Pritha Chatterjee

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering
Email: pritha[at]ce.iith.ac.in
Phone: +918420199639


Areas of Interest:

Waste treatment with special emphasis on developing low-cost technologies having the advantage of recovery of energy, nutrients and value-added products

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2017.

M.Tech., Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2013.

B.E., Civil Engineering, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India, 2010.


Employment History:

Assistant Professor (Dec 2018 – Present)
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India

Post Doctoral Researcher (July 2017 – Dec 2018), Tampere University of Technology, Finland





Filed Indian patent on

  1. Earthen material-based cathode separator assembly for bioelectrochemical system. Provisional Patent application No. 805/KOL/2013. Date 05/07/2013.

Book Chapters

  1. Noori, T., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Mukherjee, C.K., Low cost Solutions for fabrication of Microbial Fuel Cells: Ceramic Separators and electrode modifications, Microbial Fuel Cell: a bioelectrochemical system that converts wastes to watts, Springer, Accepted.
  2. Ghangrekar, M.M. and Chatterjee, P., New Age of Wastewater Treatment Employing Bioelectrochemical Systems, Water Remediation, Springer, Accepted.
  3. Chatterjee, P., Pandit, S., Ghadge, A., Ghangrekar, M.M. (2013). Performance comparison of air-breathing cathode and aqueous cathode earthen pot microbial fuel cell, Book chapter, Recent Advances in Bioenergy Research, Volume II. SSS-NIRE. Ed. S. Kumar, A. K. Sarma.
  4. Duteanu, N., Balasoiu, A., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. (2016). A basic overview of Fuel Cells, Book chapter, Organic-Inorganic Composite Polymer Electrolyte Membranes, Springer.

Journal Articles:

  1. Haavisto J, Dessì P, Chatterjee P, Honkanen M, Noori MT, Kokko M, Lakaniemi AM, Lens PNL, Puhakka, J. 2019. Effects of anode materials on electricity production from xylose and treatability of TMP wastewater in an up-flow microbial fuel cell. Chemical Engineering Journal, 372,141-50.
  2. Chatterjee P, Dessì P, Kokko M, Lakaniemi A-M, Lens P. 2019. Selective enrichment of biocatalysts for bioelectrochemical systems: A critical review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 109,10-23.
  3. Chatterjee, P, Granatier M, Ramasamy P, Kokko M, Lakaniemi A-M, Rintala J. 2019. Microalgae grow on source separated human urine in Nordic climate: Outdoor pilot-scale cultivation. J Environ Manage, 237:119–27.
  4. Chatterjee, P., Lahtinen, L., Kokko, M., Rintala, J. 2018. Remediation of sedimented fiber originating from pulp and paper industry: Laboratory scale anaerobic reactor studies and ideas of scaling up, Water Research, 143, 209–217.
  5. Das, S., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. 2018. Increasing methane content in biogas and simultaneous value added product recovery using microbial electrosynthesis. Water Science and Technology, 77 (5), 1293-1302.
  6. Ghangrekar, M.M., Chatterjee, P. 2018. A systematic review on bio-electrochemical systems research, Current pollution Reports, 3, 281–288.
  7. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M, Surampalli, R.Y. 2017. Biogas production from partially digested Septic Tank Sludge, Waste and Biomass valorization, 10(2),387-98.
  8. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. 2017. Biomass granulation in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor treating 500 m3/day sewage, Water Science and Technology, 76(5), 1234-1242.
  9. Kumar, P., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. 2017. Fouling Resistant Nitrogen Doped Carbon Powder with Amino-Tri-Methylene-Phosphate Cathode for Microbial Fuel Cell, Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6,9.
  10. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M, Surampalli, Y. Rao. 2018. Sludge granulation in a UASB-moving bed biofilm hybrid reactor for efficient organic matter removal and nitrogen removal in biofilm reactor, Environmental Technology (UK), 39(3), 298-307.
  11. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M, Surampalli, Y. Rao. 2017. Disinfection of secondary treated sewage using chitosan beads coated with ZnO-Ag nanoparticles to facilitate reuse of treated water, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 92(9), 2234-2341.
  12. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M, Surampalli, Y. Rao, Kumar, S. 2017. Biotic conversion of sulphate to sulphide and abiotic conversion of sulphide to sulphur in a microbial fuel cell using cobalt oxide octahedrons as cathode catalyst, Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, 40(5), 759-68.
  13. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Surampalli, Y. Rao. 2016. Development of anammox process for removal of nitrogen from wastewater in a novel self-sustainable biofilm reactor. Bioresource Technology, 218, 723-730.
  14. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Surampalli, Y. Rao. 2016. Low efficiency of sewage treatment plants due to unskilled operations in India. Environmental Chemistry Letters, 14 (3), 407-416.
  15. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Surampalli, Y. Rao. 2016. Organic matter and nitrogen removal in a hybrid upflow anaerobic sludge blanket—Moving bed biofilm and rope bed biofilm reactor. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4(3), 3240-3245.
  16. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Leech, D. 2018. A brief review on recent advances in air-cathode microbial fuel cells. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. 17(7), 1531-44.
  17. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M, 2014. Design of Clayware Separator-Electrode Assembly for Treatment of Wastewater in Microbial Fuel Cells. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 173(2), 378-390.
  18. Chatterjee P., Ghangrekar M.M., 2014. Preparation of a fouling-resistant sustainable cathode for a single-chambered microbial fuel cell. Water Science and Technology, 69, 634-639.
  19. Chatterjee, P., Tiwari, B., Mondal, S., Ghangrekar, M.M., 2013. Performance of microbial fuel cell under psycrophilic and mesophilic temperature, International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering, 3, 244 – 249.


  1. Chatterjee, P., Grantinier, M., Ramaswamy, P., Kokko, M., Rintala, J., Pilot Demonstration Of Microalgae Cultivation Treating Source Separated Human Urine In Outdoor Raceway Ponds, