Sonal K. Thengane
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Interests
Biomass conversion technologies (Torrefaction, Pyrolysis, Gasification, Biomethanation); Biochar applications; Carbon capture and storage; Waste management; Wastewater treatment; Hydrogen production and storage; Life cycle and techno-economic analysis
sonalt@hre.iitr.ac.in
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Educational Details
University of California, Berkeley, USA
2020
Postdoc (9 months), Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2018
Postdoc (2 years), Mechanical Engineering
Tata Centre for Technology and Design, IIT Bombay (India) and MIT (USA)
2016
Postdoc (2 years), Chemical Engineering
Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
2015
Research Associate (6 months), Energy Science and Engineering
Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India
2009
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Chemical Engineering
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India
2011
Master of Engineering (M.E.), Chemical Engineering
IIT Bombay, India and Monash University, Australia (IITB-Monash Research Academy)
2016
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Chemical Engineering & Energy Science and Engineering
Administrative Positions
Assistant Professor
05 Aug 2020 - Present
IIT Roorkee
Placement Coordinator
01 May 2021 - Present
HRED, IIT Roorkee
Hindi Cell Coordinator
01 Feb 2021 - Present
HRED, IIT Roorkee
Department Website Coordinator
01 Apr 2021 - Present
HRED, IIT Roorkee
Research
Projects
TOPIC START DATE FIELD DESCRIPTION FINANCIAL OUTLAY FUNDING AGENCY OTHER OFFICERS
Collaborative engagement for evaluation of torrefied biomass product application in soil 01 Mar 2022 Biomass and Soil Pvt. Takachar (under World food Program)
Stubble management using decentralized torrefaction systems for biochar-based fertilizers 01 Jun 2021 Waste Management Govt. DST
Pyrolysis of residual biomass for resolving energy and water issues 01 Mar 2021 Bioenergy IIT IIT Roorkee FIG
Sustainability assessment of biomass based ethylene production 01 Jul 2021 Energy Collab. Globalink Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) Prof. Xiaoyu Wu, University of Waterloo




Papers
22. Market prospects for biochar production and application in California
2021
Thengane, S.K., Kung, K., Hunt, J., Gilani, H., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Sanchez, D. | Wiley
Journal: Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining
21. Bulk permeability characteristics in a biomass moving bed and their effects on scaling
2021
Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Ghoniem, A. | Elsevier
Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal 420, 1, Pages: , 129979 Volumes: , 420
20. Oxidative torrefaction for cleaner utilization of biomass for soil amendment
2020
Thengane, S. K., Kung, K. S., Gupta, A., Ateia, M., Sanchez, D. L., Mahajani, S.M., Lim, C. J., Sokhansanj, S., Ghoniem, A.F. | Elsevier
Journal: Cleaner Engineering and Technology Pages: , 100033 Volumes: , 1
19. Advances in biomass torrefaction: process parameters, kinetics, reactor designs, applications, and market prospects
2020
Thengane, S.K., Kung, K., Gomez-Barea, A., Ghoniem, A. | Progress in Energy and Combustion Science (submitted)
Journal: Progress in Energy and Combustion Science Volumes: , (Submitted)
18. NOx formation in fixed-bed biomass combustion: Chemistry and Modeling
2020
Ma, W., Ma, C., Liu, X., Gu, T., Thengane, S.K., Bourtsalas, A., Chen, G. | Fuel
Journal: Fuel
17. Techno- economic and emission evaluation of mobile in-woods biochar production
2020
Thengane, S.K., Kung, K., York, R., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Sanchez, D.L. | Energy Conversion and Management, 223
Journal: Energy Conversion and Management Pages: , 113305 Volumes: , 223
16. Life cycle assessment of rice husk torrefaction and prospects for decentralized facilities at rice mills
2020
Thengane, S.K., Burek, J., Kung, K., Ghoniem, A., Sanchez, D.L. | Journal of Cleaner Production, 275
Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production Pages: , 123177 Volumes: , 275
15. Thermal loss analysis and improvements for biomass conversion reactors
2020
Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Ghoniem, A. | Energy Conversion and Management, 218
Journal: Energy Conversion and Management Pages: , 11292415 Volumes: , 218
14. Functional mapping of torrefied product characteristics with index of torrefaction.
2020
Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Ghoniem, A. | Fuel Processing Technology, 202
Journal: Fuel Processing Technology Pages: , 106362 Volumes: , 202
13. Characterization of aggregate behaviors of torrefied biomass as a function of reaction severity.
2020
Barr, M., Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Sweeney, D., Ghoniem, A. | Fuel, 266
Journal: Fuel Pages: , 117152 Volumes: , 266
12. Biochar Mines: Panacea to Climate Change and Energy Crisis?
2020
Thengane, S.K. and Bandyopadhyay, S. | Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 22
Journal: Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Pages: , 5-10 Volumes: , 22
