Ulhas K. Kharul

Ulhas K. Kharul

Polymer Science and Engineering Division

About Me

Our research group have expertise in Membrane Science and Technology. The group mainly focus to pursue the research to understand the structure-permeation property relation in polymeric membranes. Proton exchange membranes for fuel cell, MOF-polymer composite membranes for gas separation, development of PIL based CO2 selective membranes, hollow fibre membranes for water purification and O2/N2 enrichment and acid separation using chemodialysis, membrane reactor development are the key features of our laboratory. We are also deeply involved in exploration of various polymeric membranes and their materials based applications. We are also synthesizing various types PBIs and their structural variants for gas separation and PEMFC applications.

Professional Experience

  • Scientist (1996-Present) at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • Ph.D (1996), Membrane Science and Technology, University of Poona, Pune, India

Selected Publications

  • B.P. Biswal, S. Kandambeth, S.Chandra, D.B. Shinde, S. Bera, S. Karak, B. Garai, U.K. Kharul And R. Banerjee, Pore Surface Engineering in Porous, Chemically Stable Covalent Organic Frameworks for Water Adsorption, J. Mater Chem. A., 3, 23664 - 23669 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5TA07998E.
  • A.S. Rewar, S.V. Shaligram And U.K. Kharul, Polybenzimidazole based Polymeric Ionic liquids possessing partial Ionic character: Effects of anion exchange on their gas permeation properties, J. Membr. Sci., , (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.09.019.
  • B.P. Biswal, A. Bhaskar, R. Banerjee And U.K. Kharul, Selective interfacial synthesis of metal–organic frameworks on a polybenzimidazole hollow fiber membrane for gas separation, Nanoscale., 7, 7291 - 7298 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5NR00299K.
  • S.V. Shaligram, P.P. Wadgaonkar And U.K. Kharul, Polybenzimidazole-based polymeric ionic liquids (PILs): Effects of ‘substitution asymmetry’ on CO2 permeation properties, J. Membr. Sci., 493, 403 - 413 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.09.019.
  • A. Bhaskar, R. Banerjee And U. Kharul, ZIF-8@PBI-BuI composite membranes: Eloquent effects of PBI structural variations towards gas permeation performance, J. Materials Chem A., 2, 12962 - 12967 (2014), DOI:10.1039/c4ta00611a.
  • R.S. Bhavsar, S.C. Kumbharkar, A.S. Rewar And U.K. Kharul, Polybenzimidazole based film forming polymeric ionic liquids: synthesis and effects of cation–anion variation on their physical properties, Polymer Chemistry., 5, 4083 - 4096 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C3PY01709E.

Research Interest

  • Chemical Engineering, Separation Science

Contact Details

Dr. Ulhas K. Kharul

Room No. 919 

Polymers Science and Engineering Division

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

Dr. Homi Bhabha Road

Pune 411008, India.

Phone: 91-020-2590-2180 (Office)/ 2590-2183/4 (Lab)

Fax: 020-25902618

Email: uk.kharul@ncl.res.in