Professor Vilas Gajanan Gaikar

Bharat Petroleum Professor of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Areas of Interest:

Reactive separations, Molecular simulation, Clean Technology, Process Intensification, Microwave reactors, Biofuel.


Advanced Separation processes, Engineering molecules for separations, Microwave reactors for process intensification, CO2 capture and Thermochemical Conversions of biomass

Consultancy Areas:

Process intensification, Separations and purifications, Molecular designs.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs

Major Professional Contributions:

Published 143 papers in peer reviewed journals, 2 books, 6 patents and delivered more than 100 invited lectures.
Developed newer reactive separation processes for mixtures of cresols, picolines, phenols and anilines, Developed thermodynamic framework for reactive extraction, Developed clean organic syntheses in aqueous solutions, developed mathematical models for thermal cracking of chemicals, Developed new adsorbents for metal ion separations for nuclear reprocessing, developed new applications of aqueous solutions of hydrotropes, developed new water based extraction process for natural products and their purifications, developed understanding of mixtures of hydrotropes with surfactants, developed technology for biodiesel from fatty acids and oils, developed technology for oxidized bitumen and polymer modified bitumen, developed technology for HMF, FDCA and sebacic acid, Developed reverse micelar based cell permeabilization technique for Enzyme recovery and purification.

Professional Experience:

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering (2002-onwards)
  • Reader in Chemical Engineering (1992-2002)
  • Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (1985-1992)
  • Consultant to Chemical Industries (1988-)
  • Independent Director, Aarti Drugs Ltd. (2006-) BORL (2014-)


hydrotropes, reactive separation, process intensification, molecular simulation.


Contact Information


Institute of Chemical Technology, N M Parekh Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400019

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  • B. Chem. Engg. (UDCT, 1982)
  • M. Chem. Engg. (UDCT, 1984)
  • PhD (UDCT,1986)


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • IIChE, D.O.S.T. Medal (2013)
  • IIChE, Herdillia Award for excellence in Basic Research (2007)
  • Elected Fellow, INAE
  • Elected Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences
  • INSA Young Scientist Medal (1992)
  • Best Teacher Award, University of Mumbai (2002)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To : Section IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2007

Year of Birth: 1960