Ganapati D Yadav is one of the most active and prolific reseachers and finest administrators in India. He has provided inspiring academic and professional leadership to the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and Catalysis Society of India, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. He was bestowed with Padmashri (2016) by the President of India. He is one of the highly decorared and accomplished engineering scientists in India, having won several awards and accolades. Apart from education and research, his passion for Sanskrit, Vedas, Etimology, Philosophy, Indian Culture and literature stands him apart. He writes poetry in Marathi and English and the Institute’s official song in Marathi is penned by him. He received his B.Chem.Eng. (1974) and Ph.D. (Technology) (1980) in Chemical Engineering, both from the University Department of Chemical Technology (now ICT), University of Bombay. He earned his PhD under the supervision of Padma Vibhushan Professor MM Sharma,FRS,FNA, dealing with studies in heterogeneous reactions, particularly gas absorption with chemical reaction and phase transfer catalysis. He proposed a new mechanism of solid-liquid phase transfer catalysis and his research was commercialized. His work on gas absorption with instantaneous reaction followed by desorption of the intermediate gas was also acclaimed and commercialized. He served as Associate Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (1976-80). He went to Loughborough University, UK as Leverhulme Overseas Visiting Fellow (1980-81) and worked on oil blob mechanics in porous media with G Mason and on binary chromatography with BA Buffham and published seminal papers. He returned to India, worked briefly on a sponsored project (1982), and then joined the group of F.A.L. Dullien at University of Waterloo (1982-86) and made significant fundamental contributions to new methods of enhanced oil recovery, multiphase flow in porous media, flow visualization, network modeling and percolation processes. Starting as Reader in Chemical Engineering in 1986, he was appointed to Darbari Seth Professor Chair (1996). He served as Head, Chemical Engineering Department and Dean Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilization and also Coordinator, UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering. He served as Johnsen Crosby Distinguished Visiting Professor at Michigan State University (2001-02), Distinguished Asian Visitor, Purdue University (2007), and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2007). He is also Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and University of Saskatchewan, Canada and has previously served as the Chief Coordinator of the Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and Centre for Green Technology of the University of Mumbai, when the ICT was part of the University of Mumbai.Under his leadership, the ICT has made spectacular progress and is recognised as Elite Institute like IITs, IISc and Centre of Excellence by Govt of Maharashtra in 2012 and now Category I institute by MHRD/UGC. The ICT is a role model for industry institute interaction and has won several prestigious awards under his leadership and won numerous awards under his dynamic leadership. ICT has the top NAAC grading (A++ CGPA 3.77) and established campuses in Bhubaneswar with the complete support of Indian Oil Corp. and Marathwada Jalna. ICT is Category I institute with Grade Autonomy.
Academic and Research Achievements: He is a prolific and innovative researcher who has made extensive original contributions to catalysis-science and engineering, green chemistry and technology, nanomaterials and nanocatalysis, energy engineering, and biotechnology. At ICT, he initiated work on novel techniques of enhanced oil recovery, flow visualization in 2-D and 3-D micromodels, phase transfer catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis. He propounded selectivity engineering principles and developed novel concepts in phase transfer catalysis and new solid superacid acids called UDCaTs, ICaTs and MUICaTs. He provided the first ever interpretation of the celebrated phenomenon of inversion rate and selectivity in Friedel-Crafts reactions and one of his papers on sulfated zirconia is a citation classic with 825 citations. His work on sulfated zirconia, heteropoly acids, clays and ion-exchange resins is well recognized and very well cited with 16 original articles having more than 100 citations. He has authored over 410papers, 88 patents, and also supervised 95 PhD and 113 Masters theses as a sole guide. He is an active consultant to chemical and allied industry and his research is commercialized. His work on water splitting to produce hydrogen is being scaled up for commercialisation. He has been consultant to several leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies. His h index is 54 and i10 index is 232 with over 10,600 citations including books/monographs/patents/company brochures..He as lectured all over the world giving more than 650 invited talks/seminars/orations/keynote/plenary addresses
Contributions: As the President of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) during 2001, Professor Yadav was able to rejuvenate the Institute and created a world record by establishing endowments for 51 national awards/prizes. He has mobilized large donations to renovate and modernize the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) and created endowments for faculty positions and fellowships, infrastructure and scholarships for several needy students. His leadership of Catalysis Society of India and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences is remarkable. He was also the Chief Coordinator of the Centres for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and Green Technology of the University of Mumbai. He has served/been serving on the Editorial boards of Applied Catalysis A, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, Catalysis Communications, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, RSC Green Chemistry, Current Catalysis. He is the Founder Editor-in-Chief of Catalysis in Green Chemistry & Engineering by Begell House, Inc. USA (2017).
