K.K. Pant (Ph.D., IIT Kanpur)
Petrotech Chair (Federation of Indian Petroleum Industries)
Professor & Head
Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Ph.: +91 11 2659 6172
E-mail: kkpant[at]chemical.iitd.ac.in, dr.kkpant[at]gmail.com

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Education:

PhD (1997) IIT- Kanpur
M. Tech (1989) IIT - Kanpur
B. Tech (1987) HBTI - Kanpur

Administrative Positions:

2018- till now Present Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, IITD
2016-2018 Professor In charge, Central Library, IIT Delhi
2015-2016 Chairman, GATE, IIT Delhi
2015-2016 Chairman, JAM, IIT Delhi
2013-2015 Vice Chairman, GATE, IIT Delhi
2013-2015 Vice Chairman, JAM, IIT Delhi
2004-2006 Warden, Vindhyanchal Hostel, IIT Delhi

Short Intro:

Prof. K. K. Pant is currently the Petrotech (FIPI) Chair Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering Department at IIT Delhi. He also serves as Adjunct faculty at University of Saskatchewan in Canada, Joint Faculty at CRDT, IIT Delhi and Honorary Faculty at University of Queensland in Australia. He is among the leading academicians in India who is working on cutting edge and futuristic technologies of national and international importance like coal to methanol conversion, e-waste and plastic management, hydrogen generation, CO2 capture and conversion, biomass valorization, etc., using catalysis and reaction engineering. Prof. Pant academic and industrial research experience spans over 30 years with 150+ publications having 8300 citations and numerous patents. He has successfully completed over 50 high impact projects and consultancies valued more than 500 million Indian Rupees from premier companies and government organizations. Prof. Pant has also been conferred twice with the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) award, besides several other honors such as CHEMCON distinguished speaker award, Herdilia Award by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, thrice with Dr. A V Rama Rao award for best Ph.D. supervision, Dr. S. S. Deshpande Award, etc.

Research Area:

Heterogeneous Green Catalysis, Reaction Kinetics, Hydrocarbon Conversion Processes, CO2 conversion technologies Green Technologies for Sustainable Energy and Environment, Biomass Conversion, Biofuel, Renewable fuels and chemicals, Fuel from Waste Biomass and Waste plastic, Metal Recovery from electronic waste, Crude to Chemicals Water Treatment, Residue upgradation.

Professional Affiliations:

• Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
• Honorary Faculty, University of Queensland, Australia
• Joint faculty, Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT), IIT Delhi
• Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, London (FRSC)                                                                                                                                                                                                  
• Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
• Fellow, Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI)
• Fellow Member of Institution of Engineers India (FIE(I))
• Fellow of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIIChE)
• Life member of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)
• Life member of Indian Society for Technical Education (MISTE)
• Life member of Oil Technology Association (India) (OTA)
• Life Member of Catalytic Society of India
• Life Member of Indian Carbon Society
• Faculty Advisor, American Chemical Society International Students Chapter IIT Delhi
• Member and Faculty Advisor of Society of Petroleum
• Engineers (SPE) IIT Delhi Student Chapter
• American Chemical Society International Travel Grant 2017
• DAAD International Faculty Visit Research Grant 2017, Germany

Honours/Awards:

• Guest Editor of Festschrift issue in Chemical Engineering Processing–Process Intensification (December 2021)
• Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Sustainable Chemical Process Design (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability Journal)
• Guest Editor of Special Issue on “Contemporary State of the Art in Biomass and Bio-renewable Resources Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals” in Materials Science for Energy Technologies Journal
• Gandhian Young Technological Innovation - SRISTI Award, 2020
• Gandhian Young Technological Innovation - SRISTI Award, 2019
• Dr. A. V. Rama Rao Foundation’s award for Best Ph.D. Thesis supervised and Research in Chemical Engineering/ Technology, IIChE award for the Year 2019
• Dr. Herdilia award 2017 by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) for Excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering
• DAAD International Faculty Visit Research Grant 2017, Germany
• American Chemical Society International Travel Grant 2017
• Dr. A. V. Rama Rao Foundation’s award for Best Ph.D. Thesis supervised and Research in Chemical Engineering/ Technology, IIChE award for the Year 2015
• Dr. A. V. Rama Rao Foundation’s award for Best Ph.D. Thesis supervised and Research in Chemical Engineering/ Technology, Catalyst Chemcon 2009, Vishakhapatnam
• Dr. S. S. Deshpande award for overall Journal Impact factor (2011-2013) in 2013
• INAE award for the year 2002 on M. Tech. project entitled "Fluoride Removal from Drinking Water using Activated Alumina" (student Ms. S.Ghorai)
• Member of CSIR FTT Committee
• Expert member of GYTI Award committee
• Expert member of PAC of PCRA, MNRE and CSIR
• Expert Member of DST Women Scientists Scheme
• Expert Member of DST NPDF Program
• Member of IOCL Apex body Research Advisory Committee
• Member of Research Advisory committee of IIP Dehradun and CIMFR Dhanbad.
• Member of Board of Academic Studies of MNIT Bhopal
• Member of Central Pollution control Board (CPCB) New Delhi
• Convener of Board of Academic Studies of HBTI Kanpur, UPTU Lucknow and several other academic units
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Invited Talks:

