Research Areas


Research Areas


Our department has a large group of people working in front line computational research in chemical engineering and allied areas. Depending upon the applications, our faculty use different computational techniques that may cover a range of length and time scales spanning atomic to geological scales. On one end of this spectrum, quantum mechanical computations for property estimation is being done while on the other end we have faculty involved in designing optimal water distribution networks over cities and in modeling non-conventional energy resources. Looking at it from another perspective, our faculty’s research interests span from fundamental studies to industrial applications based on the present and future needs. This distribution is very broad, however the following classification encompasses these areas.

Energy and Materials

Fundamental as well as application oriented research in the area of transport of heat, mass and momentum invariably need robust computational tools at various length and time scales. Our faculty are working on conduction and convection heat transfer, microwave heating, droplet microfluidic systems, developing solvers for multiphase flow systems, mean ...
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Molecular Simulations

Faculty members in our department are working on materials from molecular scale to macroscopic scale for applications in energy conversion and for solving environmental problems. Using computational approaches and diverse set of experimental tools, materials are designed for a specific application by understanding physics, chemistry and mechanics of the materials ...
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Environment

Research related to the Environmental Science and Engineering is carried out a large number of faculty members in Chemical Engineering at IIT-Madras. The areas of research can be broadly Classified into the following areas:
  • Development of Processes and Materials for the Managementof Waste and Environmental Resources
  • Fate and Transport ...
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Process Intensification

Process intensification refers to a development that leads to a technology that is substantially smaller, cleaner, safer or more energy efficient. Faculty in our department working in this area, achieve process intensification either by improving the design or the operation of the equipment. Novel microfluidic systems, photocatalytic reactors and multiphase ...
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Process systems engineering

Using various optimization tools, data analysis, multivariate statistical analysis including time series analysis our faculty are involved in investigating undertraining propagation in information theory, combinatorial chemistry, development of medical devices, particle synthesis and in designing and controlling water distribution networks. These are accompanied computations for model developments, process monitoring, fault ...
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Systems Engineering and Data Sciences

Our group works on the use of both first principles modeling and data science methods for solving design and operational problems in complex systems. We look at rational approaches to optimally design a wide variety of engineered systems. We also research on operational aspects of the engineered systems such as ...
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Research Process in Chemical Engineering



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