Prabu Vairakannu

Dr. Prabu Vairakannu


Key Research Areas :Clean energy production, Pyrolysis, Combustion, Gasification and Liquefaction technologies, Energy and Exergy analysis, Carbon Sequestration


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012
  • M. Tech. (Chemical Engineering), SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2004
  • B. Tech. (Chemical Engineering), Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu India, 2000

Research Interest

  • Underground coal gasification and coalbed methane
  • Co-gasification and co-pyrolysis of coal, biomass and municipal solid wastes (MSW)
  • Carbon capture using chemical looping combustion (CLC) technologies
  • Carbon sequestration in coal beds
  • Coal dissolution and liquefaction 
  • Energy and Exergy analyses on fuel based power generating system


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, March 2013 onwards
  • Senior Project Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, May 2012 - March 2013
  • Lecturer, School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA University, June 2004 - November 2007

Courses Taught

  1. Chemical Reaction Engineering I
  2. Mass Transfer II
  3.  Advanced Clean Fuel Technologies
  4. Chemical Technology
  5. Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory
  6. Mechanical Operation Laboratory
  7. Petroleum Laboratory
  8. Engineering Drawing Tutorials