Mr Navin Doshi and Mrs Pratima Doshi of Los Angeles, California, have established a chair in water and sanitation in honour of Mr Navin Doshi’s parents, Smt Kanchan and Shri Harilal Doshi. The Kanchan & Harilal Doshi Chair supports research at IITGN on water purification and sanitation problems, including potential desalination solutions to harvest ocean water as the country has a vast coastline. The Chair is expected to identify and initiate research and develop cost-effective and sustainable technologies/solutions for water purification and sanitation.
Current Occupant - Professor Jaichander Swaminathan
Jaichander’s research interests have been in the areas of thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer. He has co-authored 20+ journal articles in the areas of energy efficient design and operation of desalination processes, renewable energy technologies, membrane fouling and degradation, and decision making under uncertainty, and has two issued patents and two applications under review. He has received several awards such as MIT Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for Creativity and Innovation in Design, IIT Madras S.R.I Endowment Prize for Best Interdisciplinary B.Tech project, US B.O.R. Innocentive More Water Less Concentrate Challenge prize, and best presenter and poster presentation awards at international water/desalination conferences.
Presently, his research interests are centered around designing more energy-efficient off-grid passive desalination systems for drinking water production, and reducing the cost of effluent recycling in industries towards implementing zero-liquid discharge.
Jaichander hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where he completed his schooling as well as Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Madras. At IIT Gandhinagar, he is affiliated with the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Sustainable Development, and acts as the IMS web system liaison for Academics and Student Affairs departments. In his free time, he likes to explore Sanskrit and Tamil literature.
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