R&D Disciplines

The R&D activities are now broadly classified into five major areas and their brief objectives/goals are given below:

  1. Agro-Processing and Technology
    • Develop new generation eco-friendly processes and products in oil seeds leading to value addition
    • Create a basket of new generation technologies and products in spices, essential oil plant material and its commercial exploitation
    • Create knowledge on selected herbs of commercial potential through chemical finger printing, identification of biomarkers and bio-potency evaluation
    • Development of processes for commercial exploitation of bioactive phytochemicals, herbal extracts and nutraceuticals
  2. Microbial Processes and Technology
    • Development of bio-based processes and products for the production of industrially important enzymes, biofuels and biopolymers
    • Microbial biodiversity and mycobacterium research
  3. Chemical Sciences & Technology
    • Development of wide range of photofunctional molecules and nanomaterials
    • Design of fast switching liquid crystal devices and photoswitchable liquid crystals
    • Design of nonlinear optical materials, polymers, gels, luminescent and electroluminescent materials for optoelectronic applications
    • Development of second generation sensitizers for photodynamic therapy
    • Development of polymers and polymer composites with specific property profiles for eco-friendly and strategic applications
    • Polymeric, organic and inorganic hybrid materials
    • Trace and ultra-trace analysis and characterization of high purity materials, rare earth oxides and recovery of valuable metals
    • Isolation and synthesis of new bioactive molecules and development of novel state of the art synthetic methodologies for the fine chemical industry
  4. Materials Science and Technology
    • Basic and applied research on advanced ceramics for structural and functional applications
    • Sol-gel synthesis of ceramic precursors for nano-particles, coatings/membranes, catalysts as well as ceramic fabrication
    • Developmental work in the area of high Tc super conductivity, electronic ceramics and ceramics for communication
    • Exploitation and value addition of renewable and non-renewable material resources and mineral based technologies
    • Development of new light alloys and their metal matrix composites for strategic as well as societal needs
    • Development of novel ceramic oxide materials
    • Microstructure and microchemical analysis of materials using Electron Microscopy
    • Materials for societal applications
    • Low pressure casting for the high integrating thin wall Al & Mg alloy components
  5. Environmental Technology
    • Design and development of industrial effluent treatment processes & plants
    • Design and development of biological treatment systems for liquid & solid wastes
    • Design and development of odour and VOC control systems
    • Environmental impact assessment studies and services
    • Development of software tools for understanding and design of molecules, materials and processes
    • Development of technical software for commercial use and to provide computational support to other groups
    • Bio and Chemo-informatics
    • Scale-up of laboratory scale processes to bench scale levels
    • Chemical engineering investigations on unit operations and unit processes for minerals and other R&D programmes of the laboratory
    • Development of decentralized processing systems for rural applications
    • Analytical protocols and emission control of POPs (Persistent organic pollutants)