B.V.S.K. Rao
Principal Technical Officer
CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology                             
(Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)
Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Tarnaka, Hyderabad-500007, Telangana, INDIA

Landline 27191848
Mobile 7382297530
Fax 27193370
Email ID bhamidipati@iict.res.in
Alternate Email ID raobvsk@gmail.com
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Bhamidipati Venkata Surya Koppeswara Rao popularly known as BVSK Rao, born in a small village called PALIVELA in East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on October 1, 1959. Married Ms. Vijayalakshmi in 1988 and blessed with a girl child Sai Poojitha. Presently Poojitha is doing her Graduation.


Did my

Graduation (B. Sc) from ASNM Govt. College, Palakol - 1979

Post graduation (M. Sc. Organic Chemistry) from Osmania University - 1987

Ph.D. (Organic Chemsitry)"Reactions of fatty acids and their Derivatives" in 1993 under the supervision of Late Dr. R Subbarao


Joined Regional Research Laboratory on June 3, 1980 as Junior Laboratory Assistant in Oils and Fats Division.

Presently working as Principal Technical Officer in Lipid Science and Technology (formerly Oils and Fats) Division.

Research Interests

Present Research

• Screening of unknown and lesser known oilseed

• Development of alternative methodologies for the preparation of biodiesel from a variety feed stocks using both conventional, non-conventional and bio-catalysts

•Development of novel methodologies for the refining of vegetable oils

•Preparation of novel surfactants from castor oil, plant proteins and fatty acid derivatives

•Development of methodologies for the preparation of lubricant base stocks from vegetable oils particularly from castor oil

•Modification of phospholipids using chemical and enzymatic routes

•Value added products from the by-products of vegetable oils and oilseeds processing industries

•Isolation and characterization of bioactive lipid molecules from a variety of plants

•Modification of lipids for specialty applications

•Development of newer analytical methods

Past Research

Working in Centre for Lipid Research of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India since 1980. Actively involved in designing and execution of different R&D projects sponsored by various Government and Private agencies. Well versed with isolation, synthesis and characterization of lipids. Conversant in conventional and modern chromatographic, spectral and analytical methods involved in Lipid Science area. Developed modern synthetic methodologies for the preparation of various lipids and their derivatives. Expertise in up-scaling the laboratory scale processes to pilot scale and have capability in fine-tuning the existing technologies.

Projects Involved

Please see the resume

Research Group Members

  1. Dr. R B N Prasad
  2. Dr. Pradosh P Chakrabarti
  3. Dr. Shiva Shanker Kaki
  4. Dr. J R C Reddy
  5. Dr. T. Ravinder


  1. Enzymatic degumming of rice bran oil, S.K. Roy, B.V.S.K. Rao and R.B.N. Prasad, Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 79 (2002) p. 845.
  2. Origin of problems encountered in rice bran oil processing, T,N.B. Kaimal, S. Ramjan Vali, B.V.S.K. Rao, P.P. Chakrabarti, P. Vijayalakshmi, Vijay Kale, K.N. Prasanna Rani, O. Rajamma, P.S. Bhaskar, T.C. Rao, Eur. J. Lipid Sci. and Technol., 104 (2002) p. 2003.
  3. Lipase mediated Conversion of Vegetable Oils into Biodiesel using Ethyl Acetate as Acyl Acceptor, Mukesh Kumar Modi, J.R.C. Reddy, B.V.S.K. Rao and R.B.N. Prasad, Bio Resource Technologies, 98 (2007) p.1260-1264.
  4. Swietenia mahagoni seed oil: A new source for biodiesel production M. Ram Mohan, Ram Chandra Reddy Jala, Shiva Shanker Kaki, R.B.N. Prasad, B.V.S.K. Rao, Industrial Crops and Products 90 (2016) 28–31.
  5. Carbon-based solid acid catalyst from de-oiled canola meal for biodiesel production, B.V.S.K. Rao, K. Chandra Mouli, N. Rambabu, A.K. Dalai and R.B.N. Prasad, Catalysis Communications, 14, 20-26 (2011).


