发布时间 :2013-09-23  阅读次数 :2045

报告人:Debabrata Das, Ph.D.,

Professor & Former Head

Renewable Energy Chair Professor

Department of Biotechnology

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


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报告题目: Carbon dioxide sequestration by algae and its challenges

报告时间: 2013年9月25日(星期三)下午2:00时


联系人:李志勇 教授


Professor Debabrata Das is a Professor of Department of Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur where he has been a faculty member since 1988. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1977; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1985. Prior to joining IIT Kharagpur, he served Citurgia Biochemicals Ltd., Surat as a Biochemical Engineer.

Dr. Das has pioneered the promising research and development of biohydrogen production process by applying fermentation technology. This is a major area of green technology whereby the future world will be rewarded with the boons of a dream fuel-hydrogen! He is actively involved in the research of hydrogen biotechnology for a period of last more than ten years. His commendable contributions towards development of a commercially competitive and environmentally benign bioprocess began with the isolation and characterization of high-yielding hydrogen producing bacterial strain Enterobacter cloacae IIT-BT 08, which, as of today, is known to be the highest producer of hydrogen by fermentation. He has conducted basic scientific research on the standardization of physico chemical parameters in terms of maximum productivity of hydrogen by fermentation and made significant contribution towards enhancement of hydrogen yield by redirection of biochemical pathways. Dr. Das has also conducted modeling and simulation study of a continuous immobilized whole cell hydrogen production system using lignocellulosic materials as matrix. Apart from pure substrates use of several other industrial wastes such as sewage sludge, distillery effluent and cheese whey was also explored successfully by him as feed stock for hydrogen fermentation. The aim was to synchronize the bioremediation of waste water with clean energy generation.

His other major contribution in the field of biohydrogen research was the molecular characterization of Hydrogenase coded gene and the over expression of the same in a fast growing E coli. Currently Dr. Das is involved in the development of a novel two-stage fermentation process (dark fermentation followed by photofermentation) with a view towards amelioration of hydrogen productivity. The synergy of the process lies in the maximum utilization of the substrate which otherwise fails to achieve complete conversion due to thermodynamic limitation. Notwithstanding a few limiting factors, two-stage fermentation process appears to have immense potentials for biohydrogen production with better energy efficiency and higher productivity. Presently, his Group is involved for doing research on carbon dioxide sequestering by using green algae.

Dr. Das has authored/coauthored a good number of publications on biohydrogen production processes in various peer-reviewed journals of national and international repute. He has also contributed several chapters in books, and presented papers and delivered several invited lectures in a number of national and international conferences on hydrogen. He has various sponsored projects on different aspects of hydrogen biotechnology under the aegis of DST (India), DBT (India), MNRE (India), DRDO (India), NSF (USA), DAAD (Germany), NTU (Denmark), Royal Norwegian Research Council (Norway). Dr. Das received IAHE Akira Matsui Award 2008 for his important contribution on hydrogen research. He is also the member of the editorial board of several journals: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Indian Journal of Biotechnology Biotechnology for Biofuels and International Journal of BioSciences and Technology.


  • Improvement of hydrogen production with thermophilic mixed culture from rice spent wash of distillery industry by Roy S and Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37:15867-15874, 2012 (2012)
  • Characteristics of cured and wild strains of Enterobacter cloacae IIT-BT 08 for the improvement of biohydrogen production by 5. Khanna N, Kumar K, Todi S, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37:11666-11676 (2012)
  • Performance of an anion exchange membrane in association with cathodic parameters in a dual chamber microbial fuel cell by Pandit S, Ghosh, S, Ghangrekar MM, Das D. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37:7383-7392 (2012)
  • Growth characteristics of Chlorella sorokiniana in airlift and bubble column photobioreactors by Kumar K, Das D Bioresource Technology, 116:307-313 (2012)
  • Homologous overexpression of [FeFe] hydrogenase in Enterobacter cloacae IIT-BT 08 to enhance hydrogen gas production from cheese whey by Khanna N, Dasgupta CN,Mishra P, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36, 15573-15582 (2011)
  • Microbial Carbon capture cell using cynobacteria for simultaneous power generation,carbon dioxide sequestration and waste water treatment by Pandit S, Nayak B, Das D, Bioresource Technology, 107, 97-102 (2012)
  • Multiple parameters optimization for maximization of hydrogen production using defined microbial consortia by Ghosh S, Joy S, Das D Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 10, 196-201 (2011)
  • Modeling and optimization of fermentative hydrogen production by Nath K, Das D Bioresource Technology, 102, 8569-8581 (2011)
  • Development of suitable photobioreactors for CO2 sequestration addressingglobal warming using green algae and cyanobacteria by Kumar K, Nag Dasgupta C, Nayak B, Lindblad P, and Das D. Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011)
  • Improvement of biohydrogen production by Enterobacter cloacae IIT-BT 08 under regulated pH by Khanna N, Kotay SM, Gilbert JJ, and Das D. Journal of Biotechnology, 152 (2011)
  • Performance of electron acceptor in catholyte of a two-chambered microbial fuel cell using anion exchange membrane by Pandit S, Sengupta A, Kale S, Das D. Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011)
  • Hydrogen Production Using Rhodobacter sphaeroides (O.U. 001) In A Flat Panel Rocking Photobioreactor by Gilbert JJ, Ray S, and Das D. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (2011)
  • Recent trends on the development of photobiological processes and photobioreactors for the improvement of hydrogen production by Dasgupta CN, Gilbert JJ, Lindblad P, Heidorn T, Borgvang SA, Skjanes K and Das D, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35 (2011)
  • Biohydrogen Production Technology: the present scenario by Debabrata Das Akshay Urja, 3: 18-21 (2010)
  • Microbial fuel cell: a promising green energy production technology from wastewater by Debabrata Das Akshay Urja, 3:35-37 (2010)
  • Microbial hydrogen production from sewage sludge bioaugmented with a constructed microbial consortium by Kotay SM, Das D. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, In press (2010)
  • Abatement of Cr(VI) rich wastewater in a novel multistage external loop airlift reactor using acidified activated carbon by Mohanty K, Das D, Biswas MN International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, In press (2010)
  • Advances in biohydrogen production processes: An approach towards commercialization by Debabrata Das International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Biohydrogen from Complex Carbohydrate Wastes as Feedstocks—Cellulose Degraders from a Unique Series Enrichment by Blackburn JM, Liang Y, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Isolation and evaluation of a high H2-producing lab isolate from cow dung by Pandey A, Sinha P, Kotay SM, Das D. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Effect of ionic strength, cation exchanger and inoculum age on the performance of Microbial Fuel Cells by Mohan Y, Das S International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Purification and characterization of [Fe]-hydrogenase from high yielding hydrogen-producing strain, Enterobacter cloacae IIT-BT08 (MTCC 5373) by Dutta T, Das AK, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Novel dark fermentation involving bioaugmentation with constructed bacterial consortium for enhanced biohydrogen production from pretreated sewage sludge by Kotay SM, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Effect of light intensity and initial pH during hydrogen production by an integrated dark and photofermentation process by Nath K, Das D International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009)
  • Photofermentative hydrogen production using purple non-sulfur bacteria Rhodobacter sphaeroides O.U.001in an annular photobioreactor: A case study by Basak Nitai, Das Debabrata Biomass and Bioenergy, 33 (2009)