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Treatment of 1,2-dichloroethane - PhD - Vaibhav V Gaikwad

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Published on Jun 13, 2012

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment held their 2012 Three Minute Thesis heats on the 29th of May.

26 research higher degree students from across the Faculty participated in the event, which required the competitors to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in only three minutes.

Chemical engineering PhD candidate Vaibhav V Gaikwad recieved a runner-up prize for his presentation 'Treatment of 1,2-dichloroethane in a double dielectric discharge reactor and characterisation of the resultant polymer'

Vaibhav's research aim is to find a better solution to current effluent treatment problems. He is focussing on treatment of effluents from vinyl chloride manufacturing plants which usually consist of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) as a major constituent.

DCE is an environmental pollutant and also an important chemical feedstock. It is predominantly used in manufacturing of vinyl chloride. For this he have designed a novel low temperature plasma system operating at atmospheric pressure. With this system Vaibhav can not only treat the effluent but also convert it to a value added product like Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).

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