Porous Media

Bharatkumar Suthar

Polymer grafted nanoparticles as separation and fuel cell membranes

Polymer membranes are popular in separation and fuel cell applications.  Moreover, nanoparticle-filled polymer membranes can simultaneously improve properties such as permeability and selectivity.  The challenge lies in stabilizing these membranes against phase separation.  Recent progress in grafting polymer onto the surface of nanoparticles may mitigate some of these challenges.  This project uses statistical mechanics to study the efficacy of grafted nanoparticles as effective membrane materials.

Basic programming ability is needed. 

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Colloids
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Physics
  • Porous Media
  • Separations
  • Statistical Themodynamics

Topic 2: Design and operation of a gravity-driven packed-bed filter for high throughput water disinfection by nanoparticles



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Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Adsorption
  • Colloids
  • Computational Flow Modelling (CFD)
  • Porous Media

Simulaition study of Enhance Oil Recovery

In the secondary and tertiary phase of oil recovery, the crude oil in direct contact with mineral surface needs to be displaced using external medium, mostly water. The mechanism of replacement is governed by the structural and energetic behaviour of interfacial water versus hydrocarbon oil at the mineral surface. This project is aimed at understanding the interfacial behaviour of crude oil-water at mineral interface. The obtained understanding will be used to enhance the oil recovery.

For further information, contact me.

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Adsorption
  • Coatings
  • Colloids
  • Energy Integration
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Physics
  • Porous Media
  • Rheology
  • Separations
  • Statistical Themodynamics
  • Surface Science
  • Surfactants
  • Thin films
Ateeque Malani
Madhu Vinjamur
Rajdip Bandyopadhyaya