IIT Guwahati
Source: Collegedunia

Researchers at IIT Guwahati, have developed efficient “pincer” catalytic systems that modify industrial or biomass wastes into valuable chemicals.

As the team informed, microscopic amounts of these “pincer catalysts” repeatedly change low-energy-density large amounts of industrial waste such as glycerol into lactic acid and hydrogen. Such catalysts also can convert bioethanol, a low-energy-density.

The conclusions of the time have also been starred in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals–Chemical Communications and Catalysis Science and Technology. Our computational studies have associated the unprecedented activity of the pincer catalysts to the minimal crowding present at the metal center and have enabled a good understanding of the electronic and steric (crowding) factors that control reactivity, said Hemant Kumar Srivastava from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Guwahati.

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The team also included IIT Guwahati research scholars Kanu Das, Moumita Dutta, Siriyara Jagannatha Prathapa, Eileen Yasmin, and Babulal Das.

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