Department of Industrial Chemistry was established in 1921 at Banaras Hindu University. Subsequently, it was renamed the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology in 1956. The department has set several benchmarks for achievements in teaching and research. It modernizes its programs to impart education in upcoming areas of chemical engineering.
The department presently offers courses leading to B. Tech., M. Tech., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. The department consists of 19 faculty members having expertise in the full range of subjects in the chemical engineering discipline.
Department has an active group of researchers working towards the development of bio-fuels from various grades of bio-mass. We are also working on the development of solar cells, fuel cells, microbial fuel cells as well as various other problems related to non-conventional and renewable energy.
Rapid increase in the industrialization and urbanization has led to increase in waste materials and pollution. Biomass waste is one of the most important waste streams, therefore its conversion to useful biofuels can significantly reduce the burden on environment. There are many groups in the department working on problems ranging from efficient conversion of biomass to effective treatment of industrial wastes to make it harmless.
Many research groups in the department are actively participating to develop new materials and devices ranging from nanomaterials for sensing and catalysis to the fabrication of microfluidic theranostics devices. Ubiquitous arsenic presences in the earth crust and ground water has impending effect on global health, almost affecting 144 million population. Despite these issues, development of new optical materials that can facilitate simple, easy, reliable, sensitive and selective detection are few. Dr. Manoj Kumar’s research group has been able to successfully develop new optically active materials that can detect arsenite (As 3+) at 12.5 parts per trillion levels with high accuracy (99% spike recovery).