Achievements of Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Coimbatore Campus
Dr. Sriram Devanathan elected as President, Coimbatore Chapter of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) in June 2013.
Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Reddy won ESEC Distinguished Alumnus Award from Erode Sengunthar Engineering College, Thudupathi, Erode in February 23, 2013.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (Extramural Research/Intellectual Property Right) sanctioned the project titled Development of New and Efficient Photo Sensitizers for Nanocrystalline TiO2 Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells with a project outlay of 45.65 Lakhs. Dr. Duraisamy Kumaresan is the Principal Investigator and Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar and Dr. Yamuna are Co-investigators. Dr. K. Kalyanasundaram (Switzerland) and Dr. M. K. Nazeeruddin (Switzerland) are the Foreign Collaborators for the project. The project is aiming to develop various new organic and inorganic sensitizers for the dye sensitized solar cells to achieve higher efficiencies from their current level. The project also aims to achieve benchmark cell level efficiency of 12- 13 % from Ru dyes. The organic and inorganic sensitizers will be prepared from cost effective chemicals to facilitate the larger scale preparation of solar cells.
Mr. K. Jayanarayanan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Sciences was awarded the Ph. D. degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, in the area of Polymer Science in May 2011. The Ph. D. thesis was titled, Studies on Microfibrillar based Composites. The research work was focused on the preparation and characterization of novel polymer-polymer composites from blends of polyolefins and polyesters. The processing of an incompatible polymer pair in which the dispersed phase forms in situ reinforced fibers is the preferable way to achieve the highest mechanical properties for polymer blends. The morphological, static & dynamic mechanical, thermal, and rheological characterization of the microfibrillar in situ composites prepared was carried out. Seven International journal papers were published from this work.
Mr. P. Kanakasabai, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Sciences was awarded the Ph. D. degree from IIT Chennai for his thesis titled, Novel Polymer Electrolyte Membranes based on PVA and PVA/SPEEK Blends, in July 2011. In his work cross linked poly (vinyl alcohol) and its blends with sulfonated poly (ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) as novel polymer electrolyte membranes are investigated for fuel cell applications. Blend membranes showed better properties for fuel cell applications. Wetting characteristics studies also suggests that these blend membranes are suitable for fuel cell applications.
Dr. Sriram Devanathan gave a Plenary Lecture, Statistical Thinking and Six Sigma Methodology for Chemical Engineering Applications at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Chemical Engineering and Technology (RACET 2011) held at Cochin, on 10th March 2011.
Mr. Vinoj Vasu gave a guest lecture, MOLD FLOW: Practical Approach in the Guest Lecture series organized by Indian Plastics Institute, Coimbatore Subchapter at Roots Industries Ltd., on 25th March 2011.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan gave an invited talk on Nitrile rubber based nanocomposites, NCNM2010, NSS College, Ottapalam, on 17th March, 2011.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan gave an invited talk on Role of mechanical property evaluation techniques in structural analysis of polymer composites, ICNC 2011, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, on 8th January, 2011.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan and Mrs. Meera B. Sasikumar delivered an Invited Talk at ICMST 2010 on 31st October 2010, titled, Role of DoE [Design of Experiments] in development of Nanoclay – nitrile rubber composites, Proceedings of International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology (ICMST 2010), jointly organized by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology and Materials Research Society of India, Thiruvananthapuram, October 29th – 31st, 2010.
Dr. Sriram Devanathan conducted a two-day workshop on Quality Control for Composites, at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Trivandrum, on Oct 25th – 26th, 2010.
Dr. Duraisamy Kumaresan gave an Invited Talk on Design and Development of Efficient Photosensitizers for the Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, as part of the Technical Session at the ISAMPE AGM, NAL campus, Bangalore, on 23rd July, 2010.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan gave an invited talk on Applications of DoE in polymer process/ product development during All Indian Rubber Industries Association Workshop, Coimbatore , 20th August, 2010
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan gave an invited talk on Polymer Characterization Techniques, Workshop on Polymer Science & Technology organized by the Society for Polymer Science of India, Thiruvananthapuram Chapter, on 24th July, 2010
Prof. R. Subba Rao was awarded FELLOW of Indian Plastics Institution by the Governing Council of IPI on 14th June, 2010.
