Sonal K. Thengane - Department of Hydro and Renewable Energy,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
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Sonal K. Thengane
Sonal K. Thengane Assistant professor sonalt@hre.iitr.ac.in
Areas of Interest
  • Biomass conversion and utilization; Carbon capture and storage; Waste management; Water and wastewater treatment; Chemical looping; Life cycle and techno-economic analysis
Multiple Posts
FromPeriodPositionOrganisation
2020-08-05OngoingAssistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2019-12-157 months 20 daysPostdoctoral Scholar + Research AffiliateUniversity of California, Berkeley + Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018-06-011 year 6 months Postdoctoral AssociateMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2016-06-012 years 21 daysPostdoctoral FellowTata Centre for Technology and Design, IIT Bombay (India) and MIT (USA)
2015-12-295 months 2 daysResearch AssociateDepartment of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Honors and Awards
AwardInstituteYear
Academic Excellence AwardNCGTA - Bhadrawati2009
Department Topper with CPI 10.0BITS Pilani2011
Spirit of the I-Corps AwardNational Science Foundation, SF Cohort, USA2019
Educational Details
DegreeSubjectUniversityYear
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)Chemical EngineeringLaxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India2009
Master of Engineering (M.E.)Chemical EngineeringBirla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India2011
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)Chemical Engineering & Energy Science and EngineeringIIT Bombay, India and Monash University, Australia (IITB-Monash Research Academy)2016
Memberships
  • International Biochar Initiative, Member
  • AIChE, Member
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Renewable Energy Sources Development TechnologyIAH-302B.Tech.Autumn
Biomass Production and UtilizationAHN-536M.Tech.Autumn
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
1st TCTD Annual Symposium, IIT BombayTata Center for Technology and Design2018-01
CEP CourseTCTD2017-05
3rd GlobalTech Workshop on Energy Research for Global SustainabilityDepartment of Energy Science and Engineering2011-12
Books Authored
  • Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Applications of Fuzzy AHP in Analysing Energy Systems (in Book: Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process), CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, 2017.
  • Thengane, S.K., Advances in Carbon Capture through Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass Waste (in Book: Advances in Carbon Management Technologies), CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, 2019.
Refereed Journal Papers
  • 1. Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Cost-benefit analysis of different hydrogen production technologies using AHP and Fuzzy AHP, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 2014
  • 2. Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Exergy efficiency improvement in hydrogen production process by recovery of chemical versus thermal energy, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 18, 2016
  • 3. Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., An alternative process for nitric oxide and hydrogen production using metal oxides., Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 112, 2016
  • 4. Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Thermodynamic evaluation of chemical looping based nitric oxide and hydrogen production, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 132, 2017
  • 5. Siddiqui, H., Thengane, S.K., Sharma, S., Mahajani, S.M., Revamping downdraft gasifier to minimize clinker formation for high-ash garden waste as feedstock, Bioresource Technology, 266, 2018
  • 6. Gupta, A., Thengane, S.K., Mahajani, S.M., CO2 gasification of char from lignocellulosic garden waste: Experimental and kinetic study, Bioresource Technology, 263, 2018
  • 7. Thengane, S.K., Assessment of different technologies for managing yard waste using analytic hierarchy process., Process Integ. and Opti. for Sustainability, 3 (2), 2018
  • 8. Thengane, S.K., Tan, R.R., Foo, D.C.Y., Bandyopadhyay, S., A pinch-based approach for targeting of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) systems., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58 (8), 2019
  • 9. Thengane, S.K., Gupta, A., Mahajani, S.M., Co-gasification of high ash biomass and high ash coal in downdraft gasifier, Bioresource Technology, 273, 2019
  • 10. Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Shanbhogue, S., Ghoniem, A., Parametric analysis of torrefaction reactor operating under oxygen-lean conditions., Energy, 181, 2019
  • 11. Gupta, A., Thengane, S.K., Mahajani, S.M., Kinetics of pyrolysis and gasification of cotton stalk in the Central parts of India., Fuel, 263, 2020
  • 12. Thengane, S.K. and Bandyopadhyay, S., Biochar Mines: Panacea to Climate Change and Energy Crisis?, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 22, 2020
  • 13. Barr, M., Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Sweeney, D., Ghoniem, A., Characterization of aggregate behaviors of torrefied biomass as a function of reaction severity., Fuel, 266, 2020
  • 14. Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Ghoniem, A., Functional mapping of torrefied product characteristics with index of torrefaction., Fuel Processing Technology, 202, 2020
  • 15. Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Ghoniem, A., Thermal loss analysis and improvements for biomass conversion reactors, Energy Conversion and Management, 218, 2020
  • 16. Thengane, S.K., Burek, J., Kung, K., Ghoniem, A., Sanchez, D.L., Life cycle assessment of rice husk torrefaction and prospects for decentralized facilities at rice mills, Journal of Cleaner Production, 275, 2020
  • 17. Thengane, S.K., Kung, K., York, R., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Sanchez, D.L., Techno- economic and emission evaluation of mobile in-woods biochar production, Energy Conversion and Management, 223, 2020
  • 18. Ma, W., Ma, C., Liu, X., Gu, T., Thengane, S.K., Bourtsalas, A., Chen, G., NOx formation in fixed-bed biomass combustion: Chemistry and Modeling, Fuel (submitted), 2020
  • 19. Thengane, S.K., Kung, K., Gomez-Barea, A., Ghoniem, A., Advances in biomass torrefaction: process parameters, kinetics, reactor designs, applications, and market prospects, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science (submitted), 2020
Patents, Conferences, Invited Talks, and Seminars

