Dhananjai B Shah, Ph.D, P.E.
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
 Office: FH 461
 Phone: 216-687-3569,  216-687-2571
 Fax: 216-687-9220
 Email: D.SHAH@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/chemical_engineering/people/db
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 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 461, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Adsorption, diffusion, reactions in zeolites, Unsteady state processes-simulation and modeling, Transport phenomena in packed beds, Air and water pollution control
 
Education:
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1975
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1972
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Bombay, 1970
 
Brief Bio:
BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering. PhD thesis in wastewater treatment and kinetics of phosphorus and nitrogen removal

Post doctoral fellowships with Prof. D.M. Ruthven(adsorption and diffusion in zeolites) at University of New Brunswick, Canada and Prof. Anderson (Fischer Tropsch Synthesis)at McMaster University in Canada

Spent three years as Assistant Professor at Indiana Institute of Technology teaching courses in chemical engineering

Since 1982, faculty member at Cleveland State University

Expertise in the areas of transport phenomena in porous materials specifically in zeolites, use of adsorptive separations for bulk separations and purification, use of adsorption for removal of pollutants in air and water pollution control.  

Consultant in the areas of adsorption and diffusion, separation processes and air & water pollution control.  Reviewer of papers for professional journals, proposals for funding agencies and review panelist for NSF and EPA.
 
Honors and Awards:
2005-2006 - Gast-Mercator Professor, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Summer 1994, Fall 1993 Science and Engineering Research Council Fellowship, UK for research at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, England.

Summer 1993 NASA-OAI (Ohio Aerospace Institute) Summer Fellowship, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Research Interests:
Diffusion In Zeolites - As an outgrowth of our synthesis program, research is underway to study the diffusion of gases in zeolites. Considerable discrepancies exist in the literature over the values of diffusion coefficients for the simplest gas/zeolite systems. With the use of large zeolites crystals, many of these concerns have been resolved. We have developed a new insight into the transport of gases in these microporous solids.

Adsorption and Diffusion in Zeolites by Pulse Chromatography - Pulse chromatographic technique has been successfully used to determine the pure component and binary sorption equilibria and diffusion coefficients of various adsorbates in zeolites. The experimental technique and the method of data analysis is simple. The method, along with the gravimetric technique is being used to study sorption and diffusion of various adsorbates in zeolites.

Dynamic Behavior of Adsorption Columns - Dynamic behavior of adsorption column has been studied extensively for single component adsorption. However, most of these studies have used adsorption from dilute solutions. Under these conditions, one can assume constant fluid phase velocity through the bed and isothermal operation. These assumptions are not valid for the case of bulk adsorption. Work is in progress to experimentally measure the breakthrough curves for bulk adsorption and compare them with the predictions from a model that accounts for the changing velocity of the fluid phase and the nonisothermal nature of the adsorption.

Air and Water Pollution Control - Adsorption can be effectively used to remove volatile organics from gas phase and organics from the liquid phase by the use of activated carbon and/or zeolites.  We have successfully tackled problems of abating ammonium from liquid wastes, removal of organics from gas phase and cleaning of waste generated in electroplating industry by use of adsorption and of membranes.
 
Teaching Areas:
COURSES TAUGHT

     Undergraduate

ESC 120 Freshman Engineering Design
ESC 301 Fluid Mechanics
ESC 150         Fortran
ESC 151 ANSI - C
ESC 270 Material Science
ESC 350 Numerical Methods
CHE 300 Material and Energy Balances
CHE 302 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHE 306         Transport Phenomena
CHE 418         Adsorption & Catalysis
CHE 404         Chemical Reactor Design
CHE 420      Chemical Engineering Laboratory
CHE 408         Chemical Engineering Methods l
CHE 430         Process Control
CHE 440, 441         Process Design I and II
CHE 456 Process Modeling
CHE 476/576 Multicomponent Mass Transfer
    
