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Research Activities: Dr. Nagaraja B M

Dr. Nagaraja B M
Group Leader & Assistant Professor
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Research Areas

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Hydrogenation/Dehydrogenation Reactions
  • Coupling reactions (Hydrogenation & Dehydrogenation)
  • Preparation of Mesoporous Nano Materials
  • Materials Science and Surface Science
  • H2 production & Energy Technology
  • New Materials and Sustainable Processing of Natural Resources
  • Green Processes Development for Fine Chemicals Synthesis

Project-1 : Production of hydrogen through the coupling of dehydrogenation and hydrogenation for the synthesis of cyclohexanone and furfuryl alcohol over different promoters supported on basic oxide catalysts.

External hydrogen pumping can be avoided as in-situ generation of hydrogen from the dehydrogenation of cyclohexanol is utilized and thus seems to be an economical route in the synthesis of furfuryl alcohol from furfural. The coupling route provides in-situ generation of H2 which helps in preventing the by-products, viz., tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, furan, methyl furan, etc., in the hydrogenation of furfural and thus high yields to furfuryl alcohol are maintained.

1. Hydrogenation of Fufural to Furfuryl alcohol:


2. Dehydrogenation of Cyclohexanol to Cyclohexanone:


3. Simultaneous Hydrogenation of Furfural and dehydrogenation of Cyclohexanol reaction:


Project-2 : Production of hydrogen through the coupling of dehydrogenation of Ethylbenzene and hydrogenation of Nitrobenzene for the synthesis of Styrene and Aniline over different promoters supported on basic oxide catalysts

1. Hydrogenation of nitrobenzene to Aniline:


2. Dehydrogenation of Ethylbenzene to Styrene:



3. Simultaneous Hydrogenation of Nitrobenzene and dehydrogenation of Ethylbenzene reaction:



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