Dr. K. S. Balaraman, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, received Leadership and Excellence Award for Energy Conservation at Chemtech World Expo 2010, May 4, 2010.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan and Mrs. Meera Balachandran, gave an invited talk onElastomer-based nanocomposites: Trends and Challenges at the National conference on Frontiers in Polymer Nanomaterials and Composites, organized by Dept of Polymer Technology, B. S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, on March 18th and 19th, 2010.
Dr. S. S. Bhagawan gave invited talk on Polymer Composites in Space Technologyduring the National Seminar on Engineering Design, Analysis & Testing of Composite Structures, organized by Hindusthan College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, on February 11th, 2010.
Dr. Murali Rangarajan, Associate Professor along with Dr. T. Ramachandran, Professor,Department of Chemistry and Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, Professor initiated a project titled,Electrochemically Tailored Compliant Solder Materials for Flip‐Chip Joining, The project received a grant of Rs. 62.48 lakh from the DRDO.
Dr. Murali Rangarajan gave an invited talk on Model-based Optimization and Control of an Atmospheric Crude Distillation Unit, at the two-day "National Conference on Control of Nonlinear Systems", at Adhiyaman College of Engineering, Hosur, on the 6th October 2009.
Mr. Vinoj Vasu, gave an invited talk on Principles of Plastics Product Design, as part of the Guest Lecture Series for Indian Plastics Institute at Roots Industries Ltd., Coimbatore, on 17th July, 2009.
Dr S. S. Bhagawan, gave an invited talk on Polymers in Space Technology – during the Workshop on “Emerging Trends in Specialty Polymers”, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, February 2009.
Mrs. Meera B. Sasikumar, gave an invited talk on Flow Behavior Plastics in Processing Equipment, in the Guest Lecture Series for Indian Plastics Institute at Roots Industries Ltd., Coimbatore, on 11th October 2008.
Chemical Engineering Mr. Varun Mukthinuthalapati of 2007-2011 batch of B.Tech was selected for the BARC-OCES-2011 programme and will be working at IGCAR on completion of the training program at BARC.
Chemical Engineerig students, Mr. Hari. S. Ganesh and Ms. Sharmila S. of 2007-2011 batch of B.Tech joined Indian Institute of Science for M.Sc (Engineering).
Polymer Engineering student, Mr. C. Rajasundar was selected for the Willpower Erasmus Mundus Programmes 2010 for the 2 year Research Masters in Nanosciences at Ecole Centrale Paris, France, which comes under the category of elite universities called the Grande Ecoles. He will be doing his first semester in 3 universities at Ecole Centrale, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superiere de Cachan.
BTech Chemical Engineering II Year students, Mr. Hariharan, Ms. Suhanya, and Ms. Vijayalakshmy won the 3rd prize at the TechFest Pragyan in the event Delta T held in February, 2010 at NIT, Trichy.
Fourth Year Polymer engineering students, Mr. C. Raja Sundar, Mr. M. Aravind and Mr. B. Arun were awarded silver medal in Chemical Engineering discipline for their project, Design and Fabrication of a Spin Coater Machine for Thin Film Coating and its potential Applications in the 40th All India Student Design Competition by National Design Research Forum, Bangalore on November 1, 2009.
The Student Chapter of I.I.Ch.E. was inaugurated on 15th September 2009 by Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, President and CEO of Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd. He was accompanied by Dr. Balaji Venkatraman, President of India Engineering Center, Dow Chemicals, Chennai.
Third Year Polymer Engineering students, Ms. P. Vidyalakshmi and Ms. S. Srividya, won second prize in Technical quiz contest and presented a paper titled Polymer Opals in the national conference Elastoplaz ‘09 at MIT Chennai, in March 2009.
Plastindia Foundation has awarded the following Scholarships to the students of B.Tech Polymer engineering :
Mr. K.N. Prabhu-3rd Year Topper .Rs. 25,000/-
Ms. Harini -4th Year TopperRs. 25,000/-
Ms. Hema Priya- All Round Topper Gold Medal
Final Year Polymer engineering students, Mr. C. Raja Sundar, Mr. M. Aravind and Mr. B. Arun secured the first prize at Futura- 2009, a National Level Technical Symposium organized by Bannari Amman Institute, beating 92 contestants across India. They were given a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and a Plaque for their project, Design and Fabrication of a Spin Coater Machine for Thin Film Coating and its potential Applications.