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 (58)
Production of levulinic acid and biocarbon electrode material from corn stover through an integrated biorefinery processFuel Processing Technology (2021), 213, 106644, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuproc.2020.106644
Thakkar, Anuj; Shell, Katelyn M.; Bertosin, Martino; Rodene, Dylan D.; Amar, Vinod; Bertucco, Alberto; Gupta, Ram B.; Shende, Rajesh; Kumar, Sandeep
Supercapacitor Performance of Corn Stover-derived Biocarbon Produced from the Solid Co-products of a Hydrothermal Liquefaction ProcessBioresource Technology Reports, 2021, 100625, ISSN 2589-014X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biteb.2021.100625
Katelyn M. Shell, Dylan D. Rodene, Vinod Amar, Anuj Thakkar, Bharathkiran Maddipudi, Sandeep Kumar, Rajesh Shende, Ram B. Gupta
Thermochemical splitting of CO2 using solution combustion synthesized lanthanum-strontium-manganese perovskitesFuel (2021), 285, 119154. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119154
Takalkar, Gorakshnath; Bhosale, Rahul R.; AlMomani, Fares; Rashid, Suliman; Qiblawey, Hazim; Saleh Saad, Mohammed Ali; Khraisheh, Majeda; Kumar, Gopalakrishnan; Gupta, Ram B.; Shende, Rajesh V.
Development and application of high-throughput screens for the discovery of compounds that disrupt ErbB4 signaling: Candidate cancer therapeuticsPLoS One. 2020 Dec 30;15(12):e0243901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243901. PMID: 33378376
4. Cullum RL, Lucas LM, Senfeld JI, Piazza JT, Neel LT, Whig K, Zhai L, Harris MH, Rael CC, Taylor DC, Cook LJ, Kaufmann DP, Mill CP, Jacobi MA, Smith FT, Suto M, Bostwick R, Gupta RB, David AE, Riese Ii DJ
Multifunctional Electrocatalytic Cathodes Derived from Metal-Organic Frameworks for Advanced Lithium-Sulfur BatteriesChemistry - A European Journal (2020), Ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202001664
Abdelkader, Ahmed A.; Rodene, Dylan D.; Norouzi, Nazgol; Alzharani, Ahmed; Weeraratne, K. Shamara; Gupta, Ram B.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.
Electrocatalytic Cathodes Based on Cobalt Nanoparticles Supported on Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon by Strong Electrostatic Adsorption for Advanced Lithium-Sulfur BatteriesEnergy & Fuels (2020), 34(10), 13038-13047. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01859
Abdelkader, Ahmed A.; Norouzi, Nazgol; Rodene, Dylan D.; Alzharani, Ahmed; Gupta, Ram B.; El-Kadri, Hani M.
Electrocatalytic Activity of Bimetallic Ni-Mo-P Nanocrystals for Hydrogen Evolution ReactionACS Applied Nano Materials, 2020, doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.0c01624
Eladgham, Ebtesam H.; Rodene, Dylan D.; Sarkar, Rajib; Arachchige, Indika U.; Gupta, Ram B.
Beneficiation of coal using supercritical water and carbon dioxide extraction: sulfur removal.Int J Coal Sci Technol
DeCuir, M.; Gupta, Ram B.; Sastri, B.
Crystal Structure and Composition-Dependent Electrocatalytic Activity of Ni-Mo Nanoalloys for Water Splitting To Produce HydrogenACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2, 10, 7112-7120, DOI:10.1021/acsaem.9b01043
Rodene, Dylan D.; Eladgham, Ebtesam H.; Gupta, Ram B.; Arachchige, Indika U.; Tallapally, Venkatesham
Developments in the Encapsulation of Bioactives Using Supercritical CO2Reference Module in Food Science, 2019, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22674-7
Gönen, Mehmet; Gupta, Ram B
Transition metal doped ceria for solar thermochemical fuel productionSolar Energy 172, 2018, 204-211.
