Professor Akhilesh Kumar Bhatnagar

Distinguished Professor, Indian National Academy Of Engineers

Areas of Interest:

Petroleum chemistry, Petroleum refinery process and products, Technology management, Environment quality, petroleum conservation


Petroleum additive chemistry,
Grease and lubricants,
Flexible pavements and bitumen quality,
fuel quality and up gradation processes,
technology transfer in related areas as above

Consultancy Areas:

Development of energy efficient, novel products and processes in petroleum related industry


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Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Major Professional Contributions:

Superannuated in Dec 2002 as DIRECTOR (R&D), Member of Board, Indian Oil Corporation, a fortune 500 company which operates a chain of petroleum refineries and controlling over 50% of Indian market for petroleum products.
Subsequent to retirement, my services were availed by reputed academic and industrial organizations of India for their research and development activities.
such as Petrotech chair Professor-Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi,(Jan 2003-Dec 2004), Advisor R&D-Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd(Jan 2005-July 2006),Senior Vice President( R&D)- Reliance Industries Ltd (July 2006-October 2009)and now Distinguished Professor {Indian National Academy of Engineers) at Indian Oil R&D Center, Faridabad. (July 2010 ..).During this period, I significantly contributed in developments of novel processes for fuel and lubricant additives, novel greases and new chemistentrery bitumen etc. In addition developing world class R&D related infrastructure (e.g. Reliance R&D Center Jamnagar Gujrat, Hindustan petroleum Green R&D Centre, Bangalore and modernization and infrastructure creation at Indian Oil R&D Centre Faridabad. The scientific contributions is covered under national and international patents which are more than 80 and publications over 150. My work got worldwide recognitions through various awards and recognitions.
[Keywords] titanium greases, energy efficient lubricants, energy efficient lubricants, lubricity addititives, xanthates, biolubricants, fuel additives.

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor Agra University 1962- 64
  • Research Fellow Lucknow University 1964-67
  • Research Associate (La Hoffman Roche Fellowship) University Of Liverpool, UK 1967-69
  • Research Associate (Sloane Foundation Fellowship) Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA 1969-70
  • Post Doctoral Fellow (University Fellowship) University Of Wisconsin, Madison, USA 1970-72
  • Group Leader Malti-Chem Research Centre, (Vadodra) 1972-73
  • R&D Manager Hindustan Insectides Ltd New Delhi 1973-82
  • Deputy Director(Scientist G) Indian Institute Of Chemical Technology, Hyderbad ( A Constituent Unit Of CSIR) 1982-85
  • DY. General Manager ( Chemicals) Indian Oil Corporation, R&D Centre, Faridabad 1985-89
  • General Manager (R&D) - DO – 1990-94
  • Executive Director (R&D) - DO – 1994-98
  • Director (R&D), member of the board Indian Oil Corporation 1998-2002
  • Petrotech Chair Professor, Deptt.Of Chemical Engineering Indian Institute Of Technology, New Delhi 2002-04
  • Advisor (R&D) Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd 2004-2006
  • Senior Vice President (R&D) Reliance Industries Ltd Jamnagar Distinguished Professor (INAE) 2010-2013
  • Distinguished Professor (INAE) Indian Oil Corporation R&D Center, Faridabad July 2010-Till Date


titanium greases, energy efficient lubricants, energy efficient lubricants, lubricity addititives, xanthates, biolubricants, fuel additives.


Contact Information


Email: drakbhatnagar@gmailcom
Phone: +91 9868240305
0129 4168502



  • Ph.D Lucknow University Chemistry 1967
  • M.Sc Gorakhpur University Chemistry 1962
  • B Sc Gorakhpur University Chem,Bio 1960


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • National award from Department of Science and Industrial Research, Government of India, for research efforts in energy conservation in 1993.
  • Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association (ICMA) award in 1996
  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) annual award for science and technology for best invention in 1996.
  • Lifetime achievement Award by Indian Chapter of National Lubricating Grease Institute USA (2002)
  • Life Time achievement Award of International seminar of Fuels and Lubricants, New Delhi (2002)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2000

Year of Birth: 1942