Dipankar Pal

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Interest:

  1. Surface Engineering: Surface Functionalization of Polymer Substrates, Membrane Surface Modification
  2. Plasma Processing: Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD - Radio Frequency, Pulsed DC)
  3. Waste Water Engineering:  Antifouling Membranes for Wastewater Treatment in Membrane Bioreactor (MBR)
  4. Two-phase flow: Hydrodynamic investigations on gas-liquid, liquid-liquid flow
  5. Catalyst Design:  Diffusion and surface reaction of porous catalyst

Research Lab: Surface Engineering and Plasma Processing Laboratory



Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy,
Department of Chemical Engineering Main Building, Floor II
AU college of Engineering (AUCE), Visakhapatnam 530003, AP, INDIA
Email: dipankar.che@iipe.ac.in

orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2895-5285

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Teaching Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Flow (BS 20002), SEMESTER III
  • Heat Transfer (CH 20003), SEMESTER IV
  • Transport Phenomena (CH40002)
  • Heat Transfer Lab 
  • Reaction Engineering II (CH 30002), SEMESTER V
  • Process Equipment Design (CH 30008), SEMESTER VI
  • Mass Transfer Laboratory
  • Fluid Flow Laboratory

UG Level LAB Developed at IIPE (2022 -23)

PG and Research Leve LAB Developed at IIPE (2022-)


2013-2018; Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

2009-2011; M.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Professional Experience

  • August 2019 to present: Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical Engineering; IIPE, Visakhapatnam
  • September 2018 to July 2019:  Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical Engineering; Assam Engineering College, Guwahati (Govt. of Assam)
  • November 2017 to September 2018: Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical Engineering; C. V. Raman College of Engineering, Odisha 
  • October 2012 to October 2017: Senior Research Fellow; Project sponsored by BRNS, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India, Mumbai.
  • June 2011 to September 2012:Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical Engineering;  Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technology, (Govt. of AP)

