CRE Research Group’s objective is to develop novel and transformative catalytic technologies that enable a sustainable energy economy. We focus on understanding the surface phenomenon related to heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis to attain this fundamental objective. Accordingly, synthesis, characterization, and application of both heterogeneous and homogenous catalysts are undertaken for fundamental studies and for the development of industrially relevant processes. Some of the major current research projects in the field of applied heterogeneous catalysis and sustainable energy generation are Coal to Methanol and DME, CO2 Capture and Conversion, Crude oil to Chemicals, Biomass Valorisation, Natural Gas Decomposition to Hydrogen and CNTs, Plastic Waste conversion, and E-waste management. Several experimental techniques related to performance assessment, material development, and kinetic analysis are utilized and combined with theoretical tools like DFT to unravel several aspects associated with these transformation processes.

Our lab is equipped with several catalyst synthesis units such as batch reactors, deep coater, microwave synthesis units, ultrasonication synthesis units, etc. along with the essential characterization tools like physisorption, chemisorption unit,

TGA, FTIR, DRIFT, MP-AES, and XRD. Moreover, the developed material testing facilities in a fixed bed, batch, slurry, and fluidized bed reactors are also widely available with the product testing facilities like HPLC, UV, GC-MS, GC-FID, and GC-TCD systems. Here in the CRE group, we pursue a number of collaborative projects with top universities and industries. Students in the group can expect to gain experience and expertise in catalyst synthesis & characterization, method development, and mechanistic/kinetic study along with the analytical and reasoning skills which would prepare them for careers in academia, industries, and developing science policy.

- Prof. K. K. Pant

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