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Department of Chemical Engineering

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About Chemical Engineering

It is the branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and operation of systems and plants that deal with mainly chemical reactions to solve practical problems or make useful products. The term “Chemical Engineer” was never intended to describe the work a Chemical Engineer performs. It was more meant to indicate how it is different from other branches of engineering.

Like all engineers, Chemical engineers use math, physics, and economics to solve technical problems. The difference between Chemical Engineers and other engineers is that it is the Chemical Engineer alone that draws upon the vast and powerful science of Chemistry to solve a wide range of problems. The strong technical and social ties that bind Chemistry and Chemical engineering are unique in the fields of science and technology.

Chemical Engineering today occupies a unique position at the interface between Molecular Sciences and Engineering. With exposure to the fundamental subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, and Physics Chemical Engineers are able to work in close collaboration with fellow engineering disciplines like Materials Science, Computer science, and Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil engineering — Chemical engineering offers unparalleled opportunities to do great things.

What Do Chemical Engineers Do? (As per AIChE)

It would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work. Chemical Engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others.

Within these industries, Chemical Engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science—particularly Chemistry— to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course, they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter. Don't make the mistake of thinking that chemical engineers only “make things,” though. Their expertise is also applied in the areas of law, education, publishing, finance, and medicine, as well as in many other fields that require technical training. Specifically, Chemical Engineers improve food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food. They also construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant; they develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable; and they create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective.

Chemical Engineers also develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation. And yes, they process chemicals, which are used to make or improve just about everything you see around you.Chemical engineers face many of the same challenges that other professionals face, and they meet these challenges by applying their technical knowledge, communication and teamwork skills; the most up-to-date practices available; and hard work. Benefits include financial reward, recognition within industry and society, and the gratification that comes from working with the processes of nature to meet the needs of society. Chemical Engineers sometimes are called "Universal engineers" in view of the broad spectrum of areas in which they contribute. 

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Department Overview

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The Department of Chemical Engineering at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus offers a strong integrated First Degree academic program (B. E. Hons.) in Chemical Engineering and also a dynamic Higher Degree Programme – M. E. (Chemical) that reflects the evolution of the Department. Over the years, the academic program has evolved in to a strong core curriculum complemented by electives in the important emerging areas of Chemical Engineering. This continually evolving program emphasizes on fundamental theory as well as practical applications in Chemical Engineering keeping in view the continuous changing scenarios in this discipline.

The Department has initiated a vigorous research program  in a few thrust areas through significant funding from Industry and the Government funding agencies. In a short span of 8 years of its existence, the Department of Chemical Engineering has seen remarkable developments in evolving curricula, teaching, laboratory infrastructure and research programmes as well as consultancy and funded projects. It is poised for all round growth in the next few years spurred on through activities under the Vision 2020 programme of BITS Pilani.

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The academic programme aims to meet the present and future societal and industrial needs  for Chemical Engineers by providing state-of-the-art education to its students. Apart from teaching core courses, the Department also focuses on

  • Imparting Research skills through projects at various levels
  • Providing knowledge in areas of environment and energy.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus currently offers three different programmes at various levels.The First Degree programme provides a strong foundation in Chemical Engineering along with basic sciences. The Higher Degree programme gives students an opportunity to build on their fundamentals and carry it further to an advanced level.
  • B.E. (Hons.) Chemical (First Degree)
  • M.E. Chemical (Higher Degree)
  • Doctoral Programme (Ph.D)
The Department has well developed laboratories with latest equipment. The Chemical Engineering Laboratory 1 and 2 courses cater to experiments in Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Engineering Chemistry, Separation Processes 1 and 2, Process Control, Kinetics and Reactor Design etc. In addition the CAD lab houses softwares like CHEMCAD, COMSOL, PRODYN, HYDRAFLASH etc. catering to courses in Simulation and Transport Phenomena. CLICK HERE for details related to curriculum.
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Faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering are engaged in basic research and applied research of interest to industry. The Department till through constant efforts of its faculty has secured research funding for projects to the tune of almost Rs. 7 crores from several Government agencies and industry. Research infrastructure has been created in a few areas with these funded projects and this is a constant ongoing activity. These experimental facilities are well complemented by theoretical modeling and simulation facilities with powerful process simulation software packages like CHEMCAD,COMSOL, HYDRAFLASH etc..For details on the research activities in the Department, CLICK HERE

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The faculty in Department of Chemical Engineering has a mix of highly qualified and experienced people from both academic and industrial background and this helps the students to understand and appreciate Chemical Engineering knowledge and its relevance to Industry. The Department currently has 16 faculty members. For more information on faculty CLICK HERE

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IIChE Goa Regional Centre

The Goa Regional Centre of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) has been restructured and established at the department of Chemical Engineering

