Vikram Vishal, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has been awarded the prominent Indian National Science Academy (INSA 2017) badge. He will also collect a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 along with the medal.
The achievement is treated to be an extreme recognition of promise, vision and excellence in blooming scientists. The award is provided by INSA for researches conducted by scientists in India.
Till 2015, 737 young scientists have been awarded by INSA. INSA President, Prof Ajay K. Sood stated that Prof. Vikram Vishal has presented vast potential to be a research leader. He further added that they hope that he will pursue to strive tough to reach the zenith and to prove his power in coming years.
Presently Prof. Vishal is working on a research which attempts to cut down carbon dioxide radiation and their environmental impact by capturing the natural gases. This research aims at “geologic sequestration” or seizing the carbon dioxide that is liberated when coal is burnt (or created as a by-product in other industries) and then fixing it back into the rock deep underground so that it can’t be released back into the atmosphere.
Natural gases have been captured in the deep underground rock for several million years. This adds an analogy to store the greenhouse gases in rocks and avoid their deliverance into the atmosphere.
Considering India’s vast geological diversity, it offers enough options for the storage of carbon dioxide. This will not only help to develop a sustainable earth but also give direction to boost recovery of methane to somewhat meet our growing energy demands, he added.