Research Thrust Areas / Bio-inspired Processes and Systems


Nature provides us with a potentially endless supply of design ideas to solve some of the most complex problems in engineering and science. Given that these ideas are a result of millions of years of evolution, it is only natural for us to mimic them in our solutions. Researchers at IIT Hyderabad have drawn inspiration from this structure and design to come up with very novel solutions to problems such as oil spill remediation, waste management, electrode materials for batteries and super-capacitors etc. This thrust area has received close to INR 4 Crores in project funding.


Faculty Department Representative Project
Chandra Shekhar Sharma Chemical Engineering Direct Recycling of Polystyrene Based Waste Objects using Orange Peel Extract Oil for Oil Spills Remediation
Saptarshi Majumdar Chemical Engineering Lignin De-polymerisation- Catalysts for Targeted Performance
Kishalay Mitra Chemical Engineering Optimization of Mechanical Properties of Hot Rolled Steel using Evolutionary as well as Classical Approaches
Lopamudra Giri Chemical Engineering Integrated approach towards economic production of baculovirus pesticide- Combination of genetic engineering, systems biology and bioreactor design
Satyavrata Samavedi Chemical Engineering Bi-functional Co-Electrospun Scaffolds for Combating Inflammation in the Context of Tissue Regeneration
Parag D. Pawar Chemical Engineering Multiscale Investigation of the Dynamics of Polymicrobial Biofilm under Hydrodynamic Shear
Santhosh Kumar Devarai Chemical Engineering Production Engineering of Glutaminase free L-asparaginase by SSFand SmF Using Novel Asparagine rich Agricultural waste and Product Characterization as Anti-Leukaemic Agent
Harish Dixit Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dynamics of Moving Contact Lines and Drop Impact on Dry Surfaces
Mudrika Khandelwal Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Novel Low-cost Anti-fouling Materials for Healthcare and Food Packaging Industry
Debaprasad Shee Chemical Engineering Development of Bi-Functional Catalysts for Direct Synthesis of Dimethyl Ether from Synthesis Gas
Ashish Misra BioTechnology
Balaji Iyer Chemical Engineering Modeling and Simulation of Bioinspired Particle-Polymer Hybrid Material Networks

In Maintstream Media

Proteins that repair damaged DNA

IITH researchers have unravelled the working of a protein that repairs damaged DNA. Nature has evolved techniques to not only protect DNA, but also to repair damaged DNA so that catastrophic damage can be averted. In humans, one such repair mechanism involves activation of a special class of p...


Potphode, Darshna, and Chandra Shekhar Sharma. “Pseudocapacitance induced candle soot derived carbon for high energy density electrochemical supercapacitors: Non-aqueous approach.Journal of Energy Storage 27 (2020): 101114.

Lee, Seong Beom, Kishalay Mitra, Harry D. Pratt, Travis M. Anderson, Venkatasailanathan Ramadesigan, Babu R. Chalamala, and Venkat R. Subramanian. “Open Data, Models, and Codes for Vanadium Redox Batch Cell Systems: A Systems Approach Using Zero-Dimensional Models.Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage 17, no. 1 (2020).

Kumari, Sparsha, Sukanya Maity, Anjana A. Vannathan, Debaprasad Shee, Partha Pratim Das, and Sib Sankar Mal. “Improved electrochemical performance of graphene oxide supported vanadomanganate (IV) nanohybrid electrode material for supercapacitors.Ceramics International 46, no. 3 (2020): 3028-3035.

Yadav, Shital, Srinadh Mattaparthi, Kuncham Sreenivasulu, Mudrika Khandelwal, Saptarshi Majumdar, and Chandra Shekhar Sharma. “Recycling of thermoplastic polystyrene waste using citrus peel extract for oil spill remediation.Journal of Applied Polymer Science 136, no. 33 (2019): 47886.

Raikwar, Deepak, Saptarshi Majumdar, and Debaprasad Shee. “Reactivity of Ni-Co/γ-Al 2 O 3 Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Guaiacol.” In 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting. AIChE, 2019.

Spoorthy, Divya, Shanmukh Reddy Manne, Vaibhav Dhyani, Sarpras Swain, Shahna Shahulhameed, Siddhartha Mishra, Inderjeet Kaur, Lopamudra Giri, and Soumya Jana. “Automatic Identification of Mixed Retinal Cells in Time-Lapse Fluorescent Microscopy Images using High-Dimensional DBSCAN.” In 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), pp. 4783-4786. IEEE, 2019.

Diaz‐Rodriguez, Patricia, Josh D. Erndt‐Marino, Tanmay Gharat, Dany J. Munoz Pinto, Satyavrata Samavedi, Robert Bearden, Melissa A. Grunlan, W. Brian Saunders, and Mariah S. Hahn. “Toward zonally tailored scaffolds for osteochondral differentiation of synovial mesenchymal stem cells.Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials 107, no. 6 (2019): 2019-2029.

Machineni, Lakshmi, and Parag D. Pawar. “Role of Biofilms in Bioprocesses: A Framework for Multidimensional IBM Modelling of Heterogeneous Biofilms.” In Horizons in Bioprocess Engineering, pp. 93-112. Springer, Cham, 2019.

Nema, Ashutosh, Sai Haritha Patnala, Venkatesh Mandari, Sobha Kota, and Santhosh Kumar Devarai. “Production and optimization of lipase using Aspergillus niger MTCC 872 by solid-state fermentation.Bulletin of the National Research Centre 43, no. 1 (2019): 82.

Choudhury, Anjishnu, Charul Gupta, and Harish N. Dixit. “Flow field near Contact Lines: Role of Inertia.Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2019).