FEWLS research group at the University of Kansas keeps growing!! Dr. Lakshmiprasad Gurrala is our new member and our first Research Associate. He received a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (2018) and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Pune, India. His doctoral studies included the development of heterogeneous catalysts for the oxidative conversion of hydrocarbons, and biomass-derived compounds to added value fine chemicals.
Before moving to KU, he worked as a project scientist for the catalytic transformation of industrial waste to value added chemicals via catalytic transformations at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India. He was also an Institutional Post-doctoral at the same department with Dr. R. Vinu for three years. He worked on various challenges associated with the circular economy, including 1) the development of heterogeneous catalyst materials for different catalytic transformations of biomass, lignin and waste plastic to value-added products; and 2) pyrolysis techniques to generate bio-oils, and their upgrade to fuel blends, followed by subsequent energy evaluation.
Dr. Gurrala will be working as a Research Associate at FEWLS research group and will participate in projects related to solid catalyst synthesis, catalyst characterization, reaction engineering, qualitative and quantitative determination of reaction products derived from biomass and used plastics.
Welcome to the FEWLS team at The University of Kansas, Dr. Gurrala! We wish you the best of luck in achieving your research career goals, and we value your contribution to a sustainable future through science and engineering.