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Ajay K. Dalai PhD, P.Eng. Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing & Professor

Address
Room 1C114 Engineering Building

Research Area(s)

  • Chemical Reaction Design
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Biomass and Bioenergy
  • Petroleum Processing
  • Materials Synthesis and Characterization
  • Gas Processing
  • Hydrotreating
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Value-added processing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gasification
  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

Biography

Education and Experience

1990 Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Chemical Engineering
1984 M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, India, Chemical Engineering
1982 B.Sc. Tech., Nagpur University, India, Chemical Engineering (Petro-chem.Major)
1979 B.Sc. Utkal University, India, Chemistry (Hons)
1977 I.Sc. Utkal University, India, Physics, Chemistry, and Math

Professional Engineer (Alberta), 1993-2000
Professional Engineer (Saskatchewan), 2000-present

Honours (Medals, Fellowships, Prizes):

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016
  • The Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice, Chemical Institute of Canada, 2014
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2014
  • Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013
  • Fellow, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013
  • Fellow, The Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2012
  • Fellow, The Chemical Institute of Canada, 2012
  • Glory of India Award, for outstanding contributions in Science & Technology, Education Services, January 2012
  • Deepak Group’s Padma Bhushan Prof L K Doraiswamy Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award, December 2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Government of USA, 2012
  • Award of Innovation (Jointly with Professor Hui Wang and Dr. Jianguo Zhang), Dry Reforming of Methane Using Novel Catalysts, Innovation Place & ILO, University of Saskatchewan, 2011
  • Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (CCLA), 2011
  • Fellow, The Engineering Institute of Canada, 2011
  • DAAD Visiting Professor Fellowship, Institute of Industrial Production, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Government of Germany, 2010
  • Nominated for Leo Derikx Synergy Award for Innovation with Syncrude Canada Ltd., Natural Science & Engineering, NSERC, 2009
  • McMaster University’s Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, Distinguished Speaker Award, 2008
  • NEERI Distinguished Speaker Award, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Bharuch, India, 2006
  • Professor R.A. Rajadhyaksha Memorial Lecture Series Endowment Lectureship Award, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, India, 2006
  • Professor Mann Lecture Series Endowment Lectureship Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2006
  • Kentucky Colonel Award, in recognition of Research Contributions of Gas to Liquid Technologies at the Centre for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, 2004
  • The Owl Award, Syncrude Canada Ltd., in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Management, 2003
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1999
  • Petro-Can Young Innovator Award ,1999

Student Competitions:

  • N. Ding S.N. Reddy, S. Nanda, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski. Hydrothermal gasification of biomass to hydrogen fuel gas. Chemcon 2013, Mumbai, India, December 27-30, 2013 (CHEMCON Best Paper award)
  • Combustion Institute Canadian Section (Speaker's award), S. Nanda (Presenter), A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski. Fast pyrolysis of lignocelluloses – a new technology concept with fixed-bed reactors. Combustion Institute - Canadian Section Spring Technical Meeting, Quebec, Canada, May 13-16, 2013.
  • First Prize, Poster Completition, 22nd Canadian Sympsoium on Catalysis, Quebec City, Quebec, May 13-16, 2012, TPA Supported on SBA as Solid Acid Catalysts for the Biodiesel Production, C. Baroi (Presenter) with Professor A.K. Dalai
  • First Prize, Poster Competition, 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 24-27, 2010, Inhibition and Deactivation of Catalyst Active Sites by Non-basic Nitrogen Compounds and Their Selective Removal Using Functionalized Polymer, D. Rizwan (Presenter) with Professor A.K. Dalai
  • Third Prize, Poster Competition, 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 24-27, 2010, A Study of Dispersion of NiMo Oxide and Sulfide Phases on Mesoporous Alumino-Silicate Supports for Hydrotreating Reaction, S. Mohanty (Presenter) with C.M. Kotikalapudi, A.K. Dalai, Y. Hu, Y. and J. Adjaye
  • First Prize, Poster Competition, Auto 21 Workshop, Hamilton, ON Canada, Wood Pyrolysis Oil-Upgrading via Solvent Extraction and Hydroprocessing, K. Jacobson, M.Sc. Student (presenter) with Professor A.K. Dalai, 2010.
  • V.R. Surisetty and A.K. Dalai, 2010. Higher alcohols synthesis using alkali-promoted trimetallic C-Rh-Mo sulfide catalysts supported on MWCNT and activated carbon. 21st Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, Banff, AB, Canada, May 9-12, 2010. Awarded Best Poster.
  • First Prize, Oral Presentation, 58th Canadian Society Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Conference, Ottawa, ON Canada, October 19-22, 2008. Effect of Anodic Alumina Pore Diameter on Template-Initiated Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes for their Application as Catalyst Support for Hydroprocessing, S. Sigurdson, M.Sc. Student (presenter) with V. Sundaramurthy, J. Adjaye and  Professor A.K. Dalai, 2008.
  • Second Prize, Oral Presentation, 56th Canadian Society Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Conf., Sherbrooke, QC Canada, October 15-18, 2006, A. D’Cruz (presenter) with A.K. Dalai, 2006.

