Dr. A S Sarpal is an expert with 40 years of diverse experience in the different disciplines of Analytical Sciences of development and characterization of petroleum and related products, catalysts, polymers and biofuels (biodiesel and renewable diesel from vegetable oils, microalgae and yeast). He has completed his master degree (Hons) in chemistry in 1974 from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, and Ph.D degree in analytical chemistry in 1980 from GNDU, Amritsar, India. He has a strong aptitude and passion in unraveling mystery in chemistry by the application of sophisticated analytical techniques such as FT NMR, FTIR, Gas & Liquid chromatography (GC, GC-MS, HPLC), X-Ray Techniques (XRD & XRF), Electron spectroscopy (TEM, SEM, ESCA) and metal analyses (ICAP, ICP-MS, AAS). He joined R&D centre of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., India (Fortune 'Global 500' listing) in 1977 and worked in various research position from 1977 to 2011, and superannuated in the capacity of General Manager He has special interest and in-depth knowledge in the applications of multipulse NMR Techniques (300, 400, 500, 600, 800 MHz). Molecular dynamic studies of lubricant systems for structure-property correlation (viscosity-temperature and viscosity- pressure properties) and additive-additive interaction by NMR and IR techniques have been acclaimed as an effective tool for the development of efficient lubricants. He was responsible for providing analytical research support to the key projects of IndianOil such as development and quality up -gradation of fuel range products (Euro III-V), biofuels, specialty products, lubricants including high viscosity index base stocks and high performance additives, polymers and petrochemicals, refinery catalysts and feed stocks for various refinery processes. He has developed new 50 analytical methods, written 200 internal technical reports and published 141 research papers in the reputed journals and conference proceedings. He has also worked at University of Illinois in 2011on a project on biofuels from algae biomasses. He completed research project on study of biodiesel potential of algae and yeast biomasses, and vegetable oils by analytical techniques in the capacity of research fellow and team leader at the Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMTRO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from April 2012 to October 2015. During his research tenure at INMETRO, he developed innovative analytical methods, which proved cost effective and rapid analytical tools for the screening of microalgae strains for the enhancement of biomass and lipid productivity, and monitoring cultivation process for biodiesel and nutritional potential. He is a recipient of National Petroleum Management for Creativity & Innovation Program - Award of excellence, and PCRA energy conservation award for exemplary work in energy conservation, and many best paper presentation awards. Awarded Wolff Kishner Research Award in Analytical Chemistry for the year 2015, Award of excellence, by International Agency for Standards and Rating, USA.
Dr. A S Sarpal Research interests include Analytical sciences of development & characterization and solution provider of petroleum and related products, catalysts, polymers and biofuels (biodiesel and renewable diesel from vegetable oils, microalgae and yeast)