Dr. Shanthi Priya Samudrala

Dr. Shanthi Priya Samudrala

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Chemical Engineering
Room 203A , Building 36 Clayton campus

Dr Priya Samudrala studied Applied Chemistry and received her PhD in Dec 2016 at RMIT University working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis for bio-glycerol conversion to commodity chemicals and fine chemical synthesis involving organic transformations. She has developed a solid background
in both experimental and theoretical aspects of catalysis and green chemical reaction processes during her research career. After her PhD, she continued working as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC), School of Sciences, RMIT University for about
6 months. She reinforced her knowledge in heterogeneous catalysis and ventured into a new area of developing three dimensional printed catalyst formulations and their application in sustainable chemical production from renewable sources. From Jan 2017, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research
Fellow with Prof Bhattacharya in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University working on multiple research projects, co-supervising PhD students and teaching Reaction Engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Applied Chemistry, , RMIT University, Australia
  • Master of Science, Organic Chemistry, Osmania University, India
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Osmania University, India

Expertise

Heterogeneous catalysis, Bioglycerol valorization to fuels and chemicals, CO2 utilization and conversion, Three-dimensional printing in catalysis, Fine chemical synthesis, Organic transformations, Microwave Chemistry

Awards

Dr Priya Samudrala has received ‘PROF MARTIN BENNETT RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD’ – 2016, one of the prestigious awards in School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, for outstanding academic achievements and research contribution in the field of Inorganic Chemistry during PhD. The other awards include:

  • Awarded Monash Engineering Discovery Seed Fund, 2018, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800 Australia.
  • Awarded MEMSI Industry Connect Seed Fund, 2017, Monash Energy Materials & Systems Institute, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800 Australia.
  • Received ‘Women Leadership Award’ in the Future Women Leaders Conference, 2017, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800 Australia.
  • Received Best Oral Presentation Award, 2015, Catalysis Symposium (CATSYMP), India.
  • Awarded Best Poster Presentation in the National seminar on “Advance Spectro-Analytical Techniques”, 2014, India.
  • Awarded Best Poster Presentation in Indo-US Conference on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels, 2014, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India.

Service

Chemical Engineering Representative in the Faculty of Engineering Early Career Researcher (ECR)
Network Committee, Monash University.

 

Research Interests

Novel catalytic materials hold the key to fundamental advances in the area of chemical and energy production, thus, the development of novel, active and robust catalysts for sustainable chemical syntheses, is most important and challenging area for innovation in industrial catalysis. Furthermore, environmentally cleaner processes are essential for solving world’s ecological and socio-economic implications. The petroleum-based fuel and chemical production depletes the world’s natural resources and causes serious environmental damage. To alleviate shortage of fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions, sustainable production of fuels and chemicals by utilisation of renewable biomass-derived feedstocks to valuable products, would provide a cost-effective and low environmental impact technology ensuring a sustainable future to chemical industries world-wide. Thus, Dr Samudrala’s research focuses on the development of novel solid catalysts for the transformation of biomass into value-added chemicals and biofuels via economic viable and eco-friendly catalytic processes. She developed expertise in both liquid and vapour phase catalytic reactions. She has always been fascinated by catalytic processes and interested in projects that utilise an emerging fabrication technology, three dimensional printing, which offers cost-effective and facile approach to create well-designed robust monolithic catalytic materials with structural optimisation.

Her current research interests include:

  • Synthesis of novel catalytic materials and their application in bio-glycerol valorisation to chemicals, fuels and fuel additives.
  • Design and development of novel three dimensional printed monoliths for catalysis applications.
  • Microwave chemistry for catalyst development and fine chemical synthesis.
  • Material development and synthesis of new nanocomposite catalysts for the sustainable chemical and energy applications.
  • Catalytic transformation of carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals.

Journal Articles

S. Priya, A. V. Nakhate, S. S. R. Gupta, K. B. Rasal, C. R. Gadipelly, T. Srinivas, D. K. Dumbre, PR. Selvakannan, K. V. R. Chary, S. K. Bhargava, M. L. Kantam, Oxidative coupling of carboxylic acids using transition metal hydrotalcite catalysts, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.12.058

S. Priya, PR. Selvakannan, K. V. R. Chary, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, Solvent-Free Microwave- Assisted Synthesis of Solketal from Glycerol Using Transition Metal Ions Promoted Mordenite Solid Acid Catalysts, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 434 (2017) 184-193.

Hurt, S. S. Priya, PR Selvakannan, M. Brandt, S. Bhargava, J. Patel, M. Leary, T. Bhatelia, Combining Additive Manufacturing and Catalysis: A Review, Catalysis Science and Technology 7, (2017) 3421-3439.

