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M.TECH: Anna University


POSITION: Assistant Professor & HOD

PhD: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

PHONE: +91 99536 24049

AREAS OF INTEREST: Water & Wastewater Treatment Process Fate and Transport of Emerging Contaminants & Monitoring Emerging Contaminants & Toxicity Studies Risk and Life Cycle Assessment Bio-char for Contaminant Removal


Courses Taught

  1. Environmental Science and Engineering
  2. Environmental Engineering I & II
  3. Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  4. Industrial Waste Treatment

Research Experience

  1. National Post Doc Fellow, IIT Kharagpur, Nov 2017- July 2018, Mentor: Prof. Brajesh Kumar Dubey, IIT Kharagpur “Fate and Transport of Binary Nanoparticles in a Sand Column”
  2. Project Scientist, IIT Delhi, April - Oct 2017, PI: Prof. T.R. Sreekrishnan, IIT Delhi “LOcal Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS)”
  3. Project Scientist, IIT Delhi, May 2016 - April 2017, PI: Prof. Arvind Kumar Nema, IIT Delhi “Life Cycle Assessment of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Bottles”
  4. Project Fellow, INST Mohali, Oct 2015 - April 2016, PI: Dr. Sonalika Vaidya, INST “Biological Treatment of ENMs contaminated Wastewater Feasibility, Implications”
  5. Project Officer, IIT Madras, July-Dec 2010, PI: Prof. Ligy Philip, IIT Madras “Monitoring the Performance of Pallikaranai Wetland (Chennai).



  1. Vikas S, Sudipta B, Baranidharan S., Dubey B.K..& Chandra A  (2020) “Superior Magnetic Supercapacitors using Porous Nanostructures of NiCo2O4”  ChemSusChem (Submitted)
  2. Vikas S, Sudipta B, Baranidharan S., Prasenjit H., Dubey B.K..& Chandra A  (2019) “Electrode materials with highest surface area and specific capacitance cannot be the only deciding factor for applicability in energy storage devices – Inference of combined life cycle assessment and electrochemical studies”  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Volume 7, Issue 5, 5385-5392 (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) (  
  3. Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A (2018). “Preliminary Evidence of Metal-based Nanoparticle Occurrence in Delhi Water (India)” Environment Monitoring and Assessment (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) (ISSN: 0167-6369) (
  4. Jyoti C, Singh, D, Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A.(2018) “Identifying Challenges in Assessing Risks of Exposures of Silver Nanoparticles” Exposure and Health, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 61–75 (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) (ISSN: 2451-9685) (DOI:
  5. Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A. (2017) “Long-Term Exposure of Mixture of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles to Activated Sludge” Water Science and Technology, 75 (02), 462-473. (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) (ISSN: 0273-1223) (DOI: 10.2166/wst.2016.541)
  6. Kumar, A., Baranidharan S., Mittal A. K., and Ganguli, A.K. (2016) “Towards Managing Nanotechnology-related Water Pollution for India” Current Science, 110 (08), 1401 (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) ISSN 0011-3891.
  7. Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A. (2012). “Engineered Nanomaterials-based pollution in India.” Current Science, 103(10), 1138 (Scopus and Web of Science Indexed) ISSN 0011-3891.

Book Chapters

  1. Arundhathi V., Nagalakshmi Manasa S., Kalyani Lakshmi S., Varsha V., Sundaram B. (2020) "Life-Cycle Assessment of Various Synthesis Routes of Silver Nanoparticles" In: Saride S., Umashankar B., Avirneni D. (eds) Advances in Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering, Vol 71. Springer, Singapore.
  2. Baranidharan S., and Arun Kumar. (2015). “Toxicity of a Mixture of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on Activated Sludge.” Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution, ACS Symposium Series, S. Kurwadkar, X. (Jackie) Zhang, D. Ramirez, and F. L. Mitchell, eds., American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 149–165 (ISBN13: 9780841230781, eISBN  : 9780841230798) (DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1198.ch008) (Scopus Indexed).
  3. Kumar, A., Baranidharan S., Das, P., Singh, A. P., and Anandan, A. (2014). “Environmental Impacts of Nanoparticles: Issues for Future Research.” Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications, T. Varghese, ed., Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd, New Delhi, 284–303 (ISBN: 9788126918751)