Publications

Books, Chapters in Books, Expository, and Review Articles

  • S. N. Reddy, N. Ding, S. Nanda, A. K. Dalai, J. A. Kozinski, 2014. Supercritical water gasification of biomass in diamond anvil cellsand fluidized beds. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 8, 728-737.
  • C. Baroi, A. K. Dalai, 2014. Review on Biodiesel Production from Various Feedstocks Using 12-Tungstophosphoric Acid (TPA) as a Solid Acid Catalyst Precursor. Industrial Chemistry and Engineering Research, 53, 18611-18624.
  • S. N. Reddy, S. Nanda, A. K. Dalai, J. A. Kozinski, 2014.  Supercritical water gasification of biomass for hydrogen production. International journal of hydrogen energy , 39, 6912-6926
  • S. Nanda, A.K. Dalai, A. K., J. Kozinski, 2014.  Butanol and ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstock: biomass pretreatment and bioconversion, Energy Science & Engineering, 2(3), 138-148.
  • T. Issariyakul, A. K. Dalai, Biodiesel from vegetable oils. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 31, 2014, 446–471.
  • S. Jain, P. Kumar, R. K. Vyas, P. Pandit, A. K. Dalai, Occurrence and removal of antiviral drugs in environment: A review (2013) Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 224 (2), art. no. 1410.
  • K. Jacobson, K. C. Maheria, A. K. Dalai, Bio-oil valorization: A review (2013) Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 23, pp. 91-106.
  • K. Dalai, A.K., G. D. Yadav, A. Prakash and N. Abatzoglou,  Catalytic Processes for Clean Energy, Waste Minimization and Green Chemicals, Novel Catalysis Research for Sustainable Environment, Catalysis Today, Special Issue207, 1-2, 2013
  • S. Nanda, J. A. Kozinski and A. K. Dalai, Biomass – An Overview on Classification, Composition and Characterization. In  Biomass Processing, Conversion and Biorefinery, Eds. B. Zhang and Y. Wang, Nova Science publishers, 2013
  • A.K. Dalai, G.D. Yadav, A. Prakash, N. Abatzoglou (Eds), 2012. Catalytic Processes for Clean Energy, Waste Minimization and Green Chemicals, Novel Catalysis Research for Sustainable Environment. Special Issue, Catalysis Today, 2013: 1-2.

