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Research Experience

Currently I'm working on the oxidative desulfurization of liquid fuels using hybrid advanced oxidation
processes (HAOP), which includes processes such as sonolysis, fenton like reactions and photo-
catalysis, which would be used in studying the degradation of the targeted sulphur compound, and
thereby propose a suitable mechanism for the said degradation. The main objective of this study is to
mechanistically investigate the effect of the HAOPs in bringing about the oxidation of sulphur
compound in a model fuel system by various permutation of the reaction parameters viz. pH, volume
ratio, catalyst concentration etc. and optimizing those parameters to arrive at the best possible
degradation efficiency.

My graduate research work was to achieve targeted separation of eugenol which has various
commercial as well as medicinal uses from the herbal extracts of plants like Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum)
and Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum). This objective was achieved by using an anion exchange resin
which could selectively target the eugenol molecules and adsorb onto its surface. A modified process
was also developed where iron oxide nanoparticles were embedded on to the surface of the resin
particles which imparted a kind of magnetic mobility to the resin. This allowed the resin particles to
move under a magnetic field in the organic medium. It was mainly undertaken as a substitute for the
column operations of ion exchange resins. It was found that the separation efficiency of bare resin
particles was greater than those of the coated particles. Adsorption studies were also undertaken and
it was noted that the adsorption characteristic of eugenol followed the Langmuir isotherm. This work
has been submitted to the Chemical Engineering Communications Journal (Taylor & Francis) and is
currently under review.

As my undergraduate project work I was involved in the study of batch distillation of water- methanol
system using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and ChemCAD to simulate and predict the characteristics
of the distillation of the chosen system, and also to study the application and usage of ANN to gauge
real world distillation column output. This project involved in conducting experimental analysis in a
packed bed distillation column and then training the ANN software to analyse and anticipate more
sets of distillation outpu data. ChemCAD was used to again simulate the batch distillation process and
the results were then compared both with the experimental and the ANN data, it was found that the
ANN and the experimental data were in good agreement but the ChemCAD data was much divergent
from the other two sets of data. This was not an individual project and two other students were also
involved.