School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Professor Vivek Ranade

"We are developing fundamental understanding of mass, momentum and energy interactions underpinning manufacturing processes of chemicals and materials. The focus is on developing key competencies on multiphase flows, multiphase reactors and process intensification."
Professor Vivek Ranade
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Office: DKB 0G.425 I Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4592


Vivek Ranade is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Queen’s University Belfast. His research focus is on sustainable energy, water and fine & specialty chemicals. Earlier led chemical engineering at CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory. Contributed significantly to chemical engineering science and practice. Developed performance enhancement solutions, software products and fluidic devices for variety of applications which are commercialized. Developed new insights and methodologies for process intensification. Conceived and led a large program on development of MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified & continuous) processes & plants. Worked also at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1988-90); TU Delft (1993-94) and University of Twente (1997-98), The Netherlands. Published more than 150 papers and 6 books (h index=42: from Google Scholar). Co-inventor of more than 20 patents. Co-founded two technology companies: Tridiagonal Solutions and VIVIRA Process Technologies.


The manufacturing processes of chemicals and materials are underpinned by complex mass, momentum and energy interactions. Our research is focused on developing fundamental understanding of these interactions and using it to conceive better (safer, cleaner, smaller and cheaper) transformation processes. We are addressing scientific questions in following areas with emphasis on developing competencies for resolving real life challenges:

Multiphase flows with phase change

Phase change processes such as boiling, cavitation, crystallization and precipitation play crucial role in many transformation processes. Significant enhancements in productivity and new applications/ products can be realized if these processes are adequately understood. We are carrying out experimental and computational investigations so as to develop mastery on flows with phase change. Aim is to develop a multi-scale modelling framework to tie together models addressing different scales and realize a ‘virtual process engineering’ toolkit for designing processes with phase changes.


Vivek showing a 3D printed vortex diode (a novel cavitation device). He has patented this cavitation device while working with CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. Know – how is licensed for commercialization to VIVIRA Process Technologies (which he has co-founded).

Book on Computational Flow Modelling for Chemical Reactor Engineering

Multiphase Flows with Phase Change for Enabling Process Innovations


Process intensification

Intensification is intrinsic to better chemical and process engineering and has always been used in practice. There is a great scope for intensifying multiphase reactions and reactors for realizing productivity enhancements, which are crucial for sustainable manufacturing. These enhancements can be in terms of increased throughput; better yield, conversion, and selectivity; smaller environmental footprint; and intrinsically safer operations. We develop different strategies for intensifying multiphase reactions and reactors. Aim is to pave the way towards realizing next generation productivity for chemical and allied industries.

Intensifying Multiphase Chemical Reactions and Reactors (coming soon)

Gas-liquid-liquid-solid reactors

Book on Trickle Bed Reactors

This research is expected to generate new knowledge on multiphase systems, phase changes, chemical and physical interactions and multi-scale physicochemical models of commercially relevant systems. This new knowledge is expected to expand, enrich and strengthen the chemical engineering domain and impact on society. New knowledge and insights gained through these will be applied to realize significant impact in the following areas:


Sustainable manufacturing of fine and specialty chemicals

The focus is on developing and using process intensification strategies to realize modular, compact and continuous processes for fine and specialty chemicals. Significant improvements in (1) consumption of raw materials and utilities (2) product quality and (3) safety will be realized. The ideas and methodology will also lead to reduction in spatial as well as environmental foot print of these manufacturing facilities.

Book on Industrial Catalytic Processes for Fine and Specialty Chemicals

CRE for MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified & continuous) processes


Intensified reactor and process based on work done at CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory (under the Indus MAGIC program).


Sustainable energy

The focus is on (1) underground coal gasification, (2) safety of nuclear reactors and (3) transforming waste biomass to energy and chemicals. The biomass utilization is the major focus with the aim of developing economically viable modular processes for distributed transformations of waste biomass to energy and chemicals. New ideas and opportunities of harnessing hydrodynamic cavitation for pre-treating waste biomass and for enhancing performance of anaerobic digesters will be investigated.

Book on Computational Modelling of Pulverized Coal Fired Boilers


Harnessing hydrodynamic cavitation for pre-treating lignocellulosic biomass (pre-treatment of rice straw slurry). Efforts have been initiated to develop cavitation intensified anaerobic digester based bio-refinery for modular and sustainable production of energy and chemicals.


Sustainable water

Our work on hydrodynamic cavitation will be developed further to make an impact on distributed and in-line effluent treatment strategies. The cavitation can also be synergistically combined with other water treatment strategies like coagulation and adsorption for developing effective water treatment strategies. The work has a significant potential to reduce net water consumption in industries by developing appropriate recycle and reuse strategies.

