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Development of Rural Biorefineries in North India

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Green Chemistry Seminar room, C/F/106

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University of York

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--- Joint University of York GCRF IAA Meeting and Departmental Seminar ---


Stopping the Punjab choking Delhi

In December 2015, Delhi was named as the ‘most polluted city in world’ surpassing Beijing. The uncontrolled burning of agricultural residues post-harvest in the Punjab (North India) is often cited as a significant factor as the particulate matter (smog) is transported south due to prevailing winds. Pollution in Delhi is so extreme it may have damaged the lung function of half the city’s 4.4 million children so severely that they will never fully recover. The purpose of this meeting is to explore the potential development of rural biorefineries in North India using advances in biotechnology, green chemistry and environmental sensing that offers a viable alternatives to burning of agricultural residues.



1300: Dr Avtar Matharu, GCCE Acting Director
Welcome and background

Dr Rachel Curwen, Research Development Associate
Overview of York’s activities in rice straw

Professor Mark Hodson, Head of Department, Environment Department
Overview of activities in soil health

1345: Dr Sanjukta Subudhi, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi, India
Fellow & Area Convenor, Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology Division
Microbial production of second generation hydrogen via dark fermentation and Microbial production of 2,3- butanediol from renewable biomass

1430: Prof RK Sharma, Green Chemistry Network Centre, Department of Chemistry, Delhi University, India
The biorefinery and reclamation: Silica-based materials for metal recovery

1500: Prof SK Mehta, Department of Chemistry, Punjab University
Metal oxide nanoparticles as efficient scaffolds for chemical sensing and environmental remediation

1530: Break / Refreshments / Networking

1700: Close

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