Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Rakesh Agrawal

Committee Member 1

Gintaras Reklaitis

Committee Member 2

Mohit Tawarmalani

Committee Member 3

Phillip Wankat


Distillation accounts for 90-95% of all the separations on a chemical plant, and for about 3% of the world energy consumption. Even modest improvements to the process of distillation can have tremendous impact on the chemical economy world over. The goal of a major part of this thesis is to use process intensification methods to present, thoroughly investigate and systematically synthesize new processes for multicomponent separations which can serve as attractive candidates for distillation technology of tomorrow.