Pranav Majgaonkar

Fraunhofer Institute

Pranav Majgaonkar pursued his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University, India and his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Ulm University, Germany. Since February 2020, he is employed as a research associate at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) and is pursuing his PhD at the Institute of Process Systems Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). His research is focussed on developing sustainable chemical recycling strategies for common poly-condensed fractions present in post-consumer and post-industrial waste streams. Until now, Mr. Majgaonkar has spearheaded the development of technologies for chemical recycling of PC, PET and PLA. The scope of his research is not only limited to the use of low-molecular weight organic catalysts to depolymerise these macromolecules but also includes developing an energy-efficient down-streaming strategy for product purification. In a nutshell, Mr. Majgaonkar aims to utilise the fundamentals of process synthesis and intensification for developing holistic yet industrially feasible technologies for chemical recycling while strictly abiding by the principles of green chemistry and sustainable chemical engineering.

Further information about his research is illustrated in the following publications:   

1. P. Majgaonkar, K. Kruber, V. Aryan, R. Hanich, D. Pico, M. Skiborowski, Hierarchical Approach for Solvent Selection in Circular Economy, in 32nd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, Elsevier, 2022, pp. 829–834.

2. P. Majgaonkar, R. Hanich, F. Malz, R. Brüll, Chemical Recycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste for Sustainable Production of Ethyl Lactate, Chemical Engineering Journal 423 (2021) 129952.

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