Pranav Vengsarkar

Office : CNES 107 

Email: pranav.vengsarkar(at)



B.S. (ChE) Institute of Chemical Technology (2010)  

Ph.D. Auburn University (2015)


Research Interests

-Development and optimization of pilot scale simulated moving bed chromatography (SMB) systems for the separation of petrochemicals products.

-Design and scale up of high pressure and high temperature systems.

-Characterization and synthesis of nanoporous materials for applications like catalysis.



Dr. Sankar Nair


 Previous Research Experience

 Research Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, (2010-2015)

·      Developed a novel process and scalable apparatus to deposit nanoparticles on oxidic materials using GXLs to generate supported composite Fischer-Tropsch catalysts.

·      Developed magnetically-responsive and non-toxic dispersant systems for dispersing crude oil in water in collaboration with various researchers.

·      Improved the efficiency of the gas expanded liquid (GXL) fractionation process by achieving a six-fold reduction in operating pressures.

·      Optimized the size-selective separation of iron-oxide nanoparticles in GXLs to achieve monodisperse nanoparticle fractions.


Technical Intern, Atul India Limited, Atul, GJ, India (2009)

 ·      Involved in daily plant operations and plant control at the company’s phosgene manufacture and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) distillation plants in the Crop Protection Division. 



·      Outstanding International Graduate Student in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

·      Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

·      Outstanding Individual Oral Presentation in Engineering Award at Auburn University Research Week 2014.

·      Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Scholar.

·      Finalist for the Fall 2014 3-Minute Thesis competition held by the Auburn University Graduate School.

·      Honorable Mention at the Fall 2012 Graduate Engineering Research Showcase.


Patents and Publications

·      Pranav S. Vengsarkar, Rui Xu & Christopher B. Roberts, ‘Deposition of iron oxide nanoparticles onto an oxidic support using a gas-expanded liquid process to generate a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst’, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Article ASAP, 2015

·      Pranav S. Vengsarkar, Rui Xu & Christopher B. Roberts, ‘Scalable fractionation of iron oxide nanoparticles using a CO2 gas-expanded liquid system’, J. Nanoparticle Res. 2015, 17, 387

·      Rui Xu, Pranav S. Vengsarkar & Christopher B. Roberts, ‘Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis over Supported Nano-Iron Catalysts Synthesized by Gas-Expanded Liquid Deposition Technique’, Proceedings of the 24th North American Catalysis Society Conference (NAM), Pittsburgh, PA, 2015

·      Pranav S. Vengsarkar & Christopher B. Roberts, ‘Solid-stabilized emulsion formation using stearoyl lactylate coated iron oxide nanoparticles’, J. Nanoparticle Res. 2014, 16, 2627

·      Pranav S. Vengsarkar & Christopher B. Roberts, ‘Effect of Ligand and Solvent Structure on Size-Selective Nanoparticle Dispersability and Fractionation in Gas-Expanded Liquid (GXL) Systems’, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013 117 (27), 14362-14373

·      Vengsarkar, P. S., Boice, J. N., Roberts, C. B.; ‘Tunable Steric Stabilization Effects on Size-Selective Nanoparticle Dispersability in Gas Expanded Liquid Systems’, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids (ISSF), San Francisco, CA, 2012

·      Boice, J. N., Vengsarkar, P. S., Roberts, C. B.; ‘Nanoparticle Dispersability in a DMSO/CO2-Gas Expanded Liquid System’, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids (ISSF), San Francisco, CA, 2012