Patent on vortex diode for effluent treatment

Book on Waste Water Treatment, Recycle and Reuse

Reserarch Group

PhD Students  
Akshay Singan Underground coal gasification (AcSIR/ CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory)
Dhananjay Mote Urea alcoholysis reactions & reactors (AcSIR/ CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory)
Ajinkya Pandit Crystallization (AcSIR/ CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory)
Deepankar Sharma Hydrogenation reactors (ICT/ CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory)
Chirag Khalde Intensified micro-reactors (IITM/ QUB)
Varaha Prasad Sarvothaman (QUB)

Major Awards and Achievenents

  • Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • VASVIK award in Chemical Sciences and Technology 2014
  • CHEMTECH CEW Outstanding Achievement Award (R &D – Individual Excellence) 2013
  • RPG Life Sciences Professor M M Sharma Medal (IIChE) 2011
  • UAA Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, 2004
  • Herdillia Award for Excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering, 2004
  • DST Swarnajayanti Fellowship, 1999
  • INAE Young engineer award, Young Associate of Indian Academy of Sciences and CSIR Young Scientist award



  • Associate Editor of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Member of Editorial Board of Chemical Engineering Research & Design
  • Member of Editorial Board of Indian Chemical Engineer

Recent Publications

Full publication list available on Pure

Dhananjay R Mote and Vivek V Ranade (2017) Reaction engineering of urea alcoholysis: Alkyl carbamates, Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Vol. 24, accepted for publication.

Akshay Singan and Vivek V Ranade (2017) Deployment of Underground Coal Gasification in India, Current Science, accepted for publication.

Deepankar V Sharma, Ashwin W Patwardhan and Vivek V Ranade (2017) MODELING G-L-L-S REACTOR: A Case of Hydrogenation of Nitrobenzene, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, accepted for publication.

Ranjeet P. Utikar and Vivek V. Ranade (2017) Intensifying Multiphase Reactions and Reactors: Strategies & Examples, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, submitted for publication.

Madhavi V. Sardeshpande, Suraj Gupta and Vivek V. Ranade (2017) Electrical Resistance Tomography for Gas Holdup in a Gas-Liquid Stirred Tank Reactor, Chemical Engineering Science, submitted for publication.

Nayana T. Nivangune, Vivek V. Ranade, Ashutosh A. Kelkar (2017) Ce promoted Mg-Fe layered double hydroxide: Highly efficient and recyclable heterogeneous base catalyst for transesterifi-cation of ethylene carbonate and methanol, Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental, submitted for publication.

Vivek V. Ranade and Ranjeet P. Utikar (2018) Multiphase Flows for Process Industries: Fundamentals and Applications, accepted book proposal by VCH Wiley.

Vivek V. Ranade, Ganesh Samdani and Sanjay Mahajani (2018) Computational Modelling of Underground coal gasification, accepted book proposal by CRC Press.

Recent invited / keynote lectures

Vivek V. Ranade (2016) Multiphase Flows with Phase Change for Enabling Process Innovations, BIRS – EPIC Workshop August 2016, Banff, Canada.

Vivek V. Ranade (2016) MAGIC Processes for Fine & Specialty Chemicals, EPIC (Enhancing Process Innovations via Computing) workshop, November 2016, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Vivek V. Ranade (2016) Intensifying Multiphase Reactions and Reactors: Strategies & Examples, Winter Meeting of UK Catalysis Hub, Harwell Campus, December 6-7, 2016.

Vivek V. Ranade (2016), Cooling crystallization: Kinetics and Particle Size/ Shape Distribution, Invited talk, 4th Winter Process Chemistry Meeting, Glasgow, December 12-14, 2016.

Vivek V. Ranade (2017), Hydrodynamic cavitation for sustainable energy and water, International Conference on Sustainable Development for Energy and Environment, Invited talk, Pune, January 16-17, 2017.

Vivek V. Ranade (2017), Intensification of multiphase catalytic reactions and reactors, Invited talk, Asia Pacific Catalysis Conference (APCAT-7), Invited talk, Mumbai, January 17-21, 2017.

Forthcoming invited lectures / conferences

  • Plenary lecture at CAMURE 10 and ISMR 9 to be held in China during July 2017
  • Keynote lecture at APCRE2017 to be held in China during November 2017
  • Co-organizing a CFD Symposium at 10th World Congress on Chemical Engineering to be held in Barcelona during September 2017
  • Member of Scientific Committee of ISCRE25 to be held in Italy during 2018
  • Chair of ISCRE26 to be held in New Delhi, India during 2020.

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