Dr. Vikas Kumar Sangal


Associate Professor


Modelling & Simulation, Divided-wall Distillation, Industrial Pollution Abatement, Thermodynamics



Contact No.: 09501348029


Modeling & Simulation, Divided wall column, Computational methods, Industrial Pollution Abatement, Waste water treatment, etc.


V. K. Sangal joined Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology in May 2006 and currently serving as Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering. V. K Sangal has very good academic credentials, as is evident from his top position in his B. Tech.and M. Tech. results. V. K. Sangal have teaching and research experience of more than 14 years. He has by far published 20 research papers in reputed refereed research journals such as Computers & Chemical Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Advances, Energy, New J. of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Communication, etc. and have 35 research papers in national and international conferences in the last few years. He guided 01 Ph.D student and 20 M.Tech students for their dissertation/theses and is currently supervising 07 Ph.D. and 01 M.Tech. students for their dissertations in the area of energy efficient separation in divided wall distillation column and wastewater treatment by electrochemical and advanced oxidation methods. Dr. Sangal research credentials are manifested by the number of Master's and Ph. D. students working for their dissertations and the number of quality research publications to his credit. Dr. Sangal is principal investigator of DAE-BRNS sponsored project and also a member of TEQIP sponsored project-Centre of Excellence in Energy and Environment with an allocation of Rs. 5 crore. Besides academics, Dr. Sangal has administrative experience. Currently, he is the Ph.D coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Research Projects

Title of the Project: Study of Hydrodynamics and RTD of Effluent Treatment Process (Biological) Using "Radiotracer Technique".

Funding Agency: Department of Atomic Energy- Board of research in Nuclear Sciences(DAE-BRNS), Govt. Of India.

Collaborating Agency: Radiotracer Application Section, IP & RD, BARC, Mumbai

Collaborating Industry: Shreyans Paper Ltd., Ahmedgarh

Amount of Funding: Rs 24,51,650/-

Project Duration: 2015-2018 (3 Years)

Summary: RTD study using I-131 as radiotracer was successfully conducted to study the hydraulic behaviour of the complex Activated Sludge Process (ASP) at Shreyans Industries, Ahmedgarh, India. A set of experiments were performed to characterize the flow behavior of aeration tank, secondary clarifier and complete ASP. The investigation revealed there were no flow abnormalities such as bypassing and parallel flow paths inside the aeration tank. The dead volume inside the aeration tank was negligibly small. Therefore, the aeration tank operates at its designed hydraulic efficiency. In the secondary clarifier was also found to be operating normally without and significant malfunctioning. Suitable hydrodynamic models were suggested for the system to provide physical representation of the system’s hydraulic behavior. The modelling of the measured RTD of the wastewater in the aeration tank revealed that the hydraulic behavior of the aeration tank could be represented by two CSTRs with moderate degree of the back mixing between them. The secondary clarifier behaved a plug flow reactor and was represented by axial dispersion model. Based on the priori information and results of the modelling of the individual systems, a model was proposed for the entire activated sludge processing system.

Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies

Life Member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).

Member, National Association for Applications of Radioisotopes and Radiation in Industry (NAARI)

Publications and other Research Outputs


  • Singla J., Verma A., Sangal V. K., Performance and Evaluation of Electro-oxidation treatment of Human Urine metabolite Uric Acid using Response Surface Methodology, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2017, 164 (20) E312-320, doi: 10.1149/2.0681712jes

  • Kumari P., Kushwaha J. P., Sangal V. K., Singh N., Dairy wastewater treatment in continuous stirred tank electrochemical reactor (CSTER): parametric optimization and kinetics, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 2017, (Accepted)

  • Garg A.,Garg N., Sangal V. K., Bajpai P. K., Synthesis, Characterization and anticancer activities of metal ions Fe and Cu doped and co-doped TiO2, New Journal of Chemistry2017, DOI 10.1039/C7NJ02098H

  • Kaur P.,Kushwaha J. P., Sangal V. K., Evaluation and disposability study of actual textile wastewater treatment by electro-oxidation method using Ti/RuO2 anode, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 2017, 111, 13-22, doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2017.06.004

  • Verma A., Toor A. P., Tejopraksah N., Bansal P.,  &  Sangal V. K. , Stability and durability studies of TiO2 coated immobilized system for the degradation of imidacloprid, New Journal of Chemistry2017, 41, 6296- 6304, DOI 10.1039/C7NJ00945C

