Centre for Studies in Science Policy
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Invites you to a Special Lecture on
Waste to Wealth: A Case Study of Agro Waste Biorefinery
Dr. Sachin Mandavgane
(Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur)
Venue: Room No. L2, 2nd Floor, SSS-1 Building, JNU
Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 | Time: 3:00 pm
Abstract: Agro wastes (AW), like straw and fruit waste are abundantly generated and contribute to 50 % of cereal plant and 15-35% of fruit yield respectively. Instead of treating these as "waste" they could be viewed as valuable bio resources to produce import substitute products. Recent valorisation studies for agro waste open avenues for the production of bio-fuels, bioactive compounds, nutraceutical, dietary fibres among many other products. Instead of using AW for a single product application, it would be beneficial to develop an integrated approach for manufacturing multiple products in sequential manner. This integrated approach is summed up as "biorefinery" which is analogous to petroleum refinery. The talk will deliberate on case studies of biorefineries of waste potatoes, waste oranges and wheat straw.
About the Speaker: Dr Sachin A Mandavgane is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. He received his UG, PG and Doctoral degree from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India. His research interests include biomass and waste utilization, bio refinery, sustainable engineering and engineering education. He is the author of around 75 SCI papers, produced 10 PhDs and has 4 patents in his name. He has developed a UG course on 'Sustainable Engineering' and 'Innovative Design'. He interacts with Chemical Process industries for circular economy and sustainability assessment related-issues. His teaching interests include use of social media for teaching and UG research. He has developed a process of making light weight and thermal insulating construction material using paper mill waste. His technology of making ultra-fine powder neem bio pesticide is purchased by more than 15 parties. His YouTube channel titled "Students Innovate" is popular among engineering students.
All are welcome to attend the Lecture.
Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series