     Chairman: Prof. Saibal Ganguly      
     Vice Chairman: Prof. Srinivas K.
     Honorary Regional Secretary: Dr. S. S. Baral
     Joint Secretary: Dr. Dhanya Ram V., 
                               Mrs. Vaishnavi Unde
     Treasurer: Mr. Amol Deshpande
For more information on IIChE GRC CLICK HERE

Current Opening

1. JRF position open in Department of Chemical Engineering (PI: Dr. Paramita Haldar) : last date: 15th May 2022 - Click here to download details



News & Updates

Dr. Jegatha Nambi Krishnan has been selected as "Guest Associate Editor" in the Journal "Frontiers in Electronics - Next Generation Smart Wearable Electronic Textiles" -  Congratulations to Dr. Jegatha !!
Malini Roy & Avdhesh Vermani (3rd Year students) have won the 1st and 2nd Prize, respectively, for the Outstanding Young Chemical Engineers 2021 (A National Competition organized by IIChE) : Congratulations !!
Aashish Moses (PhD student) has won the Best Paper Award in International Chemical Engineering Conference at NIT Jalandhar -  Congratulations !!
 Dr. Richa Singhal has been awarded INR 45,59,920/- Early Career Research Award (ECR) by SERB for project titled "Mechanistic approach to design composite metal-carbon nanofiber oxygen electrodes for high-performance metal-air batteries"
PhD scholar, Ishita received the "Young Scholar Award" for outstanding performance in Poster presentation at the International Conference on “Electrochemistry for Industry, Health & Environment (EIHE)-2020" held at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
The team comprising of  Anupam Mukherjee and Start up Epione Swajal Solutions India LLP (Founder & CEO Dr. Anirban Roy) was awarded the First Prize in the Goa Idea Exposition 2020 (organized by BRIC in collaboration with IKP Hyderabad and GIM, for working on the prototype development for Grey Water Recycling appliance "GeRRy". There is an award of INR 50,000 for the winners - The work has been funded by the Additional Competitive Grant 


Recent events

  "Workshop on DNA Binding and DNA Cleavage Studies using Chemical Compounds" Date: 11th to 13th Oct 2019, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Supported by BITS BIRAC under BioNEST Scheme & Supported by MERCK, Course Director: Dr. Manjuri Kumar, Venue: BITS BIRAC , BITS-Pilani Goa (Brochure)

Publications & Patents

Applied Surface Science - I.F.: 5.155 (link)

Ultrasonics Sonochemistry - I.F.: 7.279 (link)
Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology - I.F.: 4.195 (link)
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces - I.F.: 8.456 (link)
Journal of Membrane Science - IF: 7.015 (link)
Dalton Transactions - I.F.: 4.052 (link)
Science of The Total Environment - I.F.: 5.58 (link)
Chemical Engineering Journal - I.F.: 8.355 (link)

Ceramics International - I.F.: 3.45 (link)
For complete Journal & Patent list click here

Notable Recent Visitors

Prof. M. M. Sharma, Padma Bhushan & Padma Vibhushan, Former Director ICT Mumbai

Prof. Ashok N. Bhaskarwar, IIT Delhi

Prof. S. Pushpavanam, IIT Madras
Prof. V.G. Gaikar, ICT Mumbai
Mr. Arvind Kaushik, Jt General Manager, Head Thermal Engineering, R&D, L&T Mumbai
Mr. P Balaramakrishna, Jt General Manager, R&D, L&T Mumbai

Prof Faisal Khan, Professor & Head, Dept. of Process Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Prof. Leonard Lye, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies,Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Dr. Philip Jaeger, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Dr. Vimi Dookhun, University of Mauritius
Dr. Satish Ramnath Shetye, Vice Chancellor, Goa University, Goa
 Dr. P. V. Pathak, Head Goa Energy Development Agency; Secretary, Goa State Pollution Assessment Board
Mr. Ranjit Singh Chugh, Chief Manufacturing Offiser, Zuari Industries, Goa
Mr. Hardev Singh, Head, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Goa
Dr. K. Marutiram, Head R&D and Scientific Services JSW Jindal Steel
Mr. S. Bhargava, General Manager (CRDC) BPCL
Dr. Umesh, Head Chemical Engineering Dept., KLE Engineering College Belgaum
Prof. Rajagopalan Srinivasan, Professor IIT Gandhinagar
Mr. R. K. Kashyap, Executive Director (R&D and TQM) GAIL India Ltd.
Mr. N. K. Pande, Sr. Manager (R&D) GAIL (India) Ltd.
Dr. Uwe Stobener, Managing Director WAVE Munden Germany
Dr. Pratik Swarup Dash, Head (Coal and Coke Making Research Group) R&D, Tata Steel

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