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Dr.Sukumar Devotta

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Dr.Sukumar Devotta
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BornSukumar Devotta
(1948-04-03) 3 April 1948 (age 73)
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
🏡 ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
💼 Occupation
  • Research Scientist
  • Indian Director
  • Chemical & Environmental Engineering Consultant
  • Chemical Engineer

Sukumar Devotta is an Indian scientist. He was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which collectively won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Devotta, Sukumar was born on April 3, 1948 in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. His parents were Mr. John Philip and Mrs. Josephine Pichammal (Gonsal) Devotta. He married Linnet Gonsal (now Devotta) on May 18, 1979 and has two children, Trinitta and John Paul.

He spent his early life in Chennai and completed B.Tech. Chemical Engineering. (1971), M.Tech. Chem. Engg. (1973), Ph.D. (1978) from University of Madras. He also obtained M.Sc. Chem. Engg. (1984) from University of Salford, England

Career[edit]

Dr. Sukumar Devotta served as a Lecturer at A. C. College of Technology, University of Madras between 1977 and 1979. Later he worked as a Senior (Post Doctoral) Research Fellow at the University of Salford in England from 1979 to 1984. After his return to India, he pursued as a Scientist in various capacities (Sci. EI to Sci. G during 1984-2003). He also held various positions as the Head of Engineering Divisions from 1993 to 1998, Process Engineering Unit from 1997 to 1999, Process Development Division (1999-2003), National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Later he served as the Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur (2003-08).

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Positions Held(1977-2011)[edit]

  • Lecturer, A. C. College of Technology, University of Madras (1977 79)
  • Senior (Post-Doctoral) Research Fellow, University of Salford, England (1979 84)
  • Scientist in various capacities (Sci. EI to Sci. G during 1984-2003), & Head of Engineering Divisions (1993-98), Process Engineering Unit (1997-99), Process Development Division (1999-2003), National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
  • Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur (August 2003-January 2008)
  • Director, Board of Directors, and Member, Audit Committee, KIOCL, Bangalore (2006-09)
  • Director, Board of Directors and Member, Audit Committee, HOCL Mumbai (2006-09)
  • Environmental Consultant – Alcoa (USA), Feb 2008- Jan 2011.
  • Chemical & Environmental Engineering (2011 to present)

Accolades[edit]

  • Nobel Peace Prize 2007 to IPCC, as one of the members of IPCC.
  • Environmental Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions made through Working in Partnership to Improve the Environment and Quality of Life for the People of Asia, United States - Asia Environmental Partnership (USAID/ASIA) in 2005
  • CSIR Technology Award of the year 2003 and 2005 for the Chemical Technology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi
  • ICICI Technology Award of the Year 2004
  • USEPA "Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award" for Technical & Scientific Leadership to eliminate CFCs in the Refrigeration Sector, United States Environment Protection Agency in 1997
  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Salford, England (1984-90, 1994-95)
  • Salford Alumni Achievement Award 2017
  • Top 2% Scientists of the world in the field of Environmental Science (Published by Stanford University)

Membership on Professional Bodies[edit]

·        Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (Since 1993)

·        Fellow, The Institution of Engineers (India), Kolkata (Since 2003)

·        Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (Since 2004)

·        Fellow, Madras Science Foundation (Since 2012)

·        Chairman, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers ‑ Pune Regional Centre (1993-96, 1998-2001)

·        Chairman, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers – Nagpur Regional Centre (2004-07)

·        President, Indian Association of Environmental Management, Nagpur (2003-08)

·        President, Association of British Scholars, Nagpur Chapter (2004-08)

Academic and Scientific Bodies[edit]

·        Member, INSA IGBP Sub-comitte, Environment (2009-14)

·        Member, IUPAC, Environment Sub-Commite (2009-14)

·        Chairman, DST PAMC, National Programme on Carbon Sequestration - NCPS (2012-15)

·        Member, DST Task Force on Green Chemistry,New Delhi (2006-12)

·        Member, Executive Council, Dr. Babashaeb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, Maharashtra (2009-2013)

·        Expert Review Member, European Commission - Director General for Research & Innovation Projects on Environment, Brussels.

·        Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Refrigeration of IIR, Elsevier, UK (1997-2008)

·        Editorial Board Member (1985-2008) & Regional Editor(1997-2008), Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier, UK

·        International Advisory Board Member, International Journal of Refrigeration of IIR, Elsevier, UK (2008-16)

·        International Advisory Board Member Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier, UK (2008-16)

·        Member, Project Advisory Committee for International Division in the area of Earth Sciences, DST, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi (2003-08)

·        Member, Board of Studies (Chem. Engg.), Shivaji University (2000-2005)

·        Chairman, Local Advisory Committee of Raman Science Centre, Nagpur (2003-08)

·        Chairman, Board of College & University Development, Nagpur University (2004-08)

·        Member, Senate, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (2003-08)

·        Member, Academic Council, Nagpur University (2003-2008)

·        Member, Committee for considering the Autonomous Status to Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT), Nagpur University, Nagpur (2003-2006)

