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Ph.D Research Projects For Chemical Engineering:

  • Micellar-Enhanced Ultrafiltration (MEUF)
  • Electrocoagulation Application for the Decontamination of Wastewaters
  • Catalytic and Reaction Engineering Studies on Organic Liquid Phase Oxidations
  • CO2 Capture and Utilization for Clean Energy and Environment
  • Studies on Bio-Diesel Production Using Process Intensification Techniques
  • Studies on 2nd Generation Biofuels Using Biomass
  • Detection and Removal of Pollutants from Water
  • Sustainable Energy Applications of Ionic Liquids
  • Novel Ionic Liquids Based Solvent Extractions for Heavy Metal Extraction
  • Ionic Liquids in CO2 Capture and Conversion
  • Gas Separation using Membrane Technology
  • Improved Catalysts for Synthesis of Biofuels


About Chemical Engineering

Whenever new fields of technology are developed they will involve atoms and molecules. Those will have to be manipulated on a large scale, and that will mean that chemical engineering will be involved-inevitably – Isaac Asimov (1988).

Chemical engineering involves with the industrial processes in which raw materials are changed or separated into useful product. Chemical engineers are very well known in the field of equipment design, building process conditions and optimization of process conditions. Recent development of mathematical tools and different software gives deeper insight to complex chemical engineering processes.

Apart from energy operations today’s chemical engineers are achieving new developments in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions. None the less chemical engineering-trained entrepreneurs are making their place as CEOs of leading global businesses as DuPont, Intel, General Electric, Dow Chemical, Exxon, BASF, etc.



Vision of The Department

To impart quality education in an industry research driven modules to motivate the young chemical engineers for creating knowledge wealth to help generate employability following professional ethics and focus towards a sustainable environment and benefits to the society.


Mission of The Department
  • To facilitate the chemical engineering students with the state-of-the-art facilities with focus on skill development, creativity, innovation and enhancing leadership qualities.
  • To nurture creative minds thru’ mentoring, quality teaching & research for building a value based sustainable society.
  • To work in unison with the national and international level academic and industrial partners by venturing into collaborations to tackle problems of bigger interest to society.
  • To build an encouraging environment for the young faculties and staff by providing safe work culture, transparency, professional ethics and accountability that will empower them to lead the department in right spirit.
  • To inculcate the culture of continuous learning among the faculties by encouraging them to participate in professional development programs and envisage to address the social, economic and environmental problems.



Department of Chemical Engineering was established in 2011 with undergraduate programme in chemical engineering. In the initial years of the newly established department emphasis was given on developing the undergraduate curriculum and laboratories. Now department has well established course structure and well developed laboratories for undergraduate students. Courses are designed by board of studies in such a fashion that provide students to think beyond the class room teaching and make them able to solve open ended problem of real situation. Department is also evolving in the recent areas of research and developments and generating facilities for R&D. Department has highly dedicated faculty members with considerable teaching, industrial and research experience. Faculty members along with research scholar and undergraduate students are setting up a trend to build a strong alliance with the academia as well as industry by organizing different workshops and seminars.

The department has its privilege to be located in Gujarat, ‘Petro Capital’ and chemical hub of the country. Department has collaboration with different establishment and chemical industries of this region, bringing forth umpteen prospects on both, the industrial and academic strata. Our students are getting benefit of interacting with these chemical companies and get connected through summer internships and regular plant visits to industries.


Head of Department

Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar
HOD & Assistant Professor
Ph.D, M.Tech., B.Tech.
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Areas of Interest: Ionic Liquids, Desulfurization Process, Nanotechnology, CO2 separations, Wastewater treatment etc

Brief Profile: Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar is currently working as Assistant Professor & Head in Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Technology at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He has around 08 years of teaching and research experience. He worked as SERB-overseas postdoctoral researcher in Laboratory of Green Chemistry, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. He has published more than 30 research papers in international repute journals. He has attended 22 International and 25 National conferences. He has guided 03 (On going), 10 MTech, and more than 40 B.Tech students. He is the Editor and reviewer of several high repute international journals. He has received several professional awards.


Message From Head of Department

It gives an immense pleasure to introduce the Department of Chemical Engineering (DCE) of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, the integral part of the School of Technology.

The Department of Chemical Engineering adopts a philosophy of ‘Discovery Learning to Generate Knowledge through Experience and Innovative Ideas’. DEC focuses on comprehensive course curriculum with immense practical exposure to the students which enable them take up challenging professional careers in various fields such as product manufacturing, process engineering as well as design in chemical industries and allied sectors such as oil and natural gas, petroleum and petrochemicals, fine and heavy chemicals, coal chemicals, fertilizer and agrochemicals, plastics, polymers etc. Apart from this the comprehensive course structure capacitate the students to deal with problems pertaining to energy conservation and environmental pollution.

DCE believes in building strong interaction with the academia as well as with industry in order to serve society in a better way. Such interaction fosters new and existing partnerships essential for quality R&D studies, developing the state of the art research infrastructure, avenues for professional development of faculty and students, updates in the current trends in technology and research.

UG program of DCE is further committed to produce the class of engineers and technologists with competitive professional skills including computations, experimental as well as design skills. Department is having young and energetic faculties dedicated to impart the quality education to students and train them to develop the skill sets like team work, problem solving abilities etc.


