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Ram B. Gupta, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Research Development | Professor of Chemical & Life Science Engineering

Engineering West Hall, Suite 331, Richmond, VA, US

rbgupta@vcu.edu

Research interest: batteries, electrochemistry, sustainable energy, biofuel, supercritical fluids, and nanomedicine.

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Biography

Dr. Gupta is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor in the School of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Prior to joining VCU, during 2011-2014, he served as the Director of Energy for Sustainability Program at the National Science Foundation. This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Projects include those related to biofuels, photovoltaic solar energy, wind energy, and advanced batteries for transportation. During 1995-2014, he was a professor of chemical engineering at Auburn University. He has published numerous research papers and patents on pharmaceuticals and fuels, and is the recipient of Wright A. Gardner Award (2013) from the Alabama Academy of Science, Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship award (2007) from Auburn University, Science and Engineering Award (2002-2004) from DuPont, Junior and Senior Research awards (1998, 2002, 2009) from Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, the James A. Shannon Director’s Award (1998) from the National Institutes of Health, and Young Faculty Career Enhancement Award (1997) from Alabama NSF-EPSCoR.

He is a Fellow of Alabama Academy of Science (2008) and serves/served on the editorial advisory boards various journals including ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (2005-07), Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, Research Letters in Nanotechnology, and Research Letters in Chemical Engineering. He received the B.E. degree (1987) from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, the M.S. degree (1989) from the University of Calgary, and the Ph.D. degree (1993) from the University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. During 1993-95, he did postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books are: Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Delivery (2006, Taylor & Francis), Solubility in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (2007, CRC Press), Hydrogen Fuel: Production, Transport, and Storage (2008, CRC Press), Gasoline, Diesel and Ethanol Biofuels from Grasses and Plants (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Compendium of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier, 2015).

Industry Expertise

  • Energy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cleantech
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Research
  • Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise

BatteriesElectrochemical engineeringBio-carbonSupercritical carbon dioxide technologyNanotechnologyNanoparticlesNanomedicineControlled releaseNanomixingSmart medicineSupercritical water technologyHydrogen fuelRenewable fuelsBio-energyLiquid fuels from methane and biomassCO2 sequestrationPhotochemical engineeringOil spill remediation using benign dispersantsRenewable materials

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Postdoc, Chemical Engineering

1995

The University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

1993

University of Calgary

M.S., Chemical Engineering

1989

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

B.E., Chemical Engineering

1987

Research Focus

Batteries and Supercapacitors

Use of novel electrochemical engineering and materials technology to improve batteries and supercapacitors for cell phones and cars.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing

Use of electro-catalysis and nanotechnology to simplify pharmaceutical manufacturing pathways.

Sustainable fuel

Use of supercritical water technology to produce fuel and bio-carbon from biomass.

Patents

Particulate vaccine formulations for inducing innate and adaptive immunity

US 20170072051 A1

2017-03-16

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Halloysite Nanotubes and Uses Thereof for Novel Remediation Techniques

US 20160114303 A1

2016-04-28

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Fabric having ultraviolet radiation protection, enhanced resistance to degradation, and enhanced resistance to fire

US 9234310 B2

2016-01-12

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Biomass to biochar conversion in subcritical water

US 8637718 B2

2014-01-28

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Water stabilization using microparticles

WO 2009020594 A1

2009-02-12

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Method of forming nanoparticles and microparticles of controllable size using supercritical fluids with enhanced mass transfer

US 6620351 B2

2003-09-16

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Selected Articles

Heparin depolymerization by immobilized heparinase: A review | Bhushan, Indu; Alabbas, Alhumaidi; Sistla, Jyothi C.; Saraswat, Rashmi; Desai, Umesh R.; Gupta, Ram B., International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 2017, 99, 721-730.

2017

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Solar thermochemical ZnO/ZnSO4 water splitting cycle for hydrogen production, | Bhosale, Rahul; Kumar, Anand; Al Momani, Fares; Gupta, Ram B., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2017, DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.02.190

2017

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Kinetic Study and Modeling of Homogeneous Thermocatalytic Decomposition of Methane over a Ni–Cu–Zn/Al2O3 Catalyst for the Production of Hydrogen and Bamboo-Shaped Carbon Nanotubes | Saraswat, Sushil Kumar; Sinha, Bipul; Pant, K. K.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(45), 11672-11680.

