EFCE Honors Crystallization Researcher

Aug. 4, 2021
Award recognizes work on characterizing crystal size and shape distribution
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering has bestowed its 2020-21 Excellence Award in Crystallization to Ashwin Kumar Rajagopalan for his PhD thesis, which was done at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The thesis — “A Dual Projection System to Characterize Crystallization Processes: Design and Applications” — focused on monitoring and characterizing crystal size and shape distribution in industrially relevant crystallization processes. Rajagopalan’s research included process modeling, monitoring and control, as well as experimental implementation and scaleup.

The award jury unanimously selected Rajagopalan and stated: “It is rare to find a PhD thesis which covers the whole span of fundamental research to practical application. The work is and will be a very important contribution to the control of morphology in crystallization processes.”

Rajagopalan will become a lecturer in chemical engineering at the University of Manchester, U.K., as of the fall semester.

More information can be found here.