Radhakrishna G Pillai Main


Room No. 511
Engineering Design Building
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai – 600036, India
indunambi@iitm.ac.in  91-9444687042
Dr. INDUMATHI M. NAMBI holds a Ph. D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, NY. She has been a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining IIT Madras. She has guided 13 Ph.D., 30 M.Tech/ Dual Degree, and 10 B.Tech students and at present supervising 12 Ph.D. and 2 M.Tech students. She has been a member of 40 Doctoral Committees and has been the Ph.D. external examiner for 20 scholars outside the institute. She has developed the coursework for NPTEL Phase II: Web-based course on Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, M.Tech/Ph.D. elective: "Remediation technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater", and development of an M.Tech/Minor stream program on "sustainable engineering and management". Her major research focus has been divided into fundamental and applied research. Fundamental research areas include Understanding Groundwater Contaminant Transport and Transformations - Miscible pollutants and Non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs), Exsitu and Insitu treatment of heavy metal contaminated wastewater and groundwater, Developing novel Electrochemical based technologies for removal of micropollutants, Environmental Microbial Resistance propagation and mitigation strategies. Applied research areas include: Developing industry-specific end to end low cost, low energy wastewater management solutions, Circular economy in Sanitation which focuses on resource recovery along with treatment. Solid Waste management Codigestion, Dry digestion, Plastic Waste Pyrolysis, Energy and resource recovery from human waste. 

Earned Degrees

Ph.D Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1999
Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA , 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, New York 13699

M.E Environmental Engineering, 1993
Center for Environmental Studies, Anna University, Chennai, Anna University, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

B.E Civil Engineering, 1991
College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai , Anna University, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

Awards and Honours

Expert Committee Member, Solid Waste Management (2015 to 2018) , Chennai Corporation, Government of Tamil Nadu, India 2015- 2018 , 2018

Expert Committee Member, Reverse Osmosis Plants , Chennai Metro Water and Sewerage Supply Board, Tamil Nadu, India 2016, 2016

Research Areas

 Ground water – Contaminant fate and transport.
 Remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater – Chromium,Petroleum compound pesticide & micro pollutants
 Hazardous chemicals – Risk assessment and management
 Water Treatment, Wastewater reuse, Solid waste managment
 Industrial Waste Water Treatment – Electro plating, tannery and textile.
 Environment Impact Assessment
 Electro Chemical methods for contaminated water & Soil
 Biogas from food waste .
 Microfuel cells coupled waste water treatment & Chromium recovery.
 Petro Chemical waste & waste water treatment
 Removal of antibiotics & antimicrobial resistance in water system

Professional Experiences

 2015 – present : Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras,
 july 2012 – 2015 : Associate Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras,
 june 2005 – june2012 : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras,
 june 2003 – May 2005 : Senior Research Associate and Consultant, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India.,
 January 2000 – November 2002 : Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A,
 october 1993 – July 1994 : Design Engineer, Larsen & Toubro Inc., ECC, Manapakkam, Chennai,India,

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