Faculty

DR. Rakesh Kumar

Ph. D. (IIT Kanpur)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Office: 501, AB-2(Academic Block)
Email:
rkumar@rgipt.ac.in , rkrgipt@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 9450352043
https://sites.google.com/site/greenseparationlabrgipt

Education:

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 2011, IIT Kanpur, India.
M.Tech., Materials Science, 2005, IIT Kanpur, India
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, 2002, HBTI Kanpur, India

Positions Held:

  1. Nov-2011 to till date: Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, RGIPT, Raebareli
  2. Sep- 2010 to Nov-2011: Senior Research Associate, Chemical Engineering, RGIPT, Raebareli

Scholastic Achievements Awards and Honors:

  1. MHRD Fellowship from 2003-2005 for pursuing M.Tech at IIT Kanpur
  2. MHRD Fellowship from 2005-2010 for pursuing PhD at IIT Kanpur
  3. Cash award (Rs 10,000/-) for paper publication in international journal at IIT Kanpur.
  4. “Young Researcher Award”
    Rakesh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ashok Khanna “Synthesis of supported aluminum chloride and chloroaluminate ionic liquid catalyst for alkylation of benzene” International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE-21) 13th -16th June-2010 Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  5. Best Poster Award
    Kshitiz Saini, S. Mani Reddy, Sumit Bhatti, Lokesh K Meena, Rakesh Kumar, “A comparison of various ionic liquids for CO2 capture from natural gas: A simulation approach” World Petro Coal Congress-2013(WPCC), 15th – 17th Feb-2013, New Delhi, India.
  6. B.Tech. Project Award
    Ravi Prakash, Rahul Sharma, Rakesh Kumar “Extractive distillation of isopropyl alcohol & water: a comparative simulation study” Second prize in "Final B.Tech project competition" held at PDPU SPE Fest 2015.
  7. National Award for Best M.Tech. Thesis
    M.D Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar “Experimental Study of Ionic Liquid Blends for CO2 Capture” ISTE – IPCL , Best M. Tech Thesis in Chemical Engineering–2015, 45th Annual Convention of ISTE on 10th January, 2016 at HVPM’s College of Engineering and Technology, Amravati (Maharashtra).

Sponsored Project Completed:

Title of the project: “CO2 capture using ionic liquids: experiments and molecular modeling”
Total Sanctioned Fund: ~26.5 lacs
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST) India
Duration: July, 2013 to January, 2017

Project Submitted:

Title of the proposed project: Extractive distillation using ionic liquids for separation of isopropyl alcohol and water
Funding Agency: Council of Science and Technology (CST), Uttar Pradesh, India
Total Budget: 16 lakh

Research Interest:

  • Process modeling, simulation and optimization
  • CO2 capture using ionic liquids
  • Advanced separation processes
  • Ionic liquid catalysis
  • Biodiesel Production

Research Supervised

Ph.D Thesis ongoing:
1. Thesis Topic: “CO2 capture using ionic liquids modeling and simulations”
Name of the Student: Mr. Md. Belal Haider
2. Thesis Topic: “Experiments and modeling of biodiesel production” Name of the Student: Mr. Zakir Hussain
M.Tech Thesis completed:
Thesis Topic: “Experimental Study of Ionic Liquid Blends for CO2 Capture”
Name of the Student: Mr. Md. Belal Haider
M.Tech Thesis ongoing:
Thesis Topic: “Simulation study of aromatic/aliphatic separation”
Name of the Student: Ms. Komal Shukla

Courses Taught:

  1. Plant Design(UG)
  2. Fluidization Engineering&New Separation Processes(UG&PG)
  3. Thermodynamics(UG)
  4. Mass and Energy Balances(UG)
  5. Separation Processes(UG)
  6. Chemical Process Modeling and Simulation(PG)
  7. Chemical Reaction Engineering(UG)

Workshop Conducted

  1. Dr. M.S. Bala, Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Dr. Milan Kumar, conducted a workshop on “Advance Refining Technologies” from 8 – 9 December, 2015 at Bongaigaon Refinery, Assam.
  2. Dr. M.S. Bala, Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Dr. Milan Kumar, conducted a workshop on “Petroleum Refining Technology” from 21 Sept – 23 Sept, 2015 at Digboi, Assam.
  3. Dr. M.S. Bala, Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Dr. J.P Chakraborty conducted two days short term course on “Petroleum Refining Technology” for industry employees at Digboi Assam, September-2012.

Publications(Refereed Journals):

  1. Tamal Banerjee, Ranjan Kumar Sahoo, Swagat S.Rath, Rakesh Kumar, Ashok Khanna, “Multicomponent liquid –liquid equlibria prediction for aromatic extraction systems using COSMO-RS” , Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2007, 46(4), 1292-1304.
  2. Rakesh Kumar, Anil Kumar and Ashok Khanna, “Synthesis, characterization and kinetics of AlCl3 supported on silica superacid catalysts for the formation of linear alkylbenzenes” Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis, 2012, 106(1) 141-155.
  3. Rakesh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ashok Khanna, “Efficient Homogeneous and Supported Ionic Liquid Catalysts for Production of Linear Alkylbenzenes” Catalysis in Industry, 2015, 7( 3), 188–197.
  4. Divyam Jha, Md. Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar, M.S. Balathanigaimani “Extractive desulfurization of dibenzothiophene using phosphonium-based ionic liquid: Modeling of batch extraction experimental data and simulation of continuous extraction process” Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 111 (2016 ) 218–222.
  5. Md. Belal Haider, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar “CO2 absorption and kinetic study in ionic liquid amine blends” Journal of Molecular Liquids, 224 (2016) 1025–1031.
  6. Zakir Hussain, Md. Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar, “UsageSpecific Biodiesel Production with and without catalytic booster” Materials Today: Proceedings, 3 (2016) 4115–4120.
  7. Balraj Bandary, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar, “Effect of carbon and nitrogen sources on Escherichia coli bacteria in removing dyes” Materials Today: Proceedings 3 (2016) 4023–4028.
  8. M. S. Balathanigaimani1, Md. Belal Haider, Divyam Jha, Rakesh Kumar, Seung Jae Lee, Wang Geun Shim, Ho Kyong Shon, Sang Chai Kim, and Hee Moon, “Nanostructured Biomass Based Carbon Materials from Beer Lees for Hydrogen Storage” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 17 (2017) 1–4.

