Shashi Lalvani, Ph.D.

Dr. Shashi Lalvani


64 BB Engineering Building

Research Interests

  • Electrochemical Engineering
  • Energy
  • Environmental Materials


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
    University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering
    University of New Hampshire
  • B. Tech, Chemical Engineering
    Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi

Research Bio

Dr. Shashi B. Lalvani is Professor in the Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering where he has served for seventeen years. He served as department chair for sixteen years and was responsible for establishing the chemical engineering and bioengineering programs and seeking accreditation for both programs from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, He also served as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes at Southern Illinois University, where he was employed for a total of 21 years.

A registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, Dr. Lalvani received his Ph. D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1982. He obtained his MS and B Tech degrees (all in Chemical Engineering) from University of New Hampshire (1979) and the Indian Institute of Technology (1976), respectively. He was employed as a design engineer by Polyplast, a plastic chemical equipment manufacturing company in Bombay, India for one year (1976-1977).

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Lalvani has been active in research. He has received significant funding for carrying out research in the areas of electrochemical engineering, energy processing, and environmental remediation from major federal and state agencies as well as the private industry. He has continued to publish his research findings in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has made numerous presentations in technical meetings. Dr. Lalvani has received a patent for his research related to the lowering of trans fatty acids in vegetable oils by a novel electrochemical process for hydrogenation. He has also received several awards for teaching, and is the academic advisor to about 40 students in the department each semester.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Professional Experience

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Process, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 1982–2003
  • Polyplast, Bombay, India, Design Engineer 1976–1977

Research Projects

  • Electrochemical processes
  • Corrosion processes


  • Lalvani, S. B., and Mondal, K., "Electrochemical Hydrogrenation of Vegetable Oils", U. S. Patent Number 6,825,367, 2004.

Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineerings
  • American Chemical Society

