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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Environmentally Sustainable Smart Synthesis of Carbon Nano material Along With the Production


of High Value Added Fuel and Additives for the Concrete Mixture from Waste Plastic, a Hazardous


Waste Around the Himalayan Region

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category MG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTGs: Environmental Assessment and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

The project site deals with Kumaun and Garhwal Himalayas.

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center, Department of Chemistry, Kumaun University, Nainital
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
1. Priyogank (NGO),Nainital,Uttrakhand Awareness programs.
Lead Proponent:

Dr. Nanda Gopal Sahoo

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology center Department of Chemistry

Kumaun University, Nainital

Project Brief Description: Plastic waste is one of municipal solid waste that has become serious problem in most developing countries including India due to its non-biodegradable nature. On the other hand, the manufacturing of plastic not only shows hazardous effects on the ecosystem but also depicts energy crises with the consumption of fossil fuels. This project therefore is a sincere effort in order to eliminate the problems caused by plastics by using synthesize carbon nanomaterials such as Graphene, carbon nanotubes, high value added fuel and additives for the concrete mixture. Thus, this project is not only focuses on plastic management but also focuses on successful conversion of it into value added products (i.e. organic solar cell, materials for road), which may later be exploited for many other applications ranging from energy conversion and storage, biomedical applications such as drug discovery and delivery and many more. The synthesised products can overcome from the problem of fossil fuel, thus reducing both deforestation and energy crises. The major outcomes of the project area: optimized method to synthesize CNMs, value added fuel and concrete at very low prices. New waste management technologies, 15 Research Papers, 3 Ph.D., 2 Patents This project falls under the broad thematic group –“Environmental assessment and management”of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies(NMHS)and also cover, promotion of micro-entrepreneurship and greener technologies.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• R&D institutions, Universities

• Researchers in Kumaun University

• Municipality, individual, private sectors, industries, etc.

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.1,97,88,800 /-( Rupees one crore ninety seven thousand eighty eight thousand eight hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.1,37,40,000/- (Rupees- one crore thirty seven lakh forty thousand only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 07.12.2016 : Click Here

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
To synthesis Graphene from the plastic waste for the energy and biomedical applications and to develop new cheaper and greener techniques for the mass production of Graphene from plastic waste. New waste management technologies New processing plant established.
Conversion and collection of the fuel from the plastic waste for the automobile and other similar industrial applications using the same, by using specially design multipurpose incinerator (furnace) 15 Research Papers Quantity of solid waste processed ( kg/ day)
As the secondary stage plastic (semi liquid plastic) to be utilized for making additives for high standard concrete 3 Ph.D. students with the hardcore training on the plastic waste management. Publications of knowledge products (No.)
To conduct the awareness programs at the various region of project site to aware the community of that site about the hazardous effect of plastics by NGO 2 Patents to be obtained Municipality/ Community groups trained (Nos)
  Optimized method to synthesize CNMs, value added fuel and concrete at very low prices. Awareness camps/ programs organized (Nos.)






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
2. NEHA M.Sc., NET-LS JRF 27,500
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. TGA Used to check the physical & chemical change of the materials as function of increasing temperature or a function of time. 16,42,165.47
2. DSC Used to measure melting temperature, heat of fusion, latent heat of melting , reaction energy, glass temperature, denaturisation temperature and also specific heat 16,69,438.83
3. UTM To test the tensile stress & compressive strength of materials. 3,04,500.00
4. OVEN Drying the samples 98,775.00
5. DIGITAL VISCOSITY METER Used to measure the viscosity of a fluid In process
6. BOMB CALORIMETER Determination of enthalpy of combustion for fuel. In process
7. SWAYAMBHU-WRM-2021 Recycling of waste plastic In process
8. DEEP FREEZER For the synthesis of nanoparticle In process
9. ULTRASONICATOR Used for ultrasonic bath, and for the synthesis of nanoparticles In process
10. AUTOCLAVE For the hygienic cleaning of glassware In process