International Relations

  • Prof.ChanagYoo, Departmental of Science and Environmental Engineering, Kyung Hee NATIONAL University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Prof. Mika Sillanpaa, Professor & Director, Department of Green Chemistry, LUT, Finland.
  • Prof. Mohammad Khalid Graphene& Advanced 2D Materials Research Group (GAMRG), School of Science and Technology, Sunway University, Malaysia
  • Dr. Rashmi Walvekar, Associate Professor, Department ofChemical Engineering, Taylors University Malaysia
  • Prof. Meihong Wang, Professor of Energy Systems, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of Sheffield
  • Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Australia
  • Dr. James Hall, Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd, UK.
  • Prof. Rahul Bhosale, Department of Chemical Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Industrial and Academic Relation

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PDPU, Gandhinagar and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune is intended to undertake collaborative, contractive and consultancy research work in the areas of mutual interest. The MoU will also facilitate exchange and deputation of staff (faculties and research scholars) for research programs, sharing facilities at the institution, joint PhD supervision and project works for student. It will promote to have joint workshops/conferences/short term courses with mutual consent.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Institute of Chemical Engineering (ICT), Mumbai
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PDPU, Gandhinagar and Institute of Chemical Engineering (ICT), Mumbai is intended to facilitate cooperative activities in research, and exchange of faculty and research scholars. MoU was intended towards collaborative research in areas of faculty training, student’s internship, joint PhD program, teaching and outreach and may involve any discipline to the extent that individuals are able to locate suitable counterparts at the other institution.

MoU between PDPU and GCA
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and Gujarat Chemical Association (GCA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) commemorating a beginning of a fruitful alliance between the two establishments, bringing forth umpteen prospects on both, the industrial and academic strata. MoU promises to create an interactive platform to help students develop a practical aptitude through industrial experience. GCA shall also offer its membership to students, faculty members and professionals of PDPU along with organizing various faculty training programmes, and help in alleviating the department in reaching new heights in the area of engineering.

Laboratories donated by GACL
Department has collaborated with Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited, Vadodara, which has supported to set up state of the art and well equipped laboratories.

Contact us

Department of Chemical Engineering,
School of Technology,
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University,
Raisan Village,
Gandhinagar - 382007
Gujarat, India


The department aims to provide in depth knowledge of various aspects of chemical engineering.

Course Structure for B.Tech.

  • Mathematics I
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Chemistry
  • W. S. Practice
  • Basic Environmental Science
  • Computer Programming
  • National Sports Organization (NSO)/ National Service Scheme(NSS)
  • Mathematics II
  • Engineering Materials
  • Elements of Civil Engineering
  • Elements of Electrical Engineering
  • Elements of Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Communication Skills
  • Mathematics III
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical Process Calculations
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Mechanical Unit Operations
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • Mechanical Unit Operations Lab
  • Civic and Social Service Internship, CSSI (Evaluation)
  • Probability, Statistics and Numerical Analysis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Process Technology I
  • Elements of Heat Transfer
  • Environmental Engineering Lab
  • Heat Transfer Lab
  • Chemical Reaction Kinetics
  • Mass Transfer I
  • Chemical Process Technology II (Inorganic)
  • Energy Technology
  • Process Instrumentation
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Industrial Orientation (Evaluation)
  • Chemical Reactor Design
  • Mass Transfer II
  • Process Equipment Design
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Modelling and Optimization
  • Elective - HM
  • Computer Aided Process Design
  • Polymer Science and Technology
  • Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals
  • B. Tech. Seminar
  • Department Elective I
  • Industrial Economics
  • Industrial Training (Evaluation)
  • Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control
  • Process Plant Safety, Health and Design
  • Department Elective II
  • Department Elective III
  • B. Tech. Project
  • Project Management

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Flow Chart for Course

Flow Chart for UG Course

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Flow Chart for PG Course

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Chemical Reaction Engineering Lab
Chemical reaction engineering labs are intended to facilitate undergraduate students to the areas of chemical kinetics, reactor design and operations. Some of the experiments are related to chemical kinetics, interpretation of reactor data and correlations. Operation of reactors such as Isothermal Batch Reactor, Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR), Plug Flow Tubular Reactor and multiple reactors in series are available. Experiments related to dynamics of reactor, RTD studies of various reactors and its performance are an integral part of many experiments.
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Environmental Engineering Lab
This lab focuses on both environmental sciences and engineering. A wide range of experiments illustrating basic principles of air, water and waste water analysis with pollution parameters are available. BOD incubators, COD and SPM analyzers, laminar flow chambers, autoclave, pH meter, conductivity meter, UV spectrophotometer, TSS analyzer, DO analyzers, Jar test Apparatus etc are also available. Other facility include muffle furnace, precision weighing balance, dust sampler, noise meters etc.
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Computer Aided Process Design Lab
The lab has 60 personal computers, servers and workstations hosting a variety of software used in chemical engineering. Students are given training on software like ASPEN PLUS, HYSIS, MATLABS, ANSYS POLYMATH etc. to cater the development of process modeling, flow sheeting, material and energy balance, Simulation, Optimization and synthesis techniques for chemical and environmental engineering processes.

