Dr.Mathava Kumar S

Dr.Mathava Kumar S
Associate Professor
Phone: +91-44-22574267
Email: mathav@iitm.ac.in

Education

 

  • PhD – IIT Madras (Jul, 2006)
  • M.E – Govt. College of Technology/Bharathiyar Univ. (May, 2002)
  • B.E – Govt. College of Technology/Bharathiyar Univ. (Apr, 2000)

 

Professional Experience
  • Nov, 2014 onwards – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engg., IIT Madras
  • Jan, 2011 to Nov, 2014 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engg., NIT Calicut
  • Oct, 2006 to Jan, 2011 – Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Institute of Environmental Engg., National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Jan, 2006 to Jun, 2006 – Environmental Consultant, ALSAFA Environmental & Technical Services LLC., Muscat, Oman.
Research Interests
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment by AOPs
  • Membrane (Bio)reactors
  • Biological Nutrient Removal from wastewater (Anammox and SNAD)
  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Systems
  • High-rate Composting of Solid waste
Recent Publications

Publications

Book Chapters                                         – 02
Journals – Published (Under review)      – 35 (1)
International Conferences                      – 23
National Conferences                             – 07
Books
1. Mathava Kumar (2013), Biodegradation of Emerging Contaminants by Composting, T. Vicent et al. (eds.), Emerging Organic Contaminants in Sludges: Analysis, Fate and Biological Treatment, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Vol (24), 113-136. (ISSN: 1867-979X; ISBN 978-3-642-35608-7).
2. Mathava Kumar*, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), “Co-composting of Food Waste and Green Waste in Pilot-scale Systems: In-Vessel and Windrow Investigations”, Antoni Sanchez Ferrer (Eds.), Dynamic Soil, Dynamic Plant 5 (Special Issue 2), Global Science Books, Japan, 127-133.
Journals
36. Raju C Asha, Mathava Kumar* (2015), Design, Experimentation and Modelling of Continuous-Mode Membrane-Photocatalytic Slurry Reactor System for the Treatment of Sulfamethoxazole Containing Wastewater, Separation Science Technology (Under review).
35. Raju C Asha, Mathava Kumar* (2015), Sulfamethoxazole in Poultry wastewater: Identification, Treatability and Degradation Pathway Determination in a Membrane-Photocatalytic Slurry Reactor, J. Environ. Sci. Health A, 50(10), 1011-1019.
34. Raju C Asha, M. A. Vishnuganth, Remya Neelancherry, N. Selvaraju, Mathava Kumar* (2015), Comparison of batch and continuous photocatalytic systems for livestock wastewater treatment, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 226(5), 132.
33. M. A. Vishnuganth, S Rangabhashiyam, Neelancherry Remya, Mathava Kumar*, N. Selvaraju (2015), Optimization of GAC supported TiO2 photocatalytic process for competent carbofuran removal from an aqueous system, J. Scientific and Industrial Research, 74(4), 225-231.
32. Asha C Raju, Mathava Kumar* (2015), “Photo-catalytic degradation of Poultry Wastewater using Activated Carbon supported Titanium Dioxide” Desalination Water Treatment, 52(12), 3279-3290.
31. Mathava Kumar, Pei-Yun Lee, Toshikazu Fukusihma, Liang-Ming Whang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2012), “Effect of supplementary carbon addition in the treatment of low C/N High-technology industrial wastewater by MBR”, Bioresource Technology, 113, 148-153.
30. Hong-Bang Cheng, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2012), “Interpretation of redox potential variation during biological denitrification using linear non-equilibrium thermodynamic model”, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 67, 28-39.
29. Li-An Lu, Ying-Shih Ma, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), “Photo-Fenton pretreatment of carbofuran – Analyses via experimental design, detoxification and biodegradability enhancement”, Separation and Purification Technol., 81(10), 325-331.
28. Chih-Cheng Wang, Mathava Kumar, Chien-JuLan, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), Real-time Landfill-leachate Treatment by Simultaneous Partial Nitrification, Anammox and Denitrification (SNAD) process, Desalination Water Treatment, 32, 4-9.
27. Mathava Kumar, Wei-Chih Liao, Jen-Chieh Tsai, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), “Versatility of fluorene metabolite (phenol) in fluorene biodegradation by a sulfate reducing culture”, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 65(3), 522-526.
26. Neelancherry Remya, Mathava Kumar*, S Mohan, Rafig Azzam (2011), “Influence of organic matter and solute concentration on nitrate sorption in batch and diffusion cell experiments”, Bioresource Technol., 102(9), 5283-5289.
25. J. C. Lan, Mathava Kumar, Shao-Chien Huang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), Influence of membrane flux on the performance of a pilot-scale membrane bioreactor treating low C/N wastewater, Florida Water Resources Journal, Jan 2011, 8-9.
24. Chien-JuLan, Mathava Kumar, Chih-Cheng Wang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), Development of simultaneous partial nitrification, anammox and denitrification (SNAD) process in a sequential batch reactor, Bioresource Technol. 102(9), 5514-5519.
23. Li-An Lu, Ying-Shih Ma, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), “Photochemical degradation of carbofuran and elucidation of removal mechanism”, Chem. Engg. Journal, 166, 150-156.
22. Li-An Lu, Ying-Shih Ma, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Influence of pH and H2O2 dosage on the decomposition of carbofuran during the photo-Fenton process”, Sustain. Environ. Res., 20(5), 1-5.
21. Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Review: Co-existence of anammox and denitrification for the simultaneous nitrogen and carbon removal – strategies and issues”, J. Haz. Materials, 178(1-3), 1-9.
20. Hsiu-Feng Hsu, Yu-Sheng Jhou, Mathava Kumar, Ying-Shih Ma, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Simultaneous sulfate reduction and copper removal by a PVA-immobilized sulfate reducing bacterial culture”, Bioresource Technol. 101(12), 4354-4361.
19. Mathava Kumar, Yan-Liang Ou, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Co-composting of food waste and green waste at low C/N”, Waste Management, 30(4), 602-609.
18. Hsiao-Fen Cheng, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Assessment of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) removal in attached growth and suspended growth biological treatment systems of a municipal sewage treatment plant”, Separation Science Technol., 45, 221-227.
17. Chih-Cheng Wang, Po-Heng Lee, Mathava Kumar, Yu-Tzu Huang, Shihwu Sung, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), “Simultaneous partial nitrification, anaerobic ammonium oxidation and denitrification (SNAD) in a full-scale landfill-leachate treatment plant”, J. Haz. Materials, 175(1-3), 622-628.
16. Jen-Chieh Tsai, Mathava Kumar, Sue-Min Chang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009), “Determination of optimal phenanthrene, sulfate and biomass concentrations for anaerobic biodegradation of phenanthrene by sulfate-reducing enrichment culture and elucidation of metabolic pathway” J. Haz. Materials, 171(1-3), 1112-1119.
15. Ying-Shih Ma, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009), “Degradation of carbofuran-contaminated water by Fenton process”, J. Environ. Sci. Health A, 44, 914-920.
14. Hsiu-Feng Hsu, Mathava Kumar, Ying-Shih Ma, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009), “Extent of precipitation and sorption during copper removal from aqueous solution by sulfate reducing bacteria”, Environmental Engineering Science, 26(6), 1087-1096.
13. Jen-Chieh Tsai, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009), “Anaerobic Biotransformation of fluorene and phenanthrene by sulfate reducing bacteria and identification of biotransformation pathways” J. Haz. Materials, 164, 847-855.
12. Mathava Kumar, Pei-Chi Wu, Jen-Chieh Tsai, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009), “Biodegradation of soil applied polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by sulfate reducing bacteria”, J. Environ. Sci. Health A, 44(1), 12-20.
11. Hsiao-Fen Cheng, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2008), “Degradation kinetics of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and organic matter of sewage sludge during in-vessel composting”, J. Haz. Materials, 145(1-3), 55-62.
10. Hsiao-Fen Cheng, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2008), “Assessment of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in municipal and industrial sludges of Taiwan by supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and gas chromatography with electron ionization detection”, Separation Science and Technology, 43, 132-146.
9. Li-An Lu, Mathava Kumar, Jen Chieh Tsai, Jih-Gaw Lin (2008), “Evaluation and optimization of High-rate Composting of Barley Dregs with Sewage Sludge in a Pilot Scale Bioreactor”, Bioresource Technology, 99, 2210-2217.
8. Chieh Tsai, Mathava Kumar, Chen, S.Y., Jih-Gaw Lin (2007), “Nano-Bubble Flotation with Chemical Coagulation for the Treatment of Chemical Mechanical Polishing Wastewater”, Separation and Purification Technol., 58, 61-67.
7. Hong-Bang Cheng, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2007), “Development of Linear Irreversible Thermodynamic Model for Oxidation Reduction Potential in Environmental Microbial System”, Biophysical Journal, 93(3), 787-794.
6. Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip (2007). “Biodegradation of endosulfan contaminated soil in a pilot scale reactor – bioaugmented with mixed bacterial culture”. J. Environ. Sci. Health B, 42(6), 707-715.
5. Madhubabu, Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip, Venkobacher (2007). “Treatment of carbofuran bearing wastewater using UASB process”, J. Environ. Sci. Health B, 42(2), 189-199.
4. Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip (2006). “Endosulfan mineralization by bacterial isolates and possible degradation pathway determination” Bioremediation Journal, 10(4), 179-190.
3. Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip (2006), “Bioremediation of endosulfan contaminated soil and water – optimization of operating conditions in laboratory scale reactors”, J. Haz. Materials, 136(2), 354-364.
2. Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip (2006), “Enrichment and isolation of endosulfan degrading mixed bacterial culture”, J. Environ. Sci. Health B, 41(1), 81-96.
1.  Mathava Kumar, Ligy Philip (2006), “Sorption characteristics of hydrophobic pesticide endosulfan in four Indian soils”, Chemosphere, 62(7), 1064 – 1077.
*Indicates corresponding author
International Conferences
23. Raju C Asha, Mathava Kumar, Antibiotic removal in membrane-photocatalytic slurry reactor: Optimisation of hydraulic retention time, Second International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU2015), 7-9 January, 2015, Hong Kong, China.
22. Asha C Raju, Mathava Kumar, Sulfamethoxazole Removal in a Granular Activated Carbon Immobilized TiO2 (GAC-TiO2) photocatalytic System, The 11th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment (SEAWE11), 26-28 Nov, 2014, AIT Bangkok, Thailand.
21. Asha C Raju, Sarat Chandra B, Adarsh Shukla, Varun Kumar Reja, Krishna Anish Adusumilli, Remya Neelancherry, Mathava Kumar, Photocatalytic Treatment of Poultry Wastewater by Hectorile-TiO2 Aqueous Suspensions, International Conference on Chemical and Environmental Research (ICCER-2014), 11th and 12th March, 2014, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India.
20. Asha. C. Raju, Mathava Kumar, Effect of Supported-Catalysts in the Treatment of Poultry Wastewater in a Photoreactor, International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2014, 19-21 Feb, 2014, CWRDM, Calicut, Kerala, India.
19. Vishnukanth, Selvaraju, Mathava Kumar, Continuous-mode photocatalysis reactor operation for livestock wastewater treatment, International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2014, 19-21 Feb, 2014, CWRDM, Calicut, Kerala, India.
18. Neelancherry Remya, Jih-Gaw Lin, Mathava Kumar, Performance evaluation of microwave assisted systems for degradation of carbofuran, International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2014, 19-21 Feb, 2014, CWRDM, Calicut, Kerala, India.
17. Asha. C. Raju, Mathava Kumar, “Real-time Poultry Wastewater Treatment by Photocatalytic Process”, The 5th IWA ASPIRE Conference, 8-12 Sep, 2013, Daejeon, Korea.
16. Mathava Kumar, Pei-Yun Lee, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), “Effect of supplementary carbon addition in the treatment of low C/N High-technology industrial wastewater by MBR”, CESE-2011, 25-30 Sep, 2011, Tainan, Taiwan.
15. Mathava Kumar, Wei-Fen Yu, Jih-Gaw Lin (2011), Effect of sludge retention time (SRT) on extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) production and fouling rate in membrane bioreactor, MBR Asia 2011, 25-26 Apr, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
14. Chien-Ju Lan, Mathava Kumar, Chih-Cheng Wang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), Development of simultaneous partial nitrification, anammox and denitrification (SNAD) process in a sequential batch reactor, CESE-2010, 28th Sep to 2nd Oct, Cairns, Australia.
13. Chih-Cheng Wang, Mathava Kumar, Chien-Ju Lan, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), Real-time Landfill-leachate Treatment by Simultaneous Partial Nitrification, Anammox and Denitrification (SNAD) process, CESE-2010, 28th Sep to 2nd Oct, Cairns, Australia.
12. Neelancherry Remya, Mathava Kumar, S Mohan, Rafig Azzam (2010), Influence of organic matter and solute concentration in the nitrate sorption potential of three German soils: Comparison of batch and diffusion-cell experiments, CESE-2010, 28th Sep to 2nd Oct, Cairns, Australia.
11. J. C. Lan, Mathava Kumar, Shao-Chien Huang, Jih-Gaw Lin (2010), Influence of membrane flux on the performance of a pilot-scale membrane bioreactor treating low C/N wastewater, Florida Water Resources Conference, 16-19 May, 2010, Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld, Florida, USA.
10. Li-An Lu, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin (2009) Influence of H2O2 dosage in the decomposition of aqueous carbofurn by photo-fenton process, The 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference and exhibition, 18-22 Oct, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan.
09. Ying-Shih Ma, Jih-Gaw Lin, Mathava Kumar, Chih-Fang Sung, Chinh-Siang Yeh, Shih-Han Chang, and Chuan-Pin Hu, Study of the decomposition of carbofuran by Fenton and ultrasonic processes, International Symposium on Environmental Science and Technology (ISEST), 2009, Beijing, China.
