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Research Initiatives

Research Center Details

A summary of the department's growth in research may be gauged from the increase in intake from four PhD and three M.Sc. registrants in the first decade since inception, to sixteen PhD currently. Four broad thrust areas have been singled out for research investigation: Chemical Processes, Energy, Unit Operations and Computational Chemical Engineering.


Research Areas

Guide

Designation

University affiliation

Dr. M.A. Lourdu AntonyRaj

Professor & H.O.D.

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. R. Suresh

Professor &
Associate Dean

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Rajalakshmi Mudbidre

Assistant Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Manjula Sarode

Assistant Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Hemanth Bilihalli

Assistant Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Jagadish H. Patil

Associate Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Basavaraja R.J.

Assistant Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. Vinod Kallur

Associate Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Dr. P.L. Muralidhara

Assistant Professor

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Research Infrastructure Details

To support physical and chemical vapor deposition systems in the college Solar Cell fabrication lab, the department has added analytical instruments such as

Spin Coater Gas Chromatograph
Boy’s gas colorimeter Flame photometer
K.F. autotitrator FTIR

In addition, department labs are equipped with various facilities such as cyclone reactor and digital acquisition systems to support research in diverse Chemical Engineering areas.

Funded Projects

  • Ongoing funded projects
  • Project title

    Funding agency

    Grant (Rs.)

    PI, co-PI(s)

    Start date

    End date

    Spatial distribution of Uranium and associated water quality parameters in Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Kolar and Chikmagalur districts in Karnataka

    Board of Research in Nuclear Science

    27,00,000

    Dr. Rajalakshmi M,
    Dr. Sham Aan,
    Dr. R. Suresh

    2015-2018

    Development of Nano material and optically enabled front surface and back contact tailored, enhanced efficiency amorphous silicon solar cells

    Department of Science and Technology

    4,88,67,400

    Dr. B.S. Satyanarayana,
    Dr. R. Suresh

    2012

    ongoing

  • Funded projects carried out from 2007 to 2015
  • Project Title

    Funding Agency

    Grant (Rs.)

    PI, co-PI(s)

    Start

    End

    Catalytic Cracking of Plastic Waste to Fuel Oil

    Karnataka State Pollution Board

    40,000

    D. Ranganath

    2011

    2012

    Analysis of Polymer film Coatings and causes for Drag Reduction for underwater bodies

    Ministry of Defence, Naval Research Board

    10,60,000

    G. M. Madhu
    Vinod Kallur

    2007

    2009

    Fabrication and characterization of fiber metal laminates for gun barrel application using filament winding method

    Armament Research Board, DRDO, New Delhi

    10,00,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

    2010

    2011

    Design and Synthesis of metal based sensitizers for nanocrystalline TiO2 Solar cells

    Naval Research Board, DRDO, New Delhi

    10,00,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

    2010

    2011

    Heat and Mass Transfer studies on Electroless gold plating bath

    LRDE, DRDO

    4,50,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

    2010

    2011

    Feasibility Studies on application of various biomasses in the existing 100kW biomass plant at RVCE

    GE India Ltd

    1,55,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

    2011

    ongoing

    Development of carbon tube based vacuum nanoelectronic (field assisted electron emitters) X ray sources for making compact, low power, hand held X ray system

    VTU Research Grants

    13,47,000

    Dr. B.S. Satyanarayana,
    Dr. R. Suresh

    2011

    ongoing

    Permeability and filtration studies on ceramic filters

    CTI-BHEL

    8,50,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

    2008

    2010

    Accelerated Testing for long term Durability of PU foam cored GFRP Sandwich panels for Naval structural Applications

    Naval Research Board, D.R.D.O. New Delhi

    9,60,000

    Dr. Vijayalakshmi Rao
    (Mangalore University)
    Dr. M.A.L. AntonyRaj

    2007

    2010

    Innovative Approached for Improving the Hot/Wet performance of Bismaleimide/Carbin Fiber Composites

    Naval Research Board, D.R.D.O. New Delhi

    10,56,000

    Dr. B.S. Sherigera (Kuvempu University)
    Dr. M.A.L. AntonyRaj

    2007

    2010

    Development of Bio-fibre reinforced Sandwich structures

    Ministry of Environment and Forests

    9,85,000

    Dr. R. Suresh

     

     

