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)


Education: M.Sc (University of Pune)

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

Post Doctoral Research :  i) Max-Planck-Institute, German

ii) Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

iii) Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Area of Specialization: Environmental Chemistry

Research Interests:

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

Specific Areas

1) Advanced Oxidation Process for the degradation of Emerging Pollutants (Triazine herbicides, halobenzenes, toluenes, PPCPs)

2) Detection/identification of emerging pollutants in the water bodies of Kerala

3) Identification of emerging contaminants in Polar regions

4) Membrane technology for water purification

5) Fuel cells

6) Radiation and Photo- induced modifications of DNA and related compounds

7) Protein-Pollutant interaction

8) Computer based theoretical calculations for free radical reactions

Recent Publications :

Research Publications

 Total: 344;

In International Peer Reviewed Journals: 90, Editorial Publication: 2, In Conference  Proceedings.: 252,   Book chapters: 2

 Book chapters:  

  1. 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
  2. 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

Selected Articles in Journals

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) (IF : 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) (IF: 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, 297-305 (IF: 7.6)

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, 482-491.  (IF: 7.2)

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: 10.1016. (IF:5.1)

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, 213-220. (IF: 7.2)

7. Manoj P. Rayaroth , Chung-Seop Lee, Usha K. Aravind, Charuvila T. Aravindakumar,Yoon-Seok Chang,  Oxidative degradation of benzoic acid using Fe0- and sulfidized Fe0-activated persulfate: A comparative study”, Chem. Eng. J., 2017 , 315, 426-436 (IF: 8.4)

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, 202-209 (IF: 7.6)

9. Jisha Chandran, U.K. Aravind, C.T. Aravindakumar, Sonochemical transformation of thymidine: A mass spectrometric study, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2015, 27,  178-186 (IF: 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, 3699-3707 (IF: 8.4)


Research Group:

20 Ph.D and 15 M.Phil degrees, already awarded

8 Ph.D, presently working

Visiting Faculty/Scientist/Professor

Collaborative Researcher September 1999 Environment Engineering,                                                                                               California Institute of Technology  (Caltech), USA
Visiting Faculty March 2006, Dec.2009 Pohang University of Science                                                                                                and Technology, South Korea
Visiting Scientist April-June, 2005, 2007 GSF-National Research Institute, Germany
Visiting Faculty May 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 2015 University 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 Researcher June 2015 &May 2017 Technical University of                                                      Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Collaborative Researcher April 2018 Hokkaido University, Japan
Academic Visit Nov.2018 Melbourne University, Australia
Collaborative Researcher Nov.2018 University of Malaya,                                                        Kaula Lumbur, Malaysia
ERASMUS Fellow May 2019 Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Collaborative Researcher May 2019 Technical University of Brno,

Czech Republic

Academic Visit


May 2019 University of Pannonia, Hungary




  1. NCL-University of Pune Fellow 1986
  2. Department of Atomic Energy, Govt.of India, Junior Research Fellow 1989
  3. ICSC-World Laboratory (Switzerland) Fellow 1990
  4. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt.of India, Senior Research

Fellow 1992

  1. Buxandale-Bursary Young scientist award for Miller Conference, Italy, 1995
  2. Research council post-doctoral fellowship, Katholieke universiteit Leuven, Belgium


  1. Max-Planck-Society post-doctoral fellow, 2000
  2. NWO (The Netherlands) Visitor Fellowship, 2001
  3. GSF-National Research Centre, Visiting Scientist 2005
  4. University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-vallee) Visiting Professorship, 2013, 2015
  5. Team Leader, Indian Arctic Expedition July/Agu.2017 Himadri (Indian Station at Arctic)
  6. Selected for LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Programme) by MHRD, 2019
  7. 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 collaborations (Past & Present)

  1. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay
  2. Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi
  3. Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala
  4. National Centre for Ultrafast Process, Madras
  5. National Centre for Free Radical Research Pune
  6. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  7. GSF-National Research Centre, Munich, Germany
  8. Pohang university of Science & Technology, South Korea
  9. University of Sherbrooke, Canada,
  10. University of Paris (south), France
  11. University of Paris-Est-Marne-la-Vallee Duke University, USA


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
  • Member, Research Council, Centre for Water Resource Development & Management  (CWRDM), Calicut (under KSCSTE) (since 2017)
  • 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, Senate, 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

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

Research projects (Ongoing and Completed):

A: International

1. Name of the Project  : Towards sustainable surface water ecosystems in India: Predicting the fate, transport and effects of urban wastewater pollutants in rivers
Funding Agency  :  Indo-UK SPARC project
Duration  : 2 Year
Status : On Going

2. Name of the Project : Layer-by-Layer assisted antimicrobial Membranes for water purification (as Co-PI)               
Funding Agency  : Indo-Israel SPARC project
Duration  : 2 Year
Status : On Going

3. Name of the Project : An Interdisciplinary and Community Oriented   Innovative Approach  Towards  Sustainable Development  (as Coordinator of Combined departmental Project)
Funding Agency  : Obama-Singh 21st   Century Knowledge initiative  (Indo-US under UGC)
Duration  : 3 Year
Status : Completed

B: National

1. Name of the Project : Investigation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care products in Vembanadu Lake

Funding Agency  : KSCST, Govt. of Kerala

Duration  : 3 Year
Status : On Going

2. Name of the Project :Investigation of the spacial distribution of uranium and associated water quality parameters in five central districts of Kerala     (Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Trissur and Palakkad)

Funding Agency  : BRNS, Govt. of India

Duration  : 2 Year
Status : Completed