Fluid Flow Operations Lab
Fluid Flow Operations lab deals with experiments focused on measurement of fluid flow properties like fluid viscosity, density, velocity and its distribution; study of fundamental experiment, Stokes Law are also performed. Various experiments are available to estimate frictional losses and minor losses in circular pipes, annular sections, various pipe fitting and valves. It has flow device measurement devices such as Venturimeter, Pitot Tube, Orificemeter, Weirs and Notches, Centrifugal pump etc. Models of pumps, pipe fittings, valves, plumbing system are also available.
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Mass Transfer Lab
Mass Transfer Labs are equipped with some of the most important experimental facility for stage wise separation and purification such as sieve plate distillation, steam distillation, Plate and Packed bed absorptions, wetted wall contactors etc. Important experiments include gas absorption, extraction and leaching, crystallization, air-water humidification operation, drying etc. Apart from this, basic fundamental mass transfer principles like gas diffusion, liquid diffusion are also studied.
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Process Heat Transfer Lab
Heat Transfer Lab helps the students to understand the mechanism of Conduction, Convection and Radiation which are the basic modes of heat transfer. To enhance the practical knowledge of industrial equipments, students perform experiments on heat transfer equipments like Double Pipe Heat, Shell and Tube Heat, Plate and Finned Tube Heat Exchanger. They also study of heat transfer coefficient of single effect evaporator, horizontal and vertical condensers.
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Solid Fluid Operations
The laboratory is well equipped for study of various unit operations in process industries, which are essential for cleaning and preparation of raw materials. These operations include size reduction, size separation, clarification, kneading, solid fluid separation etc. All basic experiments for fluid particle mechanics like Jaw Crusher, Ball Mill, Hammer Mill, Sigma Mixture, Plate and Frame Filter Press, Vacuum Filter, Cyclone Separator, Froth Flotation, Batch Sedimentation, Sieve Shaker, Hydrodynamics studies of fluidization are available in this laboratory.
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Chemical Processs Technology
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Faculty Publications



Student Publications


  • Ms. Parwathi Pillai (PhD Scholar, Guide: Dr. S. Dharaskar) “ZeoliticImidazolate Framework 8 Nanoparticle:
    A Novel Adsorbent For Effective Fluoride Removal From Aqueous Solution”, Applied Water Science, 2019 (In Press)


Research focus

Department research focus is on recent scientific development and contributes to the main stream of chemical engineering research. Research is going on in the area of

Advanced Separation Process
Separation processes are integral unit operation in most of the modern chemical, pharmaceutical and other process plants. Among the separation processes, some are standard and conventional processes, like, distillation, absorption, adsorption, etc. These processes are quite common and the relevant technologies are well developed and well studied. On the other hand, newer separation processes, like, membrane based techniques, chromatographic separation, super critical fluid extraction, etc., are gaining importance in modern days plants.

Membrane Science and Applications
Membrane processes are currently gaining a lot of interest in separation technology. Separation operation, in fact, occupies a key position in process industries that include foods, pharmaceuticals and other industries.

The department is currently working on synthesis and characterization of noble additive for fouling mitigation of polymeric membranes and application of these membranes for purification of industrial waste water contaminated by mainly dyes stuff and heavy metals.

Water Purification and Waste Treatment
Providing clean and affordable drinking water is one of the modern-times challenges. Therefore, it is crucial to develop and implement innovative technologies for treating water at high efficiencies and low energy consumption. Nanotechnology based adsorption technology has provided better solutions for water purification. Nano-material adsorbents are useful to enhance the efficiency and adsorption capacities of removing contaminants from wastewater. Nano-materials have many unique morphological and structural properties that qualify them to be used as effective adsorbents to solve several environmental problems.

In addition to this, the present society is also facing a serious challenge for the effective management of the increasing amount of produced Industrial and agricultural solid wastes. We will be focusing on advanced technologies for the conversion of solid waste into value added products.

Present scenario of energy crisis and depending economy on fuel/petroleum market embarks the need of alternative source of energy. Development of sustainable technology by balancing environmental, energy and social objectives is one of the main focuses of research in the department.

Today’s world is confronting with environmental issues like increasing global warming, waste water treatment etc. Chemical engineering processes provide efficient solution in abatement of the pollutants.

Understanding of a chemical reaction and mechanism of catalyst interference in the reaction plays an important role in the designing of chemical industries. Catalyst preparation, characterization and application are fusion of basic science with chemical engineering.

Modeling and Simulation:
Process modeling and simulation has given a new dimension in understanding transport and kinetics of a process and scaling of chemical engineering processes. Basically it deals with three aspects, namely; Modeling of chemical engineering processes, parameter estimations and application of numerical methods for solution of models

Research Projects


Student Name :Mr. Anirban Dey

Research Supervisor :Prof. Bishnupada Mandal (Head, Dept. of Chemical Engg, IIT Guwahati)
Dr. Sukanta Kumar Dash (Asst. Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engg, PDPU)

Institute Enrolled :Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Overview of project :The current research work includes investigation of novel solvent blends for CO2 capture. The prime objective includes vapour liquid equilibrium measurement, thermodynamic modeling as well as kinetic study of CO2 absorption in aqueous blended amines over wide temperature and pressure range. The other objective includes measurement of required physicochemical properties (e.g., density, viscosity and surface tension of the amine solutions, diffusivity and physical solubility of CO2 into aqueous amine solutions) over wide range of temperature and amine concentrations and development of useful correlations for these properties.

