मालवीय राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान जयपुर (राष्ट्रीय महत्व का संस्थान)
Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (An Institute of National Importance)
Department of Chemical Engineering


Journal Publications


Conference Publications


Research Projects


PhD Research Supervised


Awards & Honours

  • Ph.D.(Chemical Engineering) from IIT Delhi(2018)
    M.Tech.(Chemical Engineering) from IIT Kharagpur(0)
    B.Tech.(Chemical Engineering) from B I T Sindri Dhanbad(0)
Research Interests

# Heterogeneous Catalysis for Environmental Applications and Green Technology, Biofuels, Catalysis and Reaction Mechanism, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical kinetics and Dynamics, Carbon dioxide utilization, solid oxide fuel cell or electrolysis cell, Carbon Capture & Sequestration.

Brief Research Profile

Research involves heterogeneous catalysis, Reaction Kinetics, and the development of sustainable processes for renewable energy and chemical. Primary work includes catalyst synthesis, characterization and its application to various green catalytic processes for gas-to-liquid conversion. My research also include the CO2 capture and utilization using green catalytic route.

Professional Background
  • Research and Development Scientist at Honeywell UOP [09 April 2018 - 03 May 2019].

  • Mass Transfer-I
  • MTO Lab
  • Operations Research
  • PDC Lab

  • Vishrant Kumar , Nicky Kumar Lamba , Aamir Baig , Jaidev Kaushik , Tushit Jha , Sonal , Sumit Kumar Sonkar , "Utilization of steel industry waste derived magnetic ironoxide nanoparticles for reverse water gas shift reaction" , Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier) Volume :147027 / / 2023 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2023.147027
  • J. Kaushik, Twinkle, Tisha, Nisha, A. Baig, Sonal, P. Dubey, and S. K. Sonkar, "Photoactive Fe3O4@Fe2O3 Synthesized from Industrial Iron Oxide Dust for Fenton-Free Degradation of Multiple Organic Dyes" , Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS) Volume :62 / 10487-10497 / 2023 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.3c01098
  • 2020
  • Sonal ,Kamal K. Pant, S. Upadhyayula, "An insight into the promotional effect on Fe-Co bimetallic catalyst in the Fischer Tropsch reaction: A DRIFTS study" , Fuel (Elsevier) Volume :276 / 118044 / 2020
  • 2019
  • Sonal, Kamal K. Pant, Sreedevi Upadhyayula, "Detailed kinetics of Fischer Tropsch synthesis over Fe-Co bimetallic catalyst considering chain length dependent olefin desorption" , Fuel (Elsevier) Volume :236 / 1263 / 2019
  • Shashank Bahri, Tanmoy Patra, Sonal, Sreedevi Upadhyayula, "Synergistic effect of bifunctional mesoporous ZSM-5 supported Fe-Co catalyst for selective conversion of syngas with low Ribblet ratio into synthetic fuel" , Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (Elsevier) Volume :275 / 1-13 / 2019
  • Sonal , Ejaz Ahmad , Sreedevi Upadhyayula , Kamal K. Pant, "Biomass-derived CO2 rich syngas conversion to higher hydrocarbon via Fischer-Tropsch process over FeeCo bimetallic catalyst" , International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier) Volume :44 / 27741 / 2019
  • 2018
  • S K Das, Sonal and K K Pant, "Investigations on the Effect of Reaction Parameters Over Fe/Cu/K Catalyst for the Production of Selective Range of Liquid Hydrocarbon" , Journal of Chemical Sciences (Springer) Volume :130 / 64 / 2018
  • 2017
  • Sonal, Kamal K. Pant, Sreedevi Upadhyayula, "Synthesis of C5+hydrocarbons from low H2/CO ratio syngas over silicasupported bimetallic Fe-Co catalyst" , Catalysis Today (Elsevier) Volume :291 / 133-145 / 2017
  • Synergistic Effect of Fe−Co Bimetallic Catalyst on FTS and WGS Activity in the Fischer−Tropsch Process A Kinetic Study, "Sonal, Kishore Kondamudi, Kamal K. Pant, and Sreedevi Upadhyayula" , Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS) Volume :56 / 4659-4671 / 2017
  • Sonal, Kamal K. Pant, Sreedevi Upadhyayula, "Efficient utilization of bimetallic catalyst in low H2/CO environment syngas for liquid fuel production" , J. Chem. Sci. (Springer) Volume :129 / 1747-1754 / 2017

