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Professor Rajamani Krishna

Professor Rajamani Krishna

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rajamani Krishna received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975 from the University of Manchester in England, and soon thereafter joined the Royal Dutch Shell Laboratories, Amsterdam in The Netherlands. At Shell, he was involved in a wide range of research and developmental activities in separations and reaction processes. Since 1990, he is Professor at the Van ‘Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

Professor Krishna’s research interests range from molecular modelling, bubble and particle dynamics to reactor scale up to process synthesis. The main goal of this research concerns the development of unifying concepts in multicomponent diffusion and multiphase hydrodynamics, both in separations and reaction engineering. He has pioneered the development of the Maxwell-Stefan diffusion formulation and its application to fluid phases, porous solids, and complex three-phase (vapour-liquid-liquid) systems. The Krishna Group has investigated the hydrodynamics of various types of multiphase reactors, using the Computational Fluid Dynamics technique. Improved design procedures have been developed for bubble columns, slurry and air-lift reactors, gas-solid fluidized beds, catalytically structured reactors, distillation trays, and catalyst containing trays. Professor Krishna has also contributed to the understanding of the influence of low-frequency sound waves on gas and liquid flow in bubble columns.

The current focus of Krishna’s research is on development of novel energy-efficient separation technologies using ordered crystalline nanoporous adsorbents.

Thanks to his wide experience, based both on his academic and industrial careers, Professor Krishna is recognised worldwide as a leading scientific expert. He has received several awards, which include the prestigious CONRAD Prize of the Dutch Institute of Engineers, and the Akzo Nobel Science Award. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ENI award in the category New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons (Downstream) for his research theme Improving Process Technologies with Molecular Insights.

Krishna is included in the 2017 list of the most Highly Cited Researchers (category: Chemistry); see

He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles, and two text books, one of which has been translated into Chinese. He holds several patents. A complete list of his research contributions can be found on Google Scholar; see His publications have been cited more than 36 000 times, with an h-index of 101 (Google scholar).

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