Chemical Engineer with specialisation in biochemical engineering/biotechnology with 22 years of experience in industry, R&D and academia. My expertise are process engineering, building pilot plant facilities, reactor design, & process development, scale up studies, project management, healthcare engineering and biological manufacturing. Currently I am working on sustainable industrial biotechnology with a particular focus on transforming novel biological concept into economical commercial processes. Also conducting Techno Economic Assessment for new and existing processes. I had worked in a very large scale fermentation industry and gained thorough experience in the operation and maintenance of large fermenters. I have experience in the area of waste water treatment, activated sludge process, anaerobic digestion, filtration and separation processes and biodegradation of pharmaceutical substances. Also I have gained experience in design of novel bioreactor for biological manufacturing and tissue engineering. I have worked as a senior lecturer and have gained teaching experience & knowledge in chemical engineering and biotechnology and supervising several design & research projects.
Principal Engineer, National Formulation Centre Wilton, United Kingdom
Since September 2014
As a member of process engineering group I am working on sustainable industrial biotechnology. My work includes selection of suitable process, downstream processesing methods, develop new cost effective processes for clients concepts, optimisation and scale up of fermentation processes. I study the market trends and carry out techno economic analysis for new and existing processes.
September 2008 --- August 2014
Teaching and training students and researchers on process engineering. Training students to learn practical skills in operating laboratory, process development and pilot scale equipment. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering application Supervision of design and research projects.
January 2004 --- August 2008
Establishment of laboratory facilities for bioprocess engineering, and scale up of processes for clinical and healthcare products. Conducting collaborative research and writing project proposals with UK and European research partners. R & D and project management of individual projects and assignments, coordination of projects in healthcare engineering.
October 2000 --- September 2003
Development of separation and downstream processes. Waste water treatment by electrodeposition method removal heavy metals. Biodegradation of pharmaceutical substance- A study on consumption and biodegradation. Process development for biosorption of heavy metal ions using microorganism.
July 1993 --- September 2000
Establishment of pilot plant for the production of protease enzyme (funded by World Bank and UNIDO) Process engineering, Process development, Project management, Scale-up studies on chemical manufacturing processes and waste water treatment. Responsible for design of a pilot plant for fermentation unit for the production of protease enzyme. Procurement of major items (bioreactor facility, autoclave, temperature and humidity controlled chambers and accessaries). Involved in consultancy work for SMEs.
Commonwealth Research Scholar
January 1996 --- January 2000
Bioreactor operation and control Laboratory demonstration of microbiological techniques to PG students of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering students of The Birmingham University, UK. Pilot plant studies: Bioprocess techniques and operation of 800 L bioreactors.
April 1992 --- May 1993
Leader of a fermentation team (2 junior engineers and 15 operators) In-charge of a fermentation unit producing citric acid using Aspergillus niger Gained experience, knowledge and confidence in operation, control and maintenance of process bioreactors (25,000 - 275, 000 litres) In-charge of Effluent Treatment Plant (anaerobic and aerobic process)
PGCE in Learning and Teaching from TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY in 2009
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering from University of Birmingham in 2000
Master's Degree in Biotechnology from Anna University in 1992
Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University in 1989