prakbfch - Department of Chemical Engineering,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Prakash Biswas Professor +91-1332-285820
Areas of Interest
  • Design and synthesis of nanostructured materials as shape and size selective catalyst for the conversion of CO2 and methane to hydrogen/synthesis gas, Synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) catalyst for hydrogen production and CO2 capturing, DFT (density functional theory) calculations for catalyst design, Conversion of CO2 to methanol/olefins, Conversion of biomass derived oxygenates to valuable chemicals and fuels, Kinetic modeling, for heterogeneous reaction, Green catalytic process
Professional Background
2009-01-01Assistant ProfessorNational Institute of Technology Rourkela
2009-01-016 years Assistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
Multiple Posts
2019-01-01OngoingLiaison Officer for SC/STIIT Roorkee
2020-08-10OngoingProfessorIndian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2020-08-04OngoingLiaison Officer for SC/STIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2015-01-01OngoingFaculty in-charge, Instrumental analysis LaboratoryIIT Roorkee
2020-08-04OngoingAssociated Faculty Centre for Transportstion Systems (CTRANS), IIT RoorkeeIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2013-01-01OngoingAssociated FactltyCenter of Excellence for Transportation System (CTRANS), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2015-12-234 years 7 months 17 daysAssociate ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2015-01-01OngoingFaculty in-charge, UG Reaction Engineering LaboratoryIIT Roorkee
2009-01-01OngoingFaculty in-charge, Engineering of Catalysis and chemical kinetics Laboratory IIT Roorkee
2018-01-01OngoingMember, Departmental administrative committeeIIT Roorkee
2018-01-01OngoingMember, Departmental academic committeeIIT Roorkee
2014-01-011 year Dy. Chief AdvisorHimalayan Explorers Club, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2012-01-012 years Staff advisorHimalayan Explorer Club, IIT Roorkee
2015-01-01OngoingMember, Departmental research committeeIIT Roorkee
2013-01-012 years WardenGovind Bhawan, IIT Roorkee
2015-01-013 years Member, Departmental purchase committee IIT Roorkee
Educational Details
B. Sc. (Honors)ChemistryUniversity of Calcutta1997
B.Tech.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Calcutta2000
M.Tech.Chemical EngineeringIIT Kanpur2002
Ph.D.Chemical EngineeringIIT Kanpur2007
Post doctorate fellowCatalysis and Chemical Reaction EngineeringUniversity of Cincinnati Ohio USA2009
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
Centre of Excellence in Process Development, Wastewater management in petrochemical Industries at IIGovernment of India, Ministry of Chemical And Fertilizers, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemical2019-01Ongoing
First-principle design, synthesis, and characterization of nickel-ceria-zirconia catalysts for methaScience and Engineering Research Board (SERB) (File No. CRG/2018/002744), Department of Science & Te2019-01Ongoing
Participation in seminars
NamePlaceSponsored ByDate
Registered participant in the SERC School on Modeling of Industrial Reactors".I.I.T. Kanpur, Kanpur, India,Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.2004-01
5th Summer School on Petroleum Refining & PetrochemicalsIndian Oil Institute of Petroleum Management, Gurgaon, India. Indian Oil Institute of Petroleum Management2010-01
Participated in the National Symposium on "Current Trends in Materials Characterization".Advanced Center for Materials Science, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, India.Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi2005-01
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Life Member (LM-43902)
  • The Institution of Engineers (India), Life Member (M-147440-5)
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Reaction EngineeringCH 303B.Tech & IDD 3rd YearAutumn