Refereed Journal Publications

  • S. Srivastava, P. Mohanty, J. K. Parikh, A. K. Dalai, S. S. Amritphale, A. K. Khare, “Cr-free Co-Cu/SBA-15 catalysts for hydrogenation of biomass-derived α-,β-unsaturated aldehyde to alcohol” (2015) Chinese J. Catalysis (2015), 36(7), 933-942
  • S. Nanda, R. Azargohar, A. Dalai, J. A. Kozinski, “An assessment on the sustainability of lignocellulosic biomass for biorefining”  (2015) Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 50, 925-941
  • R. Sharma, A. Somidi, A. K. Dalai, “Preparation and properties evaluation of biolubricants derived from canola oil and canola biodiesel”  (2015) Journal of Agri and Food Chemistry, 63(12), 3235-42
  • R. Azargohar, R. Gerspacher, A.K. Dalai, D. Y. Peng, “Co-gasification of petroleum coke with lignite coal using fluidized bed gasifier” (2015) Fuel Processing Technology, 134, 310-316
  • J. Chitanda, P. Misra, A. Abedi, A.K. Dalai, J. D. Adjaye, “Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-Based Particles for the Selective Removal of Nitrogen Compounds from Light Gas Oil: Effect of Linker Length” (2015) Energy & Fuels, 29(3), 1881-1891
  • K. Kang, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, H. Wang, “Noncatalytic Gasification of Lignin in Supercritical Water Using a Batch Reactor for Hydrogen Production: An Experimental and Modeling Study” (2015) Energy & Fuels, 29(3), 1776-1784
  • S. Srivastava, N. Solanki, P. Mohanty,  K. A. Shah, J. K. Parikh, A. K. Dalai, “Optimization and Kinetic Studies on Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol over SBA-15 Supported Bimetallic Copper-Cobalt Catalyst”  (2015) Catalysis Letters, 145(3), 816-823.
  • N. Arun, R. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, “Green diesel synthesis by hydrodeoxygenation of bio-based feedstocks: Strategies for catalyst design and development” (2015) Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 48, 240-255.
  • C. Baroi, A.K. Dalai, “Process sustainability of biodiesel production process from green seed canola oil using homogeneous and heterogeneous acid catalysts” (2015) Fuel Processing Technology, 133, 105-119.
  • S. Majhi, A.K. Dalai, K.K. Pant, “Methanol assisted methane conversion for higher hydrocarbon over bifunctional Zn-modified Mo/HZSM-5 catalyst” (2015) Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 398, 368-375.
  • Abedi,Chitanda, J. Dalai, A. K., Adjaye,” Synthesis and application of functionalized polymers for the removal of nitrogen and sulfur species from gas oil” (2015) Fuel Processing Technology, 131, 473-482.
  • P. Misra, Chitanda, J. M., A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Immobilization of fluorenone derived π-acceptors on poly (GMA-co-EGDMA) for the removal of refractory nitrogen species from bitumen derived gas oil “ (2015) Fuel, 145, 100-108.
  • Tilay, Azargohar, R., Drisdelle, M., A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski, “Canola meal moisture-resistant fuel pellets: Study on the effects of process variables and additives on the pellet quality and compression characteristics” (2015) Industrial Crops and Products, 63, 337-348.
  • S. Badoga, R. V. Sharma, A.K. Dalai J. Adjaye, “Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous aluminas with different pore sizes: Application in NiMo supported catalyst for hydrotreating of heavy gas oil” (2015) Applied Catalysis, A: General, 489, 86-97.
  • S. Nanda, J. Mohammad, S.N. Reddy, J.A. Kozinski, A.K. Dalai, “Pathways of lignocellulosic biomass conversion to renewable fuels” (2014) Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 4(2), 157-191.
  • Tilay, R. Azargohar, R. Gerspacher, A.K. Dalai,  J. Kozinski, “Gasification of Canola Meal and Factors Affecting Gasification Process” (2014) BioEnergy Research, 7(4), 1131-1143
  • R. V. Sharma, C. Baroi, Dalai, A. K. Production of biodiesel from unrefined canola oil using mesoporous sulfated Ti-SBA-15 catalyst (2014) Catalysis Today, 237, 3-12.
  • K. R. Somidi, R.V. Sharma, A.K. Dalai, “Synthesis of Epoxidized Canola Oil Using a Sulfated-SnO2 Catalyst (2014) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53(49), 18668-18677.
  • S. Jain., P. Kumar, R.K. Vyas, P. Pandit, A.K. Dalai, “Adsorption optimization of acyclovir on prepared activated carbon” (2014) Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 92 (9), 1627-1635.
  • M. Barati., M. Babatabar, A. Tavasoli, A.K.  Dalai, U. Das, “Hydrogen production using catalytic and noncatalytic supercritical water gasification of bagasse” (2014) International Journal of Energy Research, 38 (10).
  • Tilay., R. Azargohar, A.K. Dalai, U.S. Annapure, J.A. Kozinski, “Extraction and fractionation of polyunsaturated fatty acids from Mortierella sp. using supercritical fluid: Experimental and kinetic studies” (2014) Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 9 (4), 507-518.
  • N. Ding, R. Azargohar, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski, “Catalytic gasification of glucose to H2 in supercritical water” (2014) Fuel Processing Technology, 127, 33-40.
  • S. Jain., R. K. Vyas, P. Pandit, P., A.K. Dalai, “Adsorption of antiviral drug, acyclovir from aqueous solution on powdered activated charcoal: Kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamic studies” (2014) Desalination and Water Treatment, 52 (25-27), 4953-4968.
