The course aims to provide fundamental insights to exploit enzymes and microbes for the manufacturing of products which have a huge industrial significance. It uniquely blends the science and engineering with various biochemical processes to obtain products of diverse fields such as chemicals, food, bio-energy etc. The course introduces bioreactors, its types, operation methods and provides an experimental demonstration of the same. Strategies to obtain higher yields, design of the reactors and production of bio-fuels from microbes are thoroughly explained. Students of various disciplines such as biotechnology, chemical engineering, food engineering, and pharmaceutical industries can be benefited from the course as it discusses the existing bio-process applications such as wine and cheese making, antibiotics and vaccines etc.The course majorly focuses on the applications and allows students to gain practical knowledge rather than mere theory. Major bottlenecks for the operation of biochemical industries will be discussed.
Dr. Debabrata Das pursued his doctoral studies from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is a Senior Professor at IIT Kharagpur. He was also associated as MNRE Renewable Energy Chair Professor. He has pioneered the promising R&D of Bioenergy production processes by applying fermentation technology. Prof. Das is involved in three different area of research: Gaseous energy recovery from organic wastes; algal biorefinery and CO2 sequestration; and microbial fuel cell. He is presently involved in teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate courses on Biochemical Reaction Engineering; Aspects of Biochemical Engineering; Bioprocess Plant and Equipment Design; and Bioprocess Technology for the students of Department of Biotechnology; Department of Chemical Engineering; Department of Chemistry and School Energy Science and Engineering. He has been teaching for the last 29 years. He was associated as a Biochemical Engineer in M/s. Citurgia Biochemicals Ltd., Surat and involved in citric acid production through fermentation process. Presently, he has the Google h-index of 43 for his research work. He has about 137 research publications in the peer reviewed journals and contributed more than 30 chapters in the books published by International publishers. He is the author of the books: “Biohydrogen Production: Fundamentals and Technology Advances” published by M/s. CRC Press, New York and Biohythane: Fuel for the future published by Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore. He is the Editor of the book entitled Algal Biorefinery: An Integrated Approach published separately by Springer, Switzerland and Capital Publishing Company, India. Another book entitled A bioelectrochemical system that convert wastes to Watts is with the publisher. He has two Indian patents. Presently, he is involved with 10 m3 pilot plant study for the commercial exploitation of biohydrogen production process. He was awarded IAHE Akira Mitsue award 2008 and BRSI Malaviya Memmorial award 2013 for his contribution in hydrogen research. He is the Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy. He is the member of the editorial board of several International Journals. He is the Fellow of International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE); Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI); West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAScT); and Institution of Engineers (IE).