Student Name :Ms. Bharti Saini

Research Supervisor :Dr. Sukanta K. Dash (Asst. Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engg, PDPU)

Institute Enrolled :Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar Gujarat, India

Overview of project :The main objective of this work is to synthesize the antifouling ultrafiltration membranes for application in wastewater treatment. It is well known that antifouling membranes can be prepared by improving their hydrophilicity. In this work, PVDF and PSF polymeric material have been selected due to several advantages over other polymer material like good physicochemical stability, applicability in wide range of pH, well thermal stability and capability to synthesize membrane by phase inversion method. Based on properties of polymeric materials, membranes can be modified by various additives by direct blending into the casting solution. In this work, suitable additives will be used to increase the fouling resistant property of the membranes.

Student Name :Ms Anvita Sharma

Research Supervisor :Dr. Pravin Kodgire (Asso Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engg, PDPU)
Dr. S. S. Kachhwaha (Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engg, PDPU)

Institute Enrolled :Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Overview of project :The main objective of this work is to produce biodiesel using waste cooking oil, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyst upon different process intensification techniques. In this work, the process intensification techniques are Ultrasonic cavitation, Microwave irradiation and Combination (Ultrasound + Microwave) which are selected to produce biodiesel. KOH as homogeneous catalyst and CaO as heterogeneous catalyst are selected for this study. Since there is involvement of different parameters and this production of biodiesel depends on all these parameters hence optimization of parameters will also be done in this study.

Student Name :Ms. Sweta Balchandani

Research Supervisor :Prof. Bishnupada Mandal (Head, Dept. of Chemical Engg, IIT Guwahati)
Prof. S. S. Bandyopadhyay (Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemical Engg, PDPU)

Institute Enrolled :Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Overview of project :The current research work includes investigation of novel solvent blends for CO2 capture. The prime objective includes vapour liquid equilibrium measurement, thermodynamic modeling as well as kinetic study of CO2 absorption in aqueous blended ILs- amines over wide temperature and pressure range. The other objective includes measurement of required physicochemical properties (e.g., density, viscosity and surface tension of the ILs-amine solutions, diffusivity and physical solubility of CO2 into aqueous ILs-amine solutions) over wide range of temperature and amine concentrations and development of useful correlations for these properties. Also, the characterization of blended solvents using analytical methods FTIR, TGA and DSC which dictates the stability of the ILs-amine blended solvents will be done. A major concentration is also on modeling of various models such as NRTL, Wilson, Redlich-kister, Grunberg-Nissan, Kent-Eisenberg, Deshmukh-mathur, etc. for these systems.

Student Name :Ms Parwathi Pillai

Research Supervisor :Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar (Asst. Professor and HoD, Chemical Engineering)

Institute Enrolled :Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Overview of project :As the population increases the drinking water became a major problem around the world. The main source of water is river, lake or ground water. The main concern for the human being is to purify the water as there are elements like arsenic, Chloride, Fluoride, Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium, Nitrate, Silica, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) present in water. Millions of people around the world are been affected by Fluoride. These problems are also found in India. If the fluoride increase < 1.5ppm then the severe health issues can occur in human beings. By studying the literature review it is been found that efficiency of adsorbent in terms of cost and feasibility for removal of fluoride is not done much. The spent adsorbent recycling and regeneration is not been detailed studied in any of the paper. An issue with fluoride removal method contamination is also a major problem where much needed attention to be given. The methods were given like Ion Exchange, membrane based process, adsorption, Nalgonda method, Precipitation-coagulation. In this problems occur in every method except adsorption. The problem in Ion exchange is sludge problem and leaching problem. In membrane the fouling problem occur and its cost is also high. The problem in Ion exchange the fouling and contamination problem occur while in Nalgonda method the sludge is the main problem. In adsorption the main important factor is its easy method and minimized water disposal. It is found that low cost nano adsorbent is limited with higher effective efficiency. Hence it is a thought for the low cost nano adsorbent which is to be used for fluoride removal with more proficiency.