Bhanuchander, S. S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, SK Hussain, Suresh K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Direct hydrogenolysis of glycerol to bio-propanols over metal phosphate supported platinum catalysts. Catalysis Letters, 147 (2017) 845-855.

S. Priya, P. Bhanuchander, V. P. Kumar, Suresh K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Activity and Selectivity of Platinum-Copper bimetallic catalysts supported on Mordenite for Glycerol hydrogenolysis to 1, 3-propanediol, Industrial Engineering & Chemistry Research, 55 (2016) 4461−4472.

S. Priya, P. Bhanuchander, V.P. Kumar, D. Deepa, PR. Selvakannan, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, V. R. Chary, Platinum supported on H-Mordenite: A highly efficient catalyst for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-PDO, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4 (2016) 1212−1222.

S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, A. Srikanth, K. V. R. Chary, High Efficiency Conversion of Glycerol to 1,3-propanediol using a novel Platinum-tungsten catalyst supported on SBA-15, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 54 (2015) 9104−9115.

S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, PR. Selvakannan, K. V. R. Chary Metal-Acid Bifunctional catalysts for Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol under atmospheric pressure: A Highly Selective route to produce Propanols, Applied Catalysis A: General, 498 (2015) 88–98.

S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Catalytic performance of Pt/AlPO4 catalysts for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1, 3-propanediol in vapour phase, RSC Advances, 4 (2014) 51893-51903.

S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Vapour-phase Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to 1, 3-propanediol Over Supported Pt Catalysts: The Effect of Supports on the Catalytic Functionalities, Catalysis Letters, 144 (2014) 2129–2143.

P. Kumar, S. S. Priya, Y. Harikrishna A. Kumar, K. V. R. Chary, Catalytic Functionalities of Nano Ruthenium/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts for the Vapour Phase Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 15 (2015) 1–9.

Kishore, S. S. Priya, M. Sudhakar, B.Venu, A. Venugopal, J. Yadav, M. L. Kantam, Synthesis of fluorenones by using Pd(II)/Mg-La mixed oxide catalyst, Catalysis Science & Technology, 5 (2015) 3363-3367.

P. Kumar, Jorge N. Beltramini, S. S. Priya, A. Srikanth, K. V. R. Chary, Catalytic Functionalities of Nano Ru Catalysts Supported On TiO2-ZrO2 Mixed-Oxide for Vapour-Phase Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propanediols, Applied Petrochemical Research (2015) DOI 10.1007/s13203-015-0136-8

Harisekhar, V. P. Kumar, S. S. Priya, K. V. R. Chary, Vapour phase hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propanediols over CuO catalysts supported on SBA-15, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 90 (2015) 1906–1917.

Conference papers

S. S. Priya, PR. Selvakannan, D. Deepa, S. K. Bhargava, S. Bhattacharya, One-pot synthesis of bio- fuel additives from glycerol and benzyl alcohol: FeCl3/MCM-41 as a highly efficient tandem catalyst, CHEMECA July 2017.

S. S. Priya, K. Shalini, S. Bhattacharya, Glycerol: a promising alternative green solvent for organic transformations, CHEMECA July 2017.

S. S. Priya, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, Oxidative coupling of carboxylic acids over transition metal hydrotalcite catalysts, 9th ICEC, Newcastle Australia July 2016.

S. S. Priya, P. Bhanuchander, V.P. Kumar, D. Deepa, PR. Selvakannan, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Platinum supported on H-Mordenite: A highly efficient catalyst for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-PDO, CHEMECA Australia, September 2015.

S. S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Highly Efficient Platinum- Tungsten catalyst supported on SBA-15 for the Conversion of Glycerol to 1,3-propanediol, 22nd  National Catalysis symposium on Catalysis for Sustainable Development, CSMCRI, India, January
2015.

S. S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. Hari Shekar, A. Srikanth, K. V. R. Chary, Vapour phase hydrogenolysis of bioglycerol to propanediols over Nanostructured Ru/SBA-15 catalysts, Indo-US Conference on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India, November
2014.

S. S. Priya, V. P. Kumar, M. L. Kantam, S. K. Bhargava, K. V. R. Chary, Metal-Acid Bifunctional catalysts for Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol under atmospheric pressure: A Highly Selective route to produce Propanols, National seminar on “Advanced Spectro-Analytical Techniques” (ASAT – 2014), India, September 2014.

Teaching Commitments

  • ENE1621 - Environmental Engineering
  • CHE5881/CHE6881 - Advanced Reaction Engineering
  • CHE3163 - Sustainable Processing
  • CHE3164 - Reaction Engineering
  • Coordination of the research for the Masters of Advanced Engineering (MAdvE) Projects in Chemical Engineering
  • CPD - Continuous Performance Development
Last modified: June 21, 2018