·        ILTP Area Coordinator for Ecology and Environment, DST, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi (2003-)

·        Member, Committee for governance and management of Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur (2004-08)

·        Member, Advisory Board of Central Institute of Business Management Research & Development, Nagpur (2005-08)

·        Member, Advisory Board for the Integral Development of the S.F.S. Centre for Biotechnology, St. Francis De Sales' College, Nagpur (2005-08)

·        Member, Senate of the Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (2006-08)

·        Member, Board of College and University Development of Amravati University (2006-08)

·       Member, Academic Senate of Sri Ramchandra Medical College and Research Institute, A Deemed University, Chennai, (2006-08)

National & International Committees:[edit]

·          Member, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), New Delhi (2015- )

·          Member of UNEP Technical Options Committee (1991-), Co-chair of  DTF (1991-92), RTF and Safety Standards (2016-17)

·          Chairman, Research Advisory Board, A.M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC), Chennai  (2014-)

·          Member, Empowered Steering Committee and Technology & Finance Standing Committee on Montreal Protocol, Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment & Forest, New Delhi (1992-)

·          Member, High Level Task Force for Multilateral Environmental Agreement (Montreal Protocol), Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi (1992-)

·          Member, World Bank Ozone Operation Research Group (March 2008-2013)

·          Chairman, Maharashtra State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) (2011-2013)

·        Director, Board of Directors, and Member, Audit Committee, KIOCL, Bangalore (2006-09)

·        Director, Board of Directors and Member, Audit Committee, HOCL Mumbai (2006-09)

·        Member, Accreditation Committee- EIA Consultants, QCI-NABET, New Delhi (2011-14)

·          Coordinating Lead Author (CLA), LA and member of IPCC (1999-2003)

·          Member, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Waste Management in the matter of WP 657/95, Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi (2003-07)

·          Member, Expert Group on Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes, Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi (2003-08)

Areas of Specialization[edit]

  • Chemical Process Engineering & Development
  • Environmental Science & Engineering (Wastewater and Environmental Impact Assessment)
  • Industrial Energy Conservation
  • Alternatives to CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs
  • Global Environment Policy and Protocols

Research activities[edit]

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Dr. Devotta has done pioneering research in the field of energy and environment. He has contributed for over a few decades to the issues on environmental protection. He has been deeply involved in the issue of CFC replacement both nationally and internationally particularly for the refrigeration sector. He was actively involved in the process engineering and development of environment friendly chemical and process technologies. He is widely consulted by Indian and International agencies and industries in the area of chemical and environmental management. He was also actively involved in the Montreal Protocol and Climate Change joint study under UNEP and IPCC.

Dr. Devotta, with his technical and leadership skills, has collaborated with many national and international industries and agencies for R&D on a variety problems and areas. Dr. Devotta has been active consultant for a variety of R&D areas to many prestigious national and international companies and agencies including Alcoa (USA), EU, GE, GIZ, Infras (Zurich), MOEFCC, UNDP, UNEP, World Bank.

Scientific and Technical Leadership in Chemical & Environmental Protection[edit]

Green Chemical Technologies[edit]

As the Head of Process Development Division at NCL, Dr. Devotta was actively involved in the process engineering design, simulation and development of environment friendly chemical and process technologies, including ‘Use of eco-friendly catalysts’; Better raw material utilisation and solvent recovery; Effluent treatment for pulp and paper mills and distilleries; Hazardous waste identification, characterization and minimization; Fuel Cell power pack; Biodegradable polymers and so on. He was involved in a few technology transfer in NCL, Pune and was awarded the CSIR Technology Awards for his contributuions.

As the Chairman, DST-NCSP, Dr. Devotta introduced many innovative projects on Carbon Capture Sequestration and Utilisation in India.

Montreal Protocol[edit]

Since 1990, even before India became a party to the Montreal Protocol, Dr. Sukumar was actively involved in the search for alternatives to CFCs with fundamental and applied research. He was one of the pioneering members in the formulation of GOI’s policy on Montreal Protocol by the Ministry of Environment & Forests through India’s Country Programme, CSIR Task Force, MOEF Task Force, MOEF Ozone Cell Steering committee and Monitoring Committee. He played a key role in the phase out CFCs in India to comply with the Montreal Protocol, including R&D for using HFC-134a, Policy formulations to MOEF, Technical and Financial Audit of CFC production in India on behalf of MOEF/UNDP. He actively involved in an Indo-Swiss Ecofrig Project (SDC Sponsored) to phase out CFC in Refrigerator plants in India using HC refrigerant and Cyclopentane as the blowing agent. Dr. Devotta was and is still safeguarding the interests of India and other developing countries in various National and International forums. He is actively participating since 1992 in the UNEP Refrigeration Technical Option Committee (RTOC) and Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP- Task Forces) under the Montreal Protocol for various reports, with special reference to developing countries. He collaborates with many national and international industries and agencies for R&D on a variety problems in this area, particularly on Ozone friendly and Climate friendly technologies.