Project Approved by Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
  • Project Title -Hydrophilic modification of PSF membrane for wastewater treatment. (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/HPBS
    Ms. Bharti Sani
  • Project Title -Wastewater treatment using fouling resistant membrane. (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/DVBS
    Ms. Bharti Sani
  • Project Title -Study of Oxygen Carrier Material (OCM) for Effective Combustion Via Chemical Looping Combustion (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/ABSD
    Dr. Sukanta Dash and Dr. Ashish Unnarkat
  • Project Title -Study for decrease the decomposition activity of Hydrogen Peroxide and enhancing oxidation performance. (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/APAU
    Dr. Ashish Unnarkat
  • Project Title -Co/ZIF Catalyzed Oxidation of Cyclohexane using Hydrogen Peroxide. (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/YGAU
    Dr. Ashish Unnarkat
  • Project Title -Preparation and Modification of fouling resistant UF membrane for the removal of heavy metal ions by micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/AVMS
    Dr. Manish Kumar Sinha
  • Project Title -Synthesis of ZIF 11 and its application in biodiesel production from waste cooking oil (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/PMSS
    Dr. Surendra Sasi Kumar Jampa and Dr Pravin Kodgire
  • Project Title -Development of sequential process intensification reactors for biodiesel production using catalyst free insitu transesterification (Ongoing)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2017/KTPK
    Dr Pravin Kodgire and Dr. Surendra Kachhwaha
  • Project Title -Synthesis and characterization of PVDF membrane for waste water treatment (Completed)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2016/TPBS
    Ms. Bharti Sani
  • Project Title -Preparation and characterization of Polysulfone (PSF) membranes by blending water soluble polymer - Poly Ethylene Glycol Methyl Ether 5000 (PEGME) in different concentrations for dye effluent treatment (Completed)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2016/JBBS
    Ms. Bharti Sani
  • Project Title -Development of an adsorption led solar cooling technology (Completed)
    Project No -ORSP/R&D/SRP/2016/YKSD
    Dr. Sukanta Dash
  • *ORSP is Office of Research and Sponsored Programs that grant funds to PDPU fraternity to carryout Students Research Projects


Topics for Prospective Ph.D Students

Micellar-enhanced ultra filtration (MEUF) is a membrane based separation technique mainly investigated for wastewater treatment that allows dissolved matter, e.g. organic molecules or ions, to be rejected by an ultra filtration membrane due to molecular weight enlargement using surfactants. Above the critical micelle concentration (CMC), surfactant monomers spontaneously aggregate into micelles, whose size is in the same order of magnitude as the pore sizes of ultra filtration membranes. By selection of an appropriate membrane for the ultra filtration process, the micelles can be rejected by the membrane whereby the surfactant monomers pass through. The main advantage of MEUF over conventional ultra filtration is that even at lower concentrations molecules usually too small to be rejected by ultra filtration membranes can bind to the micelles because of ionic or hydrophobic interactions and subsequently separated together with them in the ultra filtration step. The performance of MEUF is not based on simple relations; moreover, MEUF is a very complex process that depends on a variety of parameters, e.g. membrane type, surfactant type, operating conditions, and added solutes. Many studies have been carried out to investigate the performance of MEUF and how it is influenced by these different parameters. Commonly, there are no universal experimental conditions that can be applied to MEUF experiments. In fact, experimental parameters have to be selected based on the individual system.

The contamination of natural water resources by man-made organic chemicals is certainly a critical issue that the recent water framework directives are trying to address in order to ensure good water quality status and healthy ecosystems. Industries such as textile, cosmetic, paper and pulp, leather, light-harvesting arrays, agricultural research, photo electrochemical cells, pharmaceutical and food produce large volumes of wastewater polluted with high concentration of dyes and other components. Considering both volume generated and effluent properties, such as chemical stability, non-biodegradability, and toxic and carcinogenic characteristics, industrial wastewater containing organic and dye stuffs is ranked as the most polluting sector. Therefore, treatment of wastewater containing organic pollutant is a prerequisite to its release into water streams. Various treatment methods have been widely applied to remove colour and organic pollutants from wastewater using biological, physical, chemical methods, and their combination. However, till the present, most of these methods have been insufficient in terms of removal efficiency and economic burden. On the other hand, in recent years, the electrocoagulation process has attracted great attention as one of the promising and powerful ways to treat pollutants from wastewater, due to its unique advantages, such as its lack of chemical additives, simple operation, high efficiency, reduced sludge production, and robustness to various wastewaters.

Liquid phase oxidation of hydrocarbons has been used for decades for converting the available feedstock to commercially viable products of importance in petrochemicals and polymer industry. Different hydrocarbons; alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and glycols are selectively oxidized to required intermediates using different homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. Liquid phase cyclohexane oxidation reaction takes place by a radical chain mechanism with the initiation of reaction by the hydrogen abstraction from the substrate by the C-H cleavage. Initial product oxidation is cyclohexylhydroperoxide which in turn oxidize to primary mono oxygenates of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone and later to secondary oxygenates of mono and dicarboxylic acids, and mono and diadipates. While the final over-oxidation leads to the formation of carbon dioxide and water. A mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone (KA oil) are the initial reactant for getting adipic acid and ε-caprolactum that acts as the precursor for nylon. Hydrocarbon oxidation is targeted for getting the alcohol and ketone selectively that can be further directed to required products. Selective oxidation of hydrocarbon using the designed catalyst will be the part of project. Catalyst synthesis, characterization, kinetic study experiments and kinetic modeling are the different aspects to be studied.

CO2 Capture and Utilization; Post Combustion CO2 capture using activated/blended solvents. Equilibrium thermodynamics and Kinetics study; Physico-chemical properties study; Study of Process modelling, simulation and configuration, Process economic analysis and optimization, Energy and safety analysis, Pilot plant data validation using Aspen Plus etc. Process Greenhouse gas analysis study using Aspen/Hysys software.








