Dr. C. T. Aravindakumar

Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
Hon.Director, Inter University Instrumentation Centre
Coordinator, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), Kottayam
(A National Centre of DST, New Delhi)
(Pro Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University)

M.Sc. (University of Pune),
Ph.D. (University of Pune; under exchange programme with Max-Planck-
Institute, Germany)

(i) Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
(ii) Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
(iii) Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Environmental Chemistry, Water purification technology, Air pollution, Radiation science, Photochemistry; polar research (Indian Polar Expedition), Environmental Education & Governance

Lecturer in Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, MGU (1993-2002)
Reader, School of Chemical Sciences, MGU (2002-2009)
Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, MGU (2009-2010)
Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, MGU (2010-till date)

Visiting Faculty/Scientist/Professor

Title YearUniversity
Collaborative Researcher September 1999 Environment Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
Visiting FacultyMarch 2006, Dec.2009Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Visiting Scientist April-June, 2005, 2007 GSF-National Research Institute, Germany
Visiting FacultyMay 2011, Oct.2012 University of Paris (S)
Visiting Faculty Oct.2012 Norwegian University of
Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Visiting Professor
(with Full Professor Status)
April 2013, & June 2015University of Paris-Est (Marne- la-vallee), France
Collaborative Researcher May 2014 Duke University, Brown
University and Plymouth State
University, USA
Academic visit July 2014 Russian Academy of Science
(TIPS-RAS), Moskow &
St.Petersburg University, Russia
Collaborative ResearcherJune 2015 &May 2017Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Collaborative Researcher April 2018 Hokkaido University, Japan
Academic Visit Nov.2018Melbourne University, Australia
Collaborative Researcher Nov.2018University of Malaya, Kaula Lumbur, Malaysia
ERASMUS Fellow May 2019Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Collaborative Researcher May 2019Technical University of Brno,
Czech Republic
Academic Visit May 2019 University of Pannonia, Hungary


  • NCL-University of Pune Fellow 1986
  • Department of Atomic Energy, Govt.of India, Junior Research Fellow 1989
  • ICSC-World Laboratory (Switzerland) Fellow 1990
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt.of India, Senior Research Fellow 1992
  • Buxandale-Bursary Young scientist award for Miller Conference, Italy, 1995
  • Research council post-doctoral fellowship, Katholieke universiteit Leuven, Belgium 1996
  • Max-Planck-Society post-doctoral fellow, 2000
  • NWO (The Netherlands) Visitor Fellowship, 2001
  • GSF-National Research Centre, Visiting Scientist 2005
  • University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-vallee) Visiting Professorship, 2013, 2015
  • Team Leader, Indian Arctic Expedition July/Agu.2017 Himadri (Indian Station at Arctic)
  • Selected for LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Programme) by MHRD, 2019
  • ERASMUS visiting fellowship from European Union 2019

Research Collaborations (Past & Present)

  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay
  • Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi
  • Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala
  • National Centre for Ultrafast Process, Madras
  • National Centre for Free Radical Research Pune
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • GSF-National Research Centre, Munich, Germany
  • Pohang University of Science & Technology, South Korea
  • University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • University of Paris (south), France
  • University of Paris-Est-Marne-la-Vallee
  • Duke University, USA
  • Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Norwegion University of Life Sciences, Norway

Research Supervision

  • 20 Ph.D and 15 M.Phil degrees, already awarded
  • 8 Ph.D, presently working

Research Projects (ongoing and completed)

  • Total 17 Major Research Projects; 10 Crs


Name of the Project Funding Agency Duration Status
Investigation of the base release from some pyrimidine nucleosides and nucleotides in aqueous medium: A radiation and photochemical studyThird World Academy
of Science (ICTP), Italy
1 Yr
Oxidative DNA damage induced by reactive oxygen substances
DST-DAAD Project
2 YrsCompleted
. Pulse radiolysis of biomolecules Indo-French ARCUS
2 YrsCompleted
An Interdisciplinary and Community Oriented Innovative Approach Towards Sustainable Development (Rs.1.25 Crore); (as Coordinator) Obama-Singh 21st
Century Knowledge initiative (Indo-US under UGC)
3 Yrs
Indo-Denmark Network Programme “Nanofibre structures for efficient enzyme
immobilization in membrane applications”
Danish Research Council 1 YrCompleted
Layer-by-Layer assisted antimicrobial Membranes for water purification (as Co-PI)Indo-Israel SPARC project 2 YrsOngoing
Towards sustainable surface water ecosystems in India: Predicting the fate, transport and effects of urban wastewater pollutants in riversIndo-UK SPARC project 2 YrsOngoing


