Welcome to Rajnish's Research Group @ IIT Madras !

Rajnish Kumar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology - Madras. He is recipient of NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award for the year 2016. His research interests are in the areas of unconventional energy resources including natural gas hydrates. Role of additives in gas hydrate inhibition and growth and its application in methane recovery from marine gas hydrates, flow assurance, hydrate based gas separation process and methane storage and transportation are some of the projects in which the group is actively working. His research group has published more than 50 research articles and has delivered multiple invited talks in international and national conferences/ institutes. For more information please contact him at rajnish [at] iitm.ac.in

Professional Experience

2016 - current              :Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, IIT-M

2010- 2016                   :Sr. Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

2009-2010                    :Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa

2004-2009                    :Ph.D Student & Graduate Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2003-2004                    :Research Engineer, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Udaipur (Sterlite Industries (I) Ltd), India

Research Interest

Gas Hydrates (Formation, Inhibition & Recovery)

Carbon Dioxide Capture, Storage & Utilization

Methane & Hydrogen Storage material

Hydrothermal Liquefaction at sub-critical and supercritical conditions


Prof. Rajnish Kumar
CHL # 206, Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology - Madras
Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai - 600036
Tamilnadu - India

Ph: +91 44 2257 4180
email: rajnish [at] iitm.ac.in