• Invited talk during Indo-Finnish workshop
• Delivered talk on “Smart Tailored Bio Refinery: An Integrated Approach to Increasing Economic Value of Downstream Oil and Minimizing Environmental Aspects”, New Delhi
• Invited talk on "Novel Catalytic Process for Conversion of Renewable Biomass into Fuel and Value-Added Chemicals" in Academy of Finland-IITs joint workshop on “Bioenergy” IIT – Delhi
• Veterans Forum talk on “Biofuels” organized by Petrotech Society
• Invited talk at Auburn University, USA
• Speaker on the panel of Energy and Environment: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Special Engaging Canada event
• Delivered Invited talk at ODU Virginia Norfolk University
• Invited talk at Tuskegee University, USA
• Invited Panellist at 9th Summer School “Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals” Panel: Academia Industry Interaction - What Next?
• Invited talk at PTU Chandigarh, Under TEQIP 2013
• Invited talk at Tezpur University during Indo Finnis workshop at Tezpur
• Invited panellist in session on “Roadmap for Sustainable Utilization of Alternative Energy” at seminar “Innovation for Sustainability Dividends”
• Invited speaker on keynote, “Opportunities and Challenges in Biofuels and Bio-lubricants”
• Invited talk at HPCL R&D Bengaluru on “Thermocatalytic Decomposition of Methane”
• Several invited talks at various academic institutes of National and International repute like Auburn University, ODU Virginia, Tuskegee University USA, IIT - Roorkee, IIT - Guwahati, Tezpur University, HBTI Kanpur, Manipal University among many others during Petrotech Chair Professorship tenure
• Delivered talk on “Smart Tailored Bio Refinery: An Integrated Approach to Increasing Economic Value of Downstream Oil and Minimizing Environmental Aspects” on 22nd April 2016, New Delhi
• Veterans Forum Talk on “Biofuels” organized by Petrotech on 23rd June 2015
• Invited talk on Novel Catalytic Process for conversion of renewable biomass into fuel and value-added chemicals in Academy of Finland-IITs joint workshop on “Bioenergy” on 23-24th May 2016, IIT Delhi, New Delhi
• Delivered talk on “Downstream Markets a Research Perspective” in Global Refining & Petrochemicals Congress (GRPC) 2019, held at New Delhi, India
• Delivered talk in International Zeolite Conference (ICZ)-2019 at Perth, Australia
• Invited talk on “Low and High Temperature Biomass Conversion Technologies to Develop Green and Sustainable Product Centric Biorefineries” in International Conference on Advances in Catalysis: Industrial Outlook- 2019 held at Hyderabad, India
• Delivered talk on "Production and characterization of CNTs and understanding the hydrodynamics of direct decomposition of methane in fluidized bed reactor" in APCAT-8

Courses Taught

• Transport Phenomena
• Advance Transport Phenomena
• Advance Chemical Reaction Engineering
• Plant Design and Economics
• Petroleum Refinery Engineering
• Petrochemical Technology
• Chemical Reaction Engineering
• Heterogenous Catalysis and Catalytic Reactors
• Biomass conversion and utilization
• Designed a web-based course module on “Petroleum Refinery Engineering”, under NPTEL programme (2012-2013)
• Designed a web/video-based course module was designed and lectures on “Heterogeneous Catalysis and Catalytic Reactor”, under NPTEL programme (2012-2013)