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Full Time Ph.D. Scholar
  • Ms. Parwathi Pillai
  • Ms. Komal Desai


Part Time PhD Scholar
  • Mr. Anirban Dey
  • Ms. Sweta Balchandanai
  • Mrs. Bharati Saini
  • Ms. Anvita Sharma


PhD External
  • Ms. Bhavana Karangale
  • Mr. K. K. Parmar



IIChE Student Chapter

Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) is a confluence of streams of professionals from academia, research institute and industry. It provides them the appropriate forum for joint endeavours, hand-in-hand, to work for human being through application of chemical engineering and allied sciences.

Student Chapter of the IIChE under the Ahmedabad Regional Centre is formed at Chemical Engineering Department, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) that has its undergraduates and master’s students with departmental faculties as integral part of the unit.

The Student Chapter guides its members in career choice by arranging lectures, seminars, short courses, plant visits, etc., at regular intervals to better equip and empower the students when they come out of their academic precincts. Academic activities apart, Student Chapter also organizes the cultural events and sports activities for their members.

Current Office Bearers of the IIChE Student Chapter at PDPU are,

  • Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar, HoD, Chemical Engg, Dept.
  • Mr. Anirban Dey, Faculty Co-ordinator
  • Mr. Ayush Bhavsar, Secretary
  • Ms. Sayali Katewale, Joint-Secretary
  • Mr. Priyank Dimri, Treasurer
  • Mr. Chandrahas Rao, Student Co-ordinator




International Conference on Chemical Industry (ICCI) – 2017

International Conference on Chemical Industry (ICCI-2017) was jointly organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, in association with Gujarat Chemical Association (GCA) at PDPU, Gandhinagar. The conference was span over 2 Days, 30-31st August, 2017 with various event organized. The Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Mamta Verma, IAS, Industries Commissioner, Government of Gujarat. Conference has seen delegates that include, Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya, Head Chemical Engg., Monash University, Australia, Dr. Jaimin Vasa, President, Gujarat Chemical Association, Mr. Ashish Soparkar, MD, Meghmani Organics Ltd, Mr. Samir Patel, MD, Amos Enterprisers at the event. The event was attended by about 500 delegates from Industry and Academia.

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Engineer’s Day Celebration

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University celebrates the Engineers’ Day every year to pay tribute to this legendary multi-faceted professional par excellence and great visionary of India, Sir Mokshgundam Visvesvaraya. PDPU jointly organized the 50th Engineers’ Day celebration with The Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat State Centre. Dr. Anil Kane, President Emeritus, World Wind Energy Association and Ex-vice chancellor of MS University Baroda was the Chief Guest along with Mr. Bharat Patel, Council Member, Institution of Engineers (India) as the Guest of Honour for the function. This was the fourth year that the PDPU was celebrating Engineers’ Day by felicitating exemplary and path-breaking leadership of Engineering / Technology Professional Entrepreneurs of Gujarat. The delegates to be felicitated this year were, Mr. Ashish Soparkar, Managing Director, Meghmani Organics Limited, Mr. Mukesh Bhandari, Chairman and Managing Director, Electrotherm India Limited and Mr. Nayan Parikh, Chairman and Managing Director, Multi Media Consultants Private Limited.

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Two Day Workshop on Modeling and Simulation Aided Computations in Chemical Engineering

On March 16, 2018, Department of Chemical engineering PDPU organized a two day workshop on Modelling & Simulation Aided Computations in Chemical Engineering with an objective of to introduce a generalized approach to modeling various chemical engineering systems, and to provide participants with opportunities to develop basic simulation and modeling skills with respect to carrying out various research as well as industrial projects. The workshop was open to all the students and faculty members and of various Universities. Registrations were done on first come first serve basis.

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Two Day Simulator Training Workshop

On February 23, 2018, Department of Chemical engineering PDPU organized a two day workshop on Simulator Training Sessions with an objective of to have an enhanced learning session for the students on virtual control of the industrial complex process operations through digital simulator provided by SIM Info systems Pvt Ltd. With the growing dynamic environment in the industries, this session on simulating the process operations will help to meet the process challenges and ensuring least incidents. In this program, the students will be briefed about the process control aspects of the various processes through the process simulator. Hands on session will ensure the students to visualize the process and optimize the conditions for the best throughput.

There are the following aspects covered in this workshop

Day 1- Basic process operations Module: (PS-1000 and PS-2000), Centrifugal Pump, Recirculating column, Distillation column.
Day 2-Process Operation Module : Cement Plant Operation, Refinery Operation

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Expert Lecture

Talk on Industrial Pumps and Compressor: Fundamentals, design and application by Mr Govind Parsania, Ex Sr General manager (Technology), RIL, Vadodara

Coordinator:Dr. Pravin Kodgire, Asso. Prof., Chem. Engg.

Expert Lecture

Talk on Challenges in Industries for Chemical Engineers by Dr. Bibekananda Basu, Ex. GM, RIL, Silvaasa; Ex. Scientist, BTRA, Mumbai

Venue:DLH-2, PDPU
Coordinator:Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar, Asst. Prof., Chem. Engg.

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Expert Lecture

Talk on Process Integration by Prof M. H. Joshipura, Professor, Nirma University

Coordinator:Dr. Sweta Balchandani, Lecturer, Chem. Engg.

