Sridhar Palla

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Interest:

1. Adsorption & Separation: 

  • Carbon capture from industrial flue gases by metal-organic frameworks
  • Hydrogen and Methane storage for automobile applications
  • Alkane/Alkene and hydrocarbons non thermal membrane based separation from refinary gases
  • Heavy metal (Eg: Uranium, Vanadium and Nickel) and contaminants removal from water
2. Metal-organic frameworks synthesis, characterisation and application 

3.  Microwave-assisted pyrolysis for solid waste management

4. Data driven modeling and high throughput screening of porous crystalline materials

PhD, MTech and BTech students interested in "experimental and modeling studies" of the above mentioned topics can contact.  

Techniques used:
  1. Density functional theory (DFT)
  2. Molecular dynamics (MD) & Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) Simulations
  3. Machine learning
  4. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Software Tools Used: CFD - COMSOL, Machine Learning - Python/MATLAB, DFT - VASP/Gaussian, Molecular Simulations - RASPA/GULP


Phone:0891-2856060       Email:

Teaching Interests

  • Chemical process technology
  • Computer-aided process engineering
  • Introduction to chemical engineering
  • Reaction engineering laboratory
  • Particle Technology
  • Heat transfer laboratory


1. M.S & PhD - Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 

  • Thesis: Multiscale modelling of adsorption hydrogen storage in metal-organic frameworks

2. B. Tech in Chemical Engineering - Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam 


Professional Experience

1. Assistant Professor - Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy, Visakhapatnam (2021- Present)

2. Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Liverpool (2020-2021)

  • Project: Data-driven modeling and high throughput screening of metal-organic frameworks for ethane and ethylene separation

3. Institute postdoctoral fellowship at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2020)

  • Project: Investigation of oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reaction mechanism of ethane to ethylene with CO2

Journal Publications

  • Sridhar, P., and Niket S. Kaisare. "A critical analysis of transport models for refueling of MOF-5 based hydrogen adsorption system." Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2020). 
  •  Palla S, Kaisare NS. On-board hydrogen storage in an adsorbent bed: Development of a multi-scale dynamic "1D-plus-1D" model. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2020). 
  •  Palla S, Kaisare NS. Evaluating the Impact of Pellet Densification and Graphite Addition for Design of On-Board Hydrogen Storage in a Fixed Bed of MOF-5 Pellets. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2020).
  • Mohan TV, Palla S, Kuppan B, Kaisare NS, Selvam P. Hydrogen Sorption Characteristics of Ordered Mesoporous Carbons: Experimental and Modeling View Point. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data. 2018;63(12):4543-4551. 
  • Ethiraj Jayashree, Palla S, and Helge Reinsch. "Insights into high pressure gas adsorption properties of ZIF-67: Experimental and theoretical studies." Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2019): 109867. 
  • Rimita Bose, Jayashree Ethiraj, Palla S, Jithin John Varghese, Kaisare NS, Parasuraman Selvam. Adsorption of Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide in Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Structure with SOD Topology: Experimental and Modelling Studies. Adsorption journal (2020).
  • Mohan, T.V.R., Palla, S., Selvam, P., 2023. Experimental and modelling studies of carbon dioxide capture onto pristine, nitrogen-doped, and activated ordered mesoporous carbons. RSC Adv. 13, 22133–22144. 
  • Pritam, Kocherlakota, Harish Puppala, Sridhar Palla, Dadi V. Suriapparao, and Tanmay Basak. "A two-step hybrid multi-criteria approach to analyze the significance of parameters affecting Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis." Process Safety and Environmental Protection (2023).
  • Hamzah, Husam Talib, Veluru Sridevi, Dadi Venkata Surya, Sridhar Palla, Abhishek Yadav, and Poiba Venkata Rao. "Conventional and microwave-assisted acid pretreatment of tea waste powder: analysis of functional groups using FTIR." Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2023): 1-10.
  • Kulkarni, A., Mishra, G., Palla, S., Ramesh, P., Surya, D. V., & Basak, T. (2023). Advances in Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for Biomass Pyrolysis: A Review. Energies, 16(23), 7839.
  • Hamzah, H. T., Sridevi, V., Surya, D. V., Ramesh, P., Rao, C. S., Palla, S., & Abdullah, T. A. (2023). Synergistic Effects and Product Yields in Microwave-Assisted in-situ Co-Pyrolysis of Rice Straw and Paraffin Wax. Process Safety and Environmental Protection.
  • Mistry, Chintan, Dadi Venkata Surya, Ramesh Potnuri, Tanmay Basak, Pandian Siva Kumar, Chinta Sankar Rao, Ribhu Gautam, Palla Sridhar, Himanshu Choksi, and Neelancherry Remya. "Effective electronic waste valorization via microwave-assisted pyrolysis: investigation of graphite susceptor and feedstock quantity on pyrolysis using experimental and polynomial regression techniques." Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2023): 1-17.
  • Pritam, K., Palla, S., Puppala, H., Srinivas, B. A., Luhaniwal, J., & Surya, D. V. (2023). Bibliometric Analysis of Research Progress in Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis of Biomass during 1979-2023. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 106331.
  • Jha, Nimish, Hemanth Kumar Tanneru, Sridhar Palla, and Iradat Hussain Mafat. "Multivariate analysis and forecasting of the crude oil prices: Part I–Classical machine learning approaches." Energy (2024): 131185.
  • Ethiraj, Jayashree, Bhaskaran Shankar, Alagarsamy Santhana Krishna Kumar, Ranjith Sekar, Chandru Annamalai, Ganeshraja Ayyakannu Sundaram, Sridhar Palla, and Khanh B. Vu. "Unraveling the structural features of a contemporary 1, 4-Dihydropyridine derivative through crystallographic and computational study." Journal of Molecular Structure (2024): 138057.
  • Hamzah, Husam Talib, Veluru Sridevi, Dadi Venkata Surya, Potnuri Ramesh, Chinta Sankar Rao, Sridhar Palla, and Thamer Adnan Abdullah. "Synergistic effects and product yields in microwave-assisted in-situ co-pyrolysis of rice straw and paraffin wax." Process Safety and Environmental Protection 182 (2024): 45-55.