  • Ramesh Kumar, N. Rambabu, K.C. Maheria, A.K. Dalai, N. Lingaiah, “Iron exchanged tungstophosphoric acid supported on activated carbon derived from pinecone biomass: Evaluation of catalysts efficiency for liquid phase benzylation of anisole with benzyl alcohol” (2014) Applied Catalysis A: General, 485, 74-83.
  • Baroi., A.K. Dalai, “Esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) of Green Seed Canola (GSC) oil using H-Y zeolite supported 12-Tungstophosphoric acid (TPA)” (2014) Applied Catalysis A: General, 485, 99-107.
  • P. Kumar, J. Headley, K. Peru J. Bailey,  A.K. Dalai, “Removal of dicyclohexyl acetic acid from aqueous solution using ultrasound, ozone and their combination” (2014) Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, 49 (13), 1512-1519.
  • N.Rambabu., S. Badoga, K.S. Soni, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Hydrotreating of light gas oil using a NiMo catalyst supported on activated carbon produced from fluid petroleum coke” (2014) Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, 8 (2) pp 161-170.
  • S. N.Reddy, S. Nanda, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski, “Supercritical water gasification of biomass for hydrogen production” (2014) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39 (13), pp. 6912-6926.
  • Aryee, Dalai, A.K., J. Adjaye, “Functionalization and characterization of carbon nanohorns (CNHs) for hydrotreating of gas oils” (2014) Topics in Catalysis, 57 (6-9), pp. 796-805.
  • P. E Boahene, V.R. Surisetty, R. Sammynaiken, A.K.  Dalai, “Higher alcohol synthesis using K-doped CoRhMoS2/MWCNT catalysts: Influence of pelletization, particle size and incorporation of binders” (2014) Topics in Catalysis, 57 (6-9), pp. 538-549.
  • S. Emami., L.G. Tabil, P. Adapa, E. George, A. Tilay, A.K. Dalai, M. Drisdelle,  L. Ketabi, “Effect of fuel additives on agricultural straw pellet quality” (2014) International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 7 (2), pp. 92-100.
  • Mohammad, M. Babatabar, A. Tavasoli, A. K. Dalai, U. Das, “Hydrogen production via supercritical water gasification of bagasse using unprompted and zinc promoted Ru/γ-Al2O3 nanocatalysts”, Fuel Processing Technology, Volume 123, July 2014, Pages 140-148
  • S. Jain, P. Kumar, R.K. Vyas, P. Pandit, A.K. Dalai, “Adsorption optimization of acyclovir on prepared activated carbon”  (2014) Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 92 (9), 1627-1635.
  • M. Barati., Babatabar, M., Tavasoli, A., Dalai, A.K., Das, U. Hydrogen production using catalytic and noncatalytic supercritical water gasification of bagasse (2014) International Journal of Energy Research, 38 (10).
  • Tilay., Azargohar, R., Dalai, A.K., Annapure, U.S., Kozinski, J.A. Extraction and fractionation of polyunsaturated fatty acids from Mortierella sp. using supercritical fluid: Experimental and kinetic studies (2014) Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 9 (4), 507-518.
  • N. Ding, Azargohar, R., Dalai, A.K., Kozinski, J.A. Catalytic gasification of glucose to H2 in supercritical water (2014) Fuel Processing Technology, 127, 33-40.
  • S. Jain., Vyas, R.K., Pandit, P., Dalai, A.K.Adsorption of antiviral drug, acyclovir from aqueous solution on powdered activated charcoal: Kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamic studies (2014) Desalination and Water Treatment, 52 (25-27), 4953-4968.
  • T. Issariyakul., Dalai, A.K.Biodiesel from vegetable oils (2014) Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 31, 446-471.
  • N.Rambabu., Sandeep, B., Kapil, K. S., Dalai, A.K., Adjaye, J.,Hydrotreating of light gas oil using a
  • NiMo catalyst supported on activated carbon produced from fluid petroleum coke (2014)
  • Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, 8 (2) pp 161-170.
  • G. D. Yadav, S. O. Katole, A. K. Dalai, “Synthesis of long alkyl chain ethers through etherification of ethylene glycol with 1-octene using heteropolyacid supported on K-10 clay” Applied Catalysis A: General (2014) 477, 18–25.
  • R. V. Sharma, P. Kumar, A.K. Dalai, “Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol by using Cu:Zn:Cr:Zr mixed metal oxides catalyst” Applied Catalysis A: General (2014) 477, 147–156.
  • S. Badoga, R.V. Sharma, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Hydrotreating of heavy gas oil on mesoporous zirconia supported NiMo catalyst with EDTA” (2014)  Fuel, 128 (15), 30-38.
  • R. Azargohar, S. Nanda, J.A. Kozinski, A. K.Dalai, R. Sutarto, “Effects of temperature on the physicochemical characteristics of fast pyrolysis bio-chars derived from Canadian waste biomass” (2014) Fuel, 125 (1),90-100.
  • S. Badoga, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, Y. Hu, “Combined effects of EDTA and heteroatoms (Ti, Zr, and Al) on catalytic activity of SBA-15 supported NiMo catalyst for hydrotreating of heavy gas oil” (2014) Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (6), 2137-2156.
  • Baroi, S. Mahto, C. Niu, A.K. Dalai “Biofuel production from green seed canola oil using zeolites” (2014) Applied Catalysis A: General, 469, pp. 18-32.
  • N. Ding, R. Azargohar, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski “Catalytic gasification of cellulose and pinewood to H2 in supercritical water” (2014) Fuel, 118, pp. 416-425.