11. Kinetics of pyrolysis and gasification of cotton stalk in the Central parts of India.
2020
Gupta, A., Thengane, S.K., Mahajani, S.M. | Fuel, 263
Journal: Fuel Pages: , 116752 Volumes: , 263
10. Parametric analysis of torrefaction reactor operating under oxygen-lean conditions.
2019
Kung, K., Thengane, S.K., Shanbhogue, S., Ghoniem, A. | Energy, 181
Journal: Energy Pages: , 603-614 Volumes: , 181
9. Co-gasification of high ash biomass and high ash coal in downdraft gasifier
2019
Thengane, S.K., Gupta, A., Mahajani, S.M. | Bioresource Technology, 273
Journal: Bioresource Technology Volumes: , 273
8. A pinch-based approach for targeting of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) systems.
2019
Thengane, S.K., Tan, R.R., Foo, D.C.Y., Bandyopadhyay, S. | Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58 (8)
Journal: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Pages: , 3188-3198 Volumes: , 58(8)
7. Assessment of different technologies for managing yard waste using analytic hierarchy process.
2018
Thengane, S.K. | Process Integ. and Opti. for Sustainability, 3 (2)
Journal: Process Integ. and Opti. for Sustainability Pages: , 255-272 Volumes: , 3(2)
6. CO2 gasification of char from lignocellulosic garden waste: Experimental and kinetic study
2018
Gupta, A., Thengane, S.K., Mahajani, S.M. | Bioresource Technology, 263
Journal: Bioresource Technology Pages: , 180-191 Volumes: , 263
5. Revamping downdraft gasifier to minimize clinker formation for high-ash garden waste as feedstock
2018
Siddiqui, H., Thengane, S.K., Sharma, S., Mahajani, S.M. | Bioresource Technology, 266
Journal: Bioresource Technology Pages: , 220-231 Volumes: , 266
4. Thermodynamic evaluation of chemical looping based nitric oxide and hydrogen production
2017
Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. | Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 132
Journal: Chemical Engineering Research and Design Pages: , 252-275 Volumes: , 132
3. An alternative process for nitric oxide and hydrogen production using metal oxides.
2016
Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. | Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 112
Journal: Chemical Engineering Research and Design Pages: , 36-45 Volumes: , 112
2. Exergy efficiency improvement in hydrogen production process by recovery of chemical versus thermal energy
2016
Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. | Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 18
Journal: Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Pages: , 5 Volumes: , 18
1. Cost-benefit analysis of different hydrogen production technologies using AHP and Fuzzy AHP
2014
Thengane, S.K., Hoadley, A., Bhattacharya, S., Mitra, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. | International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39
Journal: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Pages: , 15293-15306 Volumes: , 39
Honors And Awards
Honors
NCGTA - Bhadrawati
2009
Academic Excellence Award
BITS Pilani
2011
M.E. CPI 10.0
National Science Foundation, SF Cohort, USA
2019
Spirit of the I-Corps Award
BRICS YSF
2021
BRICS Young Scientist Forum 2021
NTPC Green Charcoal Hackathon 2020-21
2020
Incubate India Mentor
MemberShips
International Biochar Initiative
01 Jun 2020 - Present
Member
The Institution of Engineers (India)
31 Jan 2022 - Present
Member
AIChE
01 May 2016 - 01 May 2017
Member
Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
01 Dec 2017 - Present
Member
Teaching Engagements
Teaching Engagements
Renewable Energy Sources Development Technology ( IAH-302 )
Autumn
Biomass Production and Utilization ( AHN-536 )
Autumn
Environmental Planning and Management ( AHN-518 )
Spring
Students
SuperVisions
Circular economy based anaerobic co-digestion approach
10 Feb 2021 - Present
Other Supervisors: , Scholar: Pankaj Garkoti
Biochar assisted removal of phenolic compounds from wastewater
10 Jul 2021 - Present
Other Supervisors: , Scholar: Pratistha Rai
Catalytic pyrolysis of biomass and plastic blends in fluidised bed reactor
10 Jul 2021 - Present
Other Supervisors: , Scholar: Kumari Anshu
Photochemical wastewater treatment using biochar composites
17 Jan 2022 - Present
Other Supervisors: , Scholar: Reema
Miscellaneous
Events
CEP Course
01 May 2017 - Present
TCTD
TEQIP III Faculty Development Program Course on "What to do with residual biomass?"
14 Dec 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
TEQIP III
1st TCTD Annual Symposium
17 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018
Tata Center for Technology and Design
3rd GlobalTech Workshop on Energy Research for Global Sustainability
07 Dec 2011 - 08 Dec 2011
Department of Energy Science and Engineering
Visits
MIT, USA
2018-06-25
Research
UC Berkeley, USA
2019-12-15
Research
London, UK
2018-03-06
Conference on Waste Management and Recycling
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

Past 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