Aligning with the priorities of the G20 Summit being hosted by India this year, IIT Guwahati is working towards developing affordable, high performance and environment-friendly energy storage and production systems that are also sustainable.
The premier institute stated that its researchers are identifying key action steps and research priorities to contribute towards green growth and sustainable development as a major contribution of the institution in building a sustainable future.
Highlighting the need for research on sustainability, officiating director of the institution Prof Parameswar K Iyer, said, “The development of
inexpensive, high-performance, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy storage and production systems are of utmost importance in the current scenario where energy demand is ever-increasing.”
In this context, multiple efforts are under way at IIT Guwahati towards achieving sustainable goals of green hydrogen generation and carbon dioxide sequestration.
Prof. Mohammad Quresh of the department of chemistry, who, along with his research team, is working on developing Perovskite oxide-based catalysts to generate green hydrogen.
Elaborating on the impact of this research, Prof Qureshi said, “We have progressed significantly in electrolytic water splitting into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). Notably, hydrogen is an energy carrier which can be used for various applications in fuel cells and in stationary and portable power generators without any greenhouse gas emissions.”
Head of the Centre for Nanotechnology, Akshai Kumar Alape Seetharam, and his research team have formulated efficient ‘pincer’ catalytic systems that transform industrial/biomass waste into hydrogen and speciality chemicals.
Associate professor Nageswara Rao Peela along with his research team has developed photocatalysts that can convert solar energy into Hydrogen by using an artificial photosynthetic system.