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Dr Vimal Chandra Srivastava’s aims to create a cleaner urban environmemt

This man slogs to create a cleaner urban environment and his research is focused on industrial wastewater treatment, clean liquid fuels and multi-component adsorption (adhesion of atoms, ions or molecules from a gas, liquid or dissolved solid to a surface).

Dr Vimal Chandra Srivastava of the department of chemical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) has recently won the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award in the Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development category.

The NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards, first launched by science and health information provider Elsevier in 2006, is part of its global initiative to support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.

Srivastava’s major research interests are in chemical and environmental engineering, wastewater treatment, alternative fuels, desulfurisation (chemical process to remove sulphur from any material) and valorisation (promotion, valuation) of industrial wastes and agricultural residues.

Author of 170 papers on these topics, Srivastava is the winner of several prestigious awards, which include ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Researcher Award 2010 - First Runner-up Prize in the Asia-Pacific region, INSA Young Scientist Award, Young Engineer Awards by Indian National Academy of Engineers, Institution of Engineers, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, etc.

The NASI-Scopos Young Scientist Award winner is selected in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), the oldest Science Academy of the country located at Allahabad.