Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre

Tata Chemicals owns and operates the largest and most integrated inorganic chemicals complex in India at Mithapur, Gujarat. It is among the largest producers of synthetic soda ash in the world and has the largest share of the domestic market. It is also among the India’s leading manufacturers of urea and phosphatic fertilisers.

The company has set up an innovation centre in Pune to focus on new and green chemicals technology. It looks at emerging areas such as nano-technology, fermentation and bio-fuels.

The centre plays a dual role: greening existing businesses by looking at biochemical processes that are more environment-friendly or more energy efficient to make the same product, as well as developing new products. Its primary focus is identifying new business opportunities for Tata Chemicals, in line with the company's strategy.
 

Innovation Centre
Location: Pune
Set up: August 2004
Headed by: Murali Sastry
Areas of specialisation: Advanced Materials; Speciality Chemicals; Nutraceuticals; Alternate Energy; Green Chemistry and Catalysis
Size of facility 10,640 sq ft
Number of employees: 31 (24 scientists)
Patents filed: 20
Mission statement: Develop R&D capabilities for realising the growth objectives of Tata Chemicals and develop technologies and products in the emerging areas of nanotechnology and biotechnology.
Facilities: The facilities include:
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Wet chemistry lab for nano materials synthesis.
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Structural spectroscopic characterisation
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Basic microbiology facilities
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Facilities for molecular biology and strain improvement
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Fermontors
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Down stream processing, Ultrafiltration and microfiltration, Chromatographic separations
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Novel and proprietary bioprocess equipment
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Anaerobic chambers
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High pressure reactors
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Analytical equipment
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High Pressure batch autoclaves
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Aspen Plus Process Simulator
Work focus: The centre does work in three areas:
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Internal development of new technology and products
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SBU linked projects
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Tata group companies linked project
The thrust areas are novel synthesis of nano materials, sweeteners and prebiotics from biotech environment friendly processes, bioplastics, biofuels and other biochemicals from biorefinery approach utilising several types of biomass as raw material.
Achievements: Filed 20 patents in small time frame. Helped Tata SBUs in improving their current products and also contributed in new product development. Helped Tata companies in development of new product and technologies.
Collaborations: With Tata and non-Tata organisations in the following areas:
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Joint Development Programme
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Industrial Liaison Programme
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Industry Consortium agreement
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Agreement for conducting research
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Facility use agreement
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Technology development and evaluation agreement