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Prakash Biswas Associate Professor prakbfch[at] +91-1332-285820
Areas of Interest
  • Biofuels and bioenergy
  • Green catalytic process
  • Reactor / Kinetic modeling
  • Design and synthesis of nanostructured materials as shape and size selective catalyst
  • CO2 utilization
  • Selective hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis over supported nano-particle catalysts
  • Selective oxidation and ammoxidation of normal alkanes
Professional Background
20092015Assistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
20092009Assistant ProfessorNational Institute of Technology Rourkela
Educational Details
B.Sc.Chemistry HonoursUniversity of Calcutta1997
B.Tech.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Calcutta2000
M.Tech.Chemical EngineeringIIT Kanpur2002
PhDChemical EngineeringIIT Kanpur2007
Post Doctoral FellowCatalysis and Chemical Reaction EngineeringUniversity of Cincinnati Ohio USA2009
Administrative Background
2012On GoingStaff advisorHimalayan Explorer Club, IIT Roorkee
June, 2014May 2015Dy. Chief AdvisorHimalayan Explorers Club, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
May 2013Till DateAssociated FactltyCenter of Excellence for Transportation System (CTRANS), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
20132015WardenGovind Bhawan, IIT Roorkee
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.12-07-2004
5th Summer School on Petroleum Refining & PetrochemicalsIndian Oil Institute of Petroleum Management, Gurgaon, India. Indian Oil Institute of Petroleum Management07-06-2010
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 Delhi05-12-2005
  • 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
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
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Smita MondalCatalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering
Dinesh Kumar PandeyCatalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering
Richa TomerCatalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering
Akash GoyelCatalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Year
Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over supported copper and nickel catalystsSatyanarayana Murthi PudiA2010
Vapor phase conversion of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over supported nanoparticle catalystsNitin Naresh PandhareA2011
Development of Catalysts for Liquid Phase Conversion of Glycerol to propanediolSmita MondalO2014
Vapor Phse hydrogenolysis of glycerolDinesh Kumar PandeyO2014
Value addition of glucose/fructoseRicha TomerO2017
Catalysis and kinetics for value addition of renewables Akash GoyelO2017
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USAPost Doctoral Research2007-2009
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, MN, USAAIChE Annual MeetingOctober, 2
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Transportation SafetyQIP20/2/2016
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, Ind25-5-2010
Hydrogenation of 2-methylfuran, Furan over Supported noble and non-noble metal nanoparticle catalystIIChE, Kolkata, Jadavpur28-6-2014
Conversion of Glycerol to Value Added Products over Supported Nanoparticle CatalystJaipur, India12-10-2014
Conversion of Biomass Derived Oxygenates to Value Added Chemicals over Nano-structured CatalystsUniversity of Saskatchewan, Canada15-10-2014
Refereed Journal Papers

# Publications (In refereed International Journals)

  1. Prakash Biswas and Deepak KunzruSteam reforming of ethanol for production of Hydrogen over Ni/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst: Effect of Support and metal loading”, Internal Journal of Hydrogen Energy 32 (2007) 969-980.
  2. Prakash Biswas and Deepak Kunzru, “Steam reforming of ethanol on Ni-CeO2-ZrO2 catalysts: effects of doping with copper, cobalt and calcium”, Catalysis Letters 118 (2007) 36-49.
  3. Prakash Biswas and Deepak Kunzru, “Oxidative Steam Reforming of Ethanol over Ni/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst”, Chemical Engineering Journal 136 (2008) 41-49. 
  4. Prakash Biswas, Jungwon Woo, Vadim V.Guliants, “Ruthenium and gold-doped M1 Phase MoVNbTeO Catalysts for propane ammoxidation to acrylonitrile”, Catalysis Communication, 12( 1)( 2010)58-63.
  5. Jiann-Horng Lin, Prakash Biswas, Vadim V. Guliants, Scott Misture, Hydrogen production by water-gas shift reaction over bimetallic Cu-Ni catalysts supported on La-doped mesoporous ceria, Applied Catalysis A: General, 387 (1-2)( 2010) 87-94.
  6. Vinay Kumar, Shishir Sinha, Manohar Singh Saini, B K Kanungo and Prakash Biswas, “Rice Husk as Reinforcing Filler in Polypropylene Composites”, Reviews in Chemical Engineering 26 (1-2), (2010) 41-53.
  7. Prakash Biswas, Supriya Agrawal and Shishir Sinha, “Modeling and Simulation for Pressure Swing Adsorption system for Hydrogen Purification”, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly 24 (4) 409–414 (2010).
