Research Thrust Areas

I. Gasification

Develop an effective technology to partially oxidize biomass into a gaseous mixture of syngas consisting of H2, CO, CH4, and CO2. High-quality syngas can be further used for catalytic synthesis of liquid fuels and hydrogen production. More about Gasification.

II. Nanocatalysts for Conversion of Syngas to Biofuel and Hydrogen

Development of mesoporous silica- encapsulated nanocatalysts followed by screening in a Si-microreactor. This technology will lead to new catalysts for gas to liquid and hydrogen production technologies. More about Nanocatalysts.

III. High-purity hydrogen

Fuel processing and reforming for hydrogen production and separation as H2-fuel in proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) applications. High-purity H2 is the fuel of choice in PEMFCs. More about Hydrogen.