Towards Sustainable Energy, Water & Chemicals

23Feb2018 10:00


Speaker: Prof. Vivek Ranade (Queen's University Belfast)

About the speaker

Vivek Ranade is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Queen’s University Belfast. His research focus is on developing insights, innovations & intensified solutions for sustainable energy, water and chemicals. He uses computational flow modelling, hydrodynamic cavitation and MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified & continuous) processes to achieve this. Before moving to Queen’s, he led chemical engineering at CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He has developed performance enhancement solutions, software products and fluidic devices for variety of applications which are commercialized and developed new methodologies for process intensification. He is an Associate Editor of ‘Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’ and serves on the editorial boards of ‘Chemical Engineering Research & Design’ and ‘Indian Chemical Engineer’ journals. He is a recipient of numerous awards including highest Indian Scientific award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award for scientists under 45 years. He is a fellow of IChemE, Indian National Academy Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 150 papers and 6 books (>5800 citations, h index=46: from Google Scholar) and is a co-inventor of more than 20 patents. He has also co-founded two technology companies: Tridiagonal Solutions and VIVIRA Process Technologies.


Energy, water and chemicals encompass all aspects of life and influence the wellbeing of every one every day. In these challenging (& interesting) times, there are incessant & increasing demands on resources on one hand and demands & restrictions imposed by global warming & other environmental factors on the other hand. It is therefore essential to develop sustainable solutions for energy, water & chemicals sectors which balance economic, ecological & societal needs. Insights, innovations and intensification are essential for achieving this. In this talk, I will briefly introduce use of our three technology platforms namely (1) MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified & continuous) processes and plants (2) hydrodynamic cavitation and (3) computational flow modelling for realizing desired sustainable solutions. After this brief discussion, our approach will be illustrated by discussing specific examples of harnessing hydrodynamic cavitation. Novel approaches for using hydrodynamic cavitation for addressing two key issues related to energy [namely (a) removal of sulfur from transportation fuels and (b) pre-treatment of biomass] and two key issues related to water [namely (c) disinfection of water / ballast water and (d) treatment of industrial effluents] will be presented. Recent results and some thoughts on path forward will be shared. The approach and results discussed here will hopefully stimulate further developments towards realizing sustainable energy, water and chemicals. 

Venue: Science Park 904,  room D1.113



This lecture is sponsored by the John van Geuns Foundation.

Published by  HIMS