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Ph.D. Students


Nishithan C. Kani

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Ph.D. Thesis: Decarbonization of Ammonia Synthesis

Project Description:

  • Electrochemical synthesis of ammonia and urea: electrocatalyst synthesis and electrochemical cell development

  • Recovery of nitrates from wastewater and subsequent conversion to ammonia

  • Hydrogen generation from Biochar assisted water electrolysis


  • 2019 Best TA Award from Department of Chemical Engineering

  • 2020 Award for Graduate Research

  • 2021 3 Minute Thesis Competition (Honorable Mention)

  • 2021 Provost’s Graduate Internship Award

  • 2021 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award.



  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai, India (2015 -2018)

  • B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, AC Tech - Anna University, Chennai, India (2011 - 2015)


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:

  • Synthesis of Porous Crystalline Frameworks

  • Measurement of Activity and Selectivity of Ammonia Production

  • Mechanistic Studies of Dinitrogen Reduction


  • 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 Materials

Project Description:

  • Microkinetic Modeling for synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks

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


  • 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


Ayankola Ayansiji

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Ph.D. Thesis: Magnetic Targeting for Site-Specific Drug Delivery (co-advised with Prof. Andreas Linninger)

Project Description:

  • Mathematical Modeling of Magnetophoresis

  • CFD Simulation of Cerebrospinal Fluid

  • Experimental Measurement of Magnetophoresis


  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria- 2012