Takalkar, G. D.; Bhosale, R. R.; Kumar, A.; Al Momani, F.; Khraisheh, M.; Shakoor, R. A.; Gupta, Ram B.
Recent advancements in semiconductor materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting for hydrogen production using visible lightRenewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, 89, 228-248.
Saraswat, Sushil Kumar; Rodene, Dylan D.; Gupta, Ram B.
Rapid transformation of heterocyclic building blocks into nanoporous carbons for high-performance supercapacitorsRSC Advances, 2018, 8(22), 12300-12309, DOI:10.1039/C8RA00546J
Ashourirad, Babak; Demir, Muslum; Smith, Ryon A.; Gupta, Ram B.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.
Nitrogen and oxygen dual-doped porous carbons prepared from pea protein as electrode materials for high performance supercapacitorsInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2018, 43(40), 18549-18558, DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.03.220
Demir, Muslum; Ashourirad, Babak; Mugumya, Jethrine H.; Saraswat, Sushil K.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.; Gupta, Ram B.
Lignin-derived heteroatom-doped porous carbons for supercapacitor and CO2 capture applicationsInternational Journal of Energy Research, 2018, 42(8), 2686-2700, DOI:10.1002/er.4058
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.
Supercapacitance and oxygen reduction characteristics of sulfur self-doped micro/mesoporous bio-carbon derived from ligninMaterials Chemistry and Physics, 2018, 216, 508-516, DOI:10.1016/j.matchemphys.2018.06.008
Demir, Muslum; Farghaly, Ahmed A.; Decuir, Matthew J.; Collinson, Maryanne M.; Gupta, Ram B.
Heterostructure-Promoted Oxygen Electrocatalysis Enables Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery with Neutral Aqueous ElectrolyteJournal of the American Chemical Society, 2018, 140(50), 17624-17631. DOI:10.1021/jacs.8b09805
An, Li; Zhang, Zhiyong; Feng, Jianrui; Lv, Fan; Li, Yuxuan; Wang, Rui; Lu, Min; Gupta, Ram B.; Xi, Pinxian; Zhang, Sen
Heparin depolymerization by immobilized heparinase: A reviewInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules 2017, 99, 721-730.
Bhushan, Indu; Alabbas, Alhumaidi; Sistla, Jyothi C.; Saraswat, Rashmi; Desai, Umesh R.; Gupta, Ram B.,
Solar thermochemical ZnO/ZnSO4 water splitting cycle for hydrogen production,Bhosale, Rahul; Kumar, Anand; Al Momani, Fares; Gupta, Ram B., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2017, DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.02.190
Immobilization Alters Heparin Cleaving Properties of Heparinase IGlycobiology 2017, 27, 994–998.
Bhushan, Indu; Alabbas, Alhumaidi; Balagurunathan Kuberan.; Gupta, Ram B.; Desai, Umesh R.
Synthesis of self-suspending silica proppants using photoactive hydrogelsJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 2017, 157, 651-656
Gol, Reuben; Wang, Congzhou; Gupta, Ram B.; Yadavalli, Vamsi K.
Hierarchical nitrogen-doped porous carbon derived from lecithin for high-performance supercapacitorsRSC Advances 2017, 7(67), 42430-42442. DOI:10.1039/C7RA07984B
Demir, Muslum; Saraswat, Sushil Kumar; Gupta, Ram B.
Kinetic Study and Modeling of Homogeneous Thermocatalytic Decomposition of Methane over a Ni–Cu–Zn/Al2O3 Catalyst for the Production of Hydrogen and Bamboo-Shaped Carbon NanotubesSaraswat, Sushil Kumar; Sinha, Bipul; Pant, K. K.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(45), 11672-11680.
CO2 Capture Using Aqueous Potassium Carbonate Promoted by Ethylaminoethanol: A Kinetic StudyBhosale, Rahul R.; Kumar, Anand; AlMomani, Fares; Ghosh, Ujjal; AlNouss, Ahmed; Scheffe, Jonathan; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(18), 5238-5246.