  • Y. Gunawan, M. Nemati, A. Dalai “Biodegradation of a surrogate naphthenic acid under denitrifying conditions” (2014) Water Research, 51, pp. 11-24.
  • C.R. Kumar, N. Rambabu, N. Lingaiah, P.S.S. Prasad, A.K. Dalai “Hafnium salts of dodeca-tungstophosphoric acid catalysts for liquid phase benzylation of anisole with dibenzylether” (2014) Applied Catalysis A: General, 471, pp. 1-11.
  • S. Nanda, R. Azargohar, J.A. Kozinski, A.K. Dalai “Characteristic Studies on the Pyrolysis Products from Hydrolyzed Canadian Lignocellulosic Feedstocks” (2014) Bioenergy Research, 7 (1), pp. 174-191.
  • Sharma, S.P. Chaurasia, A.K Dalai. “Non-selective hydrolysis of tuna fish oil for producing free fatty acids containing docosahexaenoic acid” (2014) Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 92 (2), pp. 344-354.
  • S. Jain, R.K. Vyas, P. Pandit, A.K. Dalai, “Adsorption of antiviral drug, acyclovir from aqueous solution on powdered activated charcoal: kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamic studies” Desalination and Water Treatment, 2013. 1-16.
  • R. Dhabhai, S.P. Chaurasia, K. Singh, A.K. Dalai, “Kinetics of bioethanol production employing mono- and co-cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Pichia stipites” (2013) Chemical Engineering and Technology, 36 (10), pp. 1651-1657.
  • P.E. Boahene, K.K. Soni, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Hydroprocessing of heavy gas oils using FeW/SBA-15 catalysts: Experimentals, optimization of metals loading, and kinetics study” (2013) Catalysis Today, 207, pp. 101-111.
  • R.V. Sharma, U. Das, R. Sammynaiken, A.K. Dalai, “Liquid phase chemo-selective catalytic hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol” (2013) Applied Catalysis A: General, 454, pp. 127-136.
  • K. Bhandari, S. P. Chaurasia, A. K. Dalai, A. Gupta, K. Singh, “Kinetic study on enzymatic esterification of tuna fish oil fatty acids with butanol” (2013) Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 94, pp. 104-110.
  • Coulman, A. Dalai, E. Heaton, C.P. Lee, M. Lefsrud, D. Levin, P.G. Lemaux, D. Neale, S.P. Shoemaker, J. Singh, D. L. Smith, J. K. Whalen “Developments in crops and management systems to improve lignocellulosic feedstock production” (2013) Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 7 (5), pp. 582-601.
  • P.K. Sripada, R.V. Sharma, A.K. Dalai, “Comparative study of tribological properties of trimethylolpropane-based biolubricants derived from methyl oleate and canola biodiesel” (2013) Industrial Crops and Products, 50, pp. 95-103.
  • R.V. Sharma, A.K. Dalai, “Synthesis of bio-lubricant from epoxy canola oil using sulfated Ti-SBA-15 catalyst” (2013) Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 142-143, pp. 604-614.
  • Z. Ranjbar, M. Tajallipour, C.H. Niu, A.K. Dalai, “Water removal from ethanol vapor by adsorption on canola meal after protein extraction” (2013) Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52 (40), pp. 14429-14440.
  • K.C. Maheria, J. Kozinski, A.Dalai, “Esterification of levulinic acid to n-butyl levulinate over various acidic zeolites” (2013) Catalysis Letters, 143 (11), pp. 1220-1225.
  • R. Azargohar, K.L.Jacobson,  E.E. Powell, A.K. Dalai, “Evaluation of properties of fast pyrolysis products obtained, from Canadian waste biomass” (2013) Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 104, pp. 330-340.
  • K. Bhandari, S.P. Chaurasia, A. K. Dalai, A. Gupta “Purification of free DHA by selective esterification of fatty acids from tuna oil catalyzed by Rhizopus oryzae lipase” (2013) JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 90 (11), pp. 1637-1644.
  • P. Mohanty, S. Nanda, K. K. Pant, S. Naik, J. A. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai, “Evaluation of the physiochemical development of biochars obtained from pyrolysis of wheat straw, timothy grass and pinewood: Effects of heating rate” (2013) Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 104, pp. 485-493.
  • M. Tajallipour, , C. Niu, A. Dalai, “Ethanol dehydration in a pressure swing adsorption process using canola meal” (2013) Energy and Fuels, 27 (11), pp. 6655-6664.
  • R. Azargohar, S. Nanda, B. V. S. K. Rao, A. K. Dalai, “Slow pyrolysis of de-oiled canola meal: products yield and characterization”, Energy & Fuels, 27 (2013) 5268-5279.
  • G. Paterson, T. Issariyaul, C. Baroi, A. Bassi, A. K. Dalai, "Ion exchange resins as catalysts in transestrification of triolien", Catalysis Today, 212 (2013) 157-163.
  • Navajas, T. Issariyakul , G. Arzamendi, L. Gandia, A. K. Dalai, "Development of eggshell derived catalyst for transesterification of used cooking oil for biodiesel production." Asian-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 8 (2013) 742-748.
  • H. Bojari, A. Malekzadeh, M. Ghiasi, A. Gholizadeh, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, “Effect of Citric Acid and Starch as Emulsifier on Phase Formation and Crystallite Size of Lanthanum Oxide Nanoparticles”, Crystal  Research and  Technology, 48 (2013) 355-362.
  • R. Dhabhai, S. P. Chaurasia, A. K. Dalai, “Influence of pretreatment conditions on composition of liquid hydrolysate and subsequent enzymatic saccharification of remaining solids”, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 91 (2013) 1223-1228.
