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Rakesh Agrawal

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Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering
Purude University
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Rakesh Agrawal is Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Previously, he was an Air Products Fellow at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., where he worked from 1980 to 2004. A major thrust of his research is related to energy issues and includes novel processes for fabrication of low-cost solar cells, biomass and coal to liquid fuel conversion, hydrogen production from renewable sources and energy systems analysis. His research interests further include basic and applied research in gas separations, process development, synthesis of distillation column configurations, adsorption and membrane separation processes, novel separation processes, gas liquefaction processes, cryogenics, and thermodynamics. He holds 116 U.S. and more than 500 foreign patents. These patents are used in over one hundred chemical plants with a capital expenditure in excess of a billion dollars. He has authored 66 technical papers and given many lectures and presentations. He chaired the Separations Division and the Chemical Technology Operating Council of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and also a Gordon Conference on Separations. He was a member of the NRC Committee on Alternatives and Strategies for Future Hydrogen Production and Use. He is currently a member of the AIChE’s Board of Directors and also it’s Energy Commission. He is also a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES). He has received several awards including, J & E Hall Gold Medal from the Institute of Refrigeration (UK), Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware and from the AIChE: the Gerhold, Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology, Institute Lecture and Chemical Engineering Practice awards. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.   Expertise: Energy transformation and use issues for solar, coal, biomass and hydrogen economy; Novel separation processes using distillation, membranes and adsorption; Process development, cryogenics and gas liquefaction processes       Research Keywords: Solar Energy, Biofuel, Separation processes, Hydrogen , Cryogenics



B.S., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur 

M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware 

Sc.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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