Ashwin Kumar Rajagopalan

Ashwin Kumar Rajagopalan


  • Office No. 53, 5th Floor, Engineering Building A, Oxford Road, The University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Dr. Rajagopalan is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering specializing in chemical process engineering, particularly on gas adsorption and crystallization. He is the lead investigator of the Purification and Separation Technology (PAST) laboratory. The PAST laboratory aims to develop sustainable technologies for challenging purification and separation problems. To achieve this the research activities span all the way from understanding fundamentals to developing processes. Particulate TechnologyGas Separation, and Porous Materials are the three focus areas of the laboratory. The research activities undertaken in his laboratory exploits state-of-the-art experimental, modeling, and data analytics techniques for designing and controlling chemical processes.


Postdoctoral researchers

At the moment there are no openings for postdoctoral researchers. However, if your interests align with ours, you are highly encouraged to make informal enquiries by contacting Ashwin. We can always try to explore the different funding options for your research.

PhD students

At the moment we have no openings PhD students. However, if you are a masters student or already hold a masters degree and if you are interested in our research, feel free to make informal enquiries by contacting Ashwin. We can always try to explore the different funding options for undertaking a PhD.



CHEN 40441/60441 - Science of Formulation

CHEN 40461/60461 - Advanced Separation Processes

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, A Dual Projection Imaging System To Characterize Crystallization Processes: Design and Applications, ETH Zurich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich)

Oct 2015Jul 2019

Master of Science, Material selection and process design for adsorptive CO2 capture, University of Alberta

Sept 2013Aug 2015

Bachelor of Technology (not to be confused with BTEC), Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

Aug 2009May 2013

External positions

SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow, Imperial College London

Oct 2020Aug 2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ETH Zurich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich)

Aug 2019Sept 2020


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