  • S. Majhi, P. Mohanty, K. K. Pant, A. K. Dalai. “Liquid fuel production from methane over Zn-Mo/HZSM-5 Catalyst”, Energy Technology  1 (2013) 157-165.
  • Trippe, M. Fröhling, F. Schultmann, R. Stahl, E. Henrich, A. Dalai, 2012. Techno-economic assessment of dimethyl ether (DME) synthesis vs. Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as a process step within biomass-to-liquid production. Fuel Processing Technology 106 (2013) 577-586.
  • K. C. Mouli, S. Mohanty, Y. Hu, A. K. Dalai, and John Adjaye. "Effect of hetero atom on dispersion of NiMo phase on M-SBA-15 (M= Zr, Ti, Ti-Zr)." Catalysis Today 207 (2013) 133-144.
  • Baroi, and A. K. Dalai. "Simultaneous esterification, transesterification and chlorophyll removal from green seed canola oil using solid acid catalysts." Catalysis Today 207 (2013) 74-85.
  • S. Jain, P. Kumar, R. K. Vyas, P. Pandit, A. K. Dalai. "Occurance and removal of antiviral drugs in environment: A Review", Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 224 (2013)1410-1413.
  • Sharma, S. P. Chaurasia and A. K. Dalai, “Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cod liver oil for the Fatty acids Production”, Catalysis Today 207 (2013) 93-100.
  • K. K. Soni, P.E. Boahene, N. Rambabu, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, " Hydrotreating of coker light gas oil on SBA-15 supported nickel phosphide catalysts", Catalysis Today  207 (2013) 119-126.
  • S. Majhi, P. Mohanty, A. K. Dalai, and K. K. Pant, 'Statistical Optimization of Process Variables for Methane Conversion over Zn-Mo/H-ZSM-5 Catalysts in the Presence of Methanol' Energy Technology. 1 (2013) 157-165.
  • S. Madankar, S. N. Naik, A. K. Dalai, “Green synthesis of Biolubricant base stock from canola oil”, 44 (2013) 139-144.
  • R. Dhabhai, S. P. Chaurasia, A. K. Dalai, “Effect of pretreatment conditions on structural characteristics of wheat straw”, Chemical Engineering Communications, 200 (2013) 1251-1259.
  • K. K. Pant, P. Mohanty, S. Agarwala, A. K. Dalai. “Steam reforming of acetic acid for hydrogen production over bifunctional Ni–Co catalysts”, Catalysis Today, 207 (2013) 36-43.
  • S. Nanda, P. Mohanty, K. K. Pant, S. Naik, J. A. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai. “Characterization of North American lignocellulosic biomass and biochars in terms of their candidacy for alternate renewable fuels”, Bioenergy Research 6 (2013) 663-677.
  • R. V. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, “Liquid phase chemo-selective catalytic hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol”, Applied Catalysis A,  General (2013) 127-136.
  • K. Jacobson , K. C. Maheria, A. K. Dalai. “Bio-oil valorization: A review” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 23 (2013) 91–106.
  • M. De, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, and S. R. Shewchuk. "Mercury removal by bio-char based modified activated carbons." Fuel 103 (2013) 570-578.
  • N. Rambabu, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye. "Evaluation and comparison of enrichment efficiency of physical/chemical  activations and functionalized activated carbons derived from petroleum fluid coke for environmental applications", Fuel Processing Technology 106 (2013) 501-510.
  • Rizwan, A. K. Dalai, and J. Adjaye. "Synthesis of novel polymer poly (glycidyl methacrylate) incorporated with tetranitrofluorenone for selective removal of neutral nitrogen species from bitumen-derived heavy gas oil." Fuel Processing Technology 106 (2013): 483-489.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • J. Aluha, N. Braidy, A. K. Dalai, N. Abatzoglou, “Low temperature Fischer-Tropsh synthesis with carbon supported nanometric iron-cobalt catalysts” 23 European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 1-4 June, 2015, Vienna, Austria
  • S. Nanda, A. K. Dalai, “Catalytic Gasification of Fructose in Supercritical Water”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • C. Baroi, A. K. Dalai, “ Knowledge-Base Extraction of 12-Tungstophosphoric Acid (TPA) Precursored Heterogeneous Acid Catalysts for Biodiesel Production: A Data mining Approach”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • C. Baroi, A. K. Dalai, “Catalytic Activity Correlation of 12-Tungstophosphoric Acid (TPA) Impregnated Highly Acidic H-Y Zeolites with Catalyst Properties in Esterification”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • P. Bohane, A. K. Dalai, “Comparative Study of Acid and Base-treated Ordered Mesiopiorous Carbon-Supported KCoRhMoS2 catalysts for Higher Alcohols Synthesis”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • N. Arun, A. K. Dalai, “Understand the Morphology of NiMo catalysts Using Raman Mapping and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • C. Jackson, A. K. Dalai, “Removal of |Nitrogen- and Sulfur-Containing Compounds from Light Gas-Oil (LGO) Using Functionalized Polymers: Effect of Polymer Linker –Length ans Sphere-Size”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, June 14-18, 2015
  • S. Badoja, A. K. Dalai, “Individual and Combined effects of Mesoporous Alumina, Phosphorous and EDTA on NiMo Catalysts for Hydrotreating of Heavy Gas Oil”, 24rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Pittsburg, USA, 14-18 June, 2015
