Department of Chemical Engineering
The Chemical Engineering Department at IITM is a happening place with an exciting bunch of talented faculty and motivated students. The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in industrial collaboration and consultancy, research projects, research publications and faculty awards. Our students have actively participated in National and International Conferences and won many Best Paper/poster awards. In recent years, several publications have made it to the Journal Cover pages.
We have revised our academic curriculum to be in tune with the current developments in the field while retaining the core concepts from the discipline. Faculty introduce new electives related to their research and these are pretty well subscribed.
The Department’s vision is to be a global centre of academic and research excellence in Chemical Engineering Sciences and Technology, where knowledge is vigorously and meticulously pursued and disseminated, application to industry and society is valued, free thinking is encouraged, intellectual rigour is demanded and thoroughness is rewarded. We are in the process of establishing world class research facilities and research groups in specific areas of energy, environment and materials.
List of the Head and their lead role period history
Head of Department
|Prof. D. Venkateswarlu||1959 – 1971|
|Prof. T. Gopi chand||1971 – 1975|
|Prof. M. Satyanarayana||1975 – 1978|
|Prof. Y.B.G. Varma||1978 – 1981|
|Prof. P. R. Krishnaswamy||1981 – 1982|
|Prof. M. Ramanujam||1982 – 1985|
|Prof. N. Subramanian||1985 – 1989|
|Prof. C. A. Sastry||1989 – 1991|
|Prof. M.S. Ananth||1991 – 1994|
|Prof. Ch. D. P. Rao||1994 – 1997|
|Prof. K. Krishnaiah||1997 – 2000|
|Prof. M. Chidambaram||2000 – 2003|
|Prof. A.R. Balakrishnan||2003 – 2006|
|Prof. Shankar Narasimhan||2006 – 2009|
|Prof. S. Pushpavanam||2009 – 2012|
|Prof. P. Sesha Talpa Sai||2012 – 2015|
|Prof. A. Kannan||2015 – 2018|
Prof. R. Nagarajan
ChE Publication [2013 – 2018] & Students Statistics
Activites & Outreach
Journal Cover Pages
Books by the Faculty
Thrust Areas / Future Research Plans
- Energy– Thermochemical processing; Unconventional energy sources; Carbon capture and sequestration; Electrochemical energy systems; Process intensification, Process Safety; Computational Catalysis
- Environment – Aerosol fate and transport; Modeling and remediation/restoration of environmental and ecological systems; Environmental sensors.
- Materials – Synthesis and characterization of functional materials; Fabrication and testing of energy and display devices; Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; multi-scale modelling
- Systems Biology – Bioinformatics; Modelling of disease inception, growth and treatment; Biological network analysis.
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