08. Chih-Cheng Wang, Mathava Kumar, Yu-Tzu Huang, Jih-Gaw Lin, Enrichment of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacteria from an anaerobic sequencing batch reactor treating swine wastewater, 10th Latin-American workshop and symposium on anaerobic digestion, 19-23 Oct 2008, Eastern Island, Chile.
07. Mathava Kumar,Chi Ting Liu, Pei Lin Chang, Hsu Chuan Liu, Kon Tsu Kin and Jih-Gaw Lin, “A new flow reactor with UV, RO and continuous electrodeionization for the treatment of DMSO contaminated water”, 8th IWA specialized conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems (SWWS) and 2nd IWA conference on Decentralized Water and Wastewater International Network (DEWSIN), 2-6 Feb, 2008, Coimbatore, India.
06. Jen-Chieh Tsai, Mathava Kumar, Jih-Gaw Lin, “Biodegradation of fluorene and phenanthrene by sulfate reducing bacteria”, 2nd IWA-ASPIRE Conference, 28th Oct- 1st Nov, 2007, Perth, Australia.
05. Mathava Kumar S, “Bioremediation of pesticide contaminated soils”, International Conference on Biotechnology – Promises and Reality”, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, 14-15, Jul 2006, Coimbatore, India.
04. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip, “Biodegradation of endosulfan in bench scale soil reactors by a mixed bacterial culture”, ICEM 2005, 28-30 Oct 2005, Hyderabad, India.
03. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip, “Effect of pH and supplementary carbon source on biodegradation of aqueous endosulfan”, 1st IWA-ASPIRE conference, 10-15, July 2005, The Pan Pacific, Singapore.
02. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip, “Role of supplementary carbon source, pH and inocculum size on Biodegradation of Endosulfan in aqueous environment”, 2nd international conference on development of Southeast Asian water environment, 1-3, Dec. 2004, Hanoi, Vietnam.
01. Mathava Kumar S, Arun Kumar S, and Jayanthi R, “Environmental Reporting for Sustainable development”, International symposium on restoration of lakes and wet lands (Lake 2000), 27-29 Nov 2000, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
National Conferences
7. Asha. C. Raju, Madem Sadhana, Pentakota Saran Kumar, R Sribhanupratap Rathod, Revanth Reddy Katta, Mathava Kumar (2013), “Real-Time Poultry Wastewater Treatment in a Photocatalytic System: Effect of UV Power and Catalyst Dosage”, National Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Society: The Growing Paradigm Shift (ESS – 2013), 30 & 31 March, 2013, Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, Madhya Pradesh, India.
6. Asha C Raju, Amit Pandey, Prashant Chedwal, Ravi Ranjan, Rohit Kumar, Rohit Tamta, Mathava Kumar (2013), “Application of Photo-Fenton Process for Poultry Wastewater Treatment”, National Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Society: The Growing Paradigm Shift (ESS – 2013), 30 & 31 March, 2013, Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, Madhya Pradesh, India.
5. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip. Biodegradation of endosulfan in both aqueous and soil systems. Symposium on Biological methods of waste treatment and management in south India, The New College, 15th Feb 2007, Chennai, India.
4. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip, “Endosulfan degradation by a mixed bacterial culture”, First CUSAT national conference on Recent Advances in Civil Engg. (RACE-2004), 25-27, Mar 2004, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India.
3. Mathava Kumar S and Ligy Philip, “Leaching characteristics of endosulfan contaminated Indian soils and possible immobilization techniques”, 11th National symposium on Hydrology with focal theme on water quality, 22-23, Nov 2004, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India.
2. Mathava Kumar S and Kalaiarasan P, “Wastewater Management in Textile Industry – A Case study”, National Conference on control of Industrial pollution and Environmental degradation, P.S.G College of Technology, 14-15 Sep 2001, Coimbatore, India.
1. Mathava Kumar S and Meenambal T, “Ambient Air quality study in selected places of Tirupur”, National Conference on Pollution control and industrial ecology, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, 27-28 Feb 2002, Madurai, India.
Research and Consultancy
1. Combination of zero-valent iron and photo-Fenton processes for poultry wastewater treatment, Faculty Research Grant (FRG) of  NIT Calicut – Rs. 5,00,000, 3 years (2011-14, Completed) (Co-PI – Nil).
2. Antibiotics Removal from Wastewater using Membrane-Photocatalytic Slurry Reactor System (SERC/ET-310/2011), SERC Division, DST, Indi – Rs. 21,80,000, 3 years (2013-16, Ongoing) (Co-PI – Nil).
3. Bio-toxic Emerging Contaminants Removal, NFIG Scheme, ICSR, IIT Madras – Rs. 5,00,000, 2 years (2014-16, Ongoing) (Co-PI – Nil).
4. Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCP) Removal in Supported-Photocatalytic Membrane Reactor and Development of Bio-toxicity Assessment Protocol, NFGS, ICSR, IIT Madras – Rs. 26,00,000, 3 years (2015-2018) (Co-PI – Nil).
Student Guidance

