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Dr Sunil Kumar

Principal Scientist

Sr Scientist

Research Interest

  • Process Engineering: Process synthesis and design, Process simulation model development, Scaling- up of process, Pinch analysis, Process integration, Revamp and retrofitting of refinery’s process, and Preparation of detailed Technology Information Package (TIP.
  • Solvent extraction: Liquid-liquid extraction and extractive distillation process development for aromatics recovery and production, desulfurization and dearomatization of middle distillates and bio-fuel, refining of used lube oil.
  • Methanol and DME production: Process synthesis and design, Scale-up, simulations and improvement.
  • Thermo-chemical Hydrogen Generation using S-I cycle: Process simulation, design and Scale-up.

Work Experience

Awards and Honours

  • TDB National Award 2019 for commercialization of FCC gasoline treatment technology at RIL(team member)
  • TDB National Award 2017 for commercialization of wax- de-oiling technology at NRL, Assam (team member)
  • Institution of engineers India (IEI) Young Engineers Award in Chemical Engineering discipline, 2016-2017
  • Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence in the M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering by IIT Kanpur, 2009
  • Ambuja’s Young Researchers Awards by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009
  • IIChE- M H Shukla second prize for the best technical paper, IIChE Congress, 2008
  • TDB National Award, 2017
  • MoP&NG and CHT best innovation in R&D award, 2014 – 2015
  • CSIR Technology award, 2016
  • CSIR Award for Innovation, 2014

Patents

Selected Publications

  • Desulfurization of gas oil in distillation, extraction and hydrotreating based integrated process. Fuel, 220: 754-762, 2018.
  • Solvent Evaluation for Desulfurization and Denitrification of Gas Oil Using Performance and Industrial Usability Indices. AIChE J. 2015; 61 (7); 2257-2267.
  • A comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of jatropha biodiesel production in India. Bioresource technology, 2012; 110; 723-729.
  • Techno-economic evaluation of Top, middle and bottom divided wall column configurations for Benzene, Toluene and Xylene processing in aromatic production plant, Separation Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2016.1250775 , 2016
  • Modified Revamp Process to reduce energy use in SDA (Solvent Deasphalting) Unit. Hydrocarbon Processing, JUNE 2017, 1-4.


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