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CAMP Professor Roshan Jachuck’s Process Intensification and Clean Technology Group Continue to Make Progress

The Process Intensification (PI) Group led by Dr. Roshan Jachuck has made considerable progress in the last two years. Based on the concepts of PI, advanced reactor technologies have been developed. See the photos, which include a rotating tube reactor (RTR) and a compact microwave reactor for isothermal studies. The Group has successfully carried out lab and pilot scale demonstrations, which are environmentally friendly, for a range of continuous processes including biodiesel production. Field effects such as microwave, ultrasonic, ultra violet radiation and centrifugal forces are routinely used to combine advances made in Green Chemistry with PI concepts in order to deliver Green Engineering. Industrial and government sponsored projects are currently underway. Some involve energy production, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention in various processes as well as those used in the food industry. Other work includes the continuous production of metallic nanoparticles, tailored polymer processing, and green processing for the semiconductor industry. More information about Professor Jachuck and his Group’s research activities can be found at their website (http://www.clarkson.edu/projects/pict/)

CAMP Professor Suresh Dhaniyala Receives the Graham Faculty Research Award

Professor Suresh Dhaniyala

Professor Suresh Dhaniyala

CAMP Professor Suresh Dhaniyala, of Clarkson University’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University's 114th commencement ceremony held in May.

Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966-1974, this $1,500 award is presented annually to "a faculty member showing promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research."

Professor Dhaniyala joined Clarkson University in 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral scholar in chemical engineering at California Institute of Technology.

He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. from the University of Delaware, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His research interests are in the fields of nanoparticle characterization, aerosol instrumentation, aerosol sampling, and atmospheric aerosol measurements. He and his group are working on developing several next generation instruments for improved real-time characterization of submicron aerosol and nanoparticles. These instruments will be combined with modeling efforts to better understand the effect of particles on human health and the global climate. Funding sources for Suresh’s projects include NSF, NYSERDA, NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the EPA.

Professor Dhaniyala previously received the NSF CAREER Award and the Rosemount Instrumentation Award. He is a member of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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