Marut Jain

About Marut

Mr Jain received both his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in chemistry and Masters of Science in chemistry, specialising in inorganic chemistry, from the University of Delhi.

Mr Jain has qualified for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and other reputable research organisations. He has also been endowed with the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology’s Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) scholarship as well as a Summer Research Fellowship by the Indian Academy of Science, Bengaluru.

Mr Jain is entitled to a lifetime membership of the Indian Science Congress Association and is a student fellow of the Indian Chemical Society. His interests are carbohydrate chemistry, chemistry of silver nano-particles, and microalgae derived biodiesel. Furthermore, he has also worked as an apprentice in IOCL Panipat Refinery.

Project details

Green synthesis and Physico-Chemical characterisation of CNTs-based hybrid aerogels for Wastewater Treatment

Growing industrialization and various other human activities have led to the dwindling availability of clean water. The ever-increasing demand for hygienic water has prompted the development of technologies that can be used for treating polluted water with heavy metals, microbes, and pesticides. Many water-borne diseases are a result of blooming microbial populations in water. Conventional methods such as chlorination, ozonation have limitations owing to the formation of disinfection byproducts which are carcinogenic in nature. It is therefore vital to develop effective and low-cost technologies that address the problem. Among various elements available in nature, silver has a substantial history of significant disinfection and antimicrobial properties. Further, silver ions can attach effectively to the membranes of waterbourne microbes, thus preventing their multiplication, and ultimately causing death. The current project aims to use nanotechnology to efficiently synthesize bio-based silver nanoparticles that have disinfection properties against microbe-contaminated water. This would involve two parallel protocols to synthesize Ag-nanoparticles: 1) the use of various strains of bacteria, algae, fungi 2) the use of left-over post-production of juices as natural fruit components that act as reducing agents. 1. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using various cultures of bacteria, fungi or algae and in parallel natural fruit components. 2. Isolation/purification/characterization of Ag-nanoparticles using UV-Vis/SEM/FTIR/EDX. 3. Antibacterial assay of Ag-nanoparticles. 4. Application to water purification: development of suitable methods followed by field trials and scaling of the overall technology: sedimentation/decantation of Biomass of silver nanoparticles reacting with bacteria; The clear water will be tested for the presence of silver; if the silver concentration is detected to be above 100ppb, the collected water will be treated with fruits extracts acting as metal chelators for capturing silver particles and the sedimentation/decantation will be repeated (this time the sedimented biomass will be collected for Ag-nanoparticles re-synthesis) and clear water will be released.

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UQ Supervisor

Dr Mark Blaskovich

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
IITD Supervisor

Professor K.K. Pant

Department of Chemical Engineering