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Faculty - TERI University


Piyali Das
Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Energy and Environment

Dr Piyali Das is a Fellow at TERI. She is leading research activities in liquid biofuel, alternate transport fuel from biomass and waste sources through thermochemical route in TERI. She has developed the PLC based Gas fired Pilot Pyrolysis Test Unit for bio oil and presently working on upscaling of the Pyrolysis Technology to commercial level. She has 10 scientific publications and 5 patents published and two other filed on Pyrolysis based technologies to her credit as lead inventor. She has presented 6 papers as invited speakers in International Conferences. She has mentored 7 Post Graduate Students and Guiding 3 PhD Students in the field of Bioenergy and Biofuels and biochar. She has led the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Fuels as Technical & Project Head organized by TERI & sponsored by Tata Motors. She has a total of 2.5 Years of Post-Doctoral Research experience in University of Trieste (Italy) & IIT Bombay in Hydrogen production and Carbon Nanomaterials along with 9.5 years of research experience in the field of Pyrolysis & Gasification in TERI.

Research Interest
Pyrolysis Technology Development, Alternate transport fuel from Bio oil through Catalytic Upgradation, Bio Oil for Power and Biorefinery Applications, Activated Carbon and Carbon Nanomaterials, Lignocellulosic Alcohol & Biodiesel




Educational Qualifications
  •  Ph D in Energy Systems Engineering, IIT Bombay, 2004

  •  M Tech in Energy science and Technology, School of Energy studies, Jadavpur University, India, 1998

  •  M Sc in Physical chemistry, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India, 1995

Honors and Awards
* Awarded "TERI's Role of Honor" in 2015
* Awarded ICS UNIDO fellowship for post-doctoral research in Biofuels and Chemicals from Bioresources in Trieste, Italy (2008).
* Awarded the "Best Paper" in the National Renewable Energy Conference 2000
* Recipient of "National Merit scholarship"

Selected Publications
 Thermo-gravimetric analysis and kinetic modeling studies of selected agro-residues and biodiesel industry wastes for pyrolytic conversion to bio-oil
Mukherjee, A., Das P, Minu K
Biomass Conversion & Biorefinery, (Springer), Accepted: 26 November 2013 DOI 10.1007/s13399-013-0107-1,

 Emerging Technologies for the Second Generation Biofuels: A review of technical, economic,and environmental aspects
Das P., Zinoviev S., , Mueller-Langer F., Bertero N., Fornasiero P., Kaltschmitt M., Miertus S
ChemSus Chem, Vol 3, pp 1106-1133,

 Renewable H2 from Glycerol steam reforming :Effect of La2O3 and CeO2 addition to Pt/Al2O3 catalysts
Montini, T., Singh, R., Das, P., Fornasiero, P et. al
Chem Sus Chem Published online 26 April,

 Bio oil from pyrolysis of cashew nut shell----characterization and related properties
Das, P., Sreelatha, T., Ganesh, A
Biomass and Bioenergy. Vol 27, Issue 3, pp 265-275,

 Influence of pretreatment for deashing of sugarcane bagasse on pyrolysis products
Das, P., Ganesh, A., Wangikar, P
Biomass and Bioenergy,


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