Journal Publications

  1. S. Guhathakurat, D. Pal*, S. B. Reddy, N. Manik, S. Manllik, Fabrication of Highly Transparent Substrate from Waste Materials for Electronic Devices Applications, ACS Applied Electronics Materials (ACS), May 2024, Accepted. (IF: 4.7); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.4c00144
  2. T. Hazarika, B. Kakati, D. Pal*, R. Saikia, A. Rawal, M. Mahanta, S. Biswas, Role of plasma process gas on permeate flux augmentation of cellulose nitrate membrane for mud water treatment, Scientific Reports (Nature) 14 (2024) 6585 (IF:4.6); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-56948-9
  3. J. Jose, A. Kundu, D. Pal*, S. Dutta, A. Rawal, R. Pramanik, and G. Kumar, Rising of Asymmetric Bubble Through Milli-Tubes: Experimental, Theoretical and Numerical Analysis, 2023, Physics of Fluids (AIP) 35 (2023) 123331 (IF: 4.6) ; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0170241 
  4. S. Jamkar, A. Tripathy, S. Mallik, D. Pal*, Methodologies of removal of heavy metals from contaminated water using various waste materials: A comprehensive review, 2023, ChemBioEng Reviews (Wiley) 10 (2023) 959-992 (IF: 4.8); DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/cben.202300020
  5. T. Hazarika, P. Das, J. Jose, B. Kakati, D. Pal*, R. Saikia, M. K. Mahanta, Flux enhancement of cellulose nitrate membrane through plasma-assisted route for waste and mud water treatment, Polymers for Advanced Technologies (Wiley) 34 (2023) 2862-2878. (IF: 3.4); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1002/pat.6111 
  6. D. Deo, S.Singh, S. Mohanty, S. Guhathakurata, D. Pal, S. Mallik, Biomimicking of Phyto-based Superhydrophobic Surfaces towards Prospective Applications: A Review, Journal of Materials Science (Springer) 57 (2022) 8569–8596 (IF: 4.1); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-022-07172-1 
  7. N. Venkata Subrahmanyam, Jayadeekshitha M, K. Raj, M. Nallamothu, D. Pal*, Enhancing the overall heat transfer coefficient through tube rotation of a heat exchanger: An analytical approach, Recent Innovations in Chemical Engineering, (Bentham) 15 (2022) 272 - 286 (Scopus, 1.7); DOI:  10.2174/2405520416666230102114948  
  8. S.  Ghosh, D. Pal *, Mathematical modelling of Non-Isothermal Tubular Reactor, Current Materials Science15 (2022) 3-10 (Bentham). (Scopus, 1.2); DOI:   https://doi.org/10.2174/2666145415666220411084657 
  9. S. Ghosh, D. Pal*, Diffusion and surface reaction in porous cubical catalyst: A mathematical approach, Recent Innovations in Chemical Engineering 15 (2022) 60-69 (Bentham). (Scopus, 1.7); DOI: 10.2174/2405520415666211229122346  
  10. M. Jayadeekshitha, K. Raj, N. V. Subrahmanyam, D. Pal*, Hydrophilic surface modification of polymeric membranes to improve antifouling property in membrane bioreactor: a review, International Journal of Forensic Engineering, 1 (2021) 1 (Inderscience). DOI: 10.1504/ijfe.2021.10039233 
  11. M. Jayadeekshitha, N. V. Subrahmanyam, K. Raj, D. Pal, Antibacterial Surfaces: A Comprehensive Review, Journal of Polymer & Composites, 8 (2020) 3 (STM). (ESCI). DOI: https://engineeringjournals.stmjournals.in/index.php/JoPC/article/view/4566 
  12. K. Raj, N. V. Subrahmanyam, M. Jayadeekshitha, D. Pal, Surface modification of polymeric membranes using plasma treatment: A comprehensive review, Journal of Polymer & Composites, 8 (2020) 91-100 (STM). (ESCI). DOI: https://engineeringjournals.stmjournals.in/index.php/JoPC/article/view/4137
  13. D. Pal, S. Neogi, S. De, Comparative study of hydrophilic modification of polyacrylonitrile membranes by nitrogen and carbon dioxide RF plasma, Polymer Engineering & Science, 59 (2019) 2148-2158 (Wiley). (IF: 2.573); DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pen.25217 
  14. D. Pal, S. Neogi, S. De, Hydrophilic surface modification of polyacrylonitrile based membrane: effect of low temperature radio frequency carbon dioxide plasma, Polymer Bulletin, 75 (2017) 3567-3586 (Springer). (IF: 2.843); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00289-017-2230-9 
  15. D. Pal, S. Neogi, S. De, Treatment of polyacrylonitrile co‐polymer membrane by low temperature radio‐frequency nitrogen plasma, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 29 (2018) 775-784 (Wiley). (IF: 3.348)
  16. S. Thakur, D. Pal, S. Neogi, Prevention of biofilm attachment by plasma treatment of polyethylene, Surface Innovations 4 (2016) 33-38 (ICE). (IF: 3.016); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1680/jsuin.15.00016 
  17. D. Pal, S. Neogi, S. De, Improved antifouling characteristics of acrylonitrile co-polymer membrane by low temperature pulsed ammonia plasma in the treatment of oil–water emulsion, Vacuum 131 (2016) 293-304 (Elsevier). (IF: 4.1);' DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vacuum.2016.07.010 
  18. D. Pal, S. Neogi, S. De, Surface modification of polyacrylonitrile co-polymer membranes using pulsed direct current nitrogen plasma, Thin Solid Films 597 (2015) 171-182 (Elsevier). (IF: 2.35) ; DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2015.11.050 
  19. J. Dasgupta, S. Chakraborty, J. Sikder, R. Kumar, D. Pal, S. Curcio, E. Drioli, The effects of thermally stable titanium silicon oxide nanoparticles on structure and performance of cellulose acetate ultrafiltration membranes, Separation and Purification Technology 133 (2014) 55-68 (Elsevier). (IF: 9.13); DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2014.06.035                (*) As  Supervisor/ Corresponding Author

Conference Publications

  • A. RAHMAN S, T. KIRAN, A. BHASKAR, D. PAL, An insight on the plasma treatment in the polymeric membrane and on its recovery of hydrophobicity, Chemcon 2023, December 27.