Awards and Honours: He is a Fellow of all 4 Indian academies and TWAS. Sayed Husain Zaheer Medal INSA (2017), Padmashri (2016) by Presient of India; D.Sc. (Hon. Causa, DYPU, 2016);Deepak Nitrite Padma Bhushan Dr LK Doraiswamy Medal Chemcon Distinguished Speaker, IIChE (2017); Hetero Drugs Prof G.S. Laddha Chemcon Distinguished Speaker, IIChE (2016), Chair, ACS India International Chemical Sciences Chapter (2015), 15th NES Jagadguru Sankaracharya National Eminent Scientist Award (2015), Asian Paints Padma Vibhushan Dr R.A. Mashelkar Medal and CDS Award, IIChE (2015), Festschrift by ACS Industrial & Engineering Research Chemistry [53(49) Dec. 10, 2014)], Dhirubhai Ambani Oration, IIChE-Reliance Industries (2014); Dr B.P. Godrej Life Time Achievement Award, IIChE (2013); D.M. Trivedi Life Time Achievement Award, Indian Chemical Council (2013); PNG College of Engineering TN Best Researcher Award (2012); Best Professor Award for Producing Maximum Peer Reviewed Paper in 2012,Indian Speciality Chemicals Manufacturers Association(2013); Goyal Prize, Kurukshetra University (2012), Cross Canada Lecture Tour Award (2012-13), Canadian Catalysis Society & Canadian Catalysis Foundation, John van Geuns Lecturer, Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012), Park Reilly Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2011),;Chair, APCAT-7, IGCW Award for contributions to Green Chemistry in India (2011), Dr C.V. Raman Award (2011), Fellowship of TWAS Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, Trieste (2010); RPG Life Sciences Padma Vibhushan Professor M. M. Sharma Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (2010) of IIChE, Eminent Engineer Award, Institution of Engineers (India) (2009), Hercules Padma Vibhuhan Professor C.N.R. Rao Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (2009), Jacob Engineering’s Dr. H.L. Roy Memorial Lecture (2008) of IIChE, Fellowship of Indian National Science Academy (INSA, 2006), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI, 2003), Fellow IChemE (UK) (2007); President, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (2007-12), Chairman, Catalysis Society of India, Mumbai Chapter (2006-12). The Govt. of Maharashtra’s Best Teacher’s Award (2007), Chemtech Foundations Award for Outstanding Contributions to R and D (2007), Director, Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineers (2003-10), Johansen Crosby Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, (2001-02), Distinguished Asian Visiting Scholar, Purdue University (2007), Visiting Professor Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Prof S.K. Bhattacharya Eminent Scientist Award of Catalysis Society of India (2007), K.G. Naik Gold Medal MS University Baroda (2002), K. Anji Reddy Innovator of the Year Award, IIChE (2006), Distinguished Alumnus Award, UICT (2006), Anna University National Award for the Most Outstanding Academic, ISTE (2005); D.O.S.T. Professor S.K. Sharma Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Award by IIChE (2005), Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (2003), VASVIK Foundation Award for Excellence in Research in Chemical Sciences and Technology (1995), Herdillia Award for Excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering by IIChE (1999), Hindustan Lever Biennial Award for the Most Outstanding Chemical Engineer of the Year by IIChE (1994), Best Engineering College Teacher by the ISTE (1994), IIEE Award for development of eco-friendly technologies ( 1997). He has been serving on several committees of the Central and State Governments, UGC,CSIR, DST, DBT, MHRD, AICTE, NBA, NAAC, FICCI, CII, ICC, Maharashtra Innovation Council, etc. He serves of Boards of two industries as Independent Director.