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Mr. Karan Sharma | Waste Valorisation | Best Researcher Award

Project Associate,ย Indian Institute of Chemical Technology,ย India

Mr. Karan Sharma, renowned for his exceptional contributions in Waste Valorisation, has been honored with the prestigious Best Researcher Award. ๐Ÿ† As a Project Associate at the esteemed Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in India, he has pioneered groundbreaking research aimed at transforming waste into valuable resources. With unwavering dedication and innovative approaches, Mr. Sharma has significantly advanced the field, addressing critical environmental challenges while fostering sustainable solutions. His remarkable achievements underscore a commitment to excellence and a profound impact on shaping a greener, more sustainable future. ๐ŸŒฑ




Karan Sharma, a recent graduate from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai Marathwada Campus, Jalna, MH, India, distinguished himself with an Integrated M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering Major, culminating in August 2023 with an outstanding CGPA of 8.29. His thesis, titled “Exploring the High Pressure Carbonation Kinetics and Synthesis of novel Non-Isocyanate based Polyurethane using Jatropha Oil: An Experimental Study,” earned the highest grade of AA. Karan’s research signifies a significant leap in chemical engineering, accentuating environmentally sustainable materials synthesis. His exhaustive experimentation and insightful analysis have charted new pathways for eco-friendly polyurethane production. ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ”ฌ

Research Experience

At CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, India, Karan Sharma serves as a Project Associate since Augโ€™2023. ๐ŸŒŸ His multifaceted role encompasses diverse projects: A. Currently, he focuses on the hydrogenation of plastic pyrolysis oil from COVID-19 waste PPE, aiming for gasoline-grade fuel production. He has developed a process employing Ni-based catalysts, enhancing oil properties to match commercial gasoline standards. B. Another endeavor involves developing a novel reactor for monomer recovery from waste plastics via catalytic thermal-cracking. Tasks include reactor design using COMSOL/ANSYS CFD, catalyst assessment, and techno-economic analysis. C. Additionally, Karan is engaged in designing a Basic Engineering Package for nano cellulose production, conducting pilot-scale experiments, and assessing membrane effectiveness for post-acid hydrolysis neutralization. ๐Ÿš€

Work Experience

Karan Sharma, a seasoned Data Analyst with a rich background in chemical engineering, made significant contributions during his tenure at Chemvera Speciality Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai, MH, India, from January to February 2022 ๐Ÿ“Š. Prior to this, as an intern at Grasim Industries โ€“ Century Rayon, Kalyan, MH, India, he led a pioneering project on “Recovery of Barium Sulphate from Depleted Brine” ๐ŸŒŠ. His responsibilities included intricate mass and energy balance calculations, ensuring plant safety measures, and devising alternative extraction strategies. This initiative resulted in a notable cost recovery through the sale of 93% pure barium sulphate ๐Ÿ“ˆ. Karan also gained invaluable engineering insights during an internship at Laxmi Cotspin Pvt. Ltd. in Jalna, MH, India, further enriching his expertise in the field ๐Ÿ”ฌ.


Karan Sharma received accolades at the IISER Bhopal โ€“ 4th National Conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science (2023) for his exceptional oral presentation, earning the Best Oral Presentation Award. ๐Ÿ† His presentation titled “Plastic oil upcycling: Grey Hydrogen Production for Circular Economy” captivated the audience with its innovative approach towards addressing environmental concerns. ๐ŸŒฑ Karan’s research delved into the realm of sustainable solutions, emphasizing the importance of circular economy principles in mitigating plastic pollution. ๐Ÿ’ก Through his work, he showcased the potential of grey hydrogen production as a viable pathway for upcycling plastic waste and fostering a more sustainable future. ๐ŸŒŸ


Hydrogen Production Potential from Plastic Pyrolysis Oil: Experimental and Economic Insights

Published in 2024

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2024.112220

From Pandemic Protection to Fuel Production: Conversion of Waste Personal Protective Equipment-kits to High-Quality Hydro-processed Fuels

Exploring Carbonation kinetics and novel method for synthesis of non-isocyanate based Polyurethane using Jatropha Oil

Karan Sharma | Waste Valorisation | Best Researcher Award

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