ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Vijay S. Moholkar is advisory board member of CTI. Mr. Moholkar has been working in the field of cavitation, sonochemistry and its application for intensification of various physical and chemical processes since 1993. He received B. Chem. Engg. (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering) and M. Chem. Engg. (Master of Chemical Engineering) degrees from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India (formerly known as University Department of Chemical Technology) in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2002 for work on intensification of wet textile treatments with ultrasound. Mr. Moholkar joined Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT), Assam, India in May 2004 (after a brief stint at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan, India between October 2002 - May 2004). I was promoted two times since then: in November 2008 as Associate Professor and in January 2013 as full Professor. He also held several administrative positions in my institute such as Head, Chemical Engineering Department (April 2012 – March 2015), Secretary, Department Postgraduate Program Committee (2008-10), Chairman, Department Faculty Appraisal Committee (2013-15) and Member, Steering Committee for Center for Energy, IIT Guwahati (2008-12). As my academic assignments at IIT Guwahati and BITS include teaching of several undergraduate and graduate level courses in chemical engineering curricula such as mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, process design and project engineering, fluidization engineering, petrochemicals, materials science, thermodynamics, computational transport phenomena and separation process principles. As of May 2015, He published 92 research papers on ultrasound and cavitation assisted physical and chemical processes in reputed international journals. These papers have addressed diverse physical and chemical processes assisted by ultrasound and cavitation such as intensification of wet textile treatment, degradation/ mineralization of bio-recalcitrant pollutants appearing in industrial wastewater, emulsion (homo- and co-) polymerization, synthesis of polymer nanocomposites, synthesis of nanoparticles of metal ferrites and their application for photo-catalysis and heterogeneous Fenton process, sono-hybrid advanced oxidation processes (combining ultrasound/cavitation with conventional advanced oxidation processes), oxidative and bio-desulfurization of fuel, synthesis of liquid biofuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and biobutanol from cheap feedstocks and upgradation of crude glycerol to value added products. His papers have received more than 2000 citations (as per Google Scholar records) so far with an h-index of 27.