Mr Akshat Tanksale
Current Research Activities
He is currently a PhD scholar researching on "Nano-catalyst for hydrogen production from sugars". The aim of his research is to develop a nano-catalyst for the production of hydrogen from biomass. Hydrogen could be used as source of energy and has the potential to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels which is harmful to environment. Hydrogen production from biomass would be a renewable process and would require lesser energy than the conventional petroleum products. Hydrogen can be used in fuels cells, which are like electrochemical batteries – converting chemical energy into electrical energy. A hydrogen fuel cell system works very efficiently and produces only water as effluent. Therefore they are very interesting to apply into decentralised production of electricity, heat and for traction purposes also. The aim of the present work is therefore centred on the design of a simple and compact hydrogen production system from aqueous phase reforming of biomass using innovative non-precious metals supported on nano ceramic catalysts. Ultimately, the hydrogen produced will be supplied to a fuel cell.