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Prof G D Yadav

(A) Professional Preparation:             

UDCT, Mumbai Chemical Engineering B. Chem. Engg, 1974
UDCT, Mumbai Chemical Engineering Ph.D.(Tech), 1980
U of Loughborough, UK Chemical Engineering Post-doc.-Leverhume fellow, 1980-1981
U of Waterloo, Canada Chemical Engineering Post-doc.-NSERC fellow, 1982-1986

(B) Appointments:

01 Apr 2010-on: Jagdish Chandra Bose National Fellow, Dept of Science & Technology, GoI

29 May 2009-on: Director and R T Mody Distinguished Professor of Chemical Technology

Sep 2005-May 2009: Dean, Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilisation, ICT

Jan 2006-May 2009: Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, UICT/ICT

Oct 1996-May 2009: Darbari Seth Professor of Inorganic Chemical Technology, Department of     Chemical Engineering, UICT/ICT


(C) Products (Five Relevant Products): Undergraduates are underlined, *: corresponding author

1) G. D. Yadav and J. J. Nair, Sulfated zirconia and its modified versions as promising catalysts for industrial processes, Micro. Meso. Mater 1999, 33, 1-48

2) G. D. Yadav and M. B. Thathagar, Esterification of maleic acid with ethanol over cation exchange resin catalysts, React. Funct. Polym 2002, 52, 99-110

3 G. D. Yadav and A. H. Trivedi, Kinetic modelling of immobilized lipase catalysed transesterification of aliphatic and aromatic alcohols with vinyl acetate in non-aqueous media, Enz. Microb. Tech 2003, 32, 783-789

4) G. D. Yadav and P. H. Mehta, Heterogeneous catalysis in esterification reactions: Preparation of phenethyl acetate and cyclohexyl acetate by using a variety of solid acidic catalysts, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res 1994, 33 (9), 2198-2208

5) G. D. Yadav and A. D. Murkute, Preparation of novel catalyst UDCaT-5: Enhancement in activity of acid treated zirconia – Effect of treatment with chlorosulfonic acid vis-à-vis sulfuric acid, J. Catal 2004, 224, 218-223

Five Other Selected Products:

1) G. D. Yadav and A. A. Pujari, Friedel-Crafts acylation using sulfated zirconia as a catalyst: Acylation of benzene with 4-chlorobenzoyl chloride over sulfated zirconia as catalyst, Green Chem. 1999, 1(2), 69-74

2) G. D. Yadav and S. V. Lande, Liquid-liquid-liquid phase transfer catalysis: A novel and green concept for selective reduction of substituted nitroaromatics, Adv. Synth. Catal.2005, 347, 1235-1241

3) G. D. Yadav and N. S. Doshi, Development of a green process for polyalphaolefin based lubricants, Green. Chem. 2002, 4(6), 528-540

4) G.D. Yadav and  H.G. Manyar, Synthesis of a novel redox material UDCaT-3: An efficient and versatile catalyst for selective oxidation, hydroxylation and hydrogenation reactions, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2008, 350, 2286-2294

5) G. D. Yadav, N. P. Ajgaonkar and A. Varma, Preparation of highly superacidicsulfated zirconia via combustion synthesis and its application in pechmann condensation of resorcinol with ethyl aceoacetate, J. Catal. 2012, 292, 99-110


(D) Synergistic Activities

(i) Awards and Honours: Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy, D. M. Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award of Indian Chemical Council, Dr. B. P. Godrej Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Indian Speciality Chemical Manufacturers Association (ISCMA) and PSN College of Engineering TN bestowed the Best Researcher awards for 2012, Sardar Patel International Award-2014 for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Academic Leadership

(ii) Professional Service: Elected Chair, APCAT-7, 7th Asia Pacific Congress on  Catalysis Societies, November, 2015, Founder President Elect- ACS India International Chemical Sciences Chapter (2014), Coordinator from ICT for Indo-Canadian Centre: IC-IMPACTS with University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and University of Toronto and 6 Indian institutes (2013), Associate Editor, European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience (2014), Member, Editorial Board, Green Chemistry (RSC, UK) (2014), Member, Editorial Board, ACS Journal of Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, USA (2013), Member, Standing Committee, University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) Scheme (2014), President, Catalysis Society of India (2013-2015)

(iii) Community Outreach: Discussion on Engineering Education, DD Sahyadri- Jai Maharashtra Programme of the State Govt. June 29, 2014, 8.00-9.00 pm, Panel Discussion, SAAM TV, April 23, 2014, 7.00-8.00 pm, Sahyadri : March 10, 2011 – International Year of Chemistry and ICT- Live Interview 8.00-9.00 pm, BBC : February 5, 2011, Live TV Programme,on Higher Education,  IBN-Lokmat, June 21, 2009, Engineering Admissions on  AIR FM Channels July 15, 2014, 7.30-8.30 a.m, Discussion on “Science and Technology Policy”, Mumbai-B, April 9, 2000, Designed Dirubhai Ambani hall of fame on Chemical Sciences in Department of Chemical Engineering in ICT which is open to general public.

(iv) Technology Commercialization: Pollution abatement technology for carbon disulfide and hydrogen sulfide for PIL rubber chemicals (NOCIL), Ecofriendly processes were developed for recovery of phenyl acetic acid (360 tpa), methyl acetoacetate (200 tpa), and pivalic acid (300 tpa), and manufacture of pivaloyl chloride (150 tpa), for for Kopran Ltd, a pharmaceutical company, Development of new processes for the manufacture of 2,2,6,6-trimethyl piperidinol and anti-markownikoffhydrobromination of α-olefins for Bombay Oil Industries Ltd., production of 10800 TPA of benzyl alcohol from benzyl chloride without the use of alkali with a total recycle of hydrogen chloride, which is also used for the production of alkyl chlorides for M/S Gwalior Chemical Industries Ltd.


(E) Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Current Collaborators: Prof. Flora Ng and Prof Gary Rempel, U of waterloo, Canada; Prof. Riitta Kiski, U of Oulu, Finland; Prof. M. Beller, Prof. B. Luecke, Dr. K. Narayana, Leibnitz Institute of Catalysis (LIKAT), Rostock, Germany; Prof. Inmaculada Ortiz and Prof. Jose AngelIrabien, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain; Prof. SureshK. Bhargava, RMIT University Australia; Prof. Anant Paradkar, University of Bradford, UK; Prof. Ajay Dalai, Prof. Hui Wang, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Current Affiliations: Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Australia; Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Currrent PDF– 4, Current PhD scholars– 23, Current Masters students– 12

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