  • Kaur J., Sangal V. K., Reducing energy requirements for ETBE synthesis using reactive dividing wall distillation column, Energy2017, 126, 671-676,DOI10.1016/j.energy.2017.03.072

  • Singh A., Verma A., Bansal P., Aggarwal K.Kaur T., Toor A. P.  &  Sangal V. K.HYPERLINK "http://www.tandfonline.com/author/Sangal%2C+Vikas+Kumar" , Catalyst-coated cement beads for the degradation and mineralization of fungicide carbendazim using laboratory and pilot-scale reactor: catalyst stability analysis, Environmental Technology, 2017http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2017.1302000

  • Sangal V. K., Kumar V., Mishra I. M Effects of Thermal Feed Quality on the Performance of a Divided Wall Distillation Column , Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering2016, (accepted).

  • Garg A., Sangal V.K., Bajpai P.K., Photocatalytic Treatment of Binary Mixture of Dyes using UV/TiO2 Process: Calibration, Modeling, Optimization and Mineralization Study, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering2016, DOI 10.1515/ijcre.2015.0220

  • Garg A., Sangal V.K., Bajpai P.K., Decolorization and Degradation of Reactive Black 5 Dye by Photocatalysis: Modeling, Optimization and Kinetic Study, Desalination and Water Treatment2016, 57 (38), 18003-18015.

  • Kaur P., Sangal V. K., Kushwaha J. P., Modeling and Evaluation of Electro-oxidation of Dye Wastewater using Artificial Neural Networks, RSC Advances2015, 5, 34663-34671.

  • Singh P., Dhir A., Sangal V. K., Optimization of Photocatalytic Process Parameters for the Degradation of Acrylonitrile Using Box Behnken Design, Desalination and Water Treatment2015, 55(6), 1501-1508

  • Sangal V. K., Kumar V., Mishra I. M., Process parametric optimization of a divided wall distillation column, Chemical Engineering Communication2014, 201(1), 72-87.

  • Bansal S., Sangal V. K., Kushwaha J. P., Electrochemical treatment of RB5 textile wastewater: Optimization, kinetics, and disposal study, Water Environment Research, 2013, 85 (12), 2294-2306.

  • Sangal V. K., I. M. Mishra, J. P. Kushwaha, Electrocoagulation of Soluble Oil Wastewater: Parametric and Kinetic Study, Separation Science and Technology2013, 48 (7), 1062-1072.

  • Sangal V. K., Bichalu L., Kumar V., Mishra I. M., Importance of pressure drop in divided wall distillation column, Asia Pacific J. of Chemical Engineering2013, 8, 85-92.

  • Sangal V. K., Kumar V., Mishra I. M., Optimization of a divided wall column for the separation of C4-C6 normal paraffin mixture using Box-Behnken design, Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly, 2013, 19 (1), 107-119

  • Sangal V. K., Kumar V., Mishra I. M., Optimization of structural and operational variables for the energy efficiency of a divided wall distillation column, Computer & Chemical Engineering2012, 40, 33-40.

  • Sangal V. K., Kumar V., Mishra I. M., Divided wall distillation column: rationalization of degree of freedom analysis, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering2012, 46 (4), 319-328.

  • Tarangini, K., Kumar, A., Satpathy, G. R., and Sangal, V. K., Statistical optimization of process parameters for Cr (VI) biosorption onto mixed cultures of pseudomonas aeruginosa and bacillus subtilis, Clean- Soil, Air, Water2009, 37 (4–5), 319 – 327.

Paper Published in International Journal (Non-SCI)

  • Kaur Jasdeep, Sangal Vikas K., Dynamic Simulation Studies of a Divided Wall Distillation Column for a Ternary Mixture, Journal of Applied Chemical Science International, 2015, ISSN No. : 2395-3705 (Print), 2395-3713 (Online), Vol.: 5, Issue.: 2
  • Saluja R., Kushwaha J P, Sangal V. K., Preparation of Peanut Shell Adsorbent for the Removal of Reactive Dyes from Waste Water, International Journal of Environmental Research and development, 2013, 3(4), 29-33.

Awards and Honours

Ist Position in B.E. and M.Tech.

Member Board of Studies, UPTU, Lucknow

Description of Research Interests

Professor Sangal's research interests are in the area of integrated distillation (Dividing wall with reactive and extractive distillation also), waste water treatment using physico-chemical, electro-chemical and Advanced Oxidation techniques along with modeling and simulation.