66 Graduate Fellowship 2015-2016
- (2013) Golden Jubilee Best Student Award, ICT-Mumbai
- (2012) Chemical Weekly Award for Best Research Paper in International Journal by undergraduate student, IIChE
- (2012) Best Student from Penultimate Year, ICT-Mumbai
- (2011) Summer Research Fellow, (Jointly honored by) Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) and National Academy of Sciences India (NASI)
I come from a town called Satara located in the state of Maharashtra, India. I obtained my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (B.Chem.Engg.) degree from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. As an undergraduate at ICT-Mumbai, I worked with Dr. Parag Gogate and completed a research project on wastewater treatment based on hydrodynamic cavitation techniques. My other interests include cooking, travel, and meditation.
In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in production of natural gas and associated NGLs (ethane, propane and butane) primarily due to discovery of shale gas reserves and advancement in technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Thus, in near future there exists cheap and abundant availability of natural gas and NGLs as against the increasing costs of crude oil. My research interests are to investigate catalytic routes for the conversion of natural (shale) gas and NGLs to fuels and chemicals.
My current research involves the synthesis of acidic and metal-exchanged microporous and mesoporous materials, and their use in detailed kinetic studies of light alkene dimerization. I am investigating different support material structures and compositions that can selectively exchange isolated metal cationic sites. These materials are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 and argon physisorption, and various spectroscopic methods available at Purdue (FTIR, DRUV-Vis and solid-state NMR) and at Argonne National Lab (X-ray absorption). I am also investigating the effect of confining pore size and shape on the kinetics of alkene dimerization. My research project aims to develop predictive structure-function relations that would correlate the active site and surrounding void properties with the rates of alkene dimerization.
Project Description for Prospective Students
My research interests are to investigate catalytic routes for the conversion of natural (shale) gas and NGLs to fuels and chemicals. My current research project involves studying zeolite and molecular sieve-catalyzed routes to convert ethene, an abundant product of shale gas steam cracking, to higher alkenes useful as chemical and fuel precursors.
- R.K. Joshi, P.R. Gogate, Degradation of dichlorvos using hydrodynamic cavitation based treatment strategies, Ultrason. Sonochem., 19 (2012) 532-539