Catalysis for Sustainability

Catalysis is one of the oldest branches in Chemistry. This field primarily deals with the speed of chemical reactions and ways of manipulating them. Right from living systems to large-scale production of fine chemicals like pharmaceuticals and plastics, the science and technology of catalysis plays a pivotal role. I will introduce the chemistry aspects of catalysis at a general level and proceed to discuss on the increasing relevance of this science in sustainability. I will draw a few examples from my research as well as others during the discussion.

A Low-Cost Non-explosive Synthesis of Graphene Oxide for Scalable Applications



In this talk starting from a pre-defined problem, how certain bottlenecks encountered resulted in the above work – where we demonstrated a low cost method to synthesis a carbon based material – Graphene oxide. The work demonstrated that high quality synthesis of graphene oxide can be achieved without expensive filtration methods for carbonaceous and metallic residues. I will also outline some of the practical applications of this material which we are working on at present.

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