CKIC-DRIIVR&D Proposals

Sustainable Innovations Promoting National Growth

Nanocarrier-Encapsulated Polyphenol based Therapeutic Intervention for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease) arising from aberrant protein folding pose a serious health burden worldwide. Naturally occurring polyphenols, with their anti-tumor and antioxidant properties, have of late been subjects of much interest. Keeping in mind the advantages these compounds offer and the diverse origins of neurodegeneration, this multi-PI project envisages to come up with a sustainable solution for various neurodegenerative diseases by providing a polyphenol-based platform of encapsulated nanocarriers efficiently penetrating the blood-brain barrier for delivery of these naturally occurring therapeutic agents directly into the brain.

Recycling of multilayered plastics and conversion into catalytic pyrolysis derived fuels and carbon materials

The proposal aims at the development of process for deriving metal free neat plastic from multilayer plastics (MLPs) and also establishment of subsequent specific processes for conversion of the isolated plastic into fuels like diesel, gasoline, LPG, hydrogen gas and carbon materials like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphene analogues.

Power generation from produced syngas of plasma pyrolysis plant at Sudhara Technology Park, New Jafrabad East Delhi

A pilot plasma pyrolysis plant (42 kg/hr) is successfully in operation for decomposing the MSW since January 2022 in a safe and eco-friendly manner at decentralized waste management Sudhara technology park, New Jafrabad, East Delhi. In the second stage, the proposal focuses on power generation from produced syngas from plasma pyrolysis of incoming municipal solid and sewage waste to make a partial-sustainable plant. Also, the aim of the plant will be to reduce the energy consumption from 0.5kWh to 0.1 kWh for 1 kg waste. Therefore, the plant can be operated in a power-efficient manner.

Design of prototype for conversion of industrial sludge into silicon and their composite

The present proposal is designed for the removal of sludge generated during purification of SiCl4 and Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) operation from sediment from clarifier, mixed salt from MEE (Multiple Effect Evaporator) and neutralization of fluorides with lime. The proposal envisages to design an automated system for conversion of sludge into silicon and their composite.

Improved grading of histological images of 3D Bioprinted cartilage tissues using deep learning

The proposal envisages to develop a model by using supervised deep learning, which would enable the automation and standardization of assessments currently used for experimental studies that ensure the quality of Bioprinted clinical grafts.

Vascularized 3D Bioprinted liver construct for in vitro drug screening

There is a great demand for a human-like liver system that accurately predicts hepatotoxicity of the drugs. However, lack of long-term viable and functional hepatocytes in vitro, is one of the most important roadblocks in the development of a bioengineered liver. Here we propose 3D bioprinting of hepatic spheroids and vessel-specific bioinks using Silk protein and a customized decellularized liver matrix.

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization for Sustainable Metal Recovery

The aim of the proposed work is to develop a disruptive technology to recycle heavy metals from waste using carbon dioxide captured from flue gas. There are many chemical-based technologies available for the recycling of waste metals which are hazardous to the environment. This work proposes a technology that uses captured carbon dioxide from the flue gas mixture to leach the metals out of the waste.

Techno-economic feasibility of carbon capture, utilization and storage process

The main objective of the technology is to provide a new process for the treatment of hazardous industrial effluents, flue gas from power plants, by separating them into different gas compositions and converting these gases into valuable nanostructured products of commercial application.

Game Based Learning and Gamification: National Educational Games Repository for STEAM through teacher training programs

Gamification of education is a strategy for increasing engagement by incorporating game elements into an educational environment. The present project is an important step in this direction as it will aim at designing and developing such gaming software/tools and activities which are mapped with the school and undergraduate curriculum at elementary & secondary levels.

Natural Sunlight Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production Integrated with PEM Fuel Cell: A Tandem Device and their Demonstration

The proposed project is a novel approach where the renewable energy sources like sunlight and water are used to produce H2 and value-added biomass derived fine chemicals simultaneously with a earth abundant catalyst is the cost-effective and sustainable process.

Utilization of Solid (Plastic & Textile) Waste for Development of Sound Blocking Materials

The proposed project aims to develop composite sound-insulating materials utilizing plastic and textile waste through the compression molding technique. Further, the proof of concept trials or implementation for noise control applications such as automotive (dashboard, door panels, engine cover, battery insulation and EV motor cover), generator insulation, office partitions and highway barriers will be done.

