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IIT Jodhpur, one of the five IITs in DBT-Pan IIT Center for Bioenergy
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, and five IITs, namely, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Guwahati, and IIT Jodhpur have come together to launch a virtual Center for Bioenergy, coordinated by IIT Bombay. V. Narayanan, Coordinator, Research & Development at IIT Jodhpur represented the Institute for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), on 3 September 2015.
The main objective of this Center is to develop advanced technologies in the area of biofuels, paving the way for a sustainable solution to the energy crisis. The Center also aims to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with the bio-energy industry in India.



As a part of DBT-Pan IIT Center on Bioenergy, Meenu Chhabra, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at IIT Jodhpur is working on the project “Low Cost Microbial Carbon Capture Cells for Power Generation and Algae Cultivation” with an intent to develop a sustainable process for algal bio-fuels production. Rakesh Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry at IIT Jodhpur is working on the project “Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oil (Algae-Oil) to Transport Fuel”, which would focus on the development of novel catalysts for algae oil modification and upgradation to transport fuel.


Please read the press release for more information.