Dr. S Senthilmurugan


Key Research Areas :Modeling and Optimization of Novel Processes, Process Design and Operation of Membrane Separation Processes, Waste and waste water treatment (WWWT) for Process Industries, Novel Desalination Technologies, Smart Water Grid, Waste to Energy

Email id : senthilmurugan@iitg.ac.in
Phone : 0361 258 3527 (office)
             0361 258 5542 (lab)

Department of Chemical Engineering
Office Room No: 309
Water and Energy Nexus Lab Room No 306
IIT Guwahati
Assam 781039




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (2005)
  • M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (2003)
  • B. E., Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India (2001)

Research Interest

Dr. Senthilmurugan Subbiah is a highly accomplished academic and researcher in the field of chemical engineering, with a particular focus on the water and energy nexus. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) in Assam, India. In October 2022, Dr. Subbiah was appointed as the Chairperson of the IITG - Technology Incubation Centre (IITG-TIC), demonstrating his commitment to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development.

Dr. Senthilmurugan’s research interests span a wide range of topics related to water and energy management, including modeling and optimization, process design and operation of membrane separation processes, waste and wastewater treatment (WWWT) for process industries, water management for oil and gas upstream, smart water grid, waste-to-energy technologies, and novel desalination technologies. Additionally, his work encompasses energy storage, smart microgrids, and air purification systems, reflecting his dedication to addressing pressing global environmental challenges.

Throughout his career, Dr. Senthilmurugan has made significant contributions to his field, with 31 patent applications, 4 granted US patents, 71 journal publications, 5 book chapters, 2 industrial magazine articles, and 32 conference papers to his name. From 2014 to 2022, he has successfully executed 37 projects with a total funding of 15 crores, of which 8 crores were obtained from industry partners and the remaining from government agencies.

Prior to his current role at IITG, Dr. Senthilmurugan worked at ABB India, Eureka Forbes Product Development Center, and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), where he honed his skills in research, development, and technology management.

Dr. Senthilmurugan’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Chemical Engineering from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. He then pursued a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree in Process Engineering and Design with a minor in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Membrane Science and Engineering with a minor in Chemical Engineering.

As an educator and researcher, Dr. Senthilmurugan is dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and innovation among his students. His extensive knowledge and passion for research have led to numerous publications in prestigious journals, as well as collaborations with international institutions and industry partners. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Subbiah actively mentors and advises students, helping them navigate the complexities of academia and prepare them for future career opportunities.

Dr. Senthilmurugan Subbiah’s wide-ranging research interests, dedication to education, and commitment to sustainable development make him an influential figure in the field of chemical engineering. As he continues to contribute to the development of innovative solutions to global environmental challenges, his work is sure to leave a lasting impact on both academia and the world at large.


  • IIT Guwahati
    • Professor Chemical Engineering Department (from April 2021)
    • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department (December 2016 - April 2021)
    • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department (October 2013 - December 2016)
  • ABB
    • Technology Manager - Water Business (June 2011 - October 2013)
    • Principle Scientist (June 2010 to June 2011)
    • Scientist (Jan 2007 to June 2010)
  • Eureka Forbes Product Development Center
    • Assistant Manager in R&D (August 2006 - January 2007)
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)
    • Research Associate (June 2005 - August 2006)
  • IIT Delhi
    • Doctoral thesis work (January 2003 - June 2005)
      • Title: Separation of Aqueous Multi-component Mixture by using Hollow Fiber Reverse Osmosis Module
    • Maters thesis work (July 2001 - December 2002)
      • Title: Analysis of hollow fiber reverses osmosis module by separation of phenolic compound from aqueous solution.

Courses Taught

  • Heat Transfer

  • Optimization

  • Process control

  • Application of Al and ML in chemical engineering