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Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics


This course will deal with evaluation and application of the laws of thermodynamics withrespect to physical and chemical processes.Real gas behavior,solutionthermodynamics,phase and reaction equilibria will be discussed.It will lay foundation for other chemical engineering courses such as mass transfer,chemical reaction engineering etc.It will demonstrate the application of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics to a wide variety of processes occuring in chemical Engineering.It will enable the students to develop skills necessary to make appropriate assumptions in specific Chemical Engineering problems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: B.Tech in Chemical Engineering




INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Chemical process industries including IOCL,HPCL,BPCL,GAIL,ONGC,etc.

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Dr. Sasidhar Gumma is currently a professor of chemical Engineering at the IIT Guwahati. Dr. Gumma has over 14 years of teaching and research experience at IIT Guwahati. He has received B.Tech from Osmania University and doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University, USA. He was faculty at Cleveland state between 2003-2004 and again between 2017-2018. He has served as vice chairman, GATE 2012 as well as chairman, GATE 2013 for IIT Guwahati Zone. He has also been the convener for curriculum revision committee for JAM and member of syllabus revision committee for GATE.  

His research interest includes development of nanomaterials for adsorptive separations, development of thermodynamic frameworks for gas adsorption equilibria, design and scaleup of industrial separation process including amine absorption processes for CO2 capture. He also actively works in drug delivery using nanoporous materials and his teams work on delivery of anti-cancer drug has been highlighted by print and social media.

He has guided 4 PhD students and more than 20 master’s students. Currently, 6 PhD students are under his supervision. Dr Gumma has co-edited a Book on Fundamentals of Adsorption, (FOA8), has several research papers in reputed international journals and referred conference proceedings. He has over 800 citations and an h-index is 12. He has also delivered invited lectures at several international conferences.

Dr. Gumma has served as reviewer of more than 30 reputed international journals. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS), International Adsorption Society (IAS) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is involved in several research/consultancy projects. He has served as a consultant for Oil India Limited (OIL), National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPCL), GAIL (India) Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bangalore and Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL, Bangalore).


Week 1   :  First Law and its applications
Week 2   :  Entropy and the second law
Week 3   :  Equations of state
Week 4   :  Generalized correlations
Week 5   :  Solution Thermodynamics
Week 6   :  Ideal solutions and Excess properties
Week 7   :  Phase equilibria and Raoult's law properties
Week 8   :  Gamma-phi formulation
Week 9   :  Thermodynamic consistency
Week 10  :  Reaction Equilibria
Week 11  :  Multi-reaction equilibria
Week 12  :  Reaction equilibria in heterogeneous systems


  1. J.M. Smith, Hendrick Van Ness, Michael Abbott and Mark Swihart, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 8th Ed., McGraw Hill Education, 2018.
  2. Y. V. C Rao, An Introduction to Thermodynamics, University Press, 2004.
  3. S. I. Sandler, Chemical, Biochemical and Engineering Thermodynamics, 5th Ed., Wiley India, 2017.

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 27 2019(Saturday).  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.