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Campus Recruitment

Recruiters for 2014 Batch – Year 2018

  • Honeywell India
  • Jubiliant Life Sciences
  • Future Group
  • Infosys
  • Prakash Chemicals
  • Reliance Marketing
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Dura color
  • Deepak Nitrite
  • Godrej Industries
  • Tech Science
  • Faber Infinite
  • Tata Chemicals
  • Sayaji Group of Industries
  • Torrecid
  • Thirumalai Chemicals
  • E-tech Global services
  • L & T Technology Service
  • H & G Float Glass
  • Torrent Pharma
  • Adani Wilmart

Recruiters for 2013 Batch – Year 2017

  • Berger Paints
  • Chembond
  • Deepak Nitrite
  • Essar Oil
  • Etech
  • GACL
  • GSFC
  • Gujarat Cleaner Production
  • Honeywell
  • IMS People
  • Justdial
  • L&T
  • Parikh Enterprises
  • Reliance Ind
  • Sterling Biotech Ltd.

Recruiters for 2012 Batch – Year 2016

  • Adani Gas
  • Adani Port
  • Bosch
  • BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd.
  • Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd.
  • Deep Industries Limited
  • Deepak Nitrite
  • Enertron Renewables
  • Essar Oil
  • Eteam
  • Future First
  • Hindustan Power Project Ltd.
  • HP Industries
  • IMS People
  • Infibeam
  • Infosys
  • Jubilant Life Science
  • L&T
  • Liftwell Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd
  • NK Enterprise
  • Optimized Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Oswal
  • PVCL
  • Quanta
  • Raindrop Water Technologies
  • Ramana Group
  • Sanmar Group
  • Savvy Infrastructures
  • Siemens CoE
  • Tata Chemicals
  • Torrecid India Pvt Ltd
  • Torrent Power Ltd.
  • Welspun
  • ZEEL Paints

Recruiters for 2011 Batch – Year 2015

  • Axes Studios LLP
  • Bray Controls India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd
  • Corrtech
  • Deepak Nitrate Ltd.
  • Future First
  • GACL
  • GIFT City
  • GNFC
  • Green Enviro. Coop. Society Ltd.
  • GSFC
  • Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
  • IBM
  • Infibeam
  • Infosys
  • ITD Cementation
  • JK Lakshmi Cement
  • Jubilant Life Sciences Limited
  • Kirloskar Brothers Ltd.
  • L&T Infotech
  • MEGA
  • Nauvata Engineering
  • NEPL
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
  • Quanta Process
  • Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Sabarmati Gas Ltd.
  • Tata Chemical Ltd.
  • Tata Power
  • TCS
  • Torrent Power Ltd.
  • Toyo Engineering India Ltd
  • Vasa Pharmachem Pvt. Ltd.




• To expose students to various operations of oil and gas industry for enhancing their understanding about application of science and engineering principles studied in first two years of B. Tech programme.
• To develop students’ understating about oil and gas industry operations to facilitate their academic and research learning for the 3rd and 4th year B. Tech programme.
• To create border understanding of oil and gas value chain.
• To expose students to upstream, midstream and downstream operations of oil and gas sector.


Batch 2014-18
1 Gujrat Alkalis and Chemicals Limited, Baroda
2 Meghmani Dyes & Intermediates
3 Reliance Industries, Baroda
4 Nirma Alindra Plant
Batch 2013-17
1 Meghmani Industries, Vatva
2 Nirma Alindra Plant
3 AmulFed Dairy, Bhat
4 Milestone India, Naroda GIDC
Batch 2012-16
1 IFFCO, Kalol
2 Bayer Cropscience
3 Green Enviro
4 Godrej Industries
5 Meghmani Organics
Batch 2011-15
1 JK Lakshmi Cement
2 IFFCO, Kalol
3 Essar, Hazira


R & D / Consultancy

Ongoing consultancy work by Dr. Sukanta Kumar Dash

  • Ref. No: ORSP/CONS/AGTS/SK00
    Description :Process Modeling and Simulation using Aspen and Hysis: Process technology, cryogenic processes (LNG-regasification), Chemical processes, Natural gas treating, process verification and development, pilot studies (if necessary), hazard, risk and safety analysis and core research and development. Ramp-up or review of FEED (Front End Engineering Design), detail engineering & with pre-award engineering to cater to accelerated schedules of a project. On going with M/s. Arush Gas Technology Services LLP, Ahmedabad.

  • ORSP/CONS/CCS/2017/SK00
    Description :Carbon Capture and Sequestration (Clean Energy): Process simulation and analysis, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Equilibrium (VLE), study of CO2 with amine based solvents for absorber-stripper design. Solvent degradation (oxidative and thermal). Physico-chemical properties of aqueous blended and activated amines and carbonated solvents. Process modeling and simulation of large scale carbon capture. Ongoing with M/s Carbon Clean Solutions Limited, registered office: 47 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7SR, United Kingdom.
  • Consultancy work in feasibility study of Zero emission thermal power plant with IIT Bombay.


