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IIT develop efficient catalytic systems for biofuel, lactic acid production

IT Guwahati researchers have developed efficient “pincer” catalytic systems that transform industrial/biomass wastes into valuable chemicals.Tiny amounts of these “pincer catalysts” repeatedly convert large amounts of industrial waste such as glycerol into lactic acid and hydrogen.

“Such catalysts also efficiently convert bioethanol, a low-energy density fuel into high-energy density butanol,” IIT Guwahati said in a statement.The findings have recently appeared in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals, Chemical Communications and Catalysis Science & Technology.The research team consists of IIT Guwahati Professors, Dr. Akshai Kumar Alape Seetharam, of the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Nanotechnology, Dr. Hemant Kumar Srivastava, currently at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Guwahati, research scholars Kanu Das, Moumita Dutta, Siriyara Jagannatha Prathapa, Eileen Yasmin and Dr. Babulal Das.

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