PATENTS

1. 2014900341, Provisional Patent Number, Australian Patent Office, titled “Production Process for Ammonium Nitrate”, filed on 5 February 2014 by Orica Mining Services, Newcastle, Australia

 

2. 201721043223, Indian Patent Office, titled “A fixed-bed downdraft gasifier for gasification of solid feedstock” filed on 1 December 2017 by IIT Bombay, India

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1.     A life cycle assessment of biomass torrefaction in inert and partially oxidative conditions. Applied Energy “A+B” Symposium, August 2020, MIT, Cambridge, USA

2.     Effective start-up and shutdown strategies for continuously operated biomass torrefaction    reactor, Applied Energy “A+B” Symposium, May 2019, MIT, Cambridge, USA

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

1.     Utilizing bioenergy for production of energy and mitigation of climate change, 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting, Orlando, USA

2.     Biochar-based fertilizers for improving soil quality and crop yield, Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition (MERE) and MIT Energy Night, October 2019, MIT, Cambridge, USA

3.     Decentralized biomass torrefaction for rural fertilizer production, IdeaStream, April 2019, Hyatt  

 Regency, Cambridge, USA

4.     Co-gasification of high ash coal and high ash biomass in downdraft gasifier, 5th International Conference on Recycling and Waste Management, March 2018, London, UK

5.     Technologies for achieving zero waste to landfill; A Joint U.S.-India Conference on Waste Management Innovation organized by Ohio State University, April 2017, Mumbai

6.     A new alternative process for nitric acid production based on chemical looping approach, AIChE Annual Meeting 2014, November 2014, Atlanta, USA

7.     Nanotechnology for climate change, National Conference on Energy and Sustainable Development 2012, College of Engineering Pune, India

8.     Techno-economic evaluation of water splitting technologies to produce H2 for NH3 production, All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference, Melbourne, October 2012

9.     Mathematical modeling and simulation of a continuous stirred tank bioreactor, Global Tech Symposium, International Conference on Advances in Energy Research 2011, IIT Bombay

10.  Exploration of the potential of Nanotechnology to tackle climate change, International Conference on Climate Change 2010, Institute of Technology and Management, Gwalior

11.  Environmental Nanotechnology, National Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry 2010, BITS Pilani

12.  Simulation and sensitivity analysis of an auto thermal ammonia synthesis reactor, Chemcon 2010, Annamalai University, Chidambaram

 

INVITED TALKS AND SEMINARS

1.     Decentralized biomass torrefaction system for soil amendment application; RGD Seminar, July 2020

2.     Integrated solid waste management- Idea to Demonstration; TEQIP III KIT Summer Training Program for Senior Faculty, IIT Bombay, June 2018

3.     What to do with biomass waste in India? Waste Alliance Lecture Series, MIT, USA, Oct 2017

4.     Stakeholder analysis for gasification case study; TCTD, IIT Bombay, August 2017

5.     Webinar on Waste to Energy: Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in India; June 2017

6.     Solid Waste Management at IIT Bombay Campus; Waste Alliance, MIT, USA, April 2017

7.     Garden waste gasification for community cooking; CEPR-RGD Seminar, MIT, March 2017

Sponsored Projects

Sponsoring Agency

Title of project

Amount of grant

Period

Primary

Investigators

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Decentralized biomass torrefaction for effective utilization of forest residues

353,876 USD

2 years

Prof. Daniel Sanchez, UC Berkeley

TCTD IIT Bombay and TCTD MIT

Garden and agro waste gasification for community cooking

Rs. 25 lakhs

2 years

(2016-18)

Prof. Sanjay Mahajani IIT Bombay

J-WAFS & MIT Deshpande Center

Decentralized biomass torrefaction system for biochar-based fertilizers

150,000 USD

1 year

(2018-19)

Prof. Ahmed Ghoniem, MIT

Orica Mining Services, Australia

Chemical looping-based production of feedstock for ammonia and nitric acid plants

 

4 years

(2011-2015)

Prof. Andrew Hoadley,

Prof. S. Bandyopadhyay

Prof. Sagar Mitra,

Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya

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