The primary objective of the CRE Research Group is to pioneer innovative and transformative catalytic technologies that facilitate the transition towards a sustainable energy economy. Our focus lies in comprehending surface phenomena associated with heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis to achieve this fundamental goal. We engage in the synthesis, characterization, and application of both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts for fundamental studies and the development of industrially relevant processes. At present, our research projects revolve around applied heterogeneous catalysis and sustainable energy generation. These include Coal to Methanol and DME, CO2 Capture and Conversion, Crude oil to Chemicals, Biomass Valorization, Natural Gas Decomposition to Hydrogen and CNTs, Plastic Waste Conversion, and E-waste Management. To investigate and understand various aspects of these transformation processes, we employ a range of experimental techniques for performance assessment, material development, and kinetic analysis. These techniques are combined with theoretical tools such as Density Functional Theory (DFT) to gain deeper insights.

Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art catalyst synthesis units, including batch reactors, deep coaters, microwave synthesis units, and ultrasonication synthesis units. We also possess essential characterization tools like physisorption and chemisorption units, TGA, FTIR, DRIFT, MP-AES, and XRD. Additionally, we have established material testing facilities in fixed bed, batch, slurry, and fluidized bed reactors, along with product testing equipment such as HPLC, UV, GC-MS, GC-FID, and GC-TCD systems. Collaboration is integral to our research endeavors, and we actively engage in collaborative projects with leading universities and industries. Students working within the CRE group can anticipate gaining invaluable experience and expertise in catalyst synthesis and characterization, method development, mechanistic and kinetic studies, as well as analytical and reasoning skills. This comprehensive skill set will prepare them for rewarding careers in academia, industries, and science policy development.

- Prof. K. K. Pant

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Green Chemisrty

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Catalysis Science and Technology

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Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering

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