Name of the Project Funding Agency Duration Status
Heavy ion radiolysis studies of some substituted benzenes and heterocyclic systems in aqueous mediumNuclear Science Centre New Delhi 3 Yrs
Radiation chemical studies of some substiuted thymines and cytosines Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS) Bombay 4 YrsCompleted
Radiation and photochemical studies chitosan modified polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbonsBRNS 3 Yrs
Radiation Induced Modification of Some Pyrimidine Nucleosides and Nucleotides DAE-IUC 3 Yrs
Sonochemical degradation of organic water pollutants KSCSTE3 Yrs
Setting up of the National Centre (Sophicated Analytical Instrument Facility)(Rs. 6.5 Crores)DST 5 Yrsongoing
Nationwide Environmental Gamma Monitoring Using TLDsBRNS 2 YrsCompleted
Investigation of the spacial distribution of uranium and associated water quality parameters in five central districts of Kerala (Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Trissur and Palakkad)BRNS 2 YrsCompleted
Investigation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care products in Vembanadu LakeKSCST,Tvm3 Yrs

Membership in Academic / Administrative bodies (past & present)

  • Convener, The ERUDITE (from HEC), MG University (2010-till date)
  • Member, Board of Studies (Chemistry) Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • Member, Board of Studies (Environmental Science), CUSAT, Kochi
  • MemberMember, Research Council, Centre for Water Resource Development & Management (CWRDM), Calicut (under KSCSTE) (since 2017) , Board of Studies (Environmental Science), CUSAT, Kochi
  • Member, Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) on Water Technology Initiative, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi (since Sept.2015)
  • Member, Research & Development Committee, Department of Environment & Climate Change, Govt of Kerala (2018-2019)
  • Member, Expert Technical Committee, Suchitwa Mission, Govt of Kerala (2017-2019)
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee on Ecology and Environment of the KSCSTE (since 2018)
  • Member, International Expert committee, Russian Science Foundation (RSF) (since 2017) Director, School of Environmental Sciences, MG University (June 7, 2012-Feb.21,2017 (total 4 yrs & 7 months))
  • Dean, Faculty of Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences, MG University 2012/14 & 2016/18 (total 4 yrs)
  • Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Mahatma Gandhi University (2018-2019)
  • Coordinator of PIG, DST PURSE programme-I in MG University (2012-15)
  • Member, Academic Council, MG University
  • Member, Board of Studies (Env.Sci.), MG University
  • Member, Syndicate, MG University
  • Member, SyndicaMember, Senate, MG Universityte, MG University
  • Member, University Research Committee
  • Chairman, Board of Studies, Environmental Science, MG University
  • Director: Planning & Development Advisory Committee, MG University

Selected Invited/Plenary talks

Sl.NoInvited/Plenary talks
1Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia, 8 May 2019
2Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic, 6 th May, 2019
3Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan, April 9, 2018
4Department of Chemistry, Melbourne University, Australia, Nov.5, 2018
5Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), University of Malaya,
6Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov.9, 2018
7Water DTU 3rd Partner Seminar, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, May 23-24, 2017
8Plenary Talk; 3rd International Conference on Environment and Renewable Energy (ICERE 2017) , Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25-27, 2017
9Plenary talk. Third International Conference On Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Technology – ASET 2015, 28-29 December, 2015 , Bangkok, Thailand
10VIII EPOA-Meeting of Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes: II CIPOA- Iberoamerican Congress of Advanced Oxidation Processes, Nov.3-6, 2015, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
11Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark (July 8, 2015)
12University of Paris (E), 2015
13University of Barcelona, 2015
14International Conference on Advances in Applied Sciences and Environmental Technology, ASET, 21-22 Feb.2015, Bangkok, Thailand
15International Conference on Advances in Environmental and Bio-Technology – (AEBT- 2014) , 04-05 January, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
16International Conference on Advances in Environmental and Bio-Technology – (AEBT- 2014) , 04-05 January, 2014, Bangkok, Thailand
17Indo-Mexican Workshop on Water and Wastewater use and Management Nagpur, India, July 25-26, 2013
18University of Paris-Est-Marne-la-valee, France, April, 2013
19Hanoi University of Science & Technology, Vietnam, March 2013
202nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management, Vietnam, March, 2013
21King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand, Sept.2012
22Pohang University of Science & Technology (South Korea), Feb.2009
23Hiroshima University, Japan, Nov.2007
24Osaka University, Japan, Nov.2007
25Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Nov.2007
26Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, June 2007
27Pohang University of Science & Technology (South Korea), Feb.2006
28Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Feb 2006
29University of Hong Kong, March 2006
30Trombay Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, Bombay, Jan.2006
31University of Florence, Italy, May 2005
32CNR-Instititue, Bologna, Italy, May 2005
33National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, Dharwad, Feb, 2005
34Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences, Kottayam, Dec.2002
35National conference on Solar Energy Conversion Processes, Madras, March 2001
36Indo-French Workshop on Radical Chemistry, University of Pune, India, Jan. 2000
37California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, Oct. 1999
38National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, Sambalpur, India, Feb.1999
39University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 1998
40Osaka University Medical School, Osaka, Japan, Sept. 1998
41Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan, Sept. 1998
42Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 1998
43Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Oct. 1997
44Indo-German workshop on Radiation and Photochemical Research, Pune, Jan.1996
45Miller Conference, Cervia/Milano Marittima, Italy, Sept. 1995

