IIT Roorkee professor and startup win DRDO’s innovation challenge

Professor Sudipta Sarkar of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and Log9 Materials, a firm fostered at the institute, have won the Defense Research and Development Organization's "Dare to Dream 2.0" contest.

IIT Roorkee professor and startup win DRDO’s innovation challenge
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New Delhi: Professor Sudipta Sarkar of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and Log9 Materials, a firm fostered at the institute, have won the Defense Research and Development Organisation’s “Dare to Dream 2.0” innovation contest (DRDO). Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the competition in honour of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The competition had five verticals and was open to Indian residents in individual and startup categories, with the goal of building an ecosystem of innovation and technological development in the Defense and Aerospace industries. For each vertical, a winner was chosen.

Prof Sudipta Sarkar participated in the problem domain “Eco-friendly Explosive Waste Management” and his entry “Hybrid Anaerobic Reactor and Microbial Fuel Cell for Enhanced Biodegradation and Energy Harvesting from Wastewater containing TNT – HAnMFC” was declared the winner, IIT Roorkee said.

Professor Sarkar has been awarded a financial prize of Rs 5 lakh. He’s also been granted up to 90% grant-in-aid cash to help him improve the idea until it’s ready for sale, according to the report.

IIT Roorkee has announced that Log 9 Materials Sci Private Limited has earned second place in the startup category. With its idea “Novel and Efficient Aluminium Crosslinked Graphene Oxide for Fire Protection in Defence Applications,” the startup competed in the category “Materials and Technologies for Fire Suppression/Protection.”

Prof Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, congratulated the victors, saying, “I am delighted with this accomplishment of Prof Sudipta Sarkar and the Log9 team. Their success vividly illustrates the pursuit of excellence by IIT Roorkee”.

(Gauri Dhiman)