Photocatalysis, Waste Management
Dr. Ashutosh Kumar has been associated with the School of Energy & Environment, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala Campus as an Assistant Professor (Term) since January 2021. He is a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering discipline from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong and an M.Tech in Environmental Management of Rivers and Lakes (EMRL) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India. In addition, he is the recipient of globally competitive and prestigious Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) Award in 2015.
At HKUST, he developed various low cost visible-light-driven nanophotocatalysts for degradation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) present in sewage. However, during his M.Tech. study at IIT Roorkee, he worked on municipal solid waste to energy conversion assessments for three prominent landfill sites of Delhi. Moreover, he has two years of professional experience in sewage and industrial wastewater treatment in both public and private sectors across India. During his professional experience at Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), he was involved in ambitious Hussain Sagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project (HCIP) which was funded by Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC).
Till date, he published his research findings in diverse internationally-reputed Energy and Environmental journals, viz., Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Chemical Engineering Journal, Water Research, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Science of the Total Environment, Urban Climate, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, etc. Furthermore, as per the Google Scholar Citation report, his publications are cited over 380 times with H index of 10.
Journal Papers (SCI/SCIE): 12
Book Chapters: 01
Conference Papers: 01
Conference Presentations: 04
Invited Talk: 01
His research interests are not limited to Photocatalysis and Waste Management only. He is also open to work in the interdisciplinary areas of nanotechnology, energy, and environmental engineering, viz., nanotechnology for energy and sensing applications, treatment of emerging chemicals in water and wastewater, bioremediation, adsorption, etc.