Conferences:

  1. Zakir Hussain, Md. Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar “Usage specific biodiesel production with and without catalytic booster” International conference on materials research and applications (ICMRA-2016) held on 11-13 March, at CMR Technical campus, Hyderabad, India.
  2. Balraj Bandary, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar “Effect of carbon and nitrogen sources on Escherichia coli bacteria in removing dyes” International conference on materials research and applications (ICMRA-2016) held on 11-13 March, at CMR Technical campus, Hyderabad, India.
  3. MD. Belal Haider, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar “Ionic liquid-amine blends for CO2 separation” 6th Annual research symposium in chemical engineering, Chemference-2015, 5-6th December-2015, IIT Hyderabad, India.
  4. MD. Belal Haider, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar “CO2 capture by ionic liquid blends with alkanolamines” international conference on new frontiers in chemical, energy and environment engineering (INCEEE-2015), 20-21 March-2015, NIT Warangal, India.
  5. Zakir Hussain, MD. Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar “Production and analysis of vegetable oil based biodiesel using KOH and NaOH as catalyst” international conference on new frontiers in chemical, energy and environment engineering(INCEEE-2015), 20-21 March-2015, NIT Warangal, India.
  6. MD. Belal Haider, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Kumar “CO2 capture by ionic liquid blends”, Outstanding young chemical engineers (OYCE-2015), 11th – 12th March-2015, D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India.
  7. Sumit Kumar Singh, Nipun Kumar, Md. Belal Haider, Rakesh Kumar “Recent Advancements in CO2 Capture- Ionic Liquids” World Petro Coal Congress-2015, 15th – 17th Feb-2015, New Delhi, India.
  8. Abhijeet Anand, Aman Kumar, Arpit Galav, Rakesh Kumar “A simulation study of CO2 capture by MDEA and TMBPA promoted with Piperazine” 11th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (PETROTECH-2014), 12th -15th Jan-2014, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India.
  9. Kshitiz Saini, S. Mani Reddy, Sumit Bhatti , Lokesh K Meena, Rakesh Kumar, “A comparison of various ionic liquids for CO2 capture from natural gas: A simulation approach” World Petro Coal Congress-2013, 15th – 17th Feb-2013, New Delhi, India.
  10. Abhishek Sharma, Kshitiz Saini, Rakesh Kumar, “Ionic Liquids for CO2 Capture: A Simulation Approach”, CHEMCON-2012, 27th -30th Dec-2012, Jalandhar, India.
  11. Kshitiz Saini, Abhishek Sharma, Rakesh Kumar, “Process modeling and simulation of CO2 capture using ionic liquid Solvent” 10th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (PETROTECH-2012), 14th -17th Oct-2012, New Delhi, India.
  12. Abhishek Sharma, Kshitiz Saini, Rakesh Kumar “A comparison of various solvents for CO2 capture from natural gas: A simulation approach” SCHEMCON-2012, 21st-22nd Sep-2012, BITS Pilani – Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India.
  13. Abhishek Dwivedi, Kshitij Saini, Lokesh Kumar Meena, Rakesh Kumar, “Comparison of reactive distillation & conventional process for methyl acetate production: modeling and simulation” National conference on recent advances in chemical and environmental engineering (RACEE-2012), 20th -21st Jan-2012, NIT Rourkela, Orissa, India.
  14. Abhishek Sharma, Kshitiz Saini, Rakesh Kumar*, “Bulk CO2 removal from Natural Gas: modeling and simulation”, International conference on energy and infrastructure(ICEI-2012), 3rd-4th Jan-2012, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum Management, Gujarat, India,
  15. Nitin Soni, Abhishek Mandal, Kshitij Saini, Rakesh Kumar “Process simulation of H2S removal from the natural gas” Offshore India/Unconventional Oil & Gas India, 14th -16th Sep- 2011, Mumbai, India.
  16. Rakesh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ashok Khanna “Synthesis of supported aluminum chloride and chloroaluminate ionic liquid catalyst for alkylation of benzene” International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE-21), 13th -16th June-2010 Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  17. Rakesh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ashok Khanna “Synthesis and molecular modeling of supported aluminum chloride catalyst for alkylation of benzene” Enabling Technologies for Chemical Process Industries, 13th -14th Nov-2009, University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kanpur, India.
  18. Babar Sharfuddin, Rakesh Kumar “CFD studies of trickle bed alkylation reactor” GLS-8, 16th – 19th Dec, 2007, IIT Delhi, India.
  19. Gyan Prakash, Rakesh Kumar, Ashok Khanna, “Fries rearrangement with ionic liquids” Chemference-2007, IIT Kanpur, India.
  20. Rakesh Kumar, Pradip Paik, Kamal K. Kar “Synthesis and characterization of nanopolymer” APT-04, Kochi University, India.