2016

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CO2 Capture Using Aqueous Potassium Carbonate Promoted by Ethylaminoethanol: A Kinetic Study | Bhosale, Rahul R.; Kumar, Anand; AlMomani, Fares; Ghosh, Ujjal; AlNouss, Ahmed; Scheffe, Jonathan; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(18), 5238-5246.

2016

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Boric Acid Production from Colemanite Together with ex Situ CO2 Sequestration | Gonen, Mehmet; Nyankson, Emmanuel; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(17), 5116-5124.

2016

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Interfacially Active Hydroxylated Soybean Lecithin Dispersant for Crude Oil Spill Remediation, | Nyankson, Emmanuel; Demir, Muslum; Gonen, Mehmet; Gupta, Ram B., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016, 4(4), 2056-2067.

2016

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Catalytic Upgrading of Methane to Higher Hydrocarbons in a Nonoxidative Chemical Conversion | Nahreen, Shaima; Praserthdam, Supareak; Perez Beltran, Saul; Balbuena, Perla B.; Adhikari, Sushil; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2016, 30(4), 2584-2593.

2016

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Advancements in Crude Oil Spill Remediation Research After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill | Nyankson, Emmanuel; Rodene, Dylan; Gupta, Ram B., Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 2016, 227(1), 1-22.

2016

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Interfacial adsorption and surfactant release characteristics of magnetically functionalized halloysite nanotubes for responsive emulsions | Owoseni Olasehinde; Zhang Yueheng; Nyankson Emmanuel; Gupta Ram B; Adams Daniel J; Spinu Leonard; He Jibao; McPherson Gary L; Bose Arijit; John Vijay T, Journal of colloid and interface science 2016, 463, 288-98.

2016

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Graphitic Biocarbon from Metal-Catalyzed Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignin, Demir | Muslum; Kahveci, Zafer; Aksoy, Burak; Palapati, Naveen K. R.; Subramanian, Arunkumar; Cullinan, Harry T.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.; Harris, Charles T.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54(43), 10731-10739.

2015

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Surfactant-Loaded Halloysite Clay Nanotube Dispersants for Crude Oil Spill Remediation | Nyankson, Emmanuel; Olasehinde, Owoseni; John, Vijay T.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54(38), 9328-9341.

2015

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Soybean Lecithin as a Dispersant for Crude Oil Spills | Nyankson, Emmanuel; DeCuir, Matthew J.; Gupta, Ram B., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015, 3(5), 920-931.

2015

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Release of Surfactant Cargo from Interfacially-Active Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Oil Spill Remediation | Owoseni, Olasehinde; Nyankson, Emmanuel; Zhang, Yueheng; Adams, Samantha J.; He, Jibao; McPherson, Gary L.; Bose, Arijit; Gupta, Ram B.; John, Vijay T., Langmuir 2014, 30(45), 13533-13541.

2014

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A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Solid and Solubilized Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (DOSS) on Oil Dispersion Using the Baffled Flask Test, for Crude Oil Spill Applications | Nyankson, Emmanuel; Ober, Courtney A.; DeCuir, Matthew J.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2014, 53, 11862-11872.

2014

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Nanotechnology in Solar and Biofuels | ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2013, 1(7), 779-797.

2013

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Deoxy-liquefaction of switchgrass in supercritical water with calcium formate as an in-situ hydrogen donor | Ramsurn, Hema; Gupta, Ram B., Bioresource Technology 2013, 143, 575–583.

2013

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Special issue-10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids | King, Jerry W.; Gupta, Ram B.; Hutchenson, Keith W.; McHugh, Mark A.; Temelli, Feral, Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2013, 79, 1.

2013

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Conversion of the Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) Mixture to Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Dehydration | Nahreen, Shaima; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2013, 27(4), 2116-2125.

2013

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Formation of itraconazole/L-malic acid cocrystals by gas antisolvent cocrystallization | Ober, Courtney A.; Montgomery, Stephen E.; Gupta, Ram B., Powder Technology 2013, 236, 122-131.

2013

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Preparation of rifampicin/lactose microparticle composites by a supercritical antisolvent-drug excipient mixing technique for inhalation delivery | Ober, Courtney A.; Kalombo, Lonji; Swai, Hulda; Gupta, Ram B., Powder Technology 2013, 236, 132-138.

