Prof. Gaurav Manik, Head of Department
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About the Department
Department of Polymer and Process Engineering (DPPE) is one of the unique departments of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), located in the Saharanpur Campus of IIT Roorkee. The department performs fundamental and applied research in Polymer Science and Technology, Process Engineering and Management under the supervision of highly motivated faculty members, who are enthusiastically working towards creating highly competitive, academic and research environment in the department.
The department houses state-of-the-art advanced characterization equipments such as DSC, TGA, FTIR, DMA, XRD, AFM, SEM, DLS, UV-vis-IR, to name a few. The department faculties are engaged in extensive research duly supported and funded by several industries and government funding agencies.
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Prof Gaurav Manik at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi,UAE
Prof Gaurav Manik, delivering an invited talk as part of his Visiting Faculty Assignment at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Dr. Subhrakamal Dutta on National Education Policy
Lecture of Dr Dutta of MOE on 23rd December 2022 Topic: "Role of Academic Institutions towards Atmanirbhar Bharat through the Eyes of MSME Sector"
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Prof. Lokendra Pal from NC State University, USA
DR. LOKENDRA PAL is the E. J. Woody Rice Associate Professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University. He is alumnus of Paper Technology IIT Roorkee SRE Campus
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A visit of officials from Tribhuvan university, Nepal
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Guest lecture from Pluss Advanced Technology
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Mr. Kaushal Shah, Founder & CEO EnvoPAP London
Visit of Mr. Kaushal Shah, Founder & CEO EnvoPAP London on 14th May to IITR Saharanpur Campus
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Campus ariel view
Beautiful View Captured from New Tech. Building
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Invited talk by Dr. Debdatta Ratan
Scientist in Naval Materials Research Lab.- DRDO, Date of Presentation - 11 April 2022, Topic of the presentation - Development of Polymer Nanocomposite for Multifunctional Applications
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Prof. Kaushik Parida, Assistant Professor
Prof. kaushik parida joined as an assistant professor in department of polymer and process engineering.
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Campus's Beauty
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Prof. Pradip K. Maji, Associate Professor
Prof. P. K. Maji has been awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invitational fellowship.
Departmental Achievements
IIT Roorkee Scientists develop a hybrid super-hydrophobic coating and mechanical aided passive cleaning system for maintenance-free solar PV modules and win Second Prize in L&T Techgium Open Innovation Contest held in May 2022
IIT Roorkee Scientists develop a hybrid super-hydrophobic coating and mechanical aided passive cleaning system for maintenance-free solar PV modules and win Second Prize in L&T Techgium Open Innovation Contest held in May 2022
Researchers have over the years created a variety of coating compounds to protect various structural, car, and aviation components from dirt, oil grease, and other contaminants. One of the many applications and functions of a super hydrophobic surface is its self-cleaning ability. Application of self-cleaning includes self-cleaning automotive windscreens, stain-resistant fabrics, anti-dust architectural coatings, anti-biofouling paints in boats, anti-stick coatings for outdoor applications such as commercial & residential building and anti-reflective solar panels. In solar power plant, during high turbulent wind and seasonal changes, there will be a heavy dust settlement on solar cells which may affect its electrical output performance as dust and soiling have a significant impact on the efficiency of solar panels. So it needs routine manual cleaning but regular cleaning of solar panels takes lot of time and effort, on the other hand it is advisable not to have direct contact cleaning as cells are more sensitive and brittle in nature and may generate micro-cracks. Solar panels also reflect a significant quantity of light, lowering their efficiency.
To counter aforementioned challenge, the research team comprising of Arpit Dubey and Suvidha Khaire (1st year M.Tech Polymer Science & Engineering students) under the supervision of Prof. Gaurav Manik from the Department of Polymer and Process Engineering at IIT Roorkee have, as part of 5th Edition of L&T Techgium Open Innovation Competition-May 2022, designed an effective self-cleaning coating mechanism coupled with an appropriate mechanical cleaning process, which can be integrated with solar panels covering a larger floor area. The team made several presentations spanning from idea phase to concept and feasibility phase to finally win the silver prize comprising a trophy, cash award of Rs. 5 Lakh and an Engineer at heart memento out of a huge number of 3600+ concepts presented and 30,000+ participants at national level. According to their idea, a suitable hydrophobic coating may act as an anti-dust layer, thereby, increasing solar cell efficiency while lowering cleaning costs. Most solar projects in India are in arid areas (MP, Gujarat, etc.) where dust reduces solar cell efficiency drastically. The efficiency of solar cells can be enhanced by 25-40% by combining the two features of superhydrophobic antireflective coating and mechanical cleaning, thereby, reducing cost of PV electricity by eliminating maintenance and enhancing energy output. Commercially available coating materials have limitations of poor sustainability for high/low-temperature solar applications, weaker substrate adherence, poor durability, etc. Conventional low surface energy fluorine-based coating polymers have certain significant disadvantages, such as the production of hazardous chemicals when overheated during application which can cause health issues, such as teeth and bone decay and harm to kidney, muscles and nerve, eyes and nose irritations.
