Sanjib Kumar Karmee

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Sanjib Kumar Karmee
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Sonepur, Odisha
Alma mater
  • Sambalpur University
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Scientific career
  • Renewable Energy (Bioenergy)
  • Environmental Science (Sustainability)
  • Biotechnology (Biocatalysis)
InstitutionsSardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI)
Doctoral advisorAnju Chadha

Sanjib Kumar Karmee is an Indian scientist working in the fields of bioenergy, sustainability, biocatalysis and development of rural technologies.

Education and career

Karmee is a native of Tebhapadar village, Subarnapur district, Odisha. He studied at the Sambalpur University, Odisha and went on to receive a PhD degree in 2006 at the IIT Madras.[1][2] His PhD thesis title was "preparation of biodiesel from Pongamia oil and value added products from renewable resources: a green approach".[3][4] After PhD, for several years he worked at the Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Germany and at the Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands to complete his post-doctoral studies.[5][6] In addition, he taught and performed research work at different world class universities, namely, National University of Singapore, City University of Hong Kong and North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.[7][5] Karmee moved back to India in 2018 and started working at the Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI), Anand, Gujarat, as a principal scientist and head of the Thermo-Chemical Conversion Technology Division.[5] According to Stanford University, Karmee is placed in the list of "World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists".[8][9] His worldwide rank in biotechnology discipline was 726.[10]

Research and publications

Karmee's research areas are biocatalysis, biofuels, waste management, circular economy and sustainability.[11][5][12] In particular, he has contributed towards batch and pilot scale biofuel production from different wastes.[13][5] Karmee is author of several publications and these have been published in a number of journals, including Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Green Chemistry (journal), Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Bioresource Technology, ChemComm, ChemSusChem, ChemCatChem, ChemBioChem and Fuel (journal).

Social work

On the social front, Karmee has been extensively highlighting the plight of backward tribal dominated Kalahandi Balangir Koraput Region and western Odisha through his writings; so that language, culture, tourism, infrastructure and education of this area can be developed.[14][15] In this regard, Karmee has raised his voice; and written to the PM of India, CM of Odisha, and other policy makers to preserve the medicinal plants and ecosystem of Gandhamardhan hills by establishing a National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), which will potentially benefit the people of tribal dominated western Odisha.[16][17][18] Furthermore, Karmee has raised the issue of bad quality health care facilities in western Odisha and pressed for establishing a Medical College in Balangir district.[19]


  1. "Lab Members - Former Members". Bioorganic Chemistry Lab - IITM. 24 May 2020.
  2. "Team led by Odia scientist invents organic energy from waste materials". Orissa Post. 10 July 2020.
  3. Karmee, Sanjib Kumar (12 August 2006). Preparation of biodiesel from oil of Pongamia and value added products from renewable resources: a green approach. (Thesis). doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.19667.84005.
  4. Karmee, Sanjib Kumar; Chadha, Anju (September 2005). "Preparation of biodiesel from crude oil of Pongamia pinnata". Bioresour. Technol. 96 (13): 1425–9. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2004.12.011. PMID 15939268.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Team led by Odia scientist Dr Sanjib Kumar Karmee develops pilot scale pyrolysis technology for producing biofuel from wastes". 6 July 2020.
  6. "Former BioNoCo fellows". DFG research training group - RWTH Aachen University, Germany. 28 August 2020.
  7. Chilabade, Delia (13 August 2020). "Biodiesel production from plant oils of African origin" (PDF).
  8. ""Subject-wise ranking of top 2% scientist from India (all fields)"" (PDF). The Hindu. India. 25 November 2020.
  9. "Gujarat scientists bag global honour". The Times of India. India. 5 November 2020.
  10. "Odia scientist Karmee in world's top 2% list". The Pioneer. India. 6 November 2020.
  11. "Odia scientist-led research team comes up with technology to convert coffee waste into bio-fuel". Orissa Post. 25 September 2020.
  12. Palit, Ashok (24 September 2020). "A technical method proposed for converting coffee waste into biofuels". Odisha News Times.
  13. "Odia scientist-led research team comes up with technology to convert coffee waste into bio-fuel". Orissa Post. 25 September 2020.
  14. "Plea to include Kosli in 8th Schedule of Constitution". The Hindu. 22 September 2011.
  15. Karmee, Sanjib (30 October 2009). "Vedanta Should Establish a Multidisciplinary University in Kalahandi: A Report from Dharitri". Kosal Discussion and Development Forum.
  16. "CM urged for Ayurveda institute in Gandhamardan". The Pioneer. India. 5 June 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011.
  17. "Dr. Sanjib Karmee's well researched request to CM and Orissa HETF on Gandhamardan Hills". India. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  18. "Scientist wants Ayurveda institute near Gandhamardan". Ayurved Sutra. India. 22 August 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  19. Karmee, Sanjib (26 October 2009). "Dr. Sanjib Kumar Karmee's Letter to CM of Orissa on Medical College in Balangir". Kosal Discussion and Development Forum.

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