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Natural Product Chemistry and Process Development Division

IHBT is constantly striving to generate new knowledge to fulfill its mission of sustainablemanagement of Bioresources in the himalayan region by adoptinga multidisciplinary approach in R & D activities. The Institute has five Divisions engaged in research of high scientific impact

Department is engaged in:

Characterization of Novel Molecules- Chemical characterization of medicinally important plants using chromatographic techniques and their chemical structure elucidation by NMR, (1H, 13C, 2D experiments), HRMS, UV and IR; Assessing seasonal and altitudinal variation in the secondary metabolites using analytical techniques; in-vitro or in-vivo evaluation of isolated molecules/extracts for anticancer, antidiabetic, antinflammatory, antimicrobial and insecticidal properties.

Chemical synthesis- solid supported nano-catalyst; green processes/reagents and phthalimide based organo-catalysis to provide cost effective; atom-economic and environment friendly methods for organic transformations; improvement of most popular Heck and Suzuki cross coupling reactions for carbon-carbon bond formation; reduction of nitroarenes, carbonyls and heterocycles synthesis in catalytic manner; value addition of abundantly available molecules synthetic modifications.

Designing of herbal processing units and distillation units for extraction of essential oils




The unit has a 12ha area for cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. A 10Q, 4Q and 15 kg capacity distillation unit for processing of aromatics. An exclusive 50 kg capacity unit for processing medicinal plants. A series of polyhouses for cultivation of important endangered high altitude medicinal & aromatic plants. The natural chemistry lab is equipped with NMR, HPLCs, GC-MS, rotavapour, sonicator, microwave synthesizer for undertaking studies on chemotypes, chemical characterization and process development for natural colours and dyes. A bioreactor (10L) for undertaking studies on bio-transformations. For development of products, facilities like industrial rotavapour (50 Q capacity), spray dryer, filter press, solvent extraction unit, water purification unit and ion exchange columns exist.

 Natural Product Chemistry and Process Development

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