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

  • Water and Energy Nexus
  • Modeling and Optimization, Process Design and Operation of Membrane Separation Processes,
  • Waste and waste water treatment (WWWT) for Process Industries,
  • Water management for oil and gas upstream,
  • Smart Water Grid
  • Waste to Energy
  • Novel Desalination Technologies 
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart Microgrids
  • Air purification


Industrial experience: I have eight years of industrial research experience focusing on water and wastewater treatment, industrial process water, sustainable water recycling, power, renewable and oil & gas sector. For three years, I was a program manager for the water business in ABB Ltd. All those years, I have invented core products such as OPTIMAX ® membrane performance system, an energy audit tool for desalination plants.

Academic experience: Since Oct 2013, as a faculty member at IIT Guwahati, I have taught both UG and PG courses. I have mentored eighteen UG, fourteen Master's, and twenty PhD students ( 6 completed and 14 in progress), and All the students have worked on industry-funded projects worth ~13 crores INR (2 M USD). 

Proven record in problem solving: My resume details a wealth of projects that focus on solving problems from optimising performance levels and identifying requirements, and developing new products.

Solid record of scholarly contributions: Execution of 40+ research projects, 30 patent applications (3 granted) and 90+ publications provide strong evidence that I am a productive researcher.

About Family, blessed with happy family members of two kids and a spouse. My elder son Dhawin is studying in 7th Std and my younger son  Dhakshin is studying in 3rd Std; as a family, we like cycling and playing football and tennis.

@ This info was updated on 03 May 2022.


  • 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