35 Innovators Under 35
Vivek Nair, 23
Carbon nanotubes from carbon emissions
Damascus Fortune, Mumbai
There are many technologies for carbon capture but Vivek Nair has found an innovative way to convert carbon emissions into industry grade carbon nanotubes. His company Damascus Fortune has forged partnerships with several rice mills and carbon emitting plants in India to produce carbon nanotubes. Even though there are numerous applications of carbon nanotubes, most of the products are still not in the market due to the high cost of the carbon nanotubes. The challenge is in manufacturing these on a mass scale.
His invention uses a pressing problem (industrial and auto emissions) as a "raw material", applies transformative chemistry using a regenerable catalyst, and produces innovative carbon nanotubes. The process followed is a catalytic substrate exposed to the flow of flue gas or flame coming out of the furnace to tap and produce carbon nanotubes by a carbon vapor deposition process.
The main advantage of the invention is large-scale high yield production of carbon filaments from pollution causing carbon emissions from industrial and automobile exhausts. Nair has completed the basic research and optimized the catalyst and substrate for a set of other industries and automobiles too. And he has set his sight on automation instruments that can continuously perform the carbon capture when the industrial furnace or the automobile is in operation.