    Transesterification of Pongamia oil using ionic liquids

    Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology

    9,000

    Dr. Rajalakshmi M

    2015

    2015

    Transesterification of Pongamia oil using solid catalysts

    Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology

    5,000

    Dr. Rajalakshmi M

    2014

    2014

Research Center Activities

List of PhDs awarded in 2005-2016 [Viva completed/Degree awarded]

Guide

Scholar

Year awarded

University

Title of thesis

Dr. Y.J. Rao

Dr. M.A. Lourdu AntonyRaj

2003

Bangalore University

Partial oxidation of methane to methanol

Dr. Y.J. Rao

Dr. R. Suresh

2007

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Physico-chemical studies on the manufacture of hydrazine

Dr. M.A. Lourdu AntonyRaj

Dr. Jagadish H. Patil

2013

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Kinetic studies on biomethanation of water hyacinth

Dr. M.A. Lourdu AntonyRaj

Dr. Vinod Kallur

2016

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Generic modeling of reactors

Dr. Y.J. Rao

Dr. P.L. Muralidhara

2016

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Physico-chemical studies on the effect of additives in lubricants

 

Name of the Research Scholar Regn. Year Year awarded
Smt. Vani G.D. 2008 2010
Sri. Prakash Hadimani 2011 2013
Smt. Vinutha Moses 2012 2014

List of registered PhDs scholars

  • Faculty
  • Sri. D. Ranganath

    Title of research project

    Studies on extraction of reserpine from Roulfia using reverse micellar extraction

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.M.A.L.Antony Raj

    Date of commencement

    2005

    Smt. C Vidya

    Title of research project

    Removal of Dyes using Aspergilus Flavus Optimization and scale up studies

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.M.A.L.Antony Raj

    Date of commencement

    2010

    Smt. Shilpa Hiremath

    Title of research project

    Optimization & scale up studies on removal of dye from waste water using agrobactrium radio bacteria

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.M.A.L.Antony Raj

    Date of commencement

    2011

    Sri.Ujwal Sreenag Meda

    Title of research project

    Bio Hydrogen Production from Microbial Electrolysis

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.M.A.L.Antony Raj

    Date of commencement

    2014

  • Sponsored external scholars (faculty)
  • Smt. R.V.Kavitha

    Title of research project

    Feasibility of reaction network model via metabolic engineering and kinetic studies for bacterial rhodopsin production

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.R.Suresh

    Date of commencement

    2011

    Smt. Roopa L. Farshi

    Title of research project

    Studies on catalytic degradation of waste plastics into fuel range hydrocarbons

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.M.A.L.Antony Raj

    Date of commencement

    2013

    Sri. Girish N. Desai

    Title of research projectStudies on Conversion of municipal waste plastic to petrol-based fuel oil using nanoclay as catalyst by thermal degradation – A Novel approach

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr. J.H. Patil

    Date of commencement

    2015

  • Sponsored external scholars (part-time students)
  • Sri. N. Harindranath

    Title of research project

    Optimization of Biomass Fired Power Plants

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.R.Suresh

    Date of commencement

    2009

    Sri. Muralidharan V

    Title of research project

    Development & characterization of sensors for vibration survey on aero engines

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.R.Suresh, Dr. A.R. Phani

    Date of commencement

    2014

    Sri. Vivekanand Gurupadayya Sanjawadmath

    Title of research project

    Model based validation and verification of electronic controller performance for development of an Aero engine

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.R.Suresh

    Date of commencement

    2014

    Sri. Prakash Hadimani

    Title of research project Carbon Based Nano composites Mixed Matrix Membranes for Desalination

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr. Rajalakshmi M.

    Date of commencement

    2015

  • Independent external scholars (full-time students)
  • Smt. Subana P.S.

    Title of research project

    Studies on plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition for growth of carbon thin films

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr.R.Suresh, Dr. A.R. Phani

    Date of commencement

    2014

    Smt. Shashikala M.

    Title of research project

    Studies on optimization of bio-ethanol production from water hyacinth using fermenting yeast

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr. J.H. Patil

    Date of commencement

    2015

    Smt. Seema Sakkera

    Title of research projectInfluence of effect of electron beam irradiation on polymeric composite membranes for structural and thermal properties

    Sponsor if any

    None

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr. J.H. Patil

    Date of commencement

    2015

    Smt. Kavitha V. Joshi

    Title of research project

    Studies on Blends of Polyphenylene Ethers with Styrenic Resins

    Guide and his/her affiliation

    Dr. Rajalakshmi M.

    Date of commencement

    2015

      Publications

      Details of research published by scholars and faculty under the aegis of the reresearch center are provided here.