PhD Guidance

1. Ms. Asha C Raju – Sulfamethoxazole removal in a Membrane-Photocatalytic Slurry Reactor (Joined in Dec, 2011; Co-Supervisor – Nil), Completed (Jul, 2015).
2. Mr. Vishnuganth M.A – Agricultural Wastewater treatment in a Hybrid reactor system combining Photocatalytic and biosorption processes (Joined in July, 2012 ; Co-Supervisor – Dr. N. Selvaraju, NITC), Ongoing.
3. Ms. Mandala Siva Priyanka Yadav – Pharmaceutical Wastewater Treatment in a Photocatalytic Membrane Reactor (Joined in Dec, 2013; Co-Supervisor – Dr. George K Varghese, NITC), Ongoing.
4. Ms. Neghi – PPCP removal in Photocatalytic Membrane reactor and Biotoxicity Evaluation (Joined in Jan, 2015, Co-Supervisor – Nil), Ongoing.
MTech Guidance
1. Ms. Shabana M.P – Prediction of MSW Generation in Calicut City and its Associated Contaminant Transport Analysis (Jul 2013 to May, 2014; Co-Supervisor – Nil), Graduated.
Courses

Courses Taught

In IITM

CE5200 – Environmental Microbiology & Engg. Lab (Jan, 2015)

At NIT Calicut

  • CE6429 – Bioremediation technologies (PG & elective)
  • CE6411 – Waste disposal methods & management (PG & core).
  • CEU311 – Environmental Engineering-I (UG & core)
  • CEU401 – Environmental Engineering-II (UG & Core)
  • CEU491 & CE3094 – Environmental Engineering Lab (UG & core)
  • CEU454 – EIA of Civil Engineering Projects (UG & Elective)
  • CE4030 – Environmental Pollution Control Engg. (UG & Elective)
  • CE1001 – Introduction to Civil Engineering (UG & core)
  • ZZ1002  – Engineering graphics (UG & core)
Continuing Education

Courses/Workshops Organized

1.      Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Emerging Contaminants: Analysis, Fate, Treatment and Modelling”, 09th to 13th July, 2012 at NIT Calicut, Kerala, India.

2.      Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Modelling Technics for Environmental and Hydrological Systems (MTEHS-2013)”, 08th to 14th Dec, 2013 at NIT Calicut, Kerala, India.

3.      National Workshop on “Water, Air and Soil: Sampling and Analysis (WASSA-2014)”, 11th and 12th March, 2014 at NIT Calicut, Kerala, India.

4.      National Seminar on “Thermal and other Techniques for Waste Management”, 06th to 08th March, 2014 at NIT Calicut, Kerala, India.