  • Aamir Baig and Sonal, "Synthesis and Application of La Modified Ni-SiO2 Catalyst for H2 Generation via Ethanol Steam Reforming" , International Conference on Chemical Engineering: Enabling Transition Towards Sustainable Future by :Conference Proceedings at IIT Roorkee / / 2022
  • Aamir Baig and Sonal, "Application of La Modified Nickel Catalyst for Hydrogen Production via the Steam Reforming of Ethanol" , International Conference on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Living & Environment by :Conference Proceedings at Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani / / 2022
  • 2021
  • Aamir Baig and Sonal, , "Steam Reforming of Bio-Oil for Hydrogen Production: Effect of Various Metal Catalysts," , National Conference on Innovative Development in Chemical Technology by :Proceedings at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University / / 2021
  • 2019
  • Sonal, S Upadhyayula and K K Pant, ", Effect of Reaction Condition on Syngas to Liquid Fuel Production Over Novel Synthesized Bimetallic Fe-Co Catalyst" , CHEMCON - 2019 by :Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers at IIT Delhi / / 2019
  • 2017
  • Sonal, S Upadhyayula, and K K Pant, "CO Adsorption Trend Over Ru Promoted Fe-Co Bimetallic Catalyst for the Production of Liquid Hydrocarbon via Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis" , APCAT-7 by :Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis at Mumbai / / 2017
  • 2016
  • Sonal, S Upadhyayula, and K K Pant, "Effect of Catalyst Pore Size on the Production of a Selective Range of Liquid Hydrocarbon via Fischer-Tropsch Process" , 12th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition by :Petrotech at New Delhi / / 2016
  • 2015
  • Sonal, S Upadhyayula, and K K Pant, "Comparative Study of Noble Metal Impregnated Fe-Co Bimetallic Catalyst for the Conversion of Syngas to Liquid Fuel" , PACIFICHEM by :Pacifichem at Honolulu, Hawaii, USA / / 2015
  • 2014
  • Sonal, S Upadhyayula, and K K Pant, "Effect of Composition of Bimetallic Fe-Co Catalyst on the Activity and Selectivity of the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Process" , CHEMCON by :CHEMCON at Chandigarh / / 2014

  • Book Chapter, "Recent Advancements and Detailed Understanding of Kinetics for Synthesis Gas Conversion into Liquid Fuel" ISBN:978-3-030-65021-6 published by - Springer International Publishing Year: 2021 authors- Sonal, Saharan V.K., George S., Bhoi R., Pant K.K
  • Book Chapter, "Sustainability of the Catalytic Process for Biomass Conversion: Recent Trends and Future Prospects" ISBN:978-3-030-65017-9 published by - Springer International Publishing Year: 2021 authors- Rohidas Bhoi,Virendra Kumar Saharan,Suja George,Sonal
  • Book Chapter, "Innovative Graphene Thermoelectric Nanomaterials for Production and Conversion of Green Energy" ISBN:9781774911662 published by - Apple Academic Press Year: 2022 authors- Nisha Verma, Sonal, and Rohidas G. Bhoi
  • Book Chapter, "Utilization of biomass-derived syngas into liquid fuels via FischerTropsch synthesis: challenges and opportunities" ISBN:978-0-323-99547-4 published by - Elsevier Year: 2024 authors- Aamir Baig and Sonal

  • National level Short Term Course on Advanced Nanostructured Materials for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Remediation Applications-Tiny Particles, Big Effects at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 18-12-2020 to 22-12-2020
  • National level Short Term Course on DFT Calculations and Molecular Dynamics Simulations at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 23-11-2020 to 27-11-2020
  • National level Short Term Course on Analysis and Interpretation of Data resulted from Materials Characterizations at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 26-10-2020 to 30-10-2020
  • National level Short Term Course on Process Simulators for Chemical Engineering Applications at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 25-09-2020 to 29-09-2020
  • National level Short Term Course on Fuel Cell: Fundamentals and Applications at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 27-01-2020 to 31-01-2020
  • International level Conference on Padma Vibhushan Shri Dhirubhai Ambani Commemoration Day Celebration & International Conference on Energy & Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Industries at MNIT Jaipur, Jaipur, India from 28-12-2019 to 29-12-2019

  • Life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Life Member of Indian Desalination Association
  • Life Member of Catalysis Society of India
  • Member of Institution of Engineers (India)

  • Aamir Baig on Catalytic Steam Reforming of Bio oil for renewable Hydrogen generation Year - 2020

  • Mr. Tushit Jha on Conversion of CO2 into liquid fuel: A green catalytic route Year - 2022-2023 (Ongoing)
  • 2020-2021
  • Ms. Shahista Mansuri on Kinetic Study of Conversion of Biomass into Biochar and Value Added Product Year - 2020-2021 (Completed)

Title Total Outlay
(In Lacs)
Year Funding Agency Role
Development of Novel Electrocatalyst for the Efficient Conversion of Biomass Derived Syngas to Electrical Power Using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technique57.002022-2025Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST, Gov. of IndiaCo-PI
Converting CO2 to methanol A step towards greenhouse gases utilization using novel multifunctional catalysts 32.502020-2022Science and Engineering Research Board, DST IndiaPI
Utilization of Biogas as a Fuel in Solid Oxide Cell for Electrical Power Generation4.002019-2020TEQIP-IIICo-PI

  • Member of ISRO Regional Academic Centre(RAC-S) in MNIT Jaipur from - 22-08-2022 to Till Date
  • Faculty Coordinator in Chemical Engineering Student Society (ChESS),Department of Chemical Engineering, MNIT Jaipur from - 16-10-2019 to Till Date
  • Hostel Warden in MNIT Jaipur from - 28-07-2022 to 16-07-2023
  • Faculty Coordinator(Sports) in MNIT Jaipur from - 29-07-2021 to 17-07-2022
  • Department coordinator of Website and Newsletter in Department of Chemical Engineering MNIT Jaipur from - 01-07-2021 to 04-07-2023
  • First year Coordinator in Department of Chemical Engineering, MNIT Jaipur from - 01-07-2019 to 02-12-2021

  • SERB International Research Experience (SIRE) for To visit Washington University St. Louis USA for six month as visiting researcher given by SERB India Year - 2023
  • Distinction in Doctoral Thesis for given by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Year - 2022
  • Dr. A. V. Rama Rao Foundation Best Ph.D. Thesis and Research Award in Chemical Engineering/Technolo for Best Thesis Award given by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers Year - 2019
  • Best Oral presentation award for Oral presentation in APCAT-7 given by Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis(APCAT-7) Year - 2017