Krishnaswamy Nandakumar

Gordon and Mary Cain Endowed Chair #2 & Professor


210 ChE Building

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 225.578.2361

Educational Background

PhD Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, USA (1979)

MSc Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada (1975)

BSc Chemical Engineering, University of Madras, India (1973)

Research Interests

Dr. K. Nandakumar has joined the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at the Louisiana State University as the Gordon A. and Mary Cain Endowed Chair Professor in August 2009. Prior to it he held the position of GASCO Chair Professor at the Petroleum Institute during 2007-2009 in the Chemical Engineering Program. He has had a distinguished academic career at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada since 1983 excelling in both teaching and research as evidenced by the numerous awards that he has received.

His main research interests are in the area of multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, computer aided modelling of chemical, mineral, polymer and electrochemical processes, including fuel cells.

He has been a Research Fellow in Erlangen, Germany during 1989-90, a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1996-97, and a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore during 2002.

His research has been supported by NSERC discover, strategic and CRD grants and by industries such as Syncrude Canada, DuPont Canada and Koch-Glitsch. He has given training courses on computational fluid dynamics to industry.

He has given talks at various industrial laboratories around the world, including lectures on packed column modelling at Raschg Gmbh in Germany, Sulzer in Switzerland, BOC Gases in NJ, USA, Engineers India Ltd. in New Delhi, Indian Oil Corp. in New Delhi and Defence Science and Technology Organization, Australia. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering during 2005-2009.

Office Hours

EPIC-Enabling Process Innovation through Computation

Publications (2010-2013)

Mranal Jain, Abhijit Rao and K. Nandakumar, ‘Numerical Study on Shape Optimization of Groove Micromixers,”  Microfluidics and Nanofluidics,, 15 (2013) 689-699.

T. Scherr, S. Pursley, W.T. Monroe, and K. Nandakumar, “A Numerical Study on Distributions During Cryoprotectant Loading Caused by Laminar Flow in a Microchannel,”  Biomicrofluidics, Article Number 024104,  7  (2013).

Yuehao Li, Dawit G. Yamane,  Shuning Li, Sanchita Biswas,  Rupesh Reddy, Jost S. Goettert, Krishnaswamy Nandakumar,  and Challa S.S.R.  Kumar, “Geometric Optimization of Liquid–Liquid Slug Flow in a  Flow-focusing Millifluidic Device for synthesis of nanomaterials,”  The Chem Eng J , 217 (2013) 447-459.

Saeid Amiri, R.E. Hayes, K. Nandakumar, and Partha Sarkar, “Modelling heat transfer for a tubular micro- solid oxide fuel cell with experimental validation,”  J. Power Sources, 233 (2013) 190-201.

R. K. Reddy, M. J. Sathe, J. B. Joshi, K.Nandkumar and G. M. Evans, “Recent developments in experimental (PIV) and numerical (DNS) investigation of solid liquid fluidized bed”, Chem Eng Sci . 92 (2013) 1-12.

Jain, M. and K. Nandakumar, “Optimal Patterning of Heterogeneous Surface Charge for Improved Electrokinetic Micromixing” Comp & Chem Eng.49 (2013) 18-24.

Ekambara K., Sean R Sanders, K. Nandakumar and J. H. Masliyah, "CFD modeling of gas-liquid bubbly flow in horizontal pipes: Influence of bubble coalescence and break-up,” Int. J. Chem Eng. (Mar 2012).

Dayadeep S. Monder, Vitaly Vorontsov, Jingli Luo, Karl T. Chuang, and K. Nandakumar, “An investigation of fuel composition and flow-rate effects in an H2S fuelled SOFC: experiments and thermodynamic analysis.” Can J Chem Eng 90 (2012) 1033-1042.

Kalaga,  D. V., Rupesh K. Reddy, Jyeshtharaj B.Joshi, Sameer V. Dalvi  and K. Nandakumar, “Liquid phase axial mixing in Solid-Liquid Circulating Multistage Fluidized Bed: CFD modeling and RTD measurements,” Chemical Engineering Journal 191 (2012) 475–490.

Scherr, T., Christian Quitadamo, , Preston Tesvich, Daniel Park, Terrence Tiersch, Daniel Hayes, Jin Woo Choi, Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, W. Todd Monroe, “A planar microfluidic mixer based on logarithmic spirals,” J. Micromech. Microeng, Vol. 22, Issue 5, Article No. 055019 (2012).

Sanchita Biswas, J. T. Miller, Yuehao Li, Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, and Challa S.S.R. Kumar.  “Developing Millifluidic Platform for Synthesis of Ultra-small Nanoclusters (UNCs): Ultra-small Copper Nanoclusters (UCNCs) as a Case Study,” Small, 8 (2012) 688-698.

Yuehao Li, Ashwin Sanampudi,Vanga Raji Reddy, Sanchita Biswas, Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, Dawit Yamane, Jost Goettert,and Challa S.S.R. Kumar “Size Evolution of Gold Nanoparticles in a Milli-fluidic Reactor,” ChemPhysChem., 13  (2012) 177-182.

C. L. Wu, K. Nandakumar, A. S. Berrouk, H. Kruggel-Emden, “Enforcing Mass Conservation in DPM-CFD Models of Dense Particulate Flows,” Chemical Engineering Journal 174 (2011) 475-481.

Y. Bai, U. Sundararaj, K. Nandakumar, “Non-isothermal modeling of heat transfer inside an internal batch mixer,” AIChEJ, 57 (2011) 2657-2669.

AKM M. Murshed1, B. Huang, and K. Nandakumar, “Monitoring of solid oxide fuel cell systems,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 6 (2011) 204-219.

Cunkui Huang, Phillip Y. K. Choi, K. Nandakumar and Larry W. Kostiuk, “A novel method for molecular dynamic simulations in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble,” Molecular Physics, 109 (2011) 191-202.


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