Prof. K. K. Pant

Curriculum vitae: 

Personal Profile:

Prof. K. K. Pant is currently serving as a full time Petrotech Chair Professor and Head in Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. His research contribution involves a wide range of innovative studies covering both theoretical and experimental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis and its applications to hydrocarbon conversion and treating. As a result, he has published more than 145 research articles which have been cited more than 7500 times (h-index 43, i-10 index 105) and granted several national and international patents for his work on chemicals & fuel production from biomass, natural gas, hydrogen generation, natural gas to higher hydrocarbons, natural gas conversion to olefins and aromatics, paraffin isomerization, waste to energy and metal recovery from spent catalysts. His research group has received more than INR 370 million from India’s and worlds top most premier companies and organizations such GAIL, HPCL, DRDO, NOVOD, MHRD, CSIR, IARI, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Fertilizers, DST Government of India, SERB and Petrochemical Society of India. Recently, a consortium including Prof. Pant on clean fuel generation has received a project of national importance on coal to liquid technology. Similarly, his research group has set up a pilot plant for recycling of e-waste and working on a project for production of hydrogen and carbon nanotubes from natural gas. So far, Prof. Pant has supervised 25 Ph.Ds. and over 60 M. Tech. theses. Owing to his significant and excellent contributions in basic Chemical Engineering research, Prof. Pant has also been the recipient of the prestigious Herdilia award by IIChE. Besides this, he has been invited as visiting Professor to University of Tuskegee, University of Saskatchewan, Aston University and also been funded by DAAD to visit Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Germany. Prof. Pant has served on the editorial board as well as the reviewer of many international journals such as Green Chemistry, Catalyst Communication, Journal of Catalysis, Applied Catalysis A: General, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Chemical Engineering Journal, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Chemical Engineering Science, Fuel Processing Technology, Energy Technology, Fuel, Renewable Energy and many more. Prof. Pant has also served as Chairman of various administrative committees such as Chairman of IITJEE, GATE organizing examinations, Professor-in-Charge of Central Library IIT Delhi, and Convener of several board of studies, academic mentor and advisor of several research and academic institutions.

Research Interests:


   Core Competencies:                      

  • R&D and Novel Catalyst Synthesis - Wider Knowledge on Patents, Novel and Inexpensive Catalysts Development, regularly provides input to R&D team of many industries for newer methods for novel high activity catalysts synthesis & high thermal stability etc.
  • Unique Solutions - Conceptualization of new process steps for cost competitive technologies, new design of reactors for improvement over conventional systems. Visualize the probable operational & design problems helps in removing constraints and minimizes scale up problems. 
  • Green and Sustainable Energy – Development of biomass conversion technologies, Hydrogen production from biomass, Development of technologies and catalysts for biomass conversion into value added chemicals and fuels, Bio lubricants and Olefins production from biomass.


Major Technologies Developed (Patents):

1. K. K. Pant, Ramdayal Panda, Prashant Ram Jadhao, Integrated process for converting e-waste plastic into fuel and metal recovery using low-temperature roasting (Indian Patent Application No.: 201911035031)

2. K. K. Pant, K. D. P. Nigam, Prashant Ram Jadhao, Ejaz Ahmad, A process of producing fuel and recovering metals from waste electrical and electronic equipment (Indian Patent Application No.: 201911029549)

3. K. K. Pant, Uma Dwivedi, S. N. Naik, A process and two-step catalytic reactor system for the production of liquid hydrocarbons from plastic waste (Indian Patent Application No.: 201811032378)

4. K. K. Pant, Shireen Quereshi, Ejaz Ahmad, Suman dutta, T. K. Naiya, Process of preparation of fuel additives and commodity chemical. (India – Patent Application No.: 201811017710)

5. K. K. Pant, M. Ali Haider, S. Mishra, D. Singh, R. K. Padhan, R. K. Kashyap, P. Chugh & R. Sinha “Aluminosilicate based catalyst for conversion of natural gas to higher hydrocarbons and process thereof” (Indian Patent Application No. 201611014377).