Hydrocarbon Processing and Engineering-ICH-551IDD 4th YearAutumn
Industrial Safety and Hazards ManagementCH-515IDD 4th YearAutumn
Heterogeneous Catalysis & Reactor DesignCHN-564M.Tech *B.TechSpring
Heat TransferCHN-201B.TechAutumn
Advanced Reaction EngineeringCHE 505B.Tech., M.Tech., Ph.D.Autumn
Chemical TechnologyCHN-206B.Tech. 2nd yearSpring
Transfer Processes-ICH-206B.Tech & IDD second yearSpring
Natural Gas EngineeringCH-556IDD IV th year& M.Tech (IPA) 1st yearSpring
Communication SkillCH-312B.Tech & IDD 3rd YearSpring
Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsCH-204B.Tech & IDD second yearSpring
Chmical Enginering Lab-IIICH-310B.Tech & IDD 3rd YearSpring
Chemical TechnologyCHN-206B.Tech. 2nd yearSpring
Advanced Reaction EngineeringCHE-505PGAutumn
Reaction Engineering LaboratoryCHN-204B.Tech. 2nd yearSpring
Process dynamics and Control LaboratoryCHN-303B.Tech. 3rd yearAutumn
Mass transfer-II LaboratoryCHN-301B.Tech. 3rd yearAutumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Richa TomerDehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
Akansha PandeyTri-reforming of methane
Mahendra Kumar MeenaTri-reforming of methane
Pravin KumarTreatment of waste water generated in petrochemical industries
Soham RoyCatalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over supported copper and nickel catalystsSatyanarayana Murthi PudiO2010-01
Vapor phase conversion of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over supported nanoparticle catalystsNitin Naresh PandhareO2011-01
Development of Catalysts for Liquid Phase Conversion of Glycerol to propanediolSmita MondalO2014-01
Vapor phase hydrogenolysis of glycerol Dinesh Kumar PandeyO2014-01
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USAPost Doctoral Research2009-01-01
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, MN, USAAIChE Annual Meeting2020-08-04
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,Research collaboration.2014-01-01
York University, CanadaResearch Collaboration.2014-01-01
As an external expert for the faculty Selection in the Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh – 201314, INDIA.Shiv Nadar University2020-08
As a selection committee member for the selection of PhD student under the sachem of Prime Ministers Research Fellowship (PMRF) at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar , Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India – 382355IIT Gandhinagar2020-08
As an external expert for the faculty Selection at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Kamand Campus, VPO Kamand, Distt. Mandi - 175075 Himachal Pradesh, IndiaIIT Mnadi2020-08
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Transportation SafetyQIP2016-01
Special Lectures Delivered
Ammoxidation of propane over Mo-V-Nb-Te M1 phase catalystDepartment of Chemical Engineering, University of Calcutta, 92-APC Road, Kolkata-9, West Bengal, Ind2010-01
Hydrogenation of 2-methylfuran, Furan over Supported noble and non-noble metal nanoparticle catalystIIChE, Kolkata, Jadavpur2014-01
Conversion of Glycerol to Value Added Products over Supported Nanoparticle CatalystJaipur, India2014-01
Conversion of Biomass Derived Oxygenates to Value Added Chemicals over Nano-structured CatalystsUniversity of Saskatchewan, Canada2014-01
Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over a Copper-Zinc bi-metallic catalystParis, France2018-01
Heterogeneous Catalyst and its ApplicationDepartment of Chemical Engineering, University of Kolkata2019-01
Byproducts of biodiesel plant waste (glycerol) to value added productsIIT Roorkee2020-08
Catalysis NIT Jalandhar2019-01
Referred Journal Papers
  • Steam reforming of ethanol for the production of Hydrogen over Ni/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst: Effect of Support and metal loading, Prakash Biswas and Deepak Kunzru*, Elsevier, 2007 , Internal Journal of Hydrogen Energy , 32 vols , 969-980 pages
  • Steam reforming of ethanol on Ni-CeO2-ZrO2 catalysts: effects of doping with copper, cobalt, and calcium, Prakash Biswas and Deepak Kunzru*, Springer, 2007 , Catalysis Letters , 118 vols , 36-49 pages