Design of process for transformation of solid waste into nanoproducts and study their applications

The present work proposes to extract metal and carbon source from metallic cans and primary battery waste as well as the from steel plant solid waste and their transformation/conversion to metal oxide, heterostructures and iron based nanoproducts.

Hydrogen and Liquid Fuel Production from Waste Plastic Materials

The project envisages the development of an integrated eco-friendly and decentralized process to produce on-demand hydrogen or liquid fuel and high-value carbon from waste plastic materials.

Development of Eco-friendly Technology for the Recovery of Metals from Battery Waste

The main objective of the project is to develop a suitable system for an eco-friendly treatment [focusing on resource utilization] of lead and lithium-ion batteries by adopting solid-state chlorination technology.

Decentralized application of agricultural residue for enhancing soil productivity with fuel and chemical generation

The project proposes to develop advanced technologies for the conversion of different types of biomasses into value-added products such as fuels, fertilizers and chemicals at the decentralized level.

MSW and Biomass to Hydrogen (MBH2): Technology demonstrator for distributed scale hydrogen from waste

The project envisages producing distributed scale hydrogen from Municipal Solid Waste and Biomass by implementing thermochemical conversion process technology thereby paving the way towards generating a new green fuel from solid waste for India.

Centre of Excellence for Air Pollution Measurement, Modelling, and Analysis System in Delhi air shed

The CoE proposes to develop successful air quality management (AQM) plan by implementing a robust air quality measurement, modelling, and analysis system that can track the evolution in concentration and nature of pollutants. The AQM will further be able to track source profiles in real-time within the air shed and link them to mitigation measures.

Wireless Battery Management System with combined State of Charge (SOC) & State of Health (SOH) prediction algorithm based on Machine learning (ML).

Development of wireless Battery Management System, integrated with SOC and SOH prediction algorithm, for high-performance battery packs to increase the modularity and scalability of the battery pack modules as required for high performance and large-scale energy storage systems.

Centre of Excellence in Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

The technical purview of the proposal encompasses both power electronics systems and interface of EV chargers with Grid and other sources. This also includes cyber security aspects of EVs on the distribution grid as an over-arching objective.

STEM -Sustainability Skills Programs for School students

The scope of the project includes the introduction of 21st-century sustainability skills with improvised STEM education in the school curriculum aligned to NEP2020 and incorporation of innovative pedagogical methods [developed in collaboration with practicing teachers (both Government and Private schools)] to seamlessly integrate digital literacy and sustainability skills in their classroom teaching.

Developing a Scalable, NDHM compliant, and AI-enabled Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Tracker

The project will develop easily adaptable models for any hospital or lab that collects culture/sensitivity data. The use of NDHM and FHIR artefacts will enable health apps to be built for tracking antibiotic usage outside the hospital.

DRIIV Getting Media Attention

Hindustan Times

In works: A collaborative approach to find Sustainable solutions to Delhi's crucial challenges:

The main task is to develop an ecosystem around science and technology where various players can come together and contribute in bringing innovation from the laboratory to the market. We don't want to leave research on paper, directionless, but drive it along what is needed as per the national mission requirements... read more

The Times of India

Pilot project to stop diesel trucks at Delhi Border:

DRIIV, a government of India initiative, has initiated a pilot project along with Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to explore the possibility of building logistics hubs along the Delhi-Jaipur highway where diesel trucks can be stopped. The goods they are carrying to the capital can then be unloaded and transhipped to Delhi in electric... read more

The Hindu

COVID-19 surge preparedness with AI, genomic surveillance:

New and emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to pose a threat to the health of populations across the globe. Counting the unique and observable changes in the sequences available until January 2022 shows more than 6,000 mutations have accumulated in the spike gene of the virus... read more

Hindustan Times

Delhi-Jaipur Electric Highway:

Ashwini Chaubey, Minister of State for Environment, who will flag off the trial run, said that the Delhi-Jaipur E-Highway with NHEV pilot will be the landmark initiative by Ease of Doing Business. Chaubey said, “This unique initiative will benefit tourist and people to 'travel clean' on EVs who are not even EV owners and will inspire more people to buy and participate in making India surface transport green... read more

Urban Transport News

Tech for Circular Economy brings Delhi-Jaipur E-Highway:

Atal Harit Vidyut Rashtriya Mahamarg will break its own existing record of the longest EV Tech Trial Run ever conducted in the country. Dr (Smt) Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, OPSA congratulated DRIIV and NHEV, an initiative under EoDB for recognizing the synergy between Science and experimenting through pilots... read more