Principal Publications

  • Benjamin Schmitz, Bihong Li, R. G. Waruna Jinadasa, Shashi B. Lalvani, Lei L. Kerr, and Hong Wang, Benzoporphyrins Bearing Pyridine or Pyridine-N-oxide Anchoring Groups as Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell”,  J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines, vol.  20, 542-555, 2016.
  • Jegadeesan, G., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B, “Adsorption of Se (IV) and Se (VI) Using Copper-Impregnated Activated Carbon and Fly Ash-Extracted Char Carbon,” Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 226,6, 2015.
  • Xiao, HY, Kim, HJ, Min, DB, Lalvani, SB, (2010).  High Oleic and Low Trans Fatty Acid Formation by an Electrochemical Process. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS SOCIETY, 87 (1), pp. 9-17. 
  • Xiao, H., and  Lalvani, S. B., "A Linear Model of Alternating Voltage-Induced Corrosion,”  The Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 155, 2, C69-C74, 2008. 
  • Zhang, R.; Vairavanathan, P. R.;  Lalvani, S. B., “Perturbation Method Analysis of AC-induced Corrosion, “  Corrosion Science, 50, 6, 1664-1671, 2008.
  • Xiao, H., and  Lalvani, S. B., “Hydrogenation of Edible Oils: A Model Involving Competitive Adsorption of Reactants", Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 84, 11777-1181, 2007. 
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., “Low Temperature Soybean Oil Hydrogenation by an Electrochemical Process,” Journal of Food Engineering, 84, 4, 526-533, 2008. 
  • Mondal, K., and  S. B. Lalvani, “Copper-Platinum Deposition by Pulse Plating,” Journal of Electrochemical Society, 153, 6, 393-399, 2006. 
  • Zhang, R. and  Lalvani, S. B., "Comments on the article "Mechanical properties of the paper sheets treated with different polymers" by S. Kamel, M. El-Sakhawy, A. M.A. Nada, Letter to Editor, Thermochemica Acta 421 (1-2), 81-85, 2004,  Thermochemica Acta, 436, 1-2, October, 2005.
  • Jegadeesan, G., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Selenate Removal from Sulfate Containing Aqueous Solutions,"  Environmental Technology, 26, 10, 1181-1188, 2005 .
  • Jegadeesan, G., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Arsenate Remediation Using Nanosized Modified Zerovalent Iron Particles,"  Environmental Progress, 24, 3, 289-296, 2005.
  • Wiltowski, T., Piotrowski, K., Lorethova, H., Stonawski, L., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Neural Network Approximation of Iron Oxide Reduction Process,"  Chemical Engineering and Processing, 44, 775-783, 2005.
  • Mondel, K., Sathitsuksanoh, N., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Electrodeposition and Characterization of Films of CoP,"  Plating and Surface Finishing, 92 (1), 42-44, January 2005.
  • Jegadeesan, G., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Iron Removal and Simultaneous Regeneration of Hexavalent Chromium in Spent Plating Solutions,"  Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152 (2), D 26-33, 2005.
  • Mondal, K. Lorethova, H., Hippo, E., Wiltowski, T. and  Lalvani, S. B., "Reduction of Iron Oxide in Carbon Monoxide Atmospher - Reaction Controlled Kinetics",  Fuel Processing Technology, 86, 1, 33-47, Nov., 2004. 
  • Mondal, K., Jegadeesan, G. and  Lalvani, S. B., "Removal of Selenate by Fe and NiFe Nanosized Particles",  Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 43, 4922-4934, 2004.
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structur Spectroscopy of Amorphous IR Transmitting Optical Materials",  Journal of Materials Science, 39 (3), 1065-1069, 2004.
  • Obert, J. and  Lalvani, S. B., "Development of Bath for Codeposition of Copper and Platinum",  Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 34, 397-401, 2004.
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Electrochemical Hydrogenation of Canola Oil using a Hydrogen Transfer Agent," , Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 80, 1135-1141,2003.
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Mediator-Assisted Electrochemical Hydrogenation of Soybean Oil," Chemical Engineering Science, 58 (12), 2643-2656, 2003. 
  • Jegadeesan, G., Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Comparative Study of Selenite Adsorption on Carbon Based Adsorbents and Activated Alumina," Environmental Technology, 24 (8) 1049-1059, 2003. 
  • Mondal, K., Sathitsuksano, N., and  Lalvani, S. B., "EXAFS Analysis of Fe-P and Ni-P at the Phosphorous K-edge," J. Materials Science Letters, 22 (2), 95-97, 2003. Mondal, K., Sathitsuksano, N., Croft, M., and Lalvani, S. B., "Characterization of Electrodeposited Amorphous Cr-P via X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy," J. Materials Science Letters, 22 (9), 655-657, 2003.
  • Lalvani, S. B., Mondal, K., Pattanayak, J., Mandich, N.V., and Wiltowski, T., "Modeling of a Process for Removal of Metal Ions by Electromigration and Electrodeposition," Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, June, Volume 80, Number 3, 465-472, 2002. 
  • Mondal, K., Mandich, N. V., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Regeneration of Hexavalent Chromium Using Bi-doped PbO2, Anode," Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 31, 165-173, 2001. 
  • Wiltowski, T., Howerton, R.,  Lalvani, S. B., "Photocatalytic Oxidation of Trichloroethylene and Carbon Tetrachloride using Titanium Dioxide as a Catalyst," Energy Resources, 23, 845-852, October, 2001. 
  • Lalvani, S.B., Mondal, K., Sathitsuksano, N., Wiltowski, T., and Xiao, Y., "Characterization of Nip and Fe-P by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy," J. Materials Science Letters, 20 (12), 1097-1098, June 2001. 
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Reply to Comments on A Second Order Model for Catalytic-Transfer Hydrogenation of Edible Oils," Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 77, 1331-1332, 2000. 
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Modeling and Mass Transfer Controlled Adsorption Rate Based on Langmuir Isotherm," Separation Science and Technology, 35, 16, 2583-2599, 2000. 
  • Mondal, K., and  Lalvani, S.B., "A Second Order Model for Catalyic-Transfer Hydrogenation of Edible Oils," Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 77, 1, 1-8, 2000.
  • Pattanayak, J., Mondal, K., Mathew, S., and  Lalvani, S.B., " A Parametic Evaluation of the Removal of As(V) and AS (Ill) by Carbon based Adsorbents," Carbon, 38, 589-596, 2000. 
  • Mandich, N. V., Mondal, K., Pattanayak, J., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Characterization of Deposits from Electrochemically Regenerated Electroplating Solutions," Plating and Surface Finishing, 87, 75, Jan 2000. 
  • Pattanayak, J., Mondal, K., Mandich, N. V.., Wiltowski, T., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Recovery of Metallic Impurities from Chromium Plating Solutions by Electromigration," Metal Finishing, 39-45, March, 2000. 
  • Lalvani, S. B., Hubner, A., and Wiltowski, T., "Chromium Adsorption by Lignin," Energy Resources, 22, 1, 45-56, 2000. 
  • Lalvani, S. B., and Croft, M., "X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Amorphous Alloys," Journal of Materials Science Letters, 18, 1281-1283, 1999.
  • Pattanayak, J., Mondal, K., Mandich, N. V., Wiltowski, T., and  Lalvani, S. B., "Removal of Iron and Nickel from Solutions by Application of Electrical Fields, " Environmental Technology, 20, 317-323, 1999. 
  • Kim, J. W.,  Lalvani, S. B., and Muchmore, C. B., "Coliquefaction of Coal and Black Liquor to Environmentally Acceptable Liquid Fuels." Energy Resources, 21, 9, 839-847, 1999. 
  • Mandich, N. V.,  Lalvani, S. B., Wiltowski, T., and Lalvani, L. S., "Selective Removal of Chromate Anion by a New Carbon Adsorbent," Metal Finishing, 39-44, May 1998. 
  • Lalvani, S. B., and Kang, J. C., "The Corrosion of Cu-Ni Alloy in a Chloride Solution Subjected to Periodic Voltage Modulation: Part I, " Corrosion Science, 40, 1, 69-89, 1998. 
  • Lalvani, S. B., and Kang, J. C., "The Corrosion of Cu-Ni in a Chloride Solution to Periodic Voltage Modulation : Part II," Corrosion Science, 40, 2/3, 201-214, 1998.
  • Lalvani, S. B., Wiltowski, T., Hubner, A., Weston, A., and Mandich, N., "Removal of Hexavalent Chromium and Metal Cations by a Novel Carbon Adsorbent," Carbon, 36, 7-8, 1219-1269, 1998.