Dr. Ambika S


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Dr. Ambika S

Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering Division
Department of Civil Engineering
Email: ambika@ce.iith.ac.in
 

 

CORE RESEARCH AREA

“Environmental Sustainability and Cleaner Technologies in Waste Management System”

 

FOCUS RESEARCH AREAS       

  • Beneficial Resource Recovery from Industrial Waste, 3R Concept in Waste Management
  • Sustainable and Clean Technologies in Environment Management
  • Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology in Civil and Environmental Engg
  • Porous Media Interactions and Reactions, Fate and Transport of Colloids and Pollutants
  • Sustainable and Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Systems

 

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

  • 2019-till now Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India         
  • 2018-2019 Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology Warangal, India        
  • 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • 2016 WARI Researcher, University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA                           

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India                 
  • M.E. Environmental Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India         
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India            

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Technical Excellence Award in Carbon Zero Challenge Competition, IIT Madras
  • WARI Fellowship at Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA during 1st May to 30thOct, 2016
  • AOTULE-IITM conference travel grant to attend AOTULE 2015, Singapore
  • IITM-Chennai travel grant to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco
  • AGU Student grant to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco
  • The government of India fellowship for PhD, 2010 – 2014
  • Best-Outgoing Student during M.E Environmental Engineering, 2008

 

JOURNAL REVIEWER

  • Journal of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier
  • Environmental Technology, Taylor and Francis
  • Journal of Water Process Engineering, Elsevier
  • Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Elsevier
  • Chemosphere, Elsevier

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL PAPERS

  1. Ambika S, Devasena M, Nambi IM, Single-step removal of Hexavalent chromium and phenol using meso zerovalent iron, Single-step removal of Hexavalent chromium and phenol using meso zerovalent iron, Chemosphere, 248, 2020, 125912 IF-5.108
  2. Jaganathan S, Ambika S, Jechan Lee, Ki-Hyun Kim, Masahiro Yoshimura, Formation of highly porous electrochemically etched silicon carbide: A novel reusable adsort for air purification technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, 218, 2019, 521-528 IF-6.395
  3. Ambika S*, Indumathi MN, Devasena M, Assessment of meso scale zero valent iron catalyzed Fenton reaction in continuous-flow porous media for sustainable groundwater remediation, Chemical Engineering Journal, 334,  2018, 264-272. IF-8.355
  4. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Senthilnathan J, Low Temperature Synthesis of Highly Stable and Reusable CMC-Fe2+(-nZVI) Catalyst for the Elimination of Organic Pollutants, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2016, 289 (1) 544–55. IF-8.355
  5. Ansaf V Karim, Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Performance Enhancement of Zero Valent Iron Based Systems Using Depassivators: Optimization and Kinetic Mechanisms, Water Research, 2016, 102, 436-444. IF-7.913
  6. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Devasena Sridhar, Synthesis and performance of High energy ball milled meso zero valent iron, Journal of Environmental Management, 2016, 1-9. IF-4.865
  7. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Optimized synthesis of methanol-assisted nZVI for assessing reactivity by systematic chemical speciation approach at neutral and alkaline conditions, Journal of Water Process Engineering 13, 2016, 107–116. IF-3.173

*corresponding author

 

BOOK SERIES

  1. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Series removal of heavy metal and aromatic compound from contaminated groundwater using zero valent iron(ZVI), Springer book series title Water Science and Technology Library, Vol. 84, Arup K. Sarma et al. (Eds): Urban Ecology, Water Quality and Climate Change, 2018. 