Research Publications

In International Peer Reviewed Journals
Editorial Publication
In Conference Proceedings
Book Chapters

Membership in Academic / Administrative bodies (past & present)

  • Jeeva M. Philip, Usha K. Aravind, C. T. Aravindakumar “Use of Antibiotics in Animals and Its Possible Impacts in the Environment” (pages 77-91), in the “Handbook of Research on Social Marketing and Its Influence on Animal Origin Food Product Consumption” Edited by Diana Bogueva, Dora Marinova, and Talia Raphaely, IGA Global (Idea Group, USA), 2018, ISBN13: 9781522547570
  • Usha K. Aravind, Subha Sasi, Mary Lidiya Mathew, C. T. Aravindakumar, Layer by layer (LbL) coated multilayer membranes in dye house effluent treatment (Chapter 22) in “Membrane Technology: Sustainable Solutions in Water, Health, Energy and Environmental Sectors” Edited by S. Sridhar, CRC Press 2018

Editorial as Guest Editor (2)

  • Environ. Chem.,2019 (in press)(Special Issue), Foreword to the Special Issue on the International Conference on Water: From Pollution to Purification, C. T. Aravindakumar, Usha K. Aravind and Roland Kallenborn
  • Env Sci Pollut. Res., 2018, 25:20281–20282 (Special Issue), Water: From Pollution to Purification C. T. Aravindakumar, Mehmet Oturan and Usha Aravind

In Refereed International Journals

(selected 26 publications, representative)