  • Oxidative Steam Reforming of Ethanol over Ni/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst, Prakash Biswas and Deepak Kunzru*, Elsevier, 2008 , Chemical Engineering Journal , 136 vols , 41-49 pages
  • Ruthenium and gold-doped M1 Phase MoVNbTeO Catalysts for propane ammoxidation to acrylonitrile, Prakash Biswas, Jungwon Woo, Vadim V. Guliants*, Elsevier, 2010 , Catalysis Communication , 12 (1) vols , 58-63 pages
  • Hydrogen production by water-gas shift reaction over bimetallic Cu-Ni catalysts supported on La-doped mesoporous ceria, Jiann-Horng Lin, Prakash Biswas, Vadim V. Guliants*, Scott Misture, Elsevier, 2010 , Applied Catalysis A: General , 387 (1-2) vols , 87-94 pages
  • Rice Husk as Reinforcing Filler in Polypropylene Composites, Vinay Kumar, Shishir Sinha*, Manohar Singh Saini, B K Kanungo and Prakash Biswas, De Gruyter, 2010 , Reviews in Chemical Engineering , 26 (1-2) vols , 41-53 pages
  • Modeling and Simulation for Pressure Swing Adsorption system for Hydrogen Purification, Prakash Biswas, Supriya Agrawal and Shishir Sinha*, Croatian Society of Chemical Engineering Technology, 2010 , Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly , 24 (4) vols , 409–414 pages
  • Kinetics of Esterification of Ethylene Glycol with Acetic Acid using Cation Exchange Resin Catalysts, Vishnu P. Yadav, Sunil K. Maity*, Prakash Biswas, Raghubansha K. Singh, Croatian Society of Chemical Engineering Technology, 2011 , Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly , 25 (3) vols , 359–366 pages
  • Liquid phase oxidation of Styrene over Polymer Anchored and Non-Polymer Anchored Cu (II) and Mn (II) Complexes Catalysts, Sweta, Shishir Sinha*, Prakash Biswas, Shri Chand, Mannar R. Maurya, Wiley, 2013 , Journal of Applied Polymer Science , 127 (5) vols , 3424-3434 pages
  • Conversion of glycerol into value-added products over Cu-Ni catalyst supported on γ-Al2O3 and activated carbon, Satyanarayana Murthy Pudi, Tarak Mondal, Prakash Biswas*, Shalini Biswas and Shishir Sinha, De Gruyter, 2014 , International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering , 12(1) vols , 1–12 pages
  • Vapor Phase Hydrogenation of 2-Methylfuran over Noble and Base Metal Catalysts, Prakash Biswas, Jiann-Horng Lin, Jungshik Kang, and Vadim V. Guliants*, Elsevier, 2014 , Applied Catalysis A: General , 475 vols , 379–385. pages
  • Liquid phase conversion of glycerol to propanediol over highly active copper/magnesia catalysts, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Abdul Zoeb, Prakash Biswas*, and Shashi Kumar, Springer, 2015 , Journal of Chemical Science , 127(5) vols , 833–842. pages
  • Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1, 2-Propanediol over bimetallic Cu-Ni catalyst supported on γ-Al2O3, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas*, Shashi Kumar, Biswajit Sarkar, Brazilian Chemical Society, 2015 , Journal of Brazilian Chemical Society , 26 (8) vols , 1551-1564 pages
  • Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over highly active and stable Cu/MgO catalysts, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas*, Shashi Kumar, Wiley, 2016 , Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology , 91 vols , 2063-2075 pages
  • Esterification of glycerol with acetic acid over highly active and stable alumina-based catalysts: A reaction kinetic study, Sailee Anant Rane, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas*, Croatian society of Chemical Engineering Technology, 2016 , Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Quarterly , 30 (1) vols , 33–45 pages
  • Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1, 2-propanediol over γ-Al2O3 supported Cu or Ni monometallic and bimetallic catalysts: Comparison of liquid and vapor phase operation, Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas*, Shishir Sinha, Elsevier, 2016 , Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers , 61 vols , 90-96 pages
