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IIT professor wins global recognition with Eni Award for clean water innovations

Professor T Pradeep from IIT Madras has been conferred with the renowned Eni Award for his groundbreaking work in providing affordable and sustainable clean water using advanced nanoscale materials. 

Indian scientist Professor Thalappil Pradeep from IIT Madras has been honored with the prestigious Eni Award for his groundbreaking research in energy and the environment. The Eni Award is a globally recognized accolade that has been previously bestowed upon Nobel laureates and distinguished scientists. Professor Pradeep’s innovative work in utilizing nanoscale materials to provide affordable clean water has earned him this esteemed recognition. The President of Italy is expected to personally present the award to Professor Pradeep in the near future.


The Eni Award, established in 2007, aims to stimulate radical breakthroughs in energy efficiency, renewables, decarbonization, and environmental preservation. It serves as a platform to inspire the next generation of researchers to address the urgent challenges in energy and environmental sustainability.


Professor Pradeep’s research focuses on developing sustainable and cost-effective technologies for removing toxic contaminants from water. By utilizing his innovative nanoscale materials, he has successfully implemented drinking water solutions that benefit an astonishing 1.3 million people in India every day. His work not only revolutionizes access to clean water but also inspires global efforts to combat water pollution.


Acknowledged in the category of Advanced Environmental Solutions, Professor Pradeep’s expertise in nanotechnology applications has revolutionized water purification and the removal of toxic substances like arsenic and uranium. His breakthrough technology has been approved for national implementation and is now being extended to other countries.


In addition to the Eni Award, Professor Pradeep has received numerous other accolades throughout his distinguished career, including the prestigious Padma Shri, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, and Nikkei Asia Prize. With an extensive publication record of over 550 papers and more than 100 patents, Professor Pradeep’s contributions have significantly advanced the field of materials science.


Expressing gratitude to his team and partners, Professor Pradeep emphasized the importance of water-related research and encouraged young researchers to contribute to ensuring water security. He sees ample opportunities in cleaning, sensing, distribution, and data analytics related to water, which can bring both personal satisfaction and contribute to societal well-being.


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