  8. Vishnu P. Yadav, Sunil K. Maity, Prakash Biswas, Raghubansha K. Singh, “ Kinetics of Esterification of Ethylene Glycol with Acetic Acid using Cation Exchange Resin Catalysts”, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly, 25 (3) 359–366 (2011).
  9. Shalini Biswas, Prakash Biswas and Anil Kumar, Catalytic cracking of soybean oil with zirconium Complex chemically bonded to alumina support without hydrogen”, International Journal of Chemical Sciences and Applications, 3 (2) 306-313 ( 2012).
  10. Sweta, Shishir Sinha, Prakash Biswas, Shri Chand, Mannar R. Maurya, Liquid phase oxidation of Styrene over Polymer Anchored and Non-Polymer Anchored Cu (II) and Mn (II) Complexes Catalysts, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 127 (5), (2013) 3424-3434.
  11. Satyanarayana Murthy Pudi, Tarak Mondal, Prakash Biswas, Shalini Biswas and Shishir Sinha, “Conversion of glycerol into value-added products over Cu-Ni catalyst supported on γ-Al2O3 and activated carbon”, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering 12(1) (2014)1–12.
  12. Prakash Biswas, Jiann-Horng Lin, Jungshik Kang and Vadim V. Guliants, “Vapor Phase Hydrogenation of 2-Methylfuran over Noble and Base Metal Catalysts”, Applied Catalysis A: General 475 (2014) 379–385.
  13. Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Abdul Zoeb, Prakah Biswas, and Shashi Kumar “Liquid phase conversion of glycerol to propanediol over highly active copper/magnesia catalysts”, Journal of Chemical Science 127(5) (2015) 833–842.
  14. Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas, Shashi Kumar, Biswajit Sarkar, “Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-Propanediol over bimetallic Cu-Ni catalyst supported on γ-Al2O3”, Journal of Brazilian Chemical Society 26 (8) (2015)1551-1564.
  15. Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas, Shashi Kumar, “Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over highly active and stable Cu/MgO catalysts”, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 91 (2016) 2063-2075.
  16. Sailee Anant Rane, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas, “Esterification of glycerol with acetic acid over highly active and stable alumina-based catalysts: A reaction kinetic study”, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Quarterly 30 (1) (2016) 33–45.
  17. Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas, Shishir Sinha, “Hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over γ-Al2O3 supported Cu or Ni monometallic and bimetallic catalysts: Comparison of liquid and vapour phase operation”,  Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 61(2016) 90-96.
  18.  Arun P, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, and Prakash Biswas, Acetylation of glycerol over sulphated alumina: Reaction parameter study and optimization using response surface methodology (RSM)” Energy & Fuel 30 (2016) 584593.
  19. Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Prakash Biswas and Shishir Sinha, “Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol over highly active and stable Cu/MgO catalyst in vapor phase”, Organic Process Research & Development 20 (2016) 1059−1067.
  20. Smita Mondal, Al Ameen A, Prakash Biswas*, “Catalytic performance and reaction mechanism study over highly stable and efficient Cu-Zn/MgO catalyst for hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol”, Catalysis Letters 147 (2017) 2783–2798.
  21. Al Ameen A, Smita Mondal, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Nitin Naresh Pandhare and Prakash Biswas*, “Liquid Phase Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol over Highly Active 50%Cu-Zn (8:2)/MgO Catalyst: Reaction Parameter Optimization by Using Response Surface Methodology (RSM)”, Energy & Fuel, 31 (8) (2017) 8521–8533.
  22. Smita Mondal, Rathikanti Janardhan, Mohan Lal Meena, Prakash Biswas*, “Highly active Cu-Zn-Mg-Al-O catalyst derived from layered double hydroxides (LDHs) precursor for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,2-propanediol”, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 5 (2017) 5695-5706.
  23. Arun Pankajakshan, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, and Prakash Biswas, “Acetylation of glycerol over highly stable and active sulphated alumina catalyst: Reaction mechanism, kinetic modeling and estimation of kinetic parameters” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics (2017). DOI:10.1002/kin.21144.
  24. Nitin Naresh Pandhare, Satyanarayana Murty Pudi, Smita Mondal, Keval Pareta, Manish Kumar, and Prakash Biswas*, “Development of kinetic model for hydrogenolysis of glycerol over Cu/MgO catalyst in a slurry reactor”, Industrial Engineering & Chemistry Research (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b03684.