Prof. Vikram Vishal, Assistant professor in the department of Earth Sciences in IIT Bombay has won the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for Young Scientist (2017). The award is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in young scientists, and awarded annually by INSA for research conducted by scientists in India. Till 2015, 737 young scientists have been recognised by INSA.
Prof. Vishal discovered a unique, scientific method of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial units and thereby injecting it underground, in order to avoid air pollution.
In a chat with ‘Hindustan Times’, Prof. Vishal said, “Natural gases have remained trapped in deep underground rock structures for several million years. This provided the idea to inject and store the greenhouse gases in rocks and prevent their release into the atmosphere. Last year, I created underground conditions in my own laboratory and used carbon dioxide for the first time. We evaluated the geo-mechanical conditions of the coal reservoir. Real-time conditions in the laboratory have added to my research.” We congratulate Prof. Vikram Vishal for this recognition.