Sriraam Ramanathan Chandrasekaran

Lead Research EngineerSriraam Chandrasekaran

One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Dr. Sriraam Chandrasekaran is a Lead Research Engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and has been with ISTC since in May 2013.


  • Bachelors of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (India)
  • Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)

Research Interests

  • Alternative energy
  • Reduction of wastes and air emissions
  • State of art pyrolysis, combustion, gasification, hydrothermal liquefaction and carbonization, and anaerobic digestion process for plastics, biomass, algae, municipal sewage wastes, and electronic wastes

Current Projects

  • Energy Efficient Waste Heat Coupled Forward Osmosis for Effluent Water Management at Coal Fired Power Plants
  • Implementation Project Proposal: Cost Savings and Revenue Potential from IDOT Right-of-Ways

Analytical Skills

  • Analytical Instruments: Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), XRF, Py-GCMS, GC-MS, GC-FID, UV Spectrometer, SEM, Bomb calorimeter, Total Organic Carbon analyzer (TOC), and extraction processes for organics, inorganics and ions
  • Stack Sampling: Dilution sampling system EPA Conditional Test Methods (CTM-039), EPA-Method 5 and OTM-28
  • Field Instruments (for Air Quality Measurements): Ambient gas monitors (CO, NOx, SO2), FMPS, FDMS, TEOM, High Volume samplers, MOUDI and nano MOUDI

Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Xi, AIChE,  AWMA and AAAR
  • Reviewer of several journals from ACS and Elsevier

Funded Grants

  • Implementation Project Proposal: Cost Savings and Revenue Potential from IDOT Right-of-Ways
  • Potential for Fuel Switching to Wood in Illinois- A Sector Study

Awards and Highlights

  • Recipient of Student Assistantship for American Association of Aerosol Research, 2010
  • Recipient of Student Assistantship for workshop on cookstoves testing at EPA facilities, NC
  • Awarded “VICAL AWARD” by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) for a research paper published in National Conference S-Chemcon, 2008
  • The Final year project during Bachelors titled “The Interplay between the Feedstock Quality and the Esterification Technology on Biodiesel production” was awarded the BEST PROJECT of the year 2009 by the Department of Chemical Engineering, Sri Venkateswara college of Engineering

Recent Publications


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