  • Acetylation of glycerol over sulfated alumina: Reaction parameter study and optimization using response surface methodology (RSM), Arun P, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, and Prakash Biswas*, ACS, 2016 , Energy & Fuel , 30 vols , 584−593. pages
  • Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1, 2-propanediol over highly active and stable Cu/MgO catalyst in vapor phase, Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas* and Shishir Sinha, ACS, 2016 , Organic Process Research & Development , 20 vols , 1059−1067. pages
  • Catalytic performance and reaction mechanism study over highly stable and efficient Cu-Zn/MgO catalyst for hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1, 2-propanediol, Smita Mondal, Al Ameen A, Prakash Biswas*, Springer, 2017 , Catalysis Letters , 147 vols , 2783–2798. pages
  • Liquid Phase Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol over Highly Active 50%Cu-Zn (8:2)/MgO Catalyst: Reaction Parameter Optimization by Using Response Surface Methodology (RSM), Al Ameen A, Smita Mondal, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Nitin Naresh Pandhare and Prakash Biswas*, ACS, 2017 , Energy & Fuel , 31 (8) vols , 8521–8533. pages
  • Highly active Cu-Zn-Mg-Al-O catalyst derived from layered double hydroxides (LDHs) precursor for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol, Smita Mondal, Rathikanti Janardhan, Mohan Lal Meena, Prakash Biswas*, Elsevier, 2017 , Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering , 5 vols , 5695-5706. pages
  • Acetylation of glycerol over highly stable and active sulfated alumina catalyst: Reaction mechanism, kinetic modeling, and estimation of kinetic parameters, Arun Pankajakshan, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, and Prakash Biswas*, Wiley, 2017 , International Journal of Chemical Kinetics , DOI:10.1002/kin.21144 pages
  • Development of a kinetic model for hydrogenolysis of glycerol over Cu/MgO catalyst in a slurry reactor, Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Smita Mondal, Keval Pareta, Manish Kumar, and Prakash Biswas*, ACS, 2018 , Industrial Engineering & Chemistry Research , 57 vols , 101−110. pages
  • Kinetic modeling for the hydrogenolysis of bio-glycerol in the presence of a highly selective Cu–Ni–Al2O3 catalyst in a slurry reactor, Smita Mondal, Himanshu Malviya, and Prakash Biswas*, RSC, 2019 , Reaction Chemistry & Engineering , 4 vols , 595–609. pages
  • Production of propylene glycol (propane‑1, 2‑diol) in the vapor phase over Cu–Ni/γ‑Al2O3 catalyst in a downflow tubular reactor: effect of catalyst calcination temperature and kinetic study, Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Prakash Biswas*, Springer, 2019 , Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis , 127 vols , 523–542. pages
  • Production of propylene glycol (1, 2-propanediol) by the hydrogenolysis of glycerol in a fixed bed down flow tubular reactor over highly effective Cu-Zn bifunctional catalyst: Effect of acidic/basic support, Dinesh Kumar Pandey and Prakash Biswas*, RSC, 2019 , New Journal of Chemistry , 43 vols , 10073-10086. pages
  • Density functional theory investigation of structure, stability, and glycerol/hydrogen adsorption on Cu, Cu-Zn, and Cu-ZnO clusters, Ram Singh, Prakash Biswas, Prateek K. Jha*, Wiley, 2020 , International Journal of Quantum Chemistry , pages
  • Continuous production of propylene glycol (1, 2-propanediol) by the hydrogenolysis of glycerol over a bi-functional Cu-Ru/MgO catalyst, Dinesh Kumar Pandey and Prakash Biswas*, RSC, 2020 , Reaction Chemistry & Engineering , 5 vols , 2221-2235 pages
  • Dehydration of glucose/fructose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) over an easily recyclable sulfated titania (SO42-/TiO2) catalyst, Richha Tomer and Prakash Biswas*, RSC, 2020 , New Journal of Chemistry , 44 vols , 20734-20750 pages
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