1.  Kishore Kumar Nair, Bennie Viljoen; C T Aravindakumar; H C Swart; Richard A Harris; Usha K Aravind, Synthesis of silver incorporated lithium doped zinc oxide nanocomposites for in-vitro biorational evaluation of Candiasis and Cryptococcosis, Applied Surface Science , 2020 (in press)5.2
2.  Sunil P.M.Menacherry, DaeWiMina, Daun Jeong, C.T.Aravindakumar, Woojin Lee,Wonyong Choi, Halide-induced dissolution of lead(IV) oxideinfrozen solution Journal of Hazardous Materials 2020 (in press)7.6
3.  Mary Lidiya Mathew, G. Akhil, C.T. Aravindakumar and U.K. Aravind, Low – cost multilayered green fiber for the treatment of textile industry waste water, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2019, 365, 297-3057.6
4.  Manoj P. Rayaroth, Usha K. Aravind, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Effect of inorganic ions on the ultrasound initiated degradation and product formation of Triphenylmethane dyes, Ultrasonic Sonochemistry , 2018 , 48, 482-4917.2
5.  Jeeva M. Philip, Usha K. Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, Emerging Contaminants in Indian Environmental Matrices – A Review, Chemosphere , 2018 , Jan;190:307-326. doi: 10.10165.1
6.  Manoj P. Rayaroth , Usha K. Aravind, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Role of in-situ nitrite ion formation on the sonochemical transformation of para-aminosalicylic acid, Ultrasonic Sonochemistry , 2017 , 40, 213-2207.2
7.  Manoj P. Rayaroth , Chung-Seop Lee, Usha K. Aravind, Charuvila T. Aravindakumar,Yoon-Seok Chang, Oxidative degradation of benzoic acid using Fe 0 – and sulfidized Fe 0 -activated persulfate: A comparative study ”, Chem. Eng. J., 2017 , 315, 426-4368.4
8.  Subha Sasi, M. P. Rayaroth, D. Devadasan, Usha K. Aravind and C. T. Aravindakumar, Influence of inorganic ions and selected emerging contaminants on the degradation of Methylparaben: A sonochemical approach, Journal of Hazardous Materials , 2015, 300 , 202-2097.6
9.  Jisha Chandran, U.K. Aravind, C.T. Aravindakumar, Sonochemical transformation of thymidine: A mass spectrometric study, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2015 , 27 , 178-186 7.2
10.  Akhil Gopalakrishnan, Mary Lidiya Mathew, JishaChandran, Appala Raju Badireddy, Judith Winglee, Mark Wiesner, C. T. Aravindakumar and Usha K. Aravind, Sustainable Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Surfaces: Possible Matrix for Salt/dye Separation, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces , 2015, 2015, 7, 3699-37078.4
11.  Manoj P. Rayaroth, Usha K. Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, Sonochemical Degradation of Coomassie Brilliant Blue: Effect of frequency, power density, pH and various additives , Chemosphere, 2015 , 119, 848-855 5.1
12.  Shoniya Thomas, R. Sreekanth, V.A. Sijumon, Usha K Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidative Degradation of Acid Red 1 in Aqueous Medium , Chem. Eng. J., 2014 , 244, 473–4828.4
13.  M. Mathew, S. Sreedhanya, P. Manoj, C. T. Aravindakumar and Usha K. Aravind, Exploring the interaction of bisphenol-S with serum albumins: A better or worse alternative for bisphenol-A ?, J. Phys. Chem. B ., 2014, 118 (14), 3832–38432.9
14.  M.M. Sunil Paul, Usha K. Aravind , G. Pramod, C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidative Degradation of Fensulfothion by Hydroxyl Radical in Aqueous Medium , Chemosphere , 2013, 91 , 295–3015.1
15.  R. Sreekanth, K.P. Prasanthkumar, M.M. Sunil Paul, Usha K. Aravind ,, C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidation Reactions of 1- and 2-naphthols: An Experimental and Theoretical Study , J. Phys. Chem. A., 2013 , 117 , 11261–112702.6
16.  V.J. Disha, C.T. Aravindakumar, Usha K.Aravind, Phosphate recovery by high flux low pressure multilayer membranes , Langmuir , 2012, 28 , 12744–12752      3.7
17.  M. S. Baburaj, C.T. Aravindakumar, S. Sreedhanya, A.P. Thomas, Usha K. Aravind, Treatment of model textile effluents with PAA/CHI and PAA/PEI composite membranes Desalination 2012, 288, 72–796
18.  U. K. Aravind , B. George , M. S. Baburaj , S. Thomas , A. P. Thomas and C. T. Aravindakumar. Treatment of industrial effluents using polyelectrolyte membranes, Desalination 2010 , 252 27-326
19.  Jissy Mathew, C. T. Aravindakumar and Usha K. Aravind, Effect of ionic strength and protein concentration on the transport of proteins through chitosan/polystyrene sulfonate multilayer membrane, Journal of Membrane Science 2008 , 325 , 625-6327
20.  Rani Varghese, Usha K. Aravind and Charuvila T. Aravindakumar, Fenton-Enhanced g – Radiolysis of Cyanuric acid, J. Hazardous Materials 2007 , 142, 555-5587.6
21.  Usha K. Aravind, Jissy Mathew and C. T. Aravindakumar, Transport Studies of BSA, Lysozyme and Ovalbumin through Chitosan/ Polystyrene Sulfonate Multilayer Membrane. Journal of Membrane Science. 2007 299, 146-1557
22.  V. M. Manoj, H. Mohan, U. K. Aravind and C. T. Aravindakumar, One-Electron Reduction of S-Nitrosothiols in Aqueous Medium, Free Rad. Biol. Med. 2006 , 41, 1240-12465.7
23.  O. A. Larsen, I. H. M. van Stokkum, F. L. de Weerd, A. Mikas Vengris, C.T. Aravindakumar, R. van Grondelle, N. E. Geacintov and H. van Amerongen Ultrafast transient-absorption and steady-state fuorescence measurements on 2-aminopurine substituted dinucleotides and 2-aminopurine substituted DNA duplexes Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2004 , 6 , 154-1603.6
24.  J.A.Theruvathu, C.T.Aravindakumar, R.Flyunt and J.von Sonntag and C.von Sonntag, “Fenton chemistry of 1,3-dimethyl uracil” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123 , 9007-901414.7
25.  V.M.Manoj and C.T.Aravindakumar, “Hydroxyl radical induced decomposition of S-nitrosoglutathione” Chem. Commun . 2000, 2361-23626.2
26.  C.T.Aravindakumar, J. Ceulemans and M. De Ley, “ Nitric oxide induces Zn 2+ rlease from metallothionein by destroying zinc-sulfur clusturs without concomitant formation of S-nitrosothiol”, Biochem. J. 1999 , 344 , 253-2584.3