How potable is our drinking water???
Here is a solution for this million-dollar question. Our students have come up with an innovative and cost-effective solution to ensure the quality of water we consume. The project titled “Design of a water disinfection system using silver and copper nanoparticle impregnated coconut shell waste carbon” proposed by a team of students from Mohandas College of Engg. (MCET), Nedumangad, Trivandrum, assures a permanent solution for getting rid of E.Coli in water.
Decontamination of drinking water by making use of raw materials, which are available in abundance, is the prime objective of the project. A synergetic system capable of adsorption as well as destruction of microbial organism is envisaged. The inspiration behind this project is the sense of responsibility towards the society as citizens in general and biotechnologists in particular. The outcome of this project can be linked to the post-flood activities in Kerala.
The proposal has already acquired appreciation from various parts of the country. The project has been selected for funding by Kerala Technological University (KTU)- Centre for Engineering Research and Development (CERD), under the scheme ‘CERD Student Project 2018’. The team has also bagged second position in the idea presentation – ‘The Conclave’, which is the flagship event of Drishti, the annual technical festival of College of Engineering, Trivandrum. The theme for the year 2018 is “Engineers for society”. This accomplishment has paved way to the direct entry to ‘Idea Day’ by Kerala Startup Mission as well as ‘Smart India Hackathon-2019’ by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) – (Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The project is also nominated for the ‘Social Innovative Award – AAROHAN-19’, by Infosys.
The team members are Ms. Shilpa K Nayana, Ms. Akhila Krishnan C and Ms. Shilpa Raj S, final year students of Department of Bio-Technology and Bio-chemical Engineering (BT&BCE), MCET, Nedumangad. Dr. K M Usha, HOD, Dept. of BT&BCE is the Principal Investigator and Smt. S S Shijina, Assistant Professor is the co-investigator of the project.