Graduate

CHE 504 Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHE 506 Transport Phenomena
CHE 531 Air Pollution Control
CHE 604/ESC 704   Advanced Kinetics  
CHE 648/ESC 748   Fundamentals of Adsorption
CHE 651/ESC 751   Diffusional Mass Transfer
CHE 636/ESC 736   Mass Transfer

Courses Taught at Indiana Institute of Technology

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Junior-level)
Air Pollution (Senior elective)
Applied Numerical Methods (Senior elective)           

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Developed and introduced CHE 648, CHE 531, CHE 636 and CHE 595/CHE 695

TEACHING HONORS

Awarded "Best Teacher in the Department" certificate by the senior class of 1986, 1989, 1995, 1998 and 2000.

Consistently placed at the top in the exit survey conducted by the Department  Chairman, 1983-present.
 
Professional Affiliations:
Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Member, International Adsorption Society
Member, Cleveland Engineering Society

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER REGISTRATION

Registered Professional Engineer, State of Ohio, 1994.
 
Professional Experience:
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2005-2006 Gast-Mercator Professor, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

1997-Present Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University

Summer 1994, Fall 1993 Science and Engineering Research Council Fellowship, UK for research at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, England.

Summer 1993 NASA-OAI (Ohio Aerospace Institute) Summer Fellowship, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

1988-1997 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University

1986-1991 Assistant Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University

1982-1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University

1982-Present Member, Graduate Faculty, Cleveland State University.

1978-1982 Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1977-1978 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1975-1977 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

CONSULTING ACTIVITIES

Independent Consultant* and through Advanced Manufacturing Center**

1993-Present* Cleveland Engineering Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

1995-2006* NSF Separations, US EPA, Panel reviewer on SBIR and Fellowship Panels

2001-2002* Woodman Agitator, Inc., Avon, Ohio
Determination of Power Characteristics of Mixers

2000-2002** Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey.
Adsorption Column Dynamics and PSA Processes

1998-2000* University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Design of Adsorption Columns

1995* NIPSCO Industries, Merrilville, Indiana
High Pressure Methane Adsorption

1995* Engelhard Corporation, Beachwood, Ohio
Kinetics of n-Hexane Adsorption in Zeolites

1991*, 1998* Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey.
Kinetics of VOC Removal by ETS.

1989-1991** General Electric Lighting Division, Euclid, Ohio. Removal of Ammonia from Gaseous and Liquid Streams.

1988** B.F. Goodrich, Elyria, Ohio. Scheduling of Polymer Manufacturing Process.

Summer 1987* W.W. Sly Manufacturing, Strongsville, Ohio. Design of Scrubbers.

Summer 1984* Nucor Steel, Norfolk, Nebraska. Design of Pressure Swing Adsorption Systems.

Summer 1983* Gas Equipment Engineering Corporation, Milford, Connecticut. Design of Pressure Swing Adsorption Systems.
 
University Service:
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

University

Member, Professional Leave Advisory Committee (1993-95)
Member, OBOR/CSU Fellowship Review Committee (1991-92)
Member, Task Force to review RACA Guidelines (1991-92)
Member, Graduate Assistant Orientation Committee (1990-92)
        Member, Graduate College Research and Creative
     Activities Grants Review Committee (1989-92)
        Member, College Admissions and Standards Committee (1986-88)
Member, Graduate College Petitions Committee (1984-86)
Member, Environmental Safety and Health Committee (1995-99)
Chairman, Environmental safety & Health Committee (1998-99)

College

Faculty Senator (2003-2005)
        Member, Frank J. Ambrose Scholarship Committee (1994-1997)
Member, Faculty Affairs Committee (1995-1998)
Member, Graduate Affairs Committee (1988-92)
Chairman, Personnel Action Committee (1989-90, 97-2001)
Member, Personnel Action Committee (1988-89, 90-92, 97- 01, 02-04)
Chairman, Undergraduate Affairs Committee (1985-86, 2002-05)
Member, Nominating Committee (1984-86)
Member, Undergraduate Affairs Committee (1984-85, 2000-Present)
Chairman, Peer Review Committee (1997-Present)

Departmental

Chair, Chairman Search Committee (1996)
Member, Personnel Action Committee (1983-Present)
Chairman, Graduate Program Committee (1983-1992)
Chair, Faculty Search Committee (1998-1999)

Participant in Mentoring Activity in an effort to increase retention of incoming Freshman, 1994, 1997.

