Dr S Venkata Mohan

Principal Scientist, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT)

Areas of Interest:

Environmental Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Environmental Biotechnology; Biofuels; Sustainable development; Waste Biorefinery; Waste-Energy Nexus; Environment-Energy Nexus; Environmental Electro-microbiology; Waste Biorefinery.


Waste-Energy Nexus; Acidogenesis ; Biohydrogen; Microbial fuel cells; Resource Recovery; Carboxylate platform; Photosynthetic Machinery; Algal Fuel; Sustainable and Advanced Waste Remediation; Periodic Discontinuous Process; Bio-electrochemical treatment; Soil bioremediation; Integrated Waste Biorefinery;Environmental Electro-microbiology

Consultancy Areas:

Advanced Wastewater treatment; Carrying Capacity and Sustainability Evaluation Studies; Environmental Impact assessment and auditing studies; Soil Bioremediation; Environmental Electro-microbiology.


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Major Professional Contributions:

  • Dr.Venkata Mohan’s research focuses on the cross cutting domain of environmental engineering specifically in the interface of biotechnology and biofuel with multi-disciplinary approach. His interdisciplinary research approach principally focused on the development of new and sustainable waste remediation technologies by incorporating bio-fuels production or value addition as an integral component and established a comprehensive and systematic link between waste remediation and renewable energy generation. Utilization of negative valued wastewater/waste for value addition in a unified research approach has lead to a paradigm shift from ‘waste remediation’ towards ‘waste to wealth’. His research interest are in the areas of valorization of waste through biological routes, biohydrogen production from waste remediation, bioelectricity production through Microbial fuel cell (MFC), Bio-electrochemical treatment, microbial electrochemical technologies, Biopolymers/bioplas tics production from waste, Advanced biological treatment process, algal based fuels and Environmental Impact assessment studies.
  • His research contributions have resulted in more than 260 research articles, 30 chapters for books and 8 patents. His publications have so far received more than 7200 citations, and have an h-index of 48 (Google Scholar). He has supervised 18 PhDs, 2 M.Phils and more than 75 M.Tech./B.Tech./M.Sc. students. Five researchers spent time as Post-Doctoral colleagues in his research group.
  • His was involved in developing 10 processes which are demonstrated at full/pilot scales in environmental engineering domain. He also carried about 11 projects related to various aspects of environmental which includes EIA, carrying capacity studies, metal remediation, etc. He has successfully completed 9 research (Grant-In-Aid) projects and at present working with 4 project with various national and international funding agencies .

Professional Experience:

  • Principal Scientist, Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (Oct 2010 to till date)
  • Senior Scientist, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 2007 to Sept 2010)
  • Visiting Professor, Research Center for Environmental Quality Management (RCEQM), Kyoto University, Otsu, Japan (Sept 2005 to Dec 2005)
  • Scientist C, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 2003 to Sept 2007)
  • Alexander von (AvH) Humboldt Fellow, Technical University of Munich, Germany (May 2001 to April 2002)
  • Scientist B, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 1998 to Sept 2003).


Waste-Energy Nexus; Acidogenesis; Biohydrogen; Microbial fuel cell; Resource Recovery; Carboxylate platform; Photosynthetic Machinery; Algal based Fuel; Sustainable and Advanced Waste Remediation; Periodic Discontinuous batch Process; Bio-electrochemical treatment; Soil bioremediation.


Contact Information


Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences (BEES)
CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT)
Hyderabad-500 007, India; Phone: 0091-40-27191765; 9849306934

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  • B.Tech (Civil Engineering) in 1991 from Sri
  • Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
  • M.Tech (Environmental Engineering) in 1993 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
  • PhD (Environmental Engineering) in 1998 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
  • Post-doctoral research at Technical University of Munich, Germany as Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow (2001-02).


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology for the year 2014 in Engineering Sciences
  • National Bioscience Award-2012, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
  • ‘ProSPER.NET-Scopus Young Researcher Award in Sustainable Development for year 2010’ in Energy Category by United Nations University, M/S Elsevier and International Bureau of the BMBF, Germany.
  • 'NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences’ for year 2010 by The Natio
  • The Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Prize for the year 1994-95 by The Institution of Engineers (India).
  • Membership in Professional and Scientific Organizations- Fellow- Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Germany; Fellow- Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) (Elected, Jan 2015); Fellow- Telengana/Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (TAPAS/APAS) (elected on 24th December 2011); Fellow- The Institution of Engineers (India) (FIEI) (elected on 03-04-2014); Fellow- The Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) (elected on 12-11-2010); Full Member - The Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability, Institute of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany (2009)
  • Editor (Subject), Journal of Energy, Hindawi (2012-); Associate Editor- Frontiers in Environmental Science (Wastewater Management specialty section) (2015- ); Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Bioenergy and Biofuels specialty section) (2015- ); Frontiers in Energy Research (Bioenergy and Biofuels specialty section (2015- ); Editorial Board Member- Bioresource Technology (2015- ); Journal of Telengana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS)- Engineering Sciences (2015- ); International Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (2015- ); The Advances in Energy Research, An International Journal (ERi), KIST (2013- );The Open Waste Management Journal published by Bentham Science Publishers (2008- ); Dataset Papers in Atmospheric Sciences, Hindawi Publishing Corporation (2012-); JUET Research Journal, India (2013- ); Editorial Board, ISMET News International Society of Microbiology and Technology (ISMET) (2015-)
  • Member, Board of Studies- Environmental Science and Technology (EST), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTUH), Hyderabad (2012- ); Environmental Sciences, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (2006-2012); Biotechnology, KL University, Guntur (2009- 2011); Integrated Five years Science Program, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (2006-2009)
  • Member - Earth and environmental Sciences Research Committee on Disaster Preparedness, HRD-CSIR, Government of India (2015-18; Committee to explore and assess the techno-economic feasibility of implementation of ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ in Pulp & Paper Mills operating in Ganga River Basin, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)(2015); Member-Indian Government delegation to Sweden to formulate a joint call between India and Sweden on biofuels (2014)
  • Vice-President (Elected), Board of Governors and Management Council, The Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) (2015- )

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INAE Section Affiliated To : Section X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2015

Year of Birth: 1970