Dr.C.T Aravindakumar

Dr. C. T. Aravindakumar                                         Personal Website

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)

(Vice-Chancellor(interim), 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, Germany   

ii) Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

iii) Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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

Job details:

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

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


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


Melbourne University, Australia

Collaborative Researcher


University of Malaya, Kaula Lumbur, Malaysia


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
  5. Buxandale-Bursary Young scientist award for Miller Conference, Italy, 1995
  6. Research council post-doctoral fellowship, Katholieke universiteit Leuven, Belgium,   1996
  7. Max-Planck-Society post-doctoral fellow, 2000
  8. NWO (The Netherlands) Visitor Fellowship, 2001
  9. GSF-National Research Centre, Visiting Scientist 2005
  10. University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-vallee) Visiting Professorship, 2013, 2015
  11. Team Leader, Indian Arctic Expedition July/Agu.2017 Himadri (Indian Station at Arctic)
  12. Selected for LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Programme) by MHRD, 2019
  13. 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)

A: International

Name of the Project                                    

Funding Agency        



Investigation of the base release from     some pyrimidine nucleosides and nucleotides in aqueous medium: A radiation and photochemical study

Third World Academy   of Science (ICTP),    Italy 

1-Yr (1995-’96)  


Oxidative DNA damage induced by      reactive oxygen substances     

Indo-German DST-DAAD Project

2 Yrs


Pulse radiolysis of biomolecules

Indo-French ARCUS     Project        

2 Yrs      


An Interdisciplinary and Community  Oriented   Innovative Approach Towards SustainableDevelopment    (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 yr           


Layer-by-Layer assisted antimicrobial Membranes for water purification (as Co-PI)

Indo-Israel SPARC project    

2 yr


Towards sustainable surface water ecosystems  in India: Predicting the fate, transport and effects of urban wastewater pollutants in rivers

Indo-UK SPARC project  

2 yr            



B. National

Name of the Project                   

Funding Agency         



Heavy ion radiolysis studies of some        Completed substituted benzenes and heterocyclic systems in aqueous medium

Nuclear Science Centre,New Delhi

3 Yrs (1996-1999)


Radiation chemical studies of some  substituted thymines and cytosines           

Board of Research in  Nuclear Science (BRNS),Bombay

4 Yrs     


Charge transport in DNA                   

Board of Research in Nuclear  Sciences (BRNS), Bombay 

3 Yrs              


Radiation and photochemical studies  of chitosan modified polycyclicaromati hydrocarbon


3 Yrs           


Radiation Induced Modification of Some Pyrimidine  Nucleosides and Nucleotides


3 Yrs                    


Sonochemical  degradation of organic  water pollutants                            


3 Yrs                   


Setting up of the National Centre (Sophicated Analytical Instrument Facility)  (Rs. 6.5 Crores)


5 yrs                 


Nationwide Environmental Gamma  Radiation Monitoring Using TLDs


2 yrs                 


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


2 Yrs                 


Investigation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal   Ongoing Care products in Vembanadu Lake


3 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
  • 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

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

Research Publications

Total: 344;  In International Peer Reviewed Journals: 90, Editorial Publication: 2

In Conference  Proceedings.: 252   Book chapters: 2

 Book chapters:  

  • 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)





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)



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)



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



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



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



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



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



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



Jisha Chandran, U.K. Aravind, C.T. Aravindakumar, Sonochemical transformation of thymidine: A mass spectrometric study, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2015, 27,  178-186



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



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



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, 473–482



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), 3832–3843



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, 295–301



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,  11261–11270



V.J. Disha, C.T. Aravindakumar, Usha K.Aravind, Phosphate recovery by high flux low pressure multilayer membranes, Langmuir, 2012,  28, 12744–12752      



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, 72–79



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 27-32



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, 625-632



Rani Varghese, Usha K. Aravind and Charuvila T. Aravindakumar, Fenton-Enhanced g- Radiolysis of Cyanuric acid, J. Hazardous Materials 2007, 142, 555-558



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, 146-155



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, 1240-1246



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, 154-160



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, 9007-9014



V.M.Manoj and C.T.Aravindakumar,  “Hydroxyl radical induced decomposition of S-nitrosoglutathione” Chem. Commun. 2000, 2361-2362



C.T.Aravindakumar, J. Ceulemans and M. De Ley, “Nitric oxide induces Zn2+  rlease from metallothionein by destroying zinc-sulfur clusturs without concomitant formation of S-nitrosothiol”,  Biochem. J. 1999, 344, 253-258


*IF: Impact Factor as in 2019