Participant in teaching of Freshmen Orientation Course in an effort to increase retention of incoming freshmen, 1994.
 
Professional Service:
Member, Organizing Committee, Eighth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption, Sedona, Arizona, May 23-27, 2004.

Session Chair, Eighth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption, Sedona, Arizona, May 23-27, 2004.  

Member, Curriculum & Education Projects Committee, AIChE, 1994.  Responsible for reviewing the chemical engineering curriculum at US universities and new developments.  

Session Chair, "New Developments in TSA/PSA Processes," AIChE Annual Meeting, 1996, Chicago, Illinois.

Session Chair, "Student Assessment," American Society of Engineering Education Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1996.

Session Chair, "Free Forum in Undergraduate Education," AIChE Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 1996.

Annual Reviewer of Fluid Mechanics, Dynamics and Materials Science For Engineer-in-Training Examination for Engineering Students on behalf of Tau Beta Pi, CSU and Cleveland Engineering Society FE Review Classes.

REVIEWING ACTIVITIES: Papers:  Sixth and Eighth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption,  Zeolites, Chemical Engineering Communications, AIChE Journal, Adsorption, Adsorption Science and Technology, Journal of Catalysis, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, Research, Separation Science and Technology, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Fifth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption, Chemistry of Materials, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Chemical Engineering Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of American Chemical Society

Proposals:National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Environmental Protection Agency, Australian Research Council, Department of Energy, Department of Education

Proposals Review Panelist: NSF CTS Review Panel, January 1995; NSF/EPA Review Panel, June 28-29, 1995, EPA Review Panel, July 24-25, 1996; EPA Review Panel, May 13-15, 1997; EPA Review Panel, June 23-24, 1998; EPA SBIR Panel, February 2-4, 1999; EPA SBIR Panel, August 30-31, 2000; EPA SBIR Panel, August 21-22, 2002; EPA SBIR Panel, August 20-21, 2003; EPA Fellowships Panel, February 25, 2004; EPA Fellowships Panel, February 24-25, 2005; NSF Separation Processes, January 19, 2006; NSF Separation Processes, May 4th, 2006; EPA SBIR Control of Air Pollution Panel, August 29-30, 2006; NSF Separation Processes, November 19th, 2006; EPA SBIR Innovation in Manufacturing, Aug 11,12, 2010;   EPA STAR Graduate Fellowships, February 2nd, 2012; EPA STAR Fellowships, March 1-2, 2012

External Ph.D. examiner for 1.  Mr. Nazmul Haq, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 1983.  2) Ph.D. thesis committee member for doctoral student, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 1999. 3)Pavel Kortunov, Faculty of Physics and Geosciences, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 2005.
 
Community Service:
Member, CSU Speakers' Bureau

"Games, Puzzles and Paradoxes: Their Role in Development of Mathematics," Presented to
HKN Honor Society, CSU, February 4, 1994.
AIChE Local Section, April 28, 1994.
Tau Beta Pi Chapter, December 4, 1994.
        Lorain County Society Professional Engineers Society, 03/06/96.
Westlake High School, March 12, 1996.
Wickliffe High School, May 9, 1996.
Twinsburg High School, April 18, 2002
Horizon Science Academy, October 23, 2003
St. Joseph  Academy, November 21, 2003
Lakewood High School, March 5th, 2007

"Drag Reduction in Nature and Man-Made Applications,"
        Presented to Lakewood High School, November 7, 1995.


