Professor
Dept of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560012
Phone (O) 2293 2341 (R) 2341 2695
kesava[AT]chemeng.iisc.ernet.in

    Education

  B. Tech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras 1977;
  M. S., Chemical Engineering, University of Houston 1979;
  Ph. D., Chemical Engineering, University of Houston 1982.

    Research Interests

  Defluoridation of drinking water
  Flow of granular materials

   Lecture Notes

Treatment of drinking water
Chemical reaction engineering-lecture

    Demonstration Experiments (video)

Part 1        Part 2        Part 3        Part 4        Part 5        Part 6        Silomusic (audio)

   Membership

  Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences

    Publications

    Refereed Journals

  • Debnath, B., Rao, K.K., and Nott, P.R., The lift on a disc immersed in a rotating granular bed, AIChE J 63, 5482-5489 (2017)
  • Tumram, S., Rao, K.K., and Ananth, M.S., Augmented Gibbs-Tolman model for surface tension, Langmuir 33, 11687-11697 (2017)
  • Medina, A., Serrano, D.A., Gutierrez, G.J., Rao, K.K., and Vargas, C.A.. (2013). On the mass flow rate from silos with lateral exit holes, Revista Mexicana de Fisica, 59, 287-291.
  • Anjaneyulu, L., Kumar, E.A., Sankannavar, R., and Rao, K.K. (2012). Defluoridation of drinking water and rainwater harvesting using a solar still, Ind.Eng. 51, 8040-8048.
  • Kaza, K.R. and Jackson, R., Diffusion and reaction of multicomponent gas mixtures in isothermal porous catalysts, Chem. Engng Sci., 35 (1980) 1179-1187.
  • Kaza, K.R. and Jackson, R., The rate of discharge of coarse granular material from wedge-shaped mass flow hoppers, Powder Technol., 33 (1982) 223-237.
  • Kaza, K.R. and Jackson, R., Boundary conditions for a granular material flowing out of a hopper or bin, Chem. Engng Sci., 39 (1984) 915-916 (shorter communication).
  • Kaza, K.R., and Sundaresan, S., Non-random distribution of adsorbates on catalytic surfaces: the role of interactions between adsorbates, Chem. Eng. Commun., 35 (1985) 333-355.
  • Sundaresan, S. and Kaza, K.R., Non-random distribution of adsorbates on catalytic surfaces: the role of adsorbate mobilities on reaction rates, Chem. Eng. Commun., 35 (1985) 1-22.
  • Sundaresan, S. and Kaza, K.R., The effect of limited mobilities of adspecies on the rates of desorption and reaction, Surf. Sci., 160 (1985) 103-121.
  • Prakash, J.R. and Rao, K.K., Steady compressible flow of granular materials through a wedge-shaped hopper: the smooth wall, radial gravity problem, Chem. Engng Sci., 43 (1988) 479-494.
  • Prakash, J.R. and Rao, K.K., Steady compressible flow of cohesionless granular materials through a wedge-shaped bunker, J. Fluid Mech., 225 (1991) 21-80.
  • Jyotsna, R. and Rao, K.K., Steady incompressible flow of cohesionless granular materials through a wedge-shaped hopper: frictional-kinetic solution to the smooth wall, radial gravity problem, Chem. Engng Sci., 46 (1991) 1951-1967.
  • Basak, T., Rao, K.K. and Bejan, A., A model for heat transfer in a honey bee swarm, Chem. Engng Sci., 51 (1996) 387-400.
  • Raghuram, P.T. and Rao, K.K., Serendipity in the development of demonstration experiments, Physics Education, 31 (1996) 313-320.
  • Jyotsna, R. and Rao, K.K., A frictional-kinetic model for the flow of granular materials through a wedge-shaped hopper, J. Fluid Mech., 346 (1997) 239-270.
  • Mohan, L.S., Nott, P.R. and Rao, K.K., Fully developed flow of coarse granular materials through a vertical channel, Chem. Engng Sci., 52 (1997) 913-933.
  • Sen, A., Rao, K.K., Frizzell, M.A. and Rao, G., A low-cost device for the estimation of fluoride in drinking water, Field Anal. Chem. Tech., 2 (1998) 51-58.
  • Mohan, L.S., Nott, P.R. and Rao, K.K., A frictional Cosserat model for the flow of granular materials through a vertical channel, Acta Mechanica, 138 (1999) 75-96.
  • Mohan, L.S., Rao, K.K., and Nott, P.R., A frictional Cosserat model for the slow shearing of granular materials, J. Fluid Mech., 457 (2002) 377-409.
  • Muite, B.K., Quinn, S.F., Sundaresan, S., and Rao, K.K., Silo music and silo quake: granular flow-induced vibration, Powder Technol., 145 (2004) 190-202.
  • Dhoriyani, M.L., Jonnalagadda, K.K., Kandikatla, R.K., and Rao, K.K., Silo music: sound emission during the flow of granular materials through tubes, Powder Techol. 167 (2006) 55-71.
  • Rohit, Kanwar, L., and Rao, K.K., Development of a low-cost portable colorimeter for the estimation of fluoride in drinking water, Sensors and Actuators , B 149, (2010) 245-251.
  • Book

  • Rao, K.K., and Nott, P.R., An Introduction to Granular Flow, Cambridge University Press, New York (2008).
  • Papers presented at conferences

  • Kaza, K.R., Villadsen, J. and Jackson, R., Intraparticle diffusional effects in the methanation reaction, Chem. Engng Sci., 35 (1980) 17-24. (Proc. Sixth Intl. Symp. Chemical Reaction Engineering, Nice, 1980.)
  • Kaza, K.R. and Jackson, R., A problem in the flow of granular materials, Proc. Ninth U.S. Nat. Congr. Applied Mechanics, Ithaca, (1982).
  • Kaza, K.R. and Sundaresan, S., CO oxidatation on Pt(111): The effect of interactions between adsorbates and adsorbate mobility on the reaction rate, in 'Frontiers in Chemical Reaction Engineering', L.K. Doraiswamy and R.A. Mashelkar (eds.), Wiley Eastern (1984), pp. 323-335 (Proc. Intl. Chemical Reaction Engineering Conference, Pune, 1984.)
  • Rao, K.K., Flow of granular materials through a wedge-shaped hopper, in 'Solid-solid interactions: Proceedings of the First Royal Society-Unilever Indo-UK Forum in Materials Science and Engineering', M.J. Adams, B.J. Briscoe, and S.K. Biswas (eds.), The Royal Society - Imperial College Press, (1996), pp.238-249.
  • Other categories

  • Shreyas, L., Kanwar, L., and Rao, K.K. (2013). Chemical engineering and the mitigation of fluorosis, Indian Chemical Engineer, 55, 1-12. (Unrefereed text of an invited lecture.)
  • Rao, K.K., Large granule and slow release urea, report prepared for the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, (1987).
  • Rao, K.K., Scaling in living systems, Indian Science Cruiser, 5 (1991) 13-19 (refereed journal).
  • Rao, K.K., Review of the book ``Statics and Kinematics of Granular Materials'', by R.M. Nedderman, J. Fluid Mech., 286 (1995) 405.
  • Rao, K. K., Linking the Indian rivers, Curr. Sci., 85 (2003) 565 (correspondence section).
  • Rao, K.K., Conferences and global warming, Curr. Sci., 94 (2008) 296 (correspondence section).
  • Rao, K.K., Laboratory notebooks: a cautionary tale, Curr. Sci., 96 (2009) 181-182 (correspondence section).