Ram B. Gupta began his tenure as an associate dean and professor in the College of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University on August 15, 2014. Since then, the College has enhanced its national reputation as an engine of education and research and made important contributions to the success of student, staff, and faculty. With his passion and expertise is in creating and maintaining an innovative, healthy, and excellent academic and research environment, he grew the sponsored research multi-fold.
Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading researchers on sustainable energy, materials, and technologies, Gupta is a frequent keynote speaker and writer on the new developments and innovations. Media outlets, including Reuters, London Daily Mail, Japan News, Science Newsline, Chemistry News, and Agriculture Markets, have covered his work. His books are Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Delivery (2006, Taylor & Francis), Solubility in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (2007, CRC Press), Hydrogen Fuel: Production, Transport, and Storage (2008, CRC Press), Gasoline, Diesel and Ethanol Biofuels from Grasses and Plants (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Compendium of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier, 2015), which are used worldwide.
Previously, Gupta served the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as director of the Energy for Sustainability program. Currently, he provides expert help to NSF in its Engineering Research Centers program. He began his career a faculty member in engineering at Auburn University, rising through the ranks and serving as the chair of graduate program in chemical engineering. For his academic excellence, he has been given many notable awards, endowed professorships, and 53 research grants.
Gupta is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Alabama Academy of Science. He received B.E. from Indian Institute of Technology, M.S. from University of Calgary, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. After that, he completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. Recently, he completed Management Development Program at Harvard University.
Industry Expertise (7)
Areas of Expertise (20)
Supercritical carbon dioxide technology
Supercritical water technology
Liquid fuels from methane and biomass
Oil spill remediation using benign dispersants
University of California, Berkeley: Postdoc, Chemical Engineering 1995
The University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering 1993
University of Calgary: M.S., Chemical Engineering 1989
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee: B.E., Chemical Engineering 1987
Harvard University: Management Development Program 2018
- Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Media Appearances (1)
VCU receives $2.5M grant to extend battery life development
Virginia Business online
VCU researchers believe they can significantly extend battery life, drive down costs and reduce safety risks by redesigning materials found in lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used to power smartphones and other electronic devices. The project will be run by Ram B. Gupta, associate dean for faculty research development and a professor of chemical and life science engineering at VCU’s College of Engineering. Gupta and his team will test an approach for synthesizing material for the battery’s cathode.
Research Focus (3)
Batteries and Supercapacitors
Use of novel electrochemical engineering and materials technology to improve batteries and supercapacitors for cell phones and cars.
Use of electro-catalysis and nanotechnology to simplify pharmaceutical manufacturing pathways.
Use of supercritical water technology to produce fuel and bio-carbon from biomass.
Particulate Formulations For Improving Feed Conversion Rate In A Subject
Disclosed are compositions, kits, and methods for improving feed conversion rate in an animal in need thereof. The methods typically comprise administering orally to the animal a composition comprising biodegradable particles, the biodegradable particles comprising a polymer or a co-polymer comprising polylactide (PLA) and having an effective average diameter of 0.5-5 μm. In the methods, the animal is administered a dose of the biodegradable particles that is effective for improving feed conversion rate in the animal in comparison to an animal that is not administered the composition.
Fabric having ultraviolet radiation protection, enhanced resistance to degradation, and enhanced resistance to fire
US 9234310 B2
A method for treating a fabric for ultraviolet radiation protection, enhanced resistance to degradation, and enhanced resistance to fire is disclosed which comprises the steps of adding zinc oxide nanoparticles to a solution of 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane, placing a fabric in the mixture of zinc oxide particles and 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane, curing the fabric, and washing the fabric. Other methods of treating a fabric are disclosed.
Biomass to biochar conversion in subcritical water
US 8637718 B2
A method and system of converting biomass to biochar in a hydrothermal carbonization apparatus wherein subcritical water at a temperature of 230-350° C. and 500-3000 psi is reacted with the biomass to form biochar, biocrude and gases. The method and system include recycling the biocrude back to the hydrothermal carbonization apparatus which improves biochar yield and provides water for the biomass reaction to occur.
Fabric having ultraviolet radiation protection
A method for treating a fabric for ultraviolet radiation protection is disclosed which comprises the steps of adding zinc oxide nanoparticles to a solution of 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane, adding silicon dioxide to the mixture of zinc oxide nanoparticles and 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane, placing a fabric in the mixture of zinc oxide nanoparticles, 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane, and silicon dioxide, curing the fabric, and washing the fabric.
Method of forming nanoparticles and microparticles of controllable size using supercritical fluids with enhanced mass transfer
US 6620351 B2
The current invention, Supercritical Antisolvent Precipitation with Enhanced Mass Transfer (SAS-EM) provides a significantly improved method for the production of nano and micro-particles with a narrow size distribution. The processes of the invention utilize the properties of supercritical fluids and also the principles of virbrational atomization to provide an efficient technique for the effective nanonization or micronization of particles. Like the SAS technique, SAS-EM, also uses a supercritical fluid as the antisolvent, but in the present invention the dispersion jet is deflected by a vibrating surface that atomizes the jet into fine droplets. The vibrating surface also generates a vibrational flow field within the supercritical phase that enhances mass transfer through increased mixing. Sizes of the particles obtained by this technique are easily controlled by changing the vibration intensity of the deflecting surface, which in turn is controlled by adjusting the power input to the vibration source. A major advantage of the SAS-EM technique is that it can be successfully used to obtain nanoparticles of materials that usually yield fibers or large crystals in SAS method. Microencapsulation via coprecipitation of two or more materials can also be achieved using the SAS-EM technique.
Selected Articles (51)
DeCuir, M.; Gupta, Ram B.; Sastri, B.
Rodene, Dylan D.; Eladgham, Ebtesam H.; Gupta, Ram B.; Arachchige, Indika U.; Tallapally, Venkatesham
Gönen, Mehmet; Gupta, Ram B
Takalkar, G. D.; Bhosale, R. R.; Kumar, A.; Al Momani, F.; Khraisheh, M.; Shakoor, R. A.; Gupta, Ram B.
Saraswat, Sushil Kumar; Rodene, Dylan D.; Gupta, Ram B.
Ashourirad, Babak; Demir, Muslum; Smith, Ryon A.; Gupta, Ram B.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.
Demir, Muslum; Ashourirad, Babak; Mugumya, Jethrine H.; Saraswat, Sushil K.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.; Gupta, Ram B.
Demir, Muslum; Tessema, Tsemre-Dingel; Farghaly, Ahmed A.; Nyankson, Emmanuel; Saraswat, Sushil K.; Aksoy, Burak; Islamoglu, Timur; Collinson, Maryanne M.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.; Gupta, Ram B.
Demir, Muslum; Farghaly, Ahmed A.; Decuir, Matthew J.; Collinson, Maryanne M.; Gupta, Ram B.
An, Li; Zhang, Zhiyong; Feng, Jianrui; Lv, Fan; Li, Yuxuan; Wang, Rui; Lu, Min; Gupta, Ram B.; Xi, Pinxian; Zhang, Sen
Bhushan, Indu; Alabbas, Alhumaidi; Sistla, Jyothi C.; Saraswat, Rashmi; Desai, Umesh R.; Gupta, Ram B.,
Bhushan, Indu; Alabbas, Alhumaidi; Balagurunathan Kuberan.; Gupta, Ram B.; Desai, Umesh R.
Gol, Reuben; Wang, Congzhou; Gupta, Ram B.; Yadavalli, Vamsi K.
Demir, Muslum; Saraswat, Sushil Kumar; Gupta, Ram B.