Boric Acid Production from Colemanite Together with ex Situ CO2 SequestrationGonen, Mehmet; Nyankson, Emmanuel; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(17), 5116-5124.
Interfacially Active Hydroxylated Soybean Lecithin Dispersant for Crude Oil Spill Remediation,Nyankson, Emmanuel; Demir, Muslum; Gonen, Mehmet; Gupta, Ram B., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016, 4(4), 2056-2067.
Catalytic Upgrading of Methane to Higher Hydrocarbons in a Nonoxidative Chemical ConversionNahreen, Shaima; Praserthdam, Supareak; Perez Beltran, Saul; Balbuena, Perla B.; Adhikari, Sushil; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2016, 30(4), 2584-2593.
Advancements in Crude Oil Spill Remediation Research After the Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillNyankson, Emmanuel; Rodene, Dylan; Gupta, Ram B., Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 2016, 227(1), 1-22.
Interfacial adsorption and surfactant release characteristics of magnetically functionalized halloysite nanotubes for responsive emulsionsOwoseni Olasehinde; Zhang Yueheng; Nyankson Emmanuel; Gupta Ram B; Adams Daniel J; Spinu Leonard; He Jibao; McPherson Gary L; Bose Arijit; John Vijay T, Journal of colloid and interface science 2016, 463, 288-98.
Graphitic Biocarbon from Metal-Catalyzed Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignin, DemirMuslum; Kahveci, Zafer; Aksoy, Burak; Palapati, Naveen K. R.; Subramanian, Arunkumar; Cullinan, Harry T.; El-Kaderi, Hani M.; Harris, Charles T.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54(43), 10731-10739.
Surfactant-Loaded Halloysite Clay Nanotube Dispersants for Crude Oil Spill RemediationNyankson, Emmanuel; Olasehinde, Owoseni; John, Vijay T.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54(38), 9328-9341.
Soybean Lecithin as a Dispersant for Crude Oil SpillsNyankson, Emmanuel; DeCuir, Matthew J.; Gupta, Ram B., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015, 3(5), 920-931.
Release of Surfactant Cargo from Interfacially-Active Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Oil Spill RemediationOwoseni, Olasehinde; Nyankson, Emmanuel; Zhang, Yueheng; Adams, Samantha J.; He, Jibao; McPherson, Gary L.; Bose, Arijit; Gupta, Ram B.; John, Vijay T., Langmuir 2014, 30(45), 13533-13541.
A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Solid and Solubilized Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (DOSS) on Oil Dispersion Using the Baffled Flask Test, for Crude Oil Spill ApplicationsNyankson, Emmanuel; Ober, Courtney A.; DeCuir, Matthew J.; Gupta, Ram B., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2014, 53, 11862-11872.
Nanotechnology in Solar and BiofuelsACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2013, 1(7), 779-797.
Deoxy-liquefaction of switchgrass in supercritical water with calcium formate as an in-situ hydrogen donorRamsurn, Hema; Gupta, Ram B., Bioresource Technology 2013, 143, 575–583.
Special issue-10th International Symposium on Supercritical FluidsKing, Jerry W.; Gupta, Ram B.; Hutchenson, Keith W.; McHugh, Mark A.; Temelli, Feral, Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2013, 79, 1.
Conversion of the Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) Mixture to Hydrocarbons by Catalytic DehydrationNahreen, Shaima; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2013, 27(4), 2116-2125.
Formation of itraconazole/L-malic acid cocrystals by gas antisolvent cocrystallizationOber, Courtney A.; Montgomery, Stephen E.; Gupta, Ram B., Powder Technology 2013, 236, 122-131.
Preparation of rifampicin/lactose microparticle composites by a supercritical antisolvent-drug excipient mixing technique for inhalation deliveryOber, Courtney A.; Kalombo, Lonji; Swai, Hulda; Gupta, Ram B., Powder Technology 2013, 236, 132-138.
Formation of Itraconazole-Succinic Acid Cocrystals by Gas Antisolvent CocrystallizationOber, Courtney A.; Gupta, Ram B., AAPS PharmSciTech (2012), 13(4), 1396-1406.
