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Bernal Institute Research Forum

Thu, 28 Sep 2017

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 15:00 to 16:00
Duration: One hour
Contact: Joan O'Riordan -
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension, Ireland

Professor Vivek V. Ranade, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast.

Towards Sustainable Energy, Water and Chemicals.

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

Vivek Ranade is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. His research focus is on developing insights, innovations and intensified solutions for sustainable energy, water and chemicals. He uses computational flow modelling, hydrodynamic cavitation and MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified and continuous) processes to achieve this. Before moving to Queen’s, he led chemical engineering at CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He has contributed significantly to chemical engineering science and practice. He has developed performance enhancement solutions, software products and fluidic devices for a variety of applications which are commercialized. He has developed new insights and 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 the highest Indian Scientific award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award for scientists under 45 years. He is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 150 papers and 6 books (> 5600 citations, h index=44: from Google Scholar). He is co-inventor of more than 20 patents and co-founded two technology companies: Tridiagonal Solutions and VIVIRA Process Technologies.


Tea/coffee will be available at 14h45

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