Ganapati D Yadav

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Ganapati D Yadav is the Vice Chancellor and R.T. Mody Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, and University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was conferred with Padma Shri by the President of India in 2016. He has provided inspiring leadership to the ICT, the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Catalysis Society of India, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of all the Indian Science academies (Indian Academy of Sciences, elected in 2017) and TWAS. He is the Founder President of the American Chemical Society, India International Chapter. He has been actively involved as Chairman/member of many committees of UGC, AICTE, NAAC, DST, DBT, CSIR, CII, FICCI, ICC, IIChE and ACS, among others.

Ganapati D Yadav

Session 1C: Inaugural Lectures by Fellow/Associate

Chairperson: S Ananthakrishnan, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

Selectivity engineering in sustainable production of chemicals, fuels and energy from biomass and carbon dioxide

Biomass conversion technologies consist of sugar platform (biochemical/fermentation), extraction and chemical conversion (syngas) and it provides challenging opportunities. Biorefineries must adopt the Green Chemistry principles. The development of lignocellulose treatments will be key to unlocking a major sugar source for biological conversion into industrial products. Catalysis is the most pivotal principle of Green Chemistry, which inherently aims at reduction of waste, both, of material and energy. Cascade engineered multistep reactions along with complex multifunctional catalyst yield required process intensification at the molecular level. The multifunctional catalyst required for such reactions possess multi-functionality such as acid, base and metal sites. Reactions occur on these multiple sites in a concerted or sequential manner. New opportunities for the conversion of glycerol, co-product of biodiesel, into value-added chemicals have emerged, in recent years, as a result of glycerol’s unique structure, properties, bioavailability, and renewability. The principles of selectivity engineering and cascade engineering in the valorisation of biomass and bio-based products will be the central theme of this lecture.

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