Rochish Thaokar is a faculty member in the department of chemical engineering, IIT Bombay since 2005. His education includes a BTech from LIT Nagpur, ME and PhD from IISc Bangalore, followed by a Postdocotoral stint at Max Planck Institute for Polymerforschung in Mainz, Germany. He also worked for a year in TRDDC Pune after his masters.
His research interest and areas include pattern formation in planar electrohydrodynamic systems, drop emulsification and coalescence using electric fields, capsule and vesicle electrohydrodynamics for dielectrophoresis and electroporation applications as well as droplet levitation in air and Rayleigh breakup of charged drops in quadrupole fields. He uses analytical theory, experimental methods and boundary intergral calculations to understand electrohydrodynamics of soft matter.
Dr. Chirag Kalelkar did Ph.D. (Physics) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2006. He worked as a Faculty Research Associate at the University of Maryland (2006-2008), as Enhanced Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Chemical Laboratory (2008-2009), as Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Raman Research Ins;tute (2010-2011) and as Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011-2012). Dr Kalelkar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Current research focus is on experimental fluid dynamics (specifically, aqueous foams).
Himanshu Goyal is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Delaware Energy Institute, where he is studying the utilization of microwave heating to achieve process intensification. He received his B.Tech. degree in chemical engineering from IIT Guwahati in 2011 and his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in August 2018 working on multiscale modeling of biomass thermochemical conversion. His research interests lie in developing and utilizing modeling and simulation tools with applications in clean energy technologies and process intensification techniques
Dr. Patra is currently a post-doctoral appointee at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his PhD from IIT Kanpur in 2014. He worked in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron as a post-doctoral fellow before moving to his current position. He employs theory, molecular simulation, machine learning, optimization methods, and high-throughput characterization to advance the understanding and design of polymers and other soft materials. He received 2012 CSIR senior research fellowship for his work on the phase behavior of polymer nanocomposites. He has co-authored a book chapter and over 15 journal articles in the broad area of polymer science and nanoscience.
Dr. R. K. Dwari has obtained his PhD degree in Mineral Processing from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden under SIDA and Kempestiftelsen Fellowship in the year 2008. Since July 2008, he is working as a Scientist in the Department of Mineral Processing at CSIR IMMT, Bhubaneswar. In 2014-15, Dr. Dwari visited Sabic Polymer Research Centre, Chemical Engineering Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as visiting Scientist where he led a phosphate flotation project. He is the recipient of Artemis Biotech Best Master’s Thesis in Chemical Engineering/Technology Award for the year 2004 by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), India and also Best Licentiate Thesis Award for the year 2006 at Luleå University of Technology by Bergforsk, Sweden. He has published several research papers and is a life member of IIChE, IIME, SGAT and IIM. Dr. Dwari addressed the major problem of removal of inorganic from high ash Indian non-coking and coking coal by using tribo-electrostatic separator a dry process and developed novel tribo-electrostatic separator. After joining at CSIR IMMT, his major focus research area is fine particle processing and dewatering. He has completed 11 research projects as project leader sponsored by various ministries and industries. He was also contributed as a member in another 20 projects. He has designed equipment’s and developed process flowsheet for low-grade coal, iron, bauxite, phosphate and barite ore as well as steel plant wastes.
Dr. N. Sivaraman graduated from BARC Training school 1986-1987 batch after MSC chemistry.His PhD study was on all carbon compounds, namely fullerenes and their applications. He was a visiting research fellow at University of Sussex with Nobel laureate Prof. Sir. H.W. Kroto. Currently he is Heading the Fuel Chemistry Division of IGCAR. He is presently Dean of Chemical Sciences of Homi Bhabha National Institute - IGCAR. His research interests include nuclear fuel reprocessing, supercritical fluids, high performance liquid chromatography, burn-up measurements on nuclear fuels etc. Dr. Sivaraman has about 100 international journal publications.
Prof Gargi Das is Professor and currently Head of Chemical Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Her research interest is Multiphase Flow pertaining to the hydrodynamics and transport characteristics of gas-liquid, liquid-liquid and gas-liquid-liquid flow.
Her study comprises of experimentation and theory - developing analytical models, performing numerical simulation as well as development of two-phase instrumentation for flow characterization. Currently, her group is engaged in using multiphase dynamics to intensify heterogeneous reactions and mass transfer controlled processes. She has over 60 published papers in peer reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, 2 books, 4 patents and 4 educational packages. She has won several awards for academic excellence like AICTE Career Award, BOYSCAST Fellowship, Amar Dye-Chem Award for Excellence in Research and Development for Chemical Engineer by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, ISCA Young Scientist Award in “Engineering Sciences" by Indian Science Congress, Institute Silver Medal at IIT Kharagpur and University Gold Medal in Jadavpur University.
Jothir Pichaandi obtained his B.Tech in 2003 from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur University in Chemical Technology with specialization in polymers. Thereafter, he moved to Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) formerly UDCT Mumbai, to obtain his M.Tech degree in Polymer Engineering and Science (2005). He started his PhD at the University of Victoria in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Frank C. J. M. van Veggel and graduated in 2012. During his PhD, he worked on developing luminescent nanoparticles and its application as luminescent biolabels for deep tissue imaging. After a short stint as post doctorate with his PhD thesis advisor, he joined Prof. Mitchell A. Winnik as a post doctorate in Sep 2013 and stayed there till May 2017. In Prof. Winnik’s group, he worked on developing lanthanide based nanoparticles and polyamine based polymers as reagents for single cell assays using Mass Cytometry. This work was carried out as a collaboration between University of Toronto and Fluidigm Canada. Currently, he is working in Fluidigm Canada as a Scientist to commercialize his post doctorate work.
Dr. Akio Ebihara is a Professor of Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University, Japan. He obtained B.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from University of Tsukuba, Japan. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher (2001-2006) and a team leader (2006-2008) at RIKEN SPring-8 center (Japan), and has trained in protein X-ray crystallography using the synchrotron radiation available at SPring-8. Since 2008, Dr. Ebihara has worked as a faculty of Gifu University in the area of biochemistry. His research interests are structure-based understanding of protein function and enzymatic catalysis, production of recombinant protein for clinical applications, and developing a point of-care-testing of a biomarker. Dr. Ebihara is now working as an academic coordinator of International Joint Master’s Program in Food Science and Technology between Indian Institute Technology Guwahati and Gifu University, which is to be launched in 2019.