Uttaranchal University organizes a National Symposium on “Biofuel: Indian Scenario”

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A National Symposium on ‘Biofuel: Indian Scenario’ was organized on 29 April 2016 by Department of Chemistry, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun. Active participation was received from the scientists, engineers, researchers, students and leaders from the fields of Biofuels. The symposium was initiated with a series of lectures delivered by both Honorable Guests and members of the Keynote Forum. There were 3 Technical Sessions and 7 eminent scientists/academicians from different reputed institutes delivered presentations highlighting India’s Scenario with regards to Biofuel. The Chairman of the National Symposium, Dr. N.K Joshi, Director UIT, Uttaranchal University, delivered the Keynote Lecture on Biofuel.

In the First Technical Session:
1st Lecture was delivered by Dr Ashutosh Mohanty, Director of Trimun Graduate School Programme, Mongolia International University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on ‘Necessity of Sustainable Biofuel as Global Energy Need and Alternative Energy Sources’.
2nd Lecture was delivered by Dr. R. K. Jain, Director, Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute, Saharanpur. U.P on ‘Lignocellulosic Bio Ethanol – prospects and challenges’.

In the Second Technical Session:
1st Lecture was delivered by Dr. N. Viswanadham, Head, Lightstock Processing & Catalytic Reforming Area, Refining Technology Division Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on catalytic conversion of biomass derived intermediates into high value fuels.
especially “oxygen” in the process of converting the hydrocarbon components into the valuable fuels.The importance of the various aspects of the catalyst that can influence the quality of the fuels right from the molecular level conversion of the feed molecules will be discussed. The studies indicate the need of establishing the structure-activity relations of the functionalized catalyst materials for the production of high quality fuels.

2nd Lecture was delivered by Dr. M K Tripathi, ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering Nabi Bagh, Bhopal, on ‘Chemicals Production from Selective Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass’. He recommended that Biomass can be converted to a variety of fuels and chemicals by different technologies; one of them is fast pyrolysis which has received extensive interests in recentyears.

In the Third Technical Session:
Ist Lecture was delivered by Dr. Tejpal Dhewa, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary and Applied Life Sciences, Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, Haryana, on ‘Microbial Fuel Cells: an eco-friendly way to generate clean electricity from biowastes’.
2nd Lecture was delivered by Dr. Pankaj Kumar Chauhan, Assistant Professor, School of Bioengineering & Food Technology, Shoolini University, Solan, HP on ‘Algae Biofuel Production and Potential Environmental Impact- An Overview’.

3rd Lecture was delivered by Dr. Sandeep K Saxena, Scientist, Catalysts and Conversion Process Division Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on ‘Development of Zeolite Catalyst for the Utilization of Bio-Ethanol as Green Transportation Fuel’.

25 Screened Research Papers were presented in Oral presentation in 2 Seminar Halls in parallel Technical Sessions. The Best Oral Presentation Award was given to Ms. Neha Arora, Research Scholar, Dept. of Biotechnology, IIT, Roorkee for the paper entitled “Integrating phycoremediation with biodiesel production from novel oleaginous microalgae”

In Poster Presentation 38 Research Papers were presented by the researcher from different institutes of Uttarakhand and others states. The Best Poster Award was given to Ms. Yashi Mishra, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun for the paper entitled “Impact of different pretreatment and lipid extraction methods on fresh water algae Oedogonium”.

Uttaranchal University offers its heartfelt appreciation to all the speakers who attended and obliged to the Organizing Committee Members, adepts of field, various outside experts, company representatives and other eminent personalities who supported the conference by facilitating the discussion forums. Uttaranchal University also took privilege to felicitate the Organizing Committee Members who coordinated this event.

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