Vinu R

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering ,

2017-present: Associate Professor

2012-2017: Assistant Professor

2012: Visiting Assistant Professor

+91-44 2257 4187

vinu@iitm.ac.in

https://che.iitm.ac.in/vinu/

Research Areas

  • Thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass to useful intermediates 

  • Photocatalysis for environmental decontamination

  • Microkinetic modeling of complex reactions


Selected Journal Publications

  • Krishna, J V J; Damir, S S; Vinu, R: Pyrolysis of electronic waste and their mixtures: Kinetic and pyrolysate composition studies. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9 (4), 2021, ISSN: 22133437. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Suriapparao, D V; Vinu, R: Biomass waste conversion into value-added products via microwave-assisted Co-Pyrolysis platform. Renewable Energy, 170 , pp. 400-409, 2021, ISSN: 09601481. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Reddy, B R; Vinu, R: Evidence of interactions in microwave-assisted co-pyrolysis of different varieties of coals. Journal of the Energy Institute, 95 , pp. 18-29, 2021, ISSN: 17439671. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Prashanth, P Francis; Shravani, B; Vinu, R; M., L; Prabu, V Ramesh: Production of diesel range hydrocarbons from crude oil sludge via microwave-assisted pyrolysis and catalytic upgradation. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 146 , pp. 383-395, 2021, ISSN: 09575820. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Venkatesan, K; Krishna, J V J; Anjana, S; Selvam, P; Vinu, R: Hydrodeoxygenation kinetics of syringol, guaiacol and phenol over H-ZSM-5. Catalysis Communications, 148 , 2021, ISSN: 15667367. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Ojha, D K; Viju, D; Vinu, R: Fast pyrolysis kinetics of lignocellulosic biomass of varying compositions. Energy Conversion and Management: X, 2021, ISSN: 25901745. (Type: Journal Article) 


  • Chaturvedi, S; Singh, S V; Dhyani, V C; Govindaraju, K; Vinu, R; Mandal, S: Characterization, bioenergy value, and thermal stability of biochars derived from diverse agriculture and forestry lignocellulosic wastes. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 2021, ISSN: 21906815. (Type: Journal Article)

Research Projects

  • Thermochemical Conversion of Renewable and Non-renewable Materials via Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis

           - Polymers and plastics like polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylenes

           - Lignocellulosic biomass (mixed wood saw dust, Indian agro residues)

           - Biomass components like lignin and cellulose

           - Waste/aged engine oils

           - Municipal solid wastes (MSW)

           - Mixtures of plastics and biomass

           - Different species of algae

           - Indian coals 

  •  Microwave assisted pyrolysis of plastics, biomass, MSW and co-pyrolysis of biomass and plastics
  •  Characterization of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels
  • Deconstruction of biomass using non-conventional processing techniques like ultrasound and microwave
  • Synthesis, characterization and application of renewable lignin-based composites
  • Photocatalytic conversion of lignin to monomeric phenols
  • Mechanistic modeling of autoxidation reactions

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2020- Young Scientist Award, Dr. M. Anandakrishnan Prize in the area of Engineering and Technology by The Academy of Sciences, Chennai 
  • 2019-ICT Alkyl Amines Young Scientist Award-2019 by Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai 
  • 2019-Institute of Engineers India (IEI) Young Engineer Award 
  • 2018-2019-Keshav Ranganath Award for guiding the best Ph.D. thesis of the Institute 
  • 2018-National Academy of Sciences India (Allahabad) NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 
  • 2018-Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Medal 
  • 2018-Institute Research and Development Award (Early Career Level) by IIT Madras
  • 2017-Amar Dye-Chem Award for Excellence in Research and Development by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) 
  • 2017-2020-Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Bengaluru 
  • Life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Kolkata
  • 2016-Member of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad 
  • 2016-International travel grant from Department of Science and Technology-Science and Engineering Research Board (DST-SERB), India 
  • 2016-Bhagyalakshmi & Krishna Ayengar Award for having guided the best M.S. (by research) project in the area of alternative energy
  • 2015-Young Faculty Recognition Award-2015 for excellence in academics and research from IIT Madras 
  • 2010-2011-Prof. N. R. Kuloor Memorial Medal for the best doctoral thesis in Chemical Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Science 
  • 2009-International travel grants from Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India 
  • 2006-2008-General Electric (G.E.) foundation scholarship for the best M.Sc.(Engg.) student (2006 – 2008)
  • 2005-Summer research fellowship from Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India