Have you ever thought that natural hair color can be made from banana thumb (stem) and its leaves. A brick that will never submerge in water. If not, then meet Navagachiya, Gopal of Dhruvganj, Bhagalpur, who have done such amazing work. Just 19 years old Gopal has been awarded the title of Youngest Scientist of India at the age of 14. His dream is to get India a noble prize from his inventions. He was also sent a letter twice by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for the Gopnim alloy he had created.
On 23 May, NASA also sent a letter to work with Gopal, but he refused, saying that he only had to work for his country. Gopal says that he has done a total of ten inventions, of which four have been sent for patents. These include paper based electricity (patent), banana bio cell (patent), gopanium alloy, G-star powder, hydroelectric bio cell, solar mile, gopa-alaska, pseudo plastic, litchi wine etc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also not only appreciated his invention but also sent Gopal to Ahmedabad’s National Innovative Foundation in 2017, where he worked as the youngest research scholar of international level.
Floating bricks and hair color made from Banana nano fiber:
Currently Gopal is working on nano crystal and fiber from Banana Stem. Nano fiber and fiber were first made from banana stem. These nano fibers serve to absorb liquids. This is the reason why brick is being prepared by this. The brick will never submerge in water, which has been named floating bricks. Homes built with these bricks will be colder than ordinary houses. Apart from this, nano fiber will be used to make children’s diapers, sanitary napkins, bandaids etc. At the same time, after the use of nano fiber, the bullet sheet is being made from the fiber that remains. Fiber sheets are being made from banana leaves with the help of which file covers, tissue paper and book covers etc. will be made. At the same time, juice extracted from banana leaves is being fermented to make ethanol. Which is being made to color hair. All these have been worked in the lab.
Gopal’s father is a farmer and he used to cultivate bananas. Gopal used to go to the farm with his father. Banana cultivation suffered significant damage in 2008 floods. Due to the loss, the financial condition of Gopal’s house became very tight. After which Gopal decided that he will surely make something from the banana thumb (stem), so that the damage caused by the flood can be completed. He noticed that the juice from the banana thumb stains. He thought that banana thumb also has acid properties. During this time, he read that electrolysis of acids produces a charge. When he brought a volt meter and electrode from the school and used it on a banana thumb, it created a charge that could generate electricity. His experiment was rewarded at the national level competition. He also received the Inspire Award in 2014.
Gopal won many prizes in his bag. National Inspire Award by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Inspire Award at the state level by the Government of Bihar, Pride of Bhagalpur Award, Brain of Bihar Award from Career Today institution. Apart from this, he will be given the National Youth Icon Award in October in Delhi.