  1. Process for the pretreatment of vegetable oils for physical refining, P P Chakrabarti, B V S K Rao, S K Roy, B L A Prabhavathi Devi, K N Prasanna Rani, V Vandana, C Kalyani, K Gaddan, Vijay Kale, R B N Prasad, US Patent No. 7494676 (2009).
  2. A Process for the upgradation and bleaching of crude Rice Bran wax, R B N Prasad, B V S K Rao, B L A Prabhavathi Devi, S K Roy, T N B Kaimal, Japan Patent No. 4125532 (2008).
  3. An improved process for the enrichment of oryzanol from rice bran oil soap stock, K.V.S.A. Rao, B.V.S.K. Rao and T.N.B. Kaimal, US Pat No. 6,410,762 (2002).
  4. 9, 10, 12-Triacyloxy Octadecanoic Acid Alkyl Ester And 9,10,12-Triacyloxy Octadecanoic Acid Alkyl Ester Rich Fatty Acid Alkyl Esters Mixture And A Process For Preparation Thereof, B V S K Rao, K V Padmaja, R Karunakar Reddy, P S Bhaskar, K Saravanan, R B N Prasad, US Patent No. US 8,609,876 B2 dt. 17/12/2013
  5. An enzymatic method for the reduction of phosphorus content of crude rice bran oil, T.N.B. Kaimal, P. Vijayalakshmi, B.V.S.K. Rao, T.C. Rao, S. Ramjan Vali and U.T. Bhalerao, Indian Pat. No. 148701 (2000).


  1. 1. “Vegetable Oils and Fats: Indian Scenario” during 34th Palm Oil Familiarization Programme organized by Malaysian Palm Oil Board at Kuala Lumpur during September 7-13, 2014
  2. 2. Oils & Fats Research – Down my memory lane, Prof. J G Kane Memorial Lecture delivered during 69th Annual Convention of Oil Technologists’ Association of India, on November 16, 2014 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Agra, India.
  3. 3. “Value addition to the by-products of vegetable oil processing industry” during "Business-Meet" on "Oils, Fats & Allied Industries: R&D and Regulatory Issues" Organized by IICT on March 15, 2014
  4. 4. Applications of Gas Chromatography in the Analysis of Oils and Fats” during Refresher Course on “Conventional, Chromatographic and Spectral Analysis of Oils & Fats” Organized by Centre for Lipid Research, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad during March 20-22, 2013 at IICT, Hyderabad
  5. 7. “Value Added Products from By-products of Karanja Oil-based Biodiesel Industry” during 6th International Biofuel Conference Organized by Winrock International India on March 4-5, 2009 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi


  1. Prof. J G Kane Memorial Award – 2014 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the field of Oils, Fats, Surfactants and related subjects
  2. 2. Industrial Green Chemistry (ICG) Award-2009 in the category of Academicians for the “Technology for Enzymatic Degumming of Rice Bran Oil” instituted by Green Chemistree Foundation, Mumbai.
  3. National Technology Award for the year 2009 for successful commercialization of Indigenous technology of Enzymatic Degumming & Dewaxing of Rice Bran Oil
  4. 11. Dr. Hussain Zaheer Memorial Award – 2005 & 2013 for outstanding contributions in the basic research in the field of Oils, Fats and Allied Products, instituted by Oil Technologists’ Association of India.
  5. CSIR Technology Award for the year 2005 for “Enzymatic Degumming of Rice Bran Oil” Process.


  1. Attended Palm Oil Familiarization Programme - 2014 as fully sponsored invitee of Malaysian Palm oil Board, during 7-13th September 2014 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. Worked in Chemical Engineering Division, College of Engineering University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon as Visiting Professor during 2010-11
  3. Convener, International Conference on "Emerging Trends in Oleochemicals" & "Lipids Expo - 2013" jointly organised by OTAI, CSIR-IICT and AOCS during August 8-10, 2013 at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad
  4. Co-convener of International Seminar on “New Horizons in Lipids & Specialty Oleochemicals & Lipid Expo 2005” Organized by OTAI during December 2-3, 2005
  5. Served Oil Technologists' Association of India (SZ) as Hony. Secretary for over 8 years and organinsed many National and International Conferences.

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