"PIE (p, i, e): Three famous Numbers in Mathematics" Presented to
Euclid High School, January 30th, 1997.
Brooklyn High School, February 25th, 1998.
Kenston High School, March 24, 1999.
North Ridgeville High School, December 9, 1999.
Strongsville High School, November 13, 2001.
Nordonia High School, February 28, 2002.
Garfield Heights High School, March 7, 2002.
Brunswick High School, March 14, 2002.
Hawken High School, March 13, 2003.
        International Research Group, University of Leipzig, Germany, December 20th, 2005.
        St. Joes Academy, Rocky River, November 2006.
        St. Joe's Academy, Rocky River, March 28th, 2007.
 
Research Grants:
RESEARCH GRANTS

1)J. Kaerger and D.B. Shah, Mercator-Gastprofessur für Herrn Professor Dr. D. B. Shah, ¬84,696, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, August 16, 2005 to August 15, 2006.

2)O. Talu, D.B. Shah and J.R. Elliott, "Application of Single Crystal Membrane Technique for Investigation of Binary Diffusivities in Zeolites," National Science Foundation, $250,000, 1998-2001.  

3)D.B. Shah and O. Talu, "Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Relationship Between Pore Structure and Effective Diffusivities in Biporous Materials," University Research Council, Cleveland State University, $10,940, June 14, 1996.  

4)D.B. Shah and N.H. Dural, Mercury removal from High Intensity Discharge Lamps, CAMP, $3,999, 1996-1997.  

5)D.B. Shah, "High Pressure Adsorption of Methane," NIPSCO Industries, Merrilville, Indiana, $13,679, June 1 - September 1, 1995.  

6)D.B. Shah and O. Talu, "In-Plant testing of NASA-Developed Ion Exchange Membranes to Treat Electroplating Wastewater," NASA-Lewis Research Center, $15,605, June 27 - August 31, 1994.  

7)O. Talu and D.B. Shah, "Direct Measurement of Intracrystalline Diffusivity by Single Crystal Membrane Technique," National Science Foundation, $162,215, 1994-1997.  

8)D.B. Shah, "In-Plant Testing of NASA-Developed Ion Exchange Membranes to Treat Electroplating Wastewater," NASA-Lewis Research Center.  $38,230, April 8, 1993 - August 31, 1994.  

9)D.B. Shah, "Potential Applications of Membranes Developed by NASA for Removal of Heavy Metals From Wastewaters Produced by Metals Industries," NASA-Lewis Research Center.  $5,000.  June 15, 1992 - August 7, 1992.  

10)O. Talu, D.B. Shah and D.T. Hayhurst, "Optimization of the Adsorption Process for Removal and Recovery of Ammonia from Off-Gases," General Electric Company. $50,383.  January 1, 1991 - July 1, 1991.  

11)O. Talu, D.T. Hayhurst and D.B. Shah, "Moderation of Ammonium Concentration in Industrial Wastewaters by Adsorption," General Electric Company.  $89,912.  December 15, 1990 - July 1, 1991.  $89,912.  

12)D.B. Shah, "Inorganic Materials Research," Academic Challenge Program, The State of Ohio.  1986 to 1992.

Fiscal Year 1986     $45,000
Fiscal Year 1987     $48,180
Fiscal Year 1988     $50,589
Fiscal Year 1989     $53,118
Fiscal Year 1990     $55,775
Fiscal Year 1991     $57,077

TOTAL      $309,739

13)D.T. Hayhurst and D.B. Shah, "A Study of the Diffusion of C1 to C8 Hydrocarbons in a Zeolite Membrane," Research Challenge Program, The State of Ohio.  $5400.  January 1988 to June 1988.  

14)D.B. Shah, "Research on Intercalated Graphite Fibers and Diamond-like Films," NASA Lewis Research Center.  $18,501.  April 1984 - October 1984.  

15)D.B. Shah, "Research on Intercalated Graphite Fibers and Diamond-like Films," NASA Lewis Research Center.  $32,709.  April 1983 - April 1984.