Vinod Venkatakrishnan

Graduate Research Assistant

Co-advised by Professors Fabio Ribeiro and W. Nicholas Delgass

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Madras, B. Tech. Chemical Engineering (2008)
Purdue University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2009 - 2014, expected)

Thesis: Fast-hydropyrolysis and catalytic hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) for biofuel production.


Shell Global Solutions, Bangalore, India (July 2008 - July 2009)


AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division Travel Award (2013)
2nd Place, Oral Presentation, Purdue Chemical Engineering Graduate Research (GSO) Symposium (2013)
Outstanding Service and Scholarship Award, Purdue University College of Engineering (2012)
Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering (2012)
Eastman Summer Graduate Fellowship, Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering (2011)
Travel Awards, Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering (2011 and 2013)
Certificate of Recognition, Purdue Graduate Student Government (2010 and 2011)

Project Description

My research work involves understanding and demonstrating H2Bioil process based on fast-hydropyrolysis and catalytic hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) for the production of liquid fuels from biomass. My work involves design, screening and building lab-scale reactors for accomplishing these challenging experiments at high temperature (up to 650 °C) and high pressures (up to 50 bars) of H2. We have also developed liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry techniques for quantitative analysis of the liquid products from pyrolysis of cellulose, a biomass model compound. Our work has shown that in the absence of a HDO catalyst, high-pressures of H2 do not play a significant role in deoxygenation. Currently, we are testing HDO catalysts for selective C-O bond scission to produce complete hydrocarbons from cellulose and real biomass feedstocks such as poplar, corn stover etc. We are also working with collaborators, as part of C3Bio (Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels), to understand the effect of genetic transformations of biomass on the product yields from the H2Bioil process.

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Journal Articles