  • D. Pal, Energy storage in phase change material: A theoretical study, All India Seminar on Bo – fuels, Bio energy & Bio – economy, Organized by The Institution of Engineers (India) Assam State Centre, 29th October, 2018.
  • D. Pal, S. De, S. Neogi, Surface Modification of Polyacrylonitrile Co-Polymer Membranes Using Pulsed Direct Current Plasma. Conference: The African Membrane Society First International Congress: SFAX 2016-May 3rd to 5th 2016-Tunisia, Energy Aspect of Desalination Processes.
  • D. Pal, S. De, S. Neogi, Surface modification of polyacrylonitrile co-polymer membranes using pulsed DC nitrogen plasma, presented in the International Workshop under New INDIGO Scheme on "Hybrid Membrane Based Separation Processes for Treatment of Industrial Wastewater" held at IIT Kharagpur on April 2014.
  • D. Pal, S. De, S. Neogi, Surface modification of polyacrylonitrile based membrane: Effect of low temperature pulsed DC discharge of nitrogen and ammonia plasma by. Conference: 6th world congress on adhesion and related phenomena in conjunction with 41st annual meeting of the adhesion society.

Book Chapters

C. M. Roy, U. Chatterjee , D. Pal, and J Sikder, Chromium Removal from Tannery Effluent Waste by a Forward Osmosis System, Nova Science Publishers (SCI, Scopus) DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/HUMP1467 

Research Projects

  • NTPC funded project on "Development of sustainable and cost effective strategy for corrosion mitigation (Phase 2)"; Role: PI (~41 lakhs, 2024 - 2026) Ref No.: IIPE/DORD/PROJECT/20 - 02
  • Institute Research Grant (IRG) on "The development of an antifouling membrane bioreactor (MBR)"; Role: PI (~28 lakhs, 2022 - 2025), Ref No.: IIPE/DORD/IRG/0009
  • Awarded Collaborative Research Project (Project Code: CRSAEC09) Title: Development of Antifouling Membranes using Low-Temperature Plasma) funded by World Bank (under TEQIP -III program of MHRD, Govt. of India, Rs ~ 3 lakhs); Role: PI, 2019 to 2022, Ref. No.: ASTU/TEQIP- III/CR/2019/548/7727 (Completed).
  • Awarded CRS Project (Project Code: CRSAEC10) Title: Removal of arsenic and fluoride from groundwater of Kamrup district, Assam, India) funded by World Bank (under TEQIP -III program of MHRD, Govt. of India, Rs ~ 3 lakhs ); Role: Co - PI, 2019 to 2022. Ref. No.: ASTU/TEQIPIII/CR/2019/548/7700 (Completed). 
  • CRS project award (Ref. No.: CRS/ID: 1-5736903071) funded by NPIU as principal investigator (PI) (Rs ~ 18 lakhs, Date: 18th June 2019).

Awards & Honors

  • GATE Score: 580, All India Ranking: 72 in the year 2009.
  • Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Fellowship from 2012 to 2018.
  • Awarded for best poster on "Surface modification of polymeric membrane using pulsed DC plasma" in Research Scholars’ Day, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, 2015. 
  • Second award for best poster on "Low temperature plasma treatment of PAN membranes " in Research Scholars’ Day, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, 2016.
  • Collaborative Research Project on "Removal of arsenic and fluoride from groundwater of Kamrup district, Assam, India" funded by TEQIP -III, MHRD, Govt. of India, Amount: 3 lakhs, 2019-2022. Reff. No.: ASTU/TEQIPIII/CR/2019/548/7700. 
  • Awarded Research Project (Title: Development of Antifouling Membranes using Low Temperature Plasma) under TEQIP III, Govt. of INDIA (World bank funded); Amount: Rs. 300000/-, (11th May 2019). Reff. No.: ASTU/TEQIP-III/CR/2019/3851.
  • CRS project award (Title: Development of Antifouling Membranes for Wastewater Treatment in Membrane Bioreactor) as a PI (under NPIU, Govt. of India); Amount: Rs. 1851000/-. (18th June 2019). Reff. No.: CRS/ID: 1-5736903071
  • Invited Expert member, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Government of India. 
  • Invited Expert member, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India.
  • Outstanding Researcher in Chemical Engineering by 8th Venus International Science and Technology Awards – VISTA 2022
  • Invited Editorial Board Member of Journal of Polymer & Composites, ESCI. 
  • Invited Editorial Board Member of Journal of Polymer Materials, SCIE