 

PUBLISHED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PAPERS for last 3 years (attended more than 40)

  1. Ambika S, Senthilnathan J, A Novel Rgo-Cmc-Fe2+(-Nzvi) Hybrid For Highly Stable And Reusable Electrode For The Electrochemical Oxidation Of Organic Pollutants Synthesis, 2nd International Conference on BEEM 2018, S. Korea, June 10-13 2018. (online Proceedings)
  2. Senthilnathan J, Ambika S, One Step Synthesis of Nitrogen Functionalized Graphene by Submerged Liquid Plasma Process – A Low Temperature Synthesis, 2nd International Conference on BEEM 2018, South Korea on June 10-13 2018. (online Proceedings)
  3. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Senthilnathan J, 2017. Formation of rGO-CMC-Fe2+(-nZVI) hybrid for highly stable and reusable electrode for the electrochemical oxidation of organic pollutants, International Conference on TECHNOVA-2017 Nehru University, New Delhi, on 30th Dec 2017. (proceedings)
  4. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Senthilnathan J, 2017. Formation of nitrogen functionalized graphene by submerged liquid plasma process – A low temperature synthesis’ in International Conference on TECHNOVA-2017, Nehru University, New Delhi, 30th Dec 2017. (proceedings)
  5. Ambika S, Indumathi MN, Senthilnathan J, Formation of rGO-CMC-Fe2+(-nZVI) hybrid for highly stable and reusable electrode for the electrochemical oxidation of organic pollutants’in International Conference on TECHNOVA-2017, New Delhi, 30th Dec 2017. (proceedings)

Courses Taught Previously

COURSES HANDLED

Bachelor’s Level

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Science and Engineering 
  • Construction Techniques and Practices 
  • Solid Mechanics 
  • Basic Civil Engineering 
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Engineering

Master’s or Ph.D. level

  • Physicochemical Treatment Techniques for Water and Wastewater
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Clean Technology 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Management System

 

LABORATORIES HANDLED

Bachelor’s Level

  • Soil & Geotechnical Engg.
  • AUTOCAD Laboratory

Master’s or Ph.D. level

  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering (Part I and II)
  • Environmental Engineering 

 

ACADEMIC SPONSORED PROJECTS

 

S.No

Project Title

Fund

Sponsor

Role

Duration

1

Resource Recovery using Solar based Evaporation and Distillation Technique from Industrial Wastewater

 Rs 5,00,000

 Carbon Zero Challenge Contest conducted by IIT Madras, IWMA with US Consulate and Polaris Ltd.

Team Lead and Mentor

01.07.2018 to 27.2.2019

2

Development of UV-Visible and Solar Radiation Driven Photocatalytic degradation of Emerging Water Contaminants using Spent-Graphite-Based rGO-TiO2 MoS2 Hybrid

Rs 5,00,000

Research Seed Fund, NIT Warangal

PI

03.08.2018 to 02.08.2020

 

RESEARCH OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

My Role: Independent Project Management, Planning stage to final documentation

  • Project 1:       Potential Reuse of Spent Foundry Sand from Industries, Industrial Waste Management Association – IIT Madras collaboration, Jan 2017-2018,
  • Project 2:      Valuables Recovery from Electroplating Wastewater, Industrial Waste Management Association – IIT Madras collaboration, May 2017-2018
  • Project 3:      Environmental Applications of Graphite Waste from Industries, Industrial Waste Management Association – IIT Madras collaboration, Mar 2017-2018
  • Project 4:       Activated Graphite Carbon based adsorption treatment for Reactive dyes and textile effluents, Industrial Waste Management Association – IIT Madras collaboration, Sep 2017-2018

 

CONSULTANCY WORKS HANDLED

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Civil Engineering Projects
  • Environmental and Energy Audit of Industries
  • Design, Performance Evaluation, and Vetting of Water Treatment Plants and STPs
  • Beneficial Industrial Waste Management
  • Design and Verification pipeline and Sewer Networks

 

My research covers the

  • fundamental investigation needed for sustainable life such as clean water and air and effecrtive waste management
  • deeper insight into the applicability of different low cost waste management practices in solving real-time enironmental and social issues, which is much needed in sustainbility foused research
  • Develop new theories and equations covering the cost and life cycle analysis that aims to address both the quality and quantity

My recent research interest is on

“human behaviors vs environmental and climate system”

which includes the analysis of human behavior due to environmental/climate change and vice versa. I believe that this research will provide a valid positive input to achieve the above three mentioned bulletins.