Coronavirus Outbreak: IIT Madras’ Incubated Start-ups Develops PPEs using Stationary Materials and 3D Printers

​Date: May 01, 2020

IIT Madras

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras’ incubated start-up has come forward with development of Protective Personal Equipments(PPEs) using accessible stationary materials and 3D printers.

The first lot of the equipment have already been delivered to the local health workers and the start-ups are now looking ahead to manufacture the PPEs in a large scale for deployment to hospitals and clinics in need at a low rate throughout the country.

Fabhead Automation, an IIT Madras start-up has produced the 3D printed face shields and intubation boxes. Fabhead Automation holds expertise in manufacturing different materials using plastics and fibre-reinforced plastics. This startup was supported by the IIT Madras Incubation Cell in the year 2015.

Along with Fabhead Automation, another IIT Madras incubated startup Axis Defence Lab has developed face shields with the help of simple stationary materials. This startup is supported by “Nirmaan” which is a pre-incubation cell of IIT Madras and is founded by Sathvik Batte, a second year student of Mechanical Department, IIT Madras. 

Pre-incubation cell helps the students to convert their ideas into a productive result through proper guidance and mentorship.

Axis Defence Lab is looking ahead to distribute the PPEs across the nation with the help of ‘CY4’ an automotive startup and different other Chennai based startups.

To help the country fight against this deadly disease, several IITs and other educational firms have come forward with their unique ideas and innovation. These innovations are expected not only to help the frontline healthcare workers but are also meant to help the coronavirus patients who are present at different isolation wards and quarantine centres across the country.

Nikkei Asia Prize 2020 to IIT Madras professor for work on water filters

Date: May 01, 2020

IIT Madras
Prof T. Pradeep

Professor T Pradeep, a professor of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, has been selected for the ‘Nikkei Asia Prize 2020’ for his contribution to the development of nanotechnology-enabled water filters. He has been awarded the prize in the Science and Technology category. The innovation of nanotechnology-enabled water filters by Prof T.Pradeep has led to the delivery of portable clean water in India at just 2 paise per litre.

Lauding Prof. T. Pradeep for this honour, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, IIT Madras Director, said, "Prof. Pradeep has brought laurels to himself, his research team, the Institute, and the country. Apart from the excellent scientific research pursued by the group led by him, Prof. Pradeep is making a huge contribution to the very critical area of clean water. The Institute is proud of the excellent work done by him and his team."

The research was undertaken by Prof T. Pradeep, Professor IIT Madras, and Deepak Parekh, Institute Chair Professor at the Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras. This project has already helped more than one crore Indians in attaining clean water. They have developed cheap and safe drinking water solutions using nanomaterials, from bench-scale science to commercial products, creating knowledge, technology, and wealth for social good also.

The Nikkei Asia Prize is an award that recognizes the achievements of organizations and individuals who have contributed to the sustainable development of the region and hence, create a better future for Asia. It is awarded in mainly three categories- ‘Economic and Business Innovation’, ‘Science and Technology’, and ‘Culture and Community’. 

 “My work is because of the intense devotion of my students, the environment we have at IIT Madras, my funding agencies and my country. It has been my dream to do something for my country.” were the words of Prof T. Pradeep on his achievement.

Prof. T.Pradeep has been recently selected for the Padma Shri Award in India for his research work and contributions to the field of technology as well as the social upliftment of the region. He has also won various National and International prizes. The most recent one is The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Chemistry in 2018. 

Prof T.Pradeep is also the author of over 470 scientific papers in journals. He is an inventor of 110 patents or patent applications. Apart from these, his pesticide removal technology is said to have benefitted around 9 million people. He, along with his associates have incubated five companies and three of them have production units as well. His development of arsenic removal technology is successfully delivering arsenic-free water to around one million people every day. It has also been approved for national implementation. 

He will be awarded the prize in Tokyo later this year. The prize includes a cash component of 3 Million Yen (INR 21 lakhs approx) and an award certificate.