Administrative Responsibilities:

1. Member of Academic Senate, IIPE

2. Faculty-in-Charge of Technical Committee

3. Faculty-in-Charge of EAA

4. Faculty-in-Charge of IIChE student chapter 

5. Member of Fee-waiver Committee

6.  PIC (Ph.D. Admissions)

7.  Member for making recommendations for fees for internal Staff members on joining Institute

8.  Member of Faculty Selection Committee of Petroleum Department, IIPE

Co-curricular activities

Organized following events:

1. A special talk on the topic "Two Phase Flow: Understanding & Application" on 3rd September 2022 (Saturday) from 11:00 AM. Delivered by Prof. Sumana Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT-Roorkee. 

 2. A special talk on the topic "Simulated Moving Bed Systems and its Various Modifications for Difficult and Reactive Separations" on 21st October 2022 (Friday) from 6:30 PM. Delivered by Prof. Ajay K. Ray, Professor of the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Department at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario, Canada. 

3. A special talk on the theme “Petroleum Refining Challenges in Primary Units”,  delivered by Mr. Ankur Verma, Manager (R&D), BPCL, (19/03/202)

5. A special talk on the theme “Nanomaterials for Sensing Applications”, delivered by Dr. Gomathi N., Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. (25/09/2021)

6. A special talk on the theme “Manufacturing of Strategic Materials”, delivered by Dr. Chandan Halder, Senior Manager, R&D, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Government of India Enterprise, Ministry of Defence) (03/10/2021)

7. A special talk was organized on the theme “Be Mindful of Occupational & Process Safety all the Time”, which was delivered by Mr. Ramesh Koganti, who had worked at organizations that include TPC Group, BP, and Lyondel Basell. (20/11/2021)

8. A special talk was organized on the theme “Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Perspectives, Fabrication, Stability, and Application”, which was delivered by Prof. Aditya Kumar, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Department, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad (13th April 2022)

9. Vishleshan (12/10/2021). 'Vishleshan' was an event initiated to observe the 'International Day for Disaster Reduction' at IIPE. A Case Study Analysis in the form of a Group Discussion competition was conducted with the theme "Industrial Disasters: Prevention & Control".

10. Organized “ALUMNI TALKS”, 16th October 2022. 

11. Organized “VISHLESHAN: A Case Study and Analysis Competition” on 1st November 2022 from 5:00 PM onwards. 

12. Organized “ENEGRON”, Oct 13, 2023.  Topic: A low-cost green hydrogen production process by electrolysis of water, that minimizes energy consumption and maximizes efficiency

Phd Students:

1. Ankit Rawal 

Invited Lecture

  • Delivered invited popular talk on “Surface Science and Engineering” in the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre of Assam State Centre, The Institute of Engineers (India), Guwahati 781001, 2nd February 2019

  • Delivered invited talk on “Surface Engineering of Polymeric Membrane” conducted by Centre of Chemistry & Chemical Excellence (CCCE) on 9th September 2020

  • Invited talk on "Petrochemicals and their significance" at HPCL, Visakhapatnam, 4th December 2022.

  • Invited talk on "Basics of Process Control and their applicability in Biotechnology" at Amity Institute of Biotechnology, 29th of March 2023. 

  • Invited talk on "Corrosion protection using advanced coating" NTPC, April 2023


1.  Applied Physics Letters (AIP Publishing)

2. Experimental and Computational Multiphase Flow (Springer)

3. Surface and Coatings Technology (Elsevier)

4. Material Science and Engineering Technology (Wiley)

4. Thin Solid Films (Elsevier) 

5. Chemical Papers (Springer)