The researchers have developed an environmental friendly self-cleaning super-hydrophobic coating, with appropriate mechanical aided passive cleaning, which has potentially improved substrate contact, low surface energy, anti-dust property and durability in easy-cleaning, which may make an improvement in efficiency of solar power plant via enhanced overall electrical performance and lowered maintenance cost. The other benefits of employing this setup includes its anti-reflectivity, anti-dust property, high thermal durability, the prevention of snow or ice adhesion, and pollution protection.
Technology Transfer Event at Saharanpur Campus
Technology for synthesizing Inexpensive bipolar membrane capable of dissociating water at
lower potential using high-performance polymers is patented and the technology is transferred to
Permionics Global technologies based in Vadodara
Technology for synthesizing Inexpensive bipolar membrane capable of dissociating water at lower potential using high-performance polymers is patented and the technology is transferred to Permionics Global technologies based in Vadodara, Gujarat for scale up and commercial manufacturing. This Bipolar membrane is developed under the project scheme ‘Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana’ funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and Permionics Membranes Private Limited by Prof. Sujay Chattopadhyay and his team. These bipolar membranes are used in water treatment, resource recovery and green energy generation technologies (e.g., Fuel cells, electrolyzer etc.,) promoting zero liquid discharge.
Departmental Events
M.Tech Final Year Farewell (Batch 2020-22)
Departmental Characterization Facilities
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Differential scanning calorimetry
Differential scanning calorimetry is a thermoanalytical technique in which the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference is measured as a function of temperature. Both the sample and reference are maintained at nearly the same temperature through
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Thermogravimetric analysis
Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA Analyzer). Thermogravimetric analyzers measure changes in mass or weight in response to increases in temperature or time.
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Static Light Scattering
Static Light Scattering (SLS) is an optical technique that measures the intensity of the scattered light as a function of the scattering angle to obtain information on the scattering source.
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Dynamic mechanical analysis
Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) records a material’s temperature-dependent visco-elastic properties and determines its modulus of elasticity and damping values by applying an oscillating force to the sample.
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Universal testing machine
A universal testing machine (UTM), also known as a universal tester, materials testing machine or materials test frame, is used to test the tensile strength and compressive strength of materials. An earlier name for a tensile testing machine is a tensometer.
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X-RAY POWDER DIFFRACTOMETER
X-ray diffraction is based on constructive interference of monochromatic X-rays and a crystalline sample. These X-rays are generated by a cathode ray tube, filtered to produce monochromatic radiation, collimated to concentrate, and directed toward the sample.
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ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a type of scanning probe microscopy (SPM), with demonstrated resolution on the order of fractions of a nanometer, more than 1000 times better than the optical diffraction limit. The information is gathered by "feeling" or "touching" the surface with a mechanical p
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FIELD EMISSION SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
FESEM is the abbreviation of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. A FESEM is microscope that works with electrons (particles with a negative charge) instead of light. These electrons are liberated by a field emission source. The object is scanned by electrons according to a zig-zag pattern.
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INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA - OPTICAL EMISSION SPECTROMETRY
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) is a multi-element, trace-analysis technique used to measure the concentration of various elements in a variety of sample matrices. Also known as Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the technique is cap
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FT-IR SPECTROSCOPY
FTIR stands for “Fourier transform infrared” and it is the most common form of infrared spectroscopy. All infrared spectroscopies act on the principle that when infrared (IR) radiation passes through a sample, some of the radiation is absorbed.
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UV-VIS SPECTROPHOTOMETER
The UV-1800 is an advanced high-resolution spectrophotometer utilizing a precision Czerny-Turner optical system. Operation can be either as a stand-alone instrument or as a PC-controlled instrument with the included UV Probe software.
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THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY METER
The UV-1800 is an advanced high-resolution spectrophotometer utilizing a precision Czerny-Turner optical system. Operation can be either as a stand-alone instrument or as a PC-controlled instrument with the included UV Probe software.
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LIMITING OXYGEN INDEX
The limiting oxygen index (LOI) is the minimum concentration of oxygen, expressed as a percentage, that will support combustion of a polymer. It is measured by passing a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen over a burning specimen, and reducing the oxygen level until a critical level is reached.
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SPIN COATING UNIT
Spin coating is a technique used to spread uniform thin films on flat substrates by centrifugal force. The apparatus used for spin coating is called a spin coater, or a spinner. A solution of material is dispensed onto the center of a wafer, which is then rotated at high speed.
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CHNS(O) ELEMENT ANALYZER
The CHNS(O) Analyzer find utility in determining the percentages of Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulphur and Oxygen of organic compounds, based on the principle of "Dumas method" which involves the complete and instantaneous oxidation of the sample by "flash combustion". The combustion products are s
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MICROWAVE DIGESTER
Microwave acid digestion is a technique to dissolve metals, bound within a sample matrix, into liquid. This is achieved by exposing a sample to a strong acid, in a closed vessel and raising the temperature and pressure through microwave irradiation. Both the speed of thermal decomposition of the sam
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Life @ Saharanpur Campus
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International Yoga Day
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International Yoga Day
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Campus Beauty
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Gym at SRE Campus
Departmental Statistics
Alumni
60+
Faculty
10+
Students
80+
Research Publications
400+
PATENTS
20+
Projects
20+
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