Renewable Resources

Bharatkumar Suthar

Optimization based design of food-energy-water system

Food
production, energy production and water availability are intricately related. It
has been increasingly acknowledged that these systems should not be looked at
in isolation. The area of food-energy-water (FEW) nexus has, therefore, gained
attention. Considering the nexus is particularly true in the Indian context
with our substantial food demand, limited land availability, already stressed
water resources, and increasing energy demands. Climate change may further
stress these systems.  read more »

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Climate Change
  • Green Engineering
  • Optimisation
  • Renewable Resources

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Process Intensification using multifuctional reactors:  read more »

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Catalysis
  • Coal Gasification
  • Energy Integration
  • Food Engineering
  • Green Engineering
  • Multiphase Reaction
  • Product Development
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Reactor Modelling
  • Renewable Resources

Molecular simulations of lithium insertion/deinsertion processes in novel lithium ion battery anode materials

Metal oxides, e.g., SiOx and SnOx, and Si are regarded a prime candidate materials for high energy batteries. However, many challenges need to be addressed, including issues related to the large volume variation during the discharging/charging process, poor electrical conductivity, and  unstable solid electrolyte interphase films, which restrict its stable cycle life as well as commercial viability. Here, we will use theory to first understand the Li insertion/deinsertion process and then design silicon and SnOx nanostructures that attempts to resolve such challenges.

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Catalysis
  • Green Engineering
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Multiphase Reaction
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Reactor Modelling
  • Renewable Resources
  • Surface Science
Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Mechanisms of failure in lithium ion battery

Lithium ion batteries are used with a number of electronics gadgets.
Extending their application to high power applications is a major
research problem due to the rapid loss in capacity in these batteries. The goal is to investigate mechanisms that lead to the detoriation in
battery performance primarily using computer simulations and comparing
with experimental results obtained in our group.

Students are encouraged to approach Prof. Chatterjee for more information. 

 

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Multiphase Reaction
  • Nanoparticles
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Renewable Resources

Studies in Biomass and waste gasification

Gasification of agrowaste and some components of municipal solid
waste to energy for thermal and electrical applications has attracted attention
in the recent past. The work is in progress on high ash garden waste, its
kinetics and performance in small downdraft gasifier. The present work involves
further experimental and modeling studies in downdraft gasification of this
feedstcok. The focus is on understanding the cause behind tar and particulate
emissions and their dependence on various parameters.  

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Pollution
  • Renewable Resources

Studies in Biomass and waste gasification

Studies in Biomass gasification  read more »

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Coal Gasification
  • Pollution
  • Renewable Resources
Abhijit Chatterjee
Yogendra Shastri