Conference Publications

  • Palla S, Kaisare NS. A Combined Adsorbent Bed and Pellet Model for Adsorptive Hydrogen Storage. AIChE Annual meeting October 28 - November 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  •  Mohan, T.V.R.; Palla, S.; Kaisare, N.S.; Selvam, P., Experimental and Modelling Assessments of Hydrogen in Hexagonal Ordered Mesoporous Carbons, 3rd Int. Conf. on Advanced Energy Materials, September 10-12, 2018, Surrey, UK.
  • Iradat Hussain Mafat, Sridhar Palla and Dadi Venkata Surya, Prediction of the Carbon Capture in MOFs by Machine learning”, International Conference on Petroleum, Hydrogen & Decarbonization (ICPHD-2023), November 03-05, 2023, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. 
  • Pragadeesh B, Sridhar P and Narasimha reddy, “Optimization of product yield of Agricultural Biomass Pyrolysis By Machine Learning”, New Frontiers in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering (INCEEE – 2023), November 24-25, 2023, National Institute of Technology Warangal, India.
  • Pragadeesh B, Sridhar P and Narasimha reddy."Prediction of the plastic pyrolysis product yield by machine learning", IICHE-CHEMICON 2023, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India.
  • Gumma Jayasri, Sridhar Palla, Hemanth Kumar Tanneru, Unravelling the significance of Drug Delivery: Computational Insights into the Interaction between 5-Fluorouracil and Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIF-8), International Conference on Trends in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering (ChemEEE-2024) Visakhapatnam, 19-21 February 2024, India.
  • Minu Kumari, Sridhar Palla, Ch Ch Gupta, Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Textile Dye Wastewater Using Zinc-Metal Organic Frameworks: A Sustainable Approach”. International Conference on Trends in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering (ChemEEE-2024) Visakhapatnam, 19-21 February 2024, India.
  •  Iradat Hussain Mafat and Sridhar Palla. “Evaluation of the adsorption characteristics of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework for carbon capture from flue gas”, International Conference on Trends in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering (ChemEEE-2024) Visakhapatnam, 19-21 February 2024, India.
  • Abdulrahman H. Ba-Alawi, Sridhar Palla, Seshagiri Rao Ambati, JiYoon Yang, ChangKyoo Yoo*. Chemical-guided screening of functional structure of MOFs for hydrogen storage: An explainable deep attention autoencoder model. THE 3rd INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CARBON & FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT (CMEE 2024).

Book Chapters

  • Mafat, Iradat Hussain, Sridhar Palla, and Dadi Venkata Surya. "Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Algal Cultivation, Harvesting Techniques, Wastewater Treatment, Nutrient Recovery, and Biofuel Production and Optimization." Value Added Products From Bioalgae Based Biorefineries: Opportunities and Challenges. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2024. 463-487.

Research Projects

  • "Experimental and theoretical investigation of metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbents for post-combustion carbon capture" under Institute Research Grant (IRG) 

Consultancy Projects

  • Consultant to the GITAA Pvt Ltd for the Data Science related problems

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Examination and Scholarship committee
  • Member of the Disciplinary action committee
  • Nodal officer for SMILES initiative 

Phd Students:

  • Iradat Iradat Hussain Mafat
  • Arjuna Siriki
  • Minu Kumari, Co-guided by Dr Gupta from the Department of Chemistry
  • Jayasree, Co-guided by Dr Hemanth
  • Durga Praveena, Co guided by Dr Sesha Giri Rao

Invited Lecture

  • “Carbon capture and separation from flue gases” talk at "Technology Needs Assessment- Energy Efficiency with focus on Steel and other industries" workshop at RINL steel plant Visakhapatnam.
  • "Hydrogen generation and storage" talk at HPCL Samavesh training program for diploma trainees at HPCL training center Visakhapatnam.
  • “Adsorbents for Hydrogen Storage and COx/NOx Capture” at GE Vernova Bangalore.
  • "Multiscale modeling and simulation strategies for energy systems" at Rajalakshmi Engineering College Chennai


  • Chemical Product and Process Modeling
  • Environmental science and pollution research