Dr. Sirshendu De is professor of Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP). He completed his undergraduate (1986-90), masters (1991-92) and PhD (1993-1997) degrees all from IIT Kanpur. Having completed his PhD he joined IIT KGP as Visiting Faculty in 1997 and rose to Associate Professor in 2002, finally becoming a Professor in 2007. Presently he is the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering. Prof. De is an eminent chemical engineer in India. He maintains national and international visibility through his innumerable international publications (232), patents (15), books (7) and book chapters (10) and 3 technology transfers. Apart from developing low cost spinning of both dialysis membranes as well as hollow fibers for water treatment and other industrial use, some of other innovations by Prof. De include ultra low cost filter for removal of arsenic from drinking water, extraction of polyphenols from green tea leaves and processing of packaged tender coconut water with high shelf life without any additive and preservative. Prof. De has been awarded with prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (2011), the highest scientific honour of India. He has also been recipient of Innovation Award 2015 by Indian Desalination Association (south zone), National Award (Govt. of India) for Technology Innovation in various Field of Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastic Processing Industry – 2015, Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) - Lockheed Martin - Gold Medal - Top 10 Innovation Award 2015 - IC2 Business Development Support, NASI Reliance award (2013), Herdilia Awards (2010) to name a few. He is a fellow of INAE and NASI. Presently he is INAE Chair Professor and is serving as the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering.
Anirban Roy completed his undergraduate training in Chemical Engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, in 2007 and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2009. He had a brief stint as a research assistant at the University of Rhode Island from 2009-2011 and worked as a consultant engineer at M.N. Dastur and Co Pvt. Ltd for TATA Steel, Jindal and Vizag steel. He joined the PhD program at Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, under the guidance of Prof. Sirshendu De, in 2012 and has been working on membrane separations with specialization on hemodialysis membranes. He is involved in developing the indigenous process design of hemodialysis grade hollow fibers as topic of his PhD dissertation. He has published 9 papers in international journals and has 10 conference publications (international and national). He has also filed 3 Indian and 1 US patent. Anirban has been the recipient of the "Young Innovator of India 2015" award in the Make In India conclave held at IIT Bombay, "National Award (Govt. of India)" for Technology Innovation in various Field of Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastic Processing Industry – 2015, Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) - Lockheed Martin - Gold Medal - Top 10 Innovation Award 2015 - IC2 Business Development Support, IChemE Global Award (Top 5 shortlist) for Dhirubhai Ambani Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Innovation for Resource-Poor People and Simulanis Research Challenge - Top 3 Innovations in India. His research interests include biomedical applications of membrane technologies, polymer blend thermodynamics, rheology and clarification of food products and water treatment.