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Post Doctoral Fellows


Rohit Chauhan

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Post-Doctoral Research: Electrochemical CO2 capture and reduction & H2 production

Project Description:

  • CO2 capture with electrodialysis unit and its reduction into Ethylene in continuous manner

  • Capturing the CO2 directly from air with the help of ionic liquids

  • Production of H2 by water electrolysis, assisted by biochar


  • 2020 - Best paper presentation award in IOSCRT-2020 - Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

  • 2020 - Best paper presentation award in STWTD–2020 - NIT Calicut, India.

  • 2021 - Best paper presentation award in BEST-2021 - Arunai Engineering College, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Scholarship by the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS).

  • International travel grant from SERB, Govt. of India.


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India (2017-2021) (Thesis: Electrochemical Treatment of Wastewater Containing Nitrogenous Compounds)

  • JRF at IISER, Bhopal, India (2017)

  • M.Tech in Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India (2014-2016)

  • B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow, India (2009-2013)


Vamsi Vikram Gande

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Post-Doctoral Research: Decarbonization of Cement and CO2 reduction to Ethylene

Project Description:

  • Developing high-throughput testing strategies for process and concrete optimization

  • Developing a microreactor for Distributed Direct Air Capture with Rapid Mineral Carbonation (DDAC-REACT)

  • Mechanistic Understanding and model development for Calcium dissolution in Ammonium Chloride solution


  • 2021- Best paper presentation award in CHEMPLUS 2021- IIT Madras-India

  • 2020- Best poster award in Indo-German Workshop -Max Planck Society-Germany

  • 2015 - OUCT alumni scholarship award- Osmania University-India

  • 2013-2016 Prime minister scholarship – Govt. of India


  • Application Engineer-Intern, Atonarp Microsystem Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, India (2022)

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (2018 - 2022) (Thesis: Role of kinetics and transport processes in a sustainable process for recovering metals as value added products from e-waste)

  • M.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (2016 - 2018)

  • Apprentice Engineer, Technoforce Solutions Pvt Ltd, Nashik, India (2016)

  • B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, University College of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India (2012 - 2016)


Nitin Minocha

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Post-Doctoral Research: High-Throughput (HT) Screening of CO2 Capture and Crystallization Enabled by Machine Learning

Project Description:

  • Deployment of Fully-Automated Continuous-Flow Microfluidic Device for High-throughput Screening of Crystallization

  • Development of electrochemical cell for efficient CO2 capture and utilization


  • “Innovative PhD Thesis Award” by Homi Bhabha National Institute, 2019, Mumbai, India.

  • Winner of “Innovation Hackathon Challenge” at Whirlpool of India Limited, 2020, Pune, India

  • “Innovation Ambassador” for Q2 at Whirlpool of India Limited, 2022, Pune, India.

  • Awarded French Embassy in India Scholarship for pursuing Master (M2) Nuclear Engineering at University of Paris, France.

  • Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) fellowship for pursuing PhD at Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India.



  • Senior CAE Specialist, Whirlpool of India Ltd., Pune, India (Feb’ 2019-Oct’ 2022)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering, J B Joshi Research Foundation, Mumbai, India (Oct’2016 - Jan’2019)

  • PhD in Engineering, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India (Aug’2011 - Aug’2016) (Thesis title: Design and simulation of Passive Decay Heat Removal System for Advanced Heavy Water Reactor)

  • M.Tech in Nuclear Science & Technology, Delhi University, India (Aug’2008 - Aug’2011)

  • M2 Nuclear Engineering, CEA INSTN & University of Paris, France (Aug’2009 - Aug’2010)

  • B.Sc Physics, Delhi University, India (Aug’2005 - Aug’2008)

Ph.D. Students


Rajan R. Bhawnani

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Ph.D. Thesis: Automated High-Throughput Screening of Porous Crystalline Frameworks for Understanding Thermodynamic and Kinetics of Formation

Project Description:

  • Understanding the kinetics and underlying mechanism of polymerization of various metal- and covalent-organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs)

  • Designing novel techniques to fabricate MOF thin films on solid and porous substrates and deploy them for gas separation and electrocatalytic applications

  • Developing high-throughput screening platform for MOFs and High-Entropy materials (HE alloys and HE MOFs) – Synthesis and Characterization


  • Research Assistant, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), PA, USA (2017 - 2019)

  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, NJ, USA (2016 - 2018)

  • Process Engineer, Toyo Engineering, India (2014 - 2016)

  • B. E. in Chemical Engineering, TSEC, Mumbai University, India (2010 - 2014)


Prem K.R. Podupu

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Ph.D. Thesis: Microkinetic and Multi-Scale Modeling for Synthesis and Analysis of Crystals

Project Description:

  • Microkinetic Modeling for synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks

  • Multi-Scale Modeling for understanding the mechanisms of antisolvent and oiling out crystallization


  • Experiential Summer Intern, AbbVie, North Chicago, IL (2023)

  • Project Associate, IIT Madras, India (2019 - 2020)

  • M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai, India (2017 - 2019)

  • B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India (2012 - 2016)


Rohan Sartape

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Ph.D. Thesis: CO2 Capture and Utilization

Project Description:

  • Development of novel carbon capture technologies

  • Valorization of Methane to Methanol

  • Integrated technologies for CO2 capture to value added fuels


  • Data Scientist, STL Tech, Pune, India, 2019-2020

  • M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India, 2017-2019

  • B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, NIT Rourkela, India, 2013-2017


Ishita Goyal

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Ph.D. Thesis: Decarbonization of C-N compounds

Project Description:

  • Electrochemical Synthesis of Urea: Electrocatalyst synthesis and electrochemical cell development

  • High-pressure ammonia synthesis: Electrochemical synthesis of Ammonia using Nitrogen at high pressure


  • B. Tech. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NIT Surathkal), India (2018-2022)


Yancun Qi

Ph.D. Thesis: N2 oxidation and reduction

Project Description:

  • Electrochemical Synthesis of Nitrogen gas: Electrocatalyst synthesis and electrochemical cell development

  • High-pressure Nitrogen synthesis


  • M. Sc., Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, (Fall 2021 - Spring 2023)

  • B. Sc., Environmental Engineering, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology (Fall 2017 - 2021)

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