The most important problem facing mankind is the depletion of fossil fuel and increasing environmental concerns. To overcome these challenges, a sustainable substitute for fossil fuel requires that not only provide a solution for future energy and chemicals demand but also reduce environmental pollution. Biomass is considered to be a sustainable substitute that can potentially deliver an array of drop-in-chemistry to existing fossil-based chemicals upon suitable catalysis.
My present research is focused on new catalytic conversion technologies to obtain high-value chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Considering strategic importance and future potential of catalytic processes, new catalysts, and materials design is essential that can suitably provide a solution to future energy and chemical demands. A few examples of research on catalytic routes are explained below,
1. Integrated bi- and chemo-catalytic process for high-value chemicals and fuels
2. Value addition to the agricultural residues for building block chemicals and liquid fuels
3. Valorization of biomass-derived molecules into food and agrochemical applications
4. Solid acid catalyzed production of renewable chemicals