Catalytic pyrolysis of green algae for hydrocarbon production using H+ZSM-5 catalystSuchithra Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, Sushil Adhikari, Shyamsundar Ayalur Chattanathan, Ram B. Gupta, Bioresource Technology 2012 118, 150-157.
Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass over H+ZSM-5 under Hydrogen PressureThangalazhy-Gopakumar, Suchithra; Adhikari, Sushil; Gupta, Ram B., Energy & Fuels 2012 26(8), 5300-5306.
pH Control of Ionic Liquids with Carbon Dioxide and Water: 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium AcetateOber, C.A., Gupta, R.B., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012 51 (6), 2505-2820.
Production of Biocrude from Biomass by Acidic Subcritical Water Followed by Alkaline Supercritical Water Two-Step LiquefactionRamsurn, H., Gupta, R.B., Energy & Fuels 2012 26 (4), 2365-2375.
Preparation of thalidomide nano-flakes by supercritical antisolvent with enhanced mass transferJin, H., Hemingway, M., Gupta, R.B.; Xia, F., Zhao, Y., Particuology 2012 10 (1), 17-23.
Nanoparticle Technology for Drug DeliveryOber, C.A., Gupta, R.B., Ide@s CONCYTEG 2011 6 (72), 719-731.
Production of hydrocarbon fuels from biomass using catalytic pyrolysis under helium and hydrogen environmentsThangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Gupta, R.B., Tu, M., Taylor, S., Bioresource Technology 2011 102 (12), 6742-6749.
Single-step preparation and deagglomeration of itraconazole microflakes by supercritical antisolvent method for dissolution enhancementSathigari, S. K., Ober, C. A., Sanganwar, G.P., Gupta, R.B.; Babu, R.J., Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2011 100 (7), 2952-2965.
30. Enhancement of Biochar Gasification in Alkali Hydrothermal Medium by Passivation of Inorganic Components Using Ca(OH)2Ramsurn, H.,Kumar, S.,Gupta, R.B., Energy & Fuels 2011 25 (5), 2389-2398.
31. Hydrogen production from catalytic gasification of switchgrass biocrude in supercritical waterByrd, A.J., Kumar, S., Kong, L., Ramsurn, H., Gupta, R.B., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2011 36 (5), 3426-3433.
Influence of Pyrolysis Operating Conditions on Bio-Oil Components: A Microscale Study in a PyroprobeThangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Gupta, R.B., Fernando, S.D., Energy & Fuels 2011 25 (3), 1191–1199.
Hydrothermal pretreatment of switchgrass and corn stover for production of ethanol and carbon microspheresKumar, S., Kothari, U., Kong, L., Lee, Y. Y., Gupta, R.B., Biomass and Bioenergy 2011 35 (2), 956-968.
Hydrogel Nanopowder Production by Inverse-Miniemulsion Polymerization and Supercritical DryingHemingway, M.G., Gupta, R.B., Elton, D.J., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2010 49 (20), 10094-10099.
Physiochemical properties of bio-oil produced at various temperatures from pine wood using an auger reactorThangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Ravindran, H., Gupta, R.B., Fasina, O., Tu, M., Fernando, Sandun D., Bioresource Technology 2010 101 (21), 8389-8395.
Stability of cerium-modified .gamma.-alumina catalyst support in supercritical waterByrd, A.J., Gupta, R.B., Applied Catalysis, A: General 2010 381 (1-2), 177-182.
Simultaneous production and co-mixing of microparticles of nevirapine with excipients by supercritical antisolvent method for dissolution enhancementSanganwar, G.P., Sathigari, S., Babu, R. J., Gupta, R.B., European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2010 39 (1-3), 164-174.
Cellulose pretreatment in subcritical water: Effect of temperature on molecular structure and enzymatic reactivityKumar, S., Gupta, R., Lee, Y. Y., Gupta, R.B., Bioresource Technology 2010 101 (4), 1337-1347.