Seminar Announcement, Friday, 04/29/2016
Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 04/29/2016
Friday, 04/29/2016
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Sunil Bhagwat
Institute of Chemical Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
Mumbai, India

"Interfacial Science & Engineering: Basics and Applications"


The field of Interfacial Science and Engineering is at the boundary of various subjects. It is required by many chemical and process industries and often their is overlap between the requirements. A study of this subject by itself allows a unified approach to all these applications. The present talk will give a background of the interfacial forces, surfactants, the self assembly of various structures and the basic properties of these systems which are useful in applications. The applications of this subject in various fields such as paints, pharmaceutical, dyeing, textile, fuel, biotechnology, separations, reactions and biotechnology will also be discussed. Some of the work in our group about fuel, reaction media and foamability will also be reviewed. Abstract Process intensification can be achieved in many ways and the use of nanostructured aqueous media as reaction media is one of these. It provides an ideal opportunity for tuning the selectivity of chemical reactions where a multiplicity of reaction products is possible. The hydrophilicity/ hydrophobicity of the medium varies drastically within a short distance in micelles and microemulsion droplets and this results in a specific orientation of molecules solubilised by these structures. The orientation coupled with the high localised concentration of reagent has resulted in changing the selectivity of many reactions and in increasing the rates of many.


Dr. Sunil S Bhagwat, B.Chem.Engg., M.Chem.Engg., Ph.D.(Tech) is a faculty member in the Institute of Chemical Technology (earlier known as UDCT/UICT), Mumbai since 1986. He holds the position of Professor of Chemical Engineering and was Head of the Depratment during 2012-2015. His area of Specialization is Interfacial Science and Engineering, Artificial Neural Networks, Energy and Exergy Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and was Elected the best teacher by the students and awarded the Prof. R. A. Rajadhyaksha Best Teacher Award in 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013(2), 2015. He received the NOCIL Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for excellence in design or Development of Process Plant or Equipment in 2012.


Recent work in my group is focussed on the development of a new instrument for measuring foamability accurately and reproducibly; mixed surfactant properties with some new surfactant molecules synthesized by us. Additionally, my group works in the area of Energy and Exergy engineering wherein we recently implemented an energy saving milk chilling equipment at a dairy. We are also engaged in tsruture property relationship with artificial neural networks.

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