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Our Research and Development main areas



Currently, the R&D activities of the Institute revolve around the following areas:

Salt and Marine Chemicals

The activities are centred around the improvement in quality and yield of salt recovered from marine, sub-soil and inland brines and development of processes for the recovery of valuable marine chemicals like potash and magnesium chemicals by the down stream processing of bittern.

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Inorganic Materials and Catalysis

Was introduced in 1982 with an endeavor of potentially using coordination metal complexes as homogeneous catalysts for environmentally and industrially important reactions utilizing gaseous molecules such as O2, N2 and CO.  During 1982 to 1991, It has contributed significant research output on the synthesis of metal complexes for reactions such as oxidation, epoxidation, hydroformylation at molecular level. These were documented in hundreds of publications in the journals of catalysis and inorganic metal complexes and several patents, which brought recognition on international arena...

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Electro Membrane Processes

Products/Processes that can be offered from the discipline to be marketed

  • Development of Domestic ED unit.
  • Development of electro - deionization system
  • Designing and development of Nano composite membranes
  • Heterogeneous–homogeneous composite bipolar membrane
  • Electrochemical/chemical value addition processes

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Marine Biotechnology and Ecology

Consists of four major groups

  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Seaweed Biology and Cultivation
  • Marine Environment.

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Reverse Osmosis Engineering

Membrane Technologies for Desalination and Water Purification

Water is one of the most important resources for human existence, whether it be for human consumption, agriculture and industry. Ensuring access to safe drinking water is emerging as one of the important challenges of the present century because of steady decrease in the available water resources, industrialization, urbanization, etc. Water in several pockets of the country contains high salinity, and/or harmful contaminants. Desalination of brackish and sea water and water refinement are the major requirements for solving this challenge.

Membrane separation processes such as reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF) and ultrafiltration (UF) have emerged as an effective solution to produce safe drinking water. CSMCRI has pioneered the membrane research and development in the country for desalination of brackish and sea water, and for water refinement i.e., removal of harmful contaminants like pathogens, hardness, arsenic, fluoride, etc., present in water.

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Wasteland Research

Engaged in selection, improvement and agrotechnology development of non traditional oil bearing deserter economic (Jojoba & Jatropha) and halophytic (Salicornia & Salvadora) plant species with a view to develop under utilized non saline and saline wastelands. The work involves improvement of species through forced selection, breeding and also through biotechnological approaches for cost-effective and sustainable production.....

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Analytical Sciences

Current Research Areas and Interests

  • Molecular sensors for selective recognition of cations/anions
  • Recognition of analytes and neutral molecules in physiological condition
  • Supramolecular metal complexes to study photo-induced energy/electron transfer processes
  • Nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC)
  • Smart Materials
  • Green Chemistry
  • Recovery of precious metal ions from natural sources
  • Crystal engineering
  • Computational Study

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