  • A. K. Dalai, S. Badoga, P. Misra, J. Adjaye, “Development of Novel Adsorbents and Catalysts for Hydrotreating of Gas oils”, 22nd National symposium on Catalysis, Madras, India, January 7-9, 2015.
  • C. Baroi, A. K. Dalai, “ Data-mining study of 12-Tungstophosphoric acid Precursored solid acid catalyzed biodiesel production” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada 
  • S. Badoga, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Combined effects of EDTA and Phosphorus on Hydrotreating of Heavy Gas oil using mesoporous NiMO/Al2O3 and  NiMO/ TiO2-Al2O3, at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • E. Aryee, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Optimization of Ni-Mo/OCP, catalyst for Hydrotreating Gas oils" at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • P. Boahene, R. Sammynaiken, A. K. Dalai, “Syngas conversion to higher alcohols using alkalized MoS2 based catalysts: Influence of Chemical Oxidation of Ordered Mesoporous Carbon”  at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • A. K. R. Somidi, A. K. Dalai, Mesoporous Mo/Al2O3 catalyst for the synthesis of bio-lubricant from Canola oil” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • S. Nanda, J. K. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai, “Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion to Butanol as anadvanced Biofuel” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • S. Shahkarimi, A. K. Dalai, J. Soltan, R. Azargohar, “ Development of activated carbon adsorbents for CO2 capture” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • S. Nanda, J. K. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai, “Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion to Butanol as anadvanced Biofuel” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • S. Shahkarimi, A. K. Dalai, J. Soltan, R. Azargohar, “ Development of activated carbon adsorbents for CO2 capture” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • V. Vosoughi, A. K. Dalai, N. Abatzoglou, “Fisher-Tropsh synthesis: properties and performance of promoted Co/MWCNTs catalysts” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • C. Baroi, A. K. Dalai, “Comparison of Catalytic Activity of Heterogeneous base and acid catalysts for biodiesel production from Green Seed Canola oil” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • J. L. Aluha, N. Abatzoglou, F. Gitzhofer, K. E. Bere, N. Braidly, P. Bohane, A. Dalai, Y. Hu, “A comparative study of Carbon-supported Iron and Cobalt Catalysts for Fisher-Tropsch Synthesis in a Fixed-bed reactor” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada. 
  • D. Jayaprakash, A. Dalai, C. Niu, R. Khandait, “Drying bio-alcohols using bioadsorbents” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada.
  • N. Arun, M. Jhalaria, A. Dalai, Y. Hu, “Life-cycle analysis of Hydrotreated Renewable Diesel Production from Canola Oil through Hydrodeoxygenation press” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada.
  • N. Arun, A. Dalai, Y. Hu, “Comparison of Nitride and Carbide phase of NiMo catalyst for the hydroxygenation of Oleic acid and Canaola oil” at 64th CSChE Conference, October 19-22, 2014, Niagara Fallas, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kalpana C. Maheria, Janusz Kozinski, Ajay K. Dalai, "Synthesis of n-butyl levulinate from levulinic acid over various acidic zeolites", at 97th CSC conference and exhibition, during 1st - 5th June 2014, held at Vancouver, BC Canada.
  • E. Hernandez, J. Wang, J.M. Ramos, E.S.I.Q.I.E. MEXICO; A.K. Dalai, R. Azargohar, Presented  a paper at the “Methanol Partial Oxidation over Au/CeO2 and Au/ZrO2-CeO2 Catalysts” MRS Spring Meeting 2014, held April 21-25, 2014, at the Moscone West Convention Center conducted by Materials Research Society.
  • S. Badoga, R. V. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Mesoporous mixed metal oxides (M-Al2O3, M=TiO2, ZrO2, SnO2) supported NiMo catalyst for hydrotreating of Heavy gas oil”, 23rd CSC, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • S. Badoga, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Synthesis and characterization of different pore size mesoporous alumina for NiMo catalyst for hydrotreating of heavy gas oil”, Oil Sands 2014, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • V. Vosoughi, A. K. Dalai, “Synthesis of C5+ hydrocarbons through Fischer-Tropsch synthesis using multiwalled carbon nanotubes based cobalt catalyst”, 23rd Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • E. Aryee, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, "Hydrotreating of gas oils using other carbon particles generated from ARC discharge of pure graphite rods." 23rd Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014.
  • E. Aryee, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye,  "Comparative studies of carbon nanohorns and other carbon particles as supports for Ni-Mo in hydrotreating of gas oils." Oil Sands 2014, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014.
