Department of Chemical Engineering

Project Positions

Project Positions

A project associate is required for development of lubricants for application in electric vehicles. The project involves experimental assembly of model lubricant systems and their characterization for rheological response (non-Newtonian fluid flow behaviour). Send application by Sep 15, 2022 to


Title : Spray drying of insecticide and pesticide solutions on plants

Co-ordinators : Sumesh P Thampi and Basavaraj M. Gurappa

Duration : 6 months (renewable upto 3 years depending upon the performance)

Description of work: The project involves investigation of efficient usage of pesticide and insecticide solutions on plants/leaves. The work will be primarily experimental using state of the art tools used in colloids and interfacial science research.

Required qualifications: Masters degree in Agricultral sciences or engineering. Applicants from related backgrounds may also apply.

Application procedure: Interested applicants with the required qualifications can send an email with (i) a covering letter and (ii) a detailed resume to and


Applications are invited for the temporary post of Project Associate, Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras.

Duration: For a period of 6 Months, later extendable on performance.


Post Qualification and Experience Pay
Project Associate Minimum Qualifications:  B.Tech/BE (Chemical

Engineering) or MSc (Chemistry) with an aggregate

65% marks or CGPA of 7 and above.

Desirable qualification: Prior experience in
catalyst/materials synthesis and characterization/handling of analytical/spectroscopic instruments/catalytic reactor experiments would be an added advantage.

Project Description: The overall objective of the project is to simultaneously optimize the catalyst surface structure and the reaction conditions for optimum yield of alkenes during oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes using CO2 as a mild oxidant. To do this, one of the aims is developing insights on in-operando structure of metal oxide and metal carbide catalysts using a combination of operando IR spectroscopic analysis density functional theory simulations and spectroscopic analysis. This, together with a multiscale modelling approach will be used to optimize reaction conditions for optimum catalyst structure, and thereby activity.

Job Scope: The job scope for this position will include (but not restricted to) survey and summarising of the literature, timely purchase of chemicals and components for the experiments, assembling of the reactor set up and online gas sampling systems, systematic planning and execution of synthesis and detailed characterization of the cerium oxide and molybdenum carbide catalysts, fixed bed catalytic reactor experiments of the oxidative dehydrogenation under varying conditions using these catalysts, data recording, analysis and reporting, contributing to scientific communication in the form of journal articles, technical reports and so on.

Position Duration: Initially for 6 months and extendable for 6-month tenures (maximum of

2 years) upon positive review and recommendation by the review committee. Position is available from 15 July 2022.

Salary and Benefits:  Consolidated salary of Rs.31000 per month and other applicable benefits as per the norms of the Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, IIT Madras.

Interested candidates may send his/her CV to with a brief letter of motivation and fit for the position.


The last date for submission of online application is 15.7.2022

more details: click here               online advertisement: link

Short Term Project Associate

This is a short-term project and may get extended. This project will involve experimental investigations of multiphase flows which are relevant to chemical and petrochemical industries.

Qualification: B. Tech/ MTech in Chemical, Mechanical Engineering
Duration: 1 year


Project position in an industry sponsored project on CFD Study of Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor

Details of project

Title : CFD simulation of hydrodynamics of a three phase catalytic reactor
Co-ordinators :  Prof. T. Renganathan and Prof. S. Pushpavanam
Duration :18 months

Description of work

The work is purely computational.  It involves 3D simulation of the hydrodynamics of a three phase catalytic reactor. The simulations are to be performed using Ansys Fluent CFD software.

Required qualifications

M.Tech. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
Very good proficiency in using Ansys Fluent
Experience in using Ansys Fluent for solving multiphase flows

Contact details

Interested applicants with the required qualifications can send an email to  Prof. T. Renganathan ( along with their resume.