Publications[edit]

  • Holland, F.A., Watson. F.A. and Devotta, S., “Thermodynamic Design Data for Heat Pump Systems”, Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK, (1982)
  • Mitra, A.P., Sharma, S., Bhattacharya, S., Garg, A., Devotta, S. and Sen, K., “Climate Change and India : Uncertainty Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Estimates”, Universities Press, Hyderabad, (2004)
  • Devotta, S., Wate, S.R., Godfrey, S., Labhsetwar, P.K., Swami, A., Saxena, A., Dwivedi, H.B., and Parihar, G., “Guidance Manual - Greywater Reuse in Rural Schools”, NEERI, Nagpur, sponsored by UNICEF, Bhopal, (2007)
  • Devotta S. and Chalapathy Rao, C.V., “Environmental Status of India”, Atlantic Publishers (2008)
  • Devotta, S. and Thacker, N. “Dioxins and Furans “, Springer (2014)

Chapters[edit]

  • Sukhatme, S.P. and Devotta, S., “Classification of Heat Transfer Equipment” in “Heat Transfer Equipment Design”, Hemisphere Washington D.C., Eds. R.K. Shah, E.C. Subba Rao, R.A. Mashelkar, (1988)
  • Devotta, S., Iyer, M. and Kammen, D.M., “Section-III: Case Studies” in "Methodological and Technical Issues in Technology Transfer, A Special Report of IPCC Working Group III", Cambridge University Press, 16, 375-444, (2000)
  • Andersen, S.O., Carvallho, S.U.M., Devotta, S., Fujimoto, Y., Harnisch, J. Polak, B.K., Kuijpers, L., McFarland, M., Moomaw, W. and Moreira, J.R., “Options to Reduce Global Warming Contributions from Substitutes for Ozone Depleting Substances” in "Climate Change 2001: Mitigation", Cambridge University Press, (2001)
  • Gaikwad, S.A., Kumar Sunil, Devotta, S. and Singh, R.N., “Methane Emissions from Solid Waste Management in India and its Uncertainty Analysis” in "Climate Change and India : Uncertainty Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Estimates", Universities Press, Hyderabad, Eds. A.P. Mitra, S.K. Sharma, S. Bhattacharya, Amit Garg, S. Devotta, Kalyan Sen, 14, 302-318, (2004)
  • Rao, P.V., Qureshi, M.S. and Devotta, S., “Carbon Dioxide Emission Factor from Cement Production Process in India” in "Climate Change and India : Uncertainty Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Estimates", Universities Press, Hyderabad, Eds. A.P. Mitra, S.K. Sharma, S. Bhattacharya, Amit Garg, S. Devotta, Kalyan Sen, 7, 127-146, (2004)
  • Devotta, S. and Asthana, S., “Uncertainties in HFC, PFC and SF6 Emissions from Industrial Processes” in "Climate Change and India: Uncertainty Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Estimates", Universities Press, Hyderabad, Eds. A.P. Mitra, S.K. Sharma, S. Bhattacharya, Amit Garg, S. Devotta, Kalyan Sen, 8, 147-170, (2004)
  • Jager, D., Manning, M., Kuijpers, L. (Coordinating Lead Authors) and Devotta, S. (Lead Author), “Technical Summary” in "IPCC/TEAP Special Report Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System : Issues related to Hydrofluorocarbons and Perfluorocarbons" Cambridge University Press, USA, Eds. B. Metz, L. Kuijpers, S. Solomon, S.O. Andersen, O. Davidson, Jose Pons, D. Jager, T. Kestin, M. Manning, L. Meyer, 19-82, (2005)
  • Devotta, S. and Sicars, S. (Coordinating Lead Authors), “Refrigeration” in "IPCC/TEAP Special Report Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System : Issues related to Hydrofluorocarbons and Perfluorocarbons" published by Cambridge University Press, USA, Eds. B. Metz, L. Kuijpers, S. Solomon, S.O. Andersen, O. Davidson, Jose Pons, D. Jager, T. Kestin, M. Manning, L. Meyer, 4, 227-267, (2005)
  • Goyal, S.K., Rama Krishna, T.V.B.P.S., Singh, R.N. and Devotta, S., “Indian Air Quality Monitoring and Modelling” in "Glimpses of the Work on Environment and Development in India", Eds. J.S. Singh, V.P. Sharma, 9, 124-158, (2005)
  • Juwarkar, A.A. and Devotta, S., “Pollution and Diseases : Soil Pollution” in "Textbook of Environmental Emergencies", Eds. A.C. Anand, A.S. Narula, R. Kakkar, R. Kalra, 10(3), 202-211, (2006)
  • Nandy, T., Devotta, S. and Verma, A.K., “Pollution and Diseases : Water Pollution” in "Textbook of Environmental Emergencies", Eds. A.C. Anand, A.S. Narula, R. Kakkar, R.Kalra, 10(2), 173-201, (2006)
  • Research Papers: More than 250 research papers in reviewed international journals and more than 100 papers in international and national conferences.
  • US Patents: Granted 5 patents.

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