  • P.E. Boahene, R. Sammynaiken, A.K. Dalai, "Syngas Conversion to Higher Alcohols: A Comparative Study of Large-pore OMC and MWCNT-supported K-CoRhMoS2 Catalysts", 23rd CSC, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • A. Abedi, A.K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, "Selective removal of nitrogen species from heavy gas oil by functionalized polymers", CSC 2014, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • A. K. R. Somidi, R. V. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, " Synthesis of lubricant base oil from canola oil using sulfated tin oxide catalyst", 23 CSC conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • P. Misra, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, "Immobilization of π-Acceptors on Hydrophilic Support for the Denitrogenation of Gas Oils: An Efficient Approach to Hydrotreating", 23rd CSC 2014, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • P. Misra, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, "Removal of refractory nitrogen species from bitumen procured gas oil using a series of fluorenone derived π-acceptors", Oil Sands 2014, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • N. Ding, S.N. Reddy, S. Nanda, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski. Hydrothermal gasification of biomass to hydrogen fuel gas. Chemcon 2013, Mumbai, India, December 27-30, 2013. CHEMCON 2013 (Best paper award)
  • S. Nanda, A.K. Dalai, J.A. Kozinski. Fast pyrolysis of lignocelluloses – a new technology concept with fixed-bed reactors. Combustion Institute - Canadian Section Spring Technical Meeting, Quebec, Canada, May 13-16, 2013. Combustion Institute Canadian Section (Speaker's award)
  • V. Rajesh, Sharma, Pardeep Kumar and Ajay K. Dalai, presented a paper on  Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol by using novel mixed metal oxide catalyst" at   Chemcon-2013 on 29th December 2013.
  • Kalpana C. Maheria, Kang Kang, Ahmad Tavasoli, Ramin Azarghar, Janusz Kozinski, Ajay K. Dalai, "Bio-oil gasification using supercritical water flow reactor for bio-energy production" - Indo-Canadian Symposium in CHEMCON 2013 conference, 27th -30th December, ICT Mumbai, India.
  • E. Hernandez, J. Wang, J.M. Ramos, E.S.I.Q.I.E. MEXICO; A.K. Dalai, R. Azargohar, Presented  a paper on hydrogen production by partial oxidation of methanol using Au/CeO2 and Au/ZrO2 as catalysts, in the renewable Energy and sustainable development symposium at at the XXII international materials Research congress held in Cancun, Mexico on August 11th -15th 2013.
  • S. Shahkarami, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, J. Soltan, “Study the performance of bio-based activated carbon for CO2 capture”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • S. Nanda, J. A. Kozinski, R. Azargohar, A. K. Dalai, “Efficient utilization of hydrolyzed lignocellulosic biomasses fro production of valuable biochars, bio-oils and gases”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • S. R. Shewchuk, A. K. Dalai, R. Azargohar, “Activated carbon aerosol design fro efficient flue gas stream capture of elemental mercury”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • S. Nanda, J. A. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai, “Production of next generation ethanol and butanol from forestry and herbaceous biomass”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • P. Misra, D. Rizvan, A. K. Dalai, J. Adjaye, “Denitrogenation of bitumen derived gas oils using immobilized polymers”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • Y. Gunawan, A. K. Dalai, M. Nemati, “Anaerobic biodegradation of naphtenic acids under denitrifying conditions, an alternative for treatment of oil sand process waters”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • S. Nanda, J. A. Kozinski, A. K. Dalai, “Structural and chemical investigation on the delignification and hydrothermal pretreatment of forestry biomass”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • A. Somidi, R. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, “Improvement in tribological properties of trimethylopropane-based biolubricant derived from canola biodiesel by successive epoxidation, ring opening and esterification”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.
  • R. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, “Synthesis of bio-lubricant from epoxy canola oil using sulfated Ti-SBA-15 catalyst”, CSChE 2013, Fredricton, Canada, 2013.

Patents Granted or Pending

  • R. V. Sharma, A. K. Dalai, 2014. Preparation of bio-lubricant from canola oil by using solid catalyst. Applied for US patent.
  • C. Niu, A.K. Dalai, 2010. Ethanol Dehydration with Canola Meal Pellets. Submitted to ILO, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 2010.

Patents Filed

  • A.K. Dalai, R. Sharma, 2013. Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol by Using Cu/Cr/Zn/Zr Mixed Oxides catalyst, Applied for US Patent, No. 61/774,140, March 7
  • R.M. Malek Abbaslou, A.K. Dalai, 2012. Promoted Iron Catalysts Supported on Pelleted Carbon Nanotubes for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. Provisional U.S. patent No. 61/555,229 and Canadian Patent Application No. 13/667,333, Nov 5.
  • J. Zhang, H. Wang, A. K. Dalai, 2011. Dry Reforming of Methane Using Novel Catalysts, U.S. Patent 7,985,710, July 26.
  • A.K. Dalai, V.R. Surisetty, 2011. Catalysts for the Conversion of Synthesis Gas to Alcohols. U.S. Provisional Patent No. 61/482,669; Canadian Patent Application No. 2,739,142, May 5.