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.