Pradeep K. Agrawal

Pradeep K. Agrawal

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  • Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, IIT-Roorkee (India)

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Kinetics and reaction engineering
  • Pyrolysis and gasification of biomass, MSW, coal and blends

Recent Publications

  • Yin, K., S. Mahamulkar, J. Xie, H. Shibata, A. Malek, L. Li, C.W. Jones, P. K. Agrawal, and R. J. Davis, “Catalytic Reactions of Coke with Dioxygen and Steam over Alkaline earth metal-doped Cerium-Zirconium Mixed Oxides”, accepted for publication in J. Applied Catalysis A:General (2017)

  • Yin, Kehua, R. J. Davis, S. Mahamulkar, C. W. Jones, P. K. Agrawal, H. Shibata, and A. Malek, “Catalytic Oxidation of Solid Carbon and Carbon Monoxide over Cerium-Zirconium Mixed Oxides”, AIChE Journal 725-738 (2017)

  • Mahamulkar, S., K. Yin, P.K. Agrawal, R. Davis, C. W. Jones, A. Malek, and H. Shibata, “On the Formation and Oxidation/Gasification of Carbonaceous Deposits – a Review", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 55 (37) 9760-9818 (2016)

  • Taborga Claure, M., Li-Chen Lee, J. W. Goh, L. Gelbaum, P.K. Agrawal, and C. W. Jones, “Assessing C3-C4 Alcohol Synthesis Pathways over a MgAl Oxide Supported K/MoS2 Catalyst via 13C2-Ethanol and 13C2-Ethylene Co-Feeds”, J. Molecular Catalysis A Chemical (423) 224-232 (2016)

  • Mounfield, W., M. T. Claure,P. K. Agrawal, C. W. Jones, and K. Walton, "Synergistic Effect of Mixed Oxide on the Adsorption of Ammonia with Metal- Organic Frameworks", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 55 (22), 6492-6500 (2016)

  • Mahamulkar, S., K. Yin, R. Davis, H. Shibata, A. Malek, C. W. Jones, and P. K. Agrawal, “In-situ Generation of Radical Coke and the Role of Coke-Catalyst Contact on Coke Oxidation”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 55(18), 5271-5278 (2016)

Recent Presentations

  • Sireesha Aluri (speaker), P. K. Agrawal, J. D. Muzzy, C. Sievers, D.W. Flick, B. A. Stears, and J. P. Henley, “Gasification Reactivity of Model RDF Char and Its Components in Carbon Dioxide and Steam”, Sixth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (ISEBW), Venice, Italy November 2016

  • Sireesha Aluri (speaker), P. K. Agrawal, J. D. Muzzy, C. Sievers, D.W. Flick, B. A. Stears, and J. P. Henley, “Challenges in Defining a Model Refuse Derived Fuel 27 (RDF) and Possible Solutions”, Sixth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (ISEBW), Venice, Italy November 2016

  • P. K. Agrawal (speaker), S. Aluri, J. D. Muzzy, C. Sievers, D.W. Flick, B.A. Stears, and J. P. Henley, “Gasification Reactivity of Model RDF Char and Its Components in Carbon Dioxide and Steam”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2016

  • M. A. Syed, I. R. Musin (speaker), D.W. Flick, C. Sievers, J.D. Muzzy, and P. K. Agrawal, “Inhibition Effect During Catalyzed Biomass Char Gasification in Steam and Carbon Dioxide and Its reversal”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2016

  • Sulmonetti, Taylor (speaker), B. Hu, P.K. Agrawal, and C. W. Jones, “Selective Hydrogenation of Furfuryl Alcohol to 2-Methylfuran over Reduced Cu-Fe-Al Mixed Metal Oxides”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2016

  • Sulmonetti, Taylor (speaker), B. Hu, P.K. Agrawal, and C. W. Jones, “Ring- Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol Towards 1,5-Pentanediol over Reduced Cu-Co-Al Mixed Metal Oxides”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2016

  • Mahamulkar, S. (speaker), K. Yin, C.W. Jones, P. K. Agrawal, R. J. Davis, H. Shibata, L. Li, and A. Malek, “Catalytic Performance of Thermally Stable Ceria- Alumina Oxides for Coking Resistance and Coke Oxidation”, International Catalysis Congress, Beijing, China July 2016

Recent Projects

  • Pyrolysis and gasification of renewables (biomass and MSW and blends)
  • Anti-coking materials in steam crackers
  • Syngas conversion to higher alcohols

Teaching Experience

  • Taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level chemical engineering courses prior to joining Michigan Tech
  • Recognized sixteen times with various teaching awards, including the “W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher” award, the highest institute-wide teaching award