Recent Publications

  • D. Chandran, M.Khalid, R. Walvekar, N. M. Mubarak, S. Dharaskar, W. Y. Wong, T.C.S.M. Gupta, “Deep eutectic solvents for extraction-desulphurization: A review”, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 275, 312-322, 2019.
  • S. Dharaskar, S. Natesan “Optimization and extraction of pharmaceutical micropollutant norfloxacin by using green emulsion liquid membrane”, Desalinationand Water Treatment.
  • Bharti Saini, Snigdha Khuntia, Manish K.Sinha “Incorporation of cross-linked poly (AA-co-ACMO) copolymer with pH responsive and hydrophilic properties to polysulfone ultrafiltration membrane for the mitigation of fouling behaviour”, Journal of Membrane Science, 572 (2019), 184–197.
  • Snigdha Khuntia, Manish Kumar Sinha, Bharti Saini “An approach to minimize the ozone loss in a series reactor: A case of peroxone process”, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 6 (2018) 6916–6922.
  • Kanubhai K. Parmar, G.Padmavathi and Sukanta K.Dash, “Modelling and simulation of naphtha cracker”, Indian Chemical Engineer.
  • Abhishek Yadav, E. John Hinch and Mahesh S. Tirumkudulu, Capillary-Induced Motion of Particles Bridging Interfaces of a Free-Standing Thin Liquid Film, Physical Review Letters (Accepted on Feb 1, 2019)

Faculty Events and Participation

Year 2018

International Conference

Annual Conference on Green Calaysis and Sustainable energy
Date: 15 - 16 Nov, 2018
Venue: Dubai, UAE
Organized by: Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar


Dr. Sukanta Kumar Dash
Date: 08 Dec, 2018
Venue: Vadodara
Organized by: Reliance industries, MS university and GIS.


National Conference
Date: 23 - 24 February, 2018
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: SPE student Chapter
Participated by: Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar and Dr. Ashish Unnarkat


Annual Session of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (CHEMCON -2018)
Date: 29 December, 2018
Organized by: Dr. Lubhani Mishra


HEMFUGE - The Quizzing Extravaganza
Date: 26 Oct, 18
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: Mr. Anirban Dey and Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar

Expert Lecture

Talk on Optimization: Engineering applications by Dr. Nitin Padiyar, Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Gandhinagar
Date: 11 Oct, 18
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: Ms. Sweta Balchandani

Expert Lecture

Talk on Fertilizer Technology by Mr. Alok Jaiswal,Manager,IFFCO Kalol.
Date: 26 Oct, 18
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: Ms. Bharti Saini

Expert Lecture

Expert talk and University Visit by Dr. R. R. Sonde Executive President, Research, Innovation and technology center & Member on board of
Date: 20-24 Nov, 2018
Venue: NIT Warangal
Organized by: Dr. Sukanta Dash, Asst. Prof., Chem. Engg.

Guest Visit

Rashmi Valvekar from Taylors University, Malaysia visited the department and interacted with faculties.
Date: 26 Dec, 2018
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar

Guest Visit

Prof. Parimal Parikh from SVNIT Surat visited the department and witnessed with faculties.
Date: 27 Dec, 2018
Venue: PDPU
Organized by: Dr. Swapnil Dharaskar



Students Achievements

  • Ms. Parwathi Pillai, Ph.D. scholar, working under Dr. S. Dharaskar, presented a paper in International Conference on Advances and Challenges for Sustainable Ecosystems (ICACSE 2018) during 6th -8th December 2018 at NIT, Tiruchirappalli, India.
  • Mr. Amit Vaghasia and Mr. MaazManiar, final year students,working under Dr. Manish K.Sinha, presented a paper and poster in Students’ Chemical Engineering Congress (SCHEMCON-2018) during 26th -27th October 2018 organized by Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
  • Mr. Harsh Patel, Ms. Krusha Patel, Mr. Maharshi Joshi and Mr. Dhwanil Vaghani, working under Ms. Bharti Saini, presented a paper in Students’ Chemical Engineering Congress (SCHEMCON-2018) during 26th -27th October 2018 organized by Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
  • Mr. Maharshi Joshi, Mr. Harsh Patel and Mr. Amit Vaghasia (final year students) attended 5 day workshop GIAN workshop on Advanced Computer Aided Modelling of Chemical & Biochemical Processes at NIT Warangal during 3rd to 7th September 2018.
  • Mr. Jay Bhalala and Mr. Harsh Patel (M.Tech students) and Mr. Dhwanil Vaghani, Mr. Nishant Gajjar, Mr. Raj Pindoria and Mr. Madhav Karia (pre-final year students) attended one week GIAN course on Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling of Fluidized beds at NIT Warangal during 12th to 16th November 2018.
  • M.Tech students (first year) visited the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2018.
  • Mr. Amit Vaghasia, final year student, working under Dr. Manish Kumar Sinha, was selected for Gouri Dutta Award for the best paper presentation at Students’ Chemical Engineering Congress (SCHEMCON-2018) during 26th-27th October 2018 organized by Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
  • Mr. Maharshi Joshi, Mr.Harsh Patel and Mr. Amit Vaghasia (final year students) secured excellent grade in GIAN course on “Advanced Computer Aided Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Processes” during 11th to 15th November 2018 organized by NIT Warangal,India.
  • Ms. Saloni Solanki (2nd year student) won the most coveted SOT-Best Speaker Award and Brian (1st year student) won the 1st runners-up award held on 27th November 2018.