6. K. K. Pant, S. K.Saraswat, A. R. K. Tompala, Catalytic Decomposition of Lower Hydrocarbons to Produce Carbon Oxides Free Hydrogen and Bamboo Shaped Carbon Nanotubes (US Patent No. US2016/0129424 A1, European Patent No. EP3003552 A1, WIPO Patent No. WO2014188439 A1 & CA2913277 A1) (Hindustan Petroleum is the Partner Company)

7. S. Parmar, K. K. Pant, A. Kumar, Catalyst Composition with Low Total Surface Area for Isomerization of Paraffins, Application no. 4710/MUM/2015 (Bharat Petroleum is the Partner Company)

8. K. D. P. Nigam, K. K. Pant, Eco-friendly Technology for recovery of Nickel form Spent Catalyst. (Patent No.: 295498).

9. Methane Decomposition in a Fluid Bed Reactor System US Patent Application No.: 14/893643/L&S Ref. No.: PD 009320 US- NP//Restriction requirement // March 12, 2017, Jointly with HPCL R & D.


Recent Publications:

  1. P. Choudhary, A. Malik, and K.K. Pant, Exploration of a novel biorefinery based on sequential hydropyrolysis and anaerobic digestion of algal biofilm: A comprehensive characterization of products for energy and chemical production. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2020.
  2. S. Quereshi, E. Ahmad, S. Dutta, and K. K. Pant, Insights into Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of 5-Ethoxymethylfurfural and Ethyl Levulinate Using Tungsten Disulfide as Catalyst. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019
  3. Sonal, E. Ahmad, S. Upadhyayula, and K. K. Pant, Biomass-derived CO2 rich syngas conversion to higher hydrocarbon via Fischer-Tropsch process over Fe–Co bimetallic catalyst. Int. J. Hydro. Energy, 2019, 44, 27741-27748
  4. K. K. Pant, and K. D. P. Nigam, Preface for the Special Issue on Bio renewable Energy and Chemicals. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2019, 58, 15721-15723.
  5. S. Quereshi, E. Ahmad, K. K. Pant and S. Dutta, Synthesis and Characterization of Zirconia Supported Silicotungstic Acid for Ethyl Levulinate Production. Indus. & Eng. Chem. Res., 2019, 58, 16045-16054.
  6. E. Ahmad, M. I. Alam, K. K. Pant and M. A. Haider, Insights into the Synthesis of Ethyl Levulinate under Microwave and Non-microwave Heating Conditions. Indus. & Eng. Chem. Res., 2019,
  7. K. R. Parmar, D. T. K. Dora, K. K. Pant, S. Roy, An Ultra-light Flexible Aerogel-based on Methane derived CNTs as a Reinforcing Agent in Silica-CMC Matrix for Efficient Oil Adsorption. J. Hazard. Mater., 2019, 375, 206-215.
  8. F. Naaz, A. Bhattacharya, A. Malik, and K. K. Pant, Investigations on Energy Efficiency of Biomethane/biocrude Production from Pilot Scale Wastewater Grown Algal Biomass. Appl. Energy, 2019, 254, 113656.
  9. R. Kumar, K. Kumar, N. V. Choudhary, and K. K. Pant, Effect of Support Materials on the Performance of Ni-based Catalysts in Tri-reforming of Methane. Fuel Process. Technol., 2019, 186, 40-52.
  10. B. K. Srinivas, K. K. Pant, S. K. Gupta, D. N. Saraf, I. R. Choudhury, and M. Sau, A Carbon-number Lump Based Model for Simulation of Industrial Hydrotreaters: Vacuum gas oil (VGO). Chem. Eng. J., 2019, 358, 504-519.
  11. K. K. Pant, and S. Upadhyayula, Detailed Kinetics of Fischer Tropsch Synthesis over Fe-Co Bimetallic Catalyst Considering Chain Length Dependent Olefin Desorption. Fuel, 2019, 236, 1263-1272