Current R&D/S&T Activities
We are currently working on the development of the microbial process for bioremediation of the industrial wastewaters mainly pulp and paper and tannery. Environmental pollution by partially treated paper and tannery effluent is an ongoing worldwide problem. Lignin and chlorophenols are the primary contaminants of pulp and paper industry wastewater. Lignin removal/degradation is very complicated due to its complex structure. Moreover, the degradation products of lignin are toxic and hazardous to the environment. So, there is an urgent need to develop a biological technology for efficient removal of lignin and its breakdown products from the effluents. His team had primarily engaged in screening and evaluation of bacterial strains for ligninolytic enzymes (LiP & Lac), basic mechanisms behind treatment and changes in the paper mill effluent toxicity after treatment. The R&D achievements were published in the reputed SCI journals. Moreover, bacterial strains potential to remove/degrade toxicant of tannery wastewater have been developed. We are also working on the development of an eco-friendly pulp bio-bleaching combination for application in the paper industry. Based on the above studies, Indian research funding agency (DBT, DST & CSIR) granted fund to develop bacterial bioremediation process for application in paper and tannery industry wastewater treatment for the safety of the river ecosystem. The entire R&D program is in concurrence to Indian National Mission. Presently, 7 Ph.D. students are working with us and 2 students are about to complete his Ph.D. He is a life member of a scientific organization like American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) and active reviewer of various national & international reputed journals. He has also contributed in a book chapter of repute. We have also expertise in microbial analysis of water, soil, food and air samples.