Faculty Profile  

D. N. Saraf

B.Sc. (Hons.), Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, 1961
M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1963
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1966

email: dnsaraf[AT]iitk.ac.in,   dnsaraf[AT]ddn.upes.ac.in


Distinguished Professor
DIT University

Phone: +91-98976 0791

Research Interests

  • Process Modeling and Control

  • Online Optimization

  • Separation Processes

  • Petroleum Engineering

  • Biomass Gasification


  • Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), 1998.

  • Fellow of Institution of Engineers, India (FIE), 1994.

  • NOCIL Award of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineering for Excellence in Design/Development of Process, Plant and Equipment (1989).

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (1987).

  • Milan Arthur Memorial Award, for best student in the Department, University of California, Berkeley (1964)..


  • Projects completed for Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Mathura. Refinery:
    1. Modeling and advanced control of Amine Treating Unit.
    2. Simulation and online optimization with product properties prediction of Crude Distillation Unit.
    3. Virtual analysers for crude distillation unit.


  • An Improved Equation for Heat of Vaporization, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 179, 277(2001), G.Nishanth and D.N.Saraf.

  • A Crude Distillaton Unit Model Suitable for Online Applications, Fuel Processing Tech, 73, 1(2001), V.Kumar, A.Sharma, I.Roychoudhury and D.N.Saraf.

  • Online Optimization of a Crude Distillation Unit, with Constraints on Product Properties, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 41, 1557(2002), K.Basak, K.S.Abhilash, S.Ganguly and D.N.Saraf Also persented at the A.I.Ch.E. Annual Meeting, Nov. 12-17, 2000.

  • Artificial Neural Networks Based Estimation of Petroleum and Product Properties, Ind. Chem. Engr., 44, 7(2002), S.Ganguly, J.Sadhukhan and D.N.Saraf.

  • Reduced Order Modeling of a Crude Distillation Unit for Online Applications, Jour. Chem. Eng. Japan, 35, 4(2002), R.C.Ramaswamy and D.N.Saraf.

  • Online Optimizing Control of Bulk Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate: Some Experimental Results for Heater Failure, J. Appl. Poly. Sci., 85, 2350(2002), R.B.Mankar, D.N.Saraf and S.K.Gupta Also presented at 2nd World Engineering Congress, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 22-25,2002.

  • Advanced Process Control for Refinery Profit Maximization, Ind. Chem. Engr., Special Issue, Vol 1, 57(2002), D.N.Saraf.

  • Multiobjective Optimization of Industrial FCC Unit Using Elitist Non-Dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 41, 4765(2002), R.B.Kasat, D.Kunzru, D.N.Saraf and S.K.Gupta.

  • Online Tuning of a Steady State Crude Distillation Unit Model for Real Time Applications, Jour. Process Control, 13(3), 267(2003), D.J.Dave, M.Z.Dabhiya, S.V.K.Satyadev, S.Ganguly and D.N.Saraf.

  • Online Data Processing and Product Propeties Pediction for Crude Distillation Units to be presented at AIChE Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, March30-April03, 2003, S.Bhat, T.Chatterjee and D.N.Saraf.