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Ramesh R Bhave

Distinguished R&D Staff and Team Lead, Membrane Technologies

Ramesh Bhave is a Distinguished R & D Staff and Team Lead, Membrane Technologies in the Chemical Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  He holds a B. S. and Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bombay in India. He was a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

Prior to joining ORNL in April 2008, he was a Senior R & D Manager at Pall Corporation. Dr. Bhave has more than 21 years of industrial R & D experience and was responsible for the development of a number of innovative membrane-based separation processes from laboratory scale to full-scale industrial systems across diverse industries such as chemical and petrochemical, food/beverage, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. At ORNL, Dr. Bhave leads a broad research program in the area of membrane separations supported by the DOE and industry.  He is a project leader for membrane-based rare earth elements separation supported by the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an energy innovation hub funded by the DOE.

Areas of Research: membrane science, separations science and technology, rare earth separations, molecular sieve gas separations, membrane separations for nuclear fuel cycle research and development.

R & D Magazine 2014 R & D 100 Award, Super-hydro-tunable HiPAS membranes, awarded to the team of M. Hu, R. Bhave, B. Bischoff, M. Sturgeon and T. Theiss.

113th U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Oversight Hearing on “America’s Helium Supply: Options for Producing more Helium from Federal Lands, July 11, 2013. Chemical & Engineering News featured Recycling Rare Earths from E-Waste More Sustainably (7/8/15). ORNL Press Release 8/14/15; membrane solvent extraction for rare earth element recovery is the first CMI technology licensed to U. S. Rare Earths, Inc.

Nano-permporometry for characterization of molecular sieve membranes

12 issued U.S. patents and 4 pending U.S. Patent applications.

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