  1. Madhumitha P., Ramsundram & Baranidharan S (2020) “Comparative Study on the Life Cycle assessment of building Industry: A Review” International Conference on Green Energy for Environmental Sustainability (ICGEES 2020), 05 - 06th August 2020, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala.
  2. Madhumitha P., Ramsundram & Baranidharan S (2020) “A Review on Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings with a comparative study” Triple Helix Ecosystem for Earth, Environment and Energy (THE3E 2020, 18 - 19th March 2020, PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  3. Manasa S, Arundhathi V, Lakshmi K, Varsha V, Baranidharan S (2019) “Life Cycle Assessment of Various Synthesis Routes of Silver Nanoparticles” Futuristic Approaches in Civil Engineering, 30-31st August 2019, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad.
  4. Manasa S, Arundhathi V, Lakshmi K, Varsha V, Dubey B.K. & Baranidharan S (2018) “Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Various Synthesis Routes of Silver Nanoparticles” National Environmental Conference IIT BOMBAY Diamond Jubilee Year Conference (NEC- 2019) 31st Jan – 2nd Feb 2019, IIT Bombay, India.
  5. Baranidharan S., Sudipta B, Vikas S, Chandra A & Dubey B.K.. (2018) “Life Cycle Assessment of Production of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles for Supercapacitors” Indian Conference on Life Cycle Management, 04th -05th October, Mumbai, India.
  6. Anantitha   Anandan, Arlene Chen, Emmanuel de-Graft Johnson, Anna Gitter, Patrick L. Gurian, Kerry Hamilton Arun Kumar, Sonya Kozak, Jade Mitchell, Celma Niquice, Divya Singh, Baranidharan, S., and Amy Zimmer-Faust (2016), “Identifying Data Gaps in Understanding Feasibility of Reuse of Nanoparticles-containing Wastewater and Un-Disinfected Biologically Stabilized Wastewater in Aquaculture,” American Chemical Society, 252nd National Meeting, 21st - 25th August 2016, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  7. Baranidharan S., & Kumar, A. (2014) “Mixture Toxicity of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on Biological Activity of Activated Sludge.” International Conference on Environment and Energy, 15th -17th December, Hyderabad, India.
  8. Baranidharan S., Singh, D. and Kumar, A. (2014) “Conceptualizing Framework for Understanding Effect of Engineered Nanomaterials-Bacteria Interaction on Reuse of Wastewater Residuals in Agriculture.” Second International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites, 19th – 21st December, Kottayam, India. 
  9. Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A. (2013). “A Critical Review on the Effect of Water Quality Parameters on Nanoparticle Toxicity towards Microbial Community in WWTPs” 2nd Water Research Conference, Elsevier, 20th - 23rd January, Singapore.
  10. Baranidharan S., and Kumar, A. (2012). “Significant Factors behind the Toxicity of Nanoparticles to Bacteria.” 5th International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, 20th -23rd January, Hyderabad, India.

Research Projects

  • As Principal Investigator Secured funding of 19,20,000/- INR (3025 USD) from Government of India, Science and Engineering Research Board (2018-2020) for the project titled “Fate and Transport of Binary Nanoparticles in a Sand Column”
  • Received 53,0000 INR from IIT Delhi under Technology Development Project Initiation Award Scheme (TDP-IAS) for the project titled “Nanoparticle leaching from sludge after Rain Event” PI: Dr. Arun Kumar, IIT Delhi


  • “Impact of Micron Thickness on Integrated Industrial Plastic Packaging Film (Monolayer)” – Aspirelabs Accelerator Pvt Ltd, Noida (01 Lakh) 


  • Research Scholar Day 2015- Received Participation Award on behalf of Civil Engineering Department IIT Delhi for the work titled "Behaviour of TiO2 NPs in wastewater: Known and Unknowns"

Past Group Members

  • Anmol Bhalla, Mukesh Kumar Ranwa, Nikhil Kumar Singh, Shiva Kumar (2020 B.Tech. Pass out)
  • Manasa S, Arundhathi V, Lakshmi K, Varsha V (2019 B.Tech. Pass out)
  • Madhumanohar T, Israel Samuel M, Sandeep Ch, Bhasker N, Amitanshu Kumar (2019 B.Tech. Pass out)