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Rakesh Agrawal

Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering

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B.Tech. - Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; M.ChE. - Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware; Sc.D - Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Professor Agrawal's current interest and passion is in energy production issues especially from renewable sources such as solar. The thrust of research is to fabricate low-cost solar cells based on nanotechnology. Another major thrust of his current research is efficient conversion of biomass to liquid fuel and maximizing liquid fuel from a given quantity of biomass. He is also involved in modeling to find the role of biofuels vis-a-vis other solar energy derived alternatives to propel an entire transport sector in a solar economy. The group is also involved with developing efficient separation processes. Currently methods to synthesize and identify energy efficient distillation configurations for multicomponent separation are being developed. Additional effort is being devoted to develop optimal methods for membrane separation processes. He has a broad experience in hydrogen production and purification technologies. This has evolved from his earlier activity in developing integration steps within coal gasification combined cycles for power as well as syngas generation. His research interests also include basic and applied research in process development, gas liquefaction processes, cryogenics, and thermodynamics