2013

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Formation of Itraconazole-Succinic Acid Cocrystals by Gas Antisolvent Cocrystallization | Ober, Courtney A.; Gupta, Ram B., AAPS PharmSciTech (2012), 13(4), 1396-1406.

2012

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Catalytic pyrolysis of green algae for hydrocarbon production using H+ZSM-5 catalyst | Suchithra Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, Sushil Adhikari, Shyamsundar Ayalur Chattanathan, Ram B. Gupta, Bioresource Technology 2012 118, 150-157.

2012

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Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass over H+ZSM-5 under Hydrogen Pressure | Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, Suchithra; Adhikari, Sushil; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2012 26(8), 5300-5306.

2012

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pH Control of Ionic Liquids with Carbon Dioxide and Water: 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Acetate | Ober, C.A., Gupta, R.B., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012 51 (6), 2505-2820.

2012

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Production of Biocrude from Biomass by Acidic Subcritical Water Followed by Alkaline Supercritical Water Two-Step Liquefaction | Ramsurn, H., Gupta, R.B., Energy & Fuels 2012 26 (4), 2365-2375.

2012

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Preparation of thalidomide nano-flakes by supercritical antisolvent with enhanced mass transfer | Jin, H., Hemingway, M., Gupta, R.B.; Xia, F., Zhao, Y., Particuology 2012 10 (1), 17-23.

2012

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Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Delivery | Ober, C.A., Gupta, R.B., Ide@s CONCYTEG 2011 6 (72), 719-731.

2011

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Production of hydrocarbon fuels from biomass using catalytic pyrolysis under helium and hydrogen environments | Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Gupta, R.B., Tu, M., Taylor, S., Bioresource Technology 2011 102 (12), 6742-6749.

2011

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Single-step preparation and deagglomeration of itraconazole microflakes by supercritical antisolvent method for dissolution enhancement | Sathigari, S. K., Ober, C. A., Sanganwar, G.P., Gupta, R.B.; Babu, R.J., Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2011 100 (7), 2952-2965.

2011

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30. Enhancement of Biochar Gasification in Alkali Hydrothermal Medium by Passivation of Inorganic Components Using Ca(OH)2 | Ramsurn, H.,Kumar, S.,Gupta, R.B., Energy & Fuels 2011 25 (5), 2389-2398.

2011

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31. Hydrogen production from catalytic gasification of switchgrass biocrude in supercritical water | Byrd, A.J., Kumar, S., Kong, L., Ramsurn, H., Gupta, R.B., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2011 36 (5), 3426-3433.

2011

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Influence of Pyrolysis Operating Conditions on Bio-Oil Components: A Microscale Study in a Pyroprobe | Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Gupta, R.B., Fernando, S.D., Energy & Fuels 2011 25 (3), 1191–1199.

2011

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Hydrothermal pretreatment of switchgrass and corn stover for production of ethanol and carbon microspheres | Kumar, S., Kothari, U., Kong, L., Lee, Y. Y., Gupta, R.B., Biomass and Bioenergy 2011 35 (2), 956-968.

2011

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Hydrogel Nanopowder Production by Inverse-Miniemulsion Polymerization and Supercritical Drying | Hemingway, M.G., Gupta, R.B., Elton, D.J., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2010 49 (20), 10094-10099.

2010

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Physiochemical properties of bio-oil produced at various temperatures from pine wood using an auger reactor | Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Ravindran, H., Gupta, R.B., Fasina, O., Tu, M., Fernando, Sandun D., Bioresource Technology 2010 101 (21), 8389-8395.

2010

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Stability of cerium-modified .gamma.-alumina catalyst support in supercritical water | Byrd, A.J., Gupta, R.B., Applied Catalysis, A: General 2010 381 (1-2), 177-182.

2010

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Simultaneous production and co-mixing of microparticles of nevirapine with excipients by supercritical antisolvent method for dissolution enhancement | Sanganwar, G.P., Sathigari, S., Babu, R. J., Gupta, R.B., European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2010 39 (1-3), 164-174.

2010

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Cellulose pretreatment in subcritical water: Effect of temperature on molecular structure and enzymatic reactivity | Kumar, S., Gupta, R., Lee, Y. Y., Gupta, R.B., Bioresource Technology 2010 101 (4), 1337-1347.

2010

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