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Departmental Seminar on 8th August 2019

A seminar on “Simultaneous scavenging of Cr(VI) from soil and facilitation of nutrient uptake in plant using mixture of carbon microfibers and nanofibers” by Prof. Nishith Verma, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur on 8th August 2019.


Plant growth and yield are adversely affected by its uptake of toxic hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) from soil. The present study describes a facile technique to minimize the uptake of Cr(VI) by chickpea (Cicer arietinum) plant in soil using microporous activated carbon microfiber (ACF). Simultaneously, nano-sized carbon nanofibers (CNFs), grown over the ACF substrate, are used as an efficient carrier of the Cu micronutrient from soil to root, shoot and leaf of the plants. Adsorption, seed germination and plant growth experiments are performed in Cr-stressed medium. The data clearly show that the ACF and Cu-CNF mixture can be successfully used for the simultaneous scavenging of Cr(VI) from soil by adsorption over ACF and increased uptake of Cu by plants using the CNFs as the micronutrient carrier. This obviates the need of chemical based fertilizers with their detrimental side effects.

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019 -
Thursday 08, Aug 2019
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM