Yogendra Shastri


311, Chemical Engineering

Contact Information


  • +91 (22) 2576 7203 (O)


  • yshastri [at] iitb [dot] ac [dot] in

Yogendra Shastri

Core Faculty



  1. B.Tech. Chemical Engineering Laxminarayan Institute of Technology Nagpur University Nagpur 2000

  2. Engineer Tata Honeywell Limited HI-SPEC Solutions Pune 2000-2001

  3. M.Tech. Systems and Control Engineering IIT Bombay Mumbai 2003

  4. Ph.D. Bioengineering University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago 2007

  5. Research Scientist Vishwamitra Research Institute Clarendon Hills 2007-2008

  6. Post-doctoral Research Associate Energy Biosciences Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008-2010

  7. Visiting Research Assistant Professor Energy Biosciences Institute & Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2010-2012

Awards & Fellowships

  • Certificate in Foundations of Teaching Center for Teaching Excellence University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 2011

  • Prairie Project Sustainability Curriculum Development Program University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 2011

  • AIChE Environmental Division graduate student paper competition winner: 2007

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to University of Stuttgart: 2002-2003

  • AIChE CAST (Computers and Systems Technology) Division travel award: 2007

Optimization of integrated algal biorefinery

Sustainability paradigm balancing economic, environmental and social objectives

Development of an integrated biorefinery that produces biofuels as well as low volume, high value co-products could make microalgal biofuels techno-economically feasible. The synthesis of such an integrated biorefinery is challenging due to multiple pathways, products, and design specifications. Our work addresses this challenge by performing model-based superstructure optimization. Important stages in biodiesel production, namely, growth, harvesting and dewatering, lipid extraction, and transesterification are modelled. For each stage, several potential options are considered. The objective function is minimization of the net annualised life cycle cost of biodiesel production for a fixed annual demand. It is a mixed integer linear programming (MILP) problem, which is modelled in GAMS and solved using the CPLEX solver. The model will be extended further to consider the production of value added co-products.

Stochastic optimization of lignocellulosic biofuel system

Design and management optimization of lignocellulosic biofuel systems: Processes, models, and methods considered in our work

Biochemical processing of lignocellulosic feedstock into fuel and value added products is impacted by various static and dynamic uncertainties such as feedstock quality, supply, and process efficiency. We are developing and implementing efficient stochastic modeling and optimization approaches for robust process design in the presence of these uncertainties. We are primarily focusing on studying the pre-treatment and hydrolysis steps of the process. We have developed detailed reaction kinetic models from literature for these two processes and have conducted stochastic simulations to quantify the impact of uncertainties. We have performed global sensitivity analysis on these models to identify key model parameters.

Post-harvest loss reduction in agricultural

Post-harvest supply chain of wheat in India: Optimization model scope and components

Grains such as wheat and rice suffer extensive losses along the post-harvest supply chain in India. Minimization of these losses is necessary yet challenging due to the highly complex nature of the supply chain. This work aims to determine the best combination of alternatives using optimization theory. We have developed a large scale optimization model for the post-harvest supply chain of wheat in India. The decision variables are the supply chain network links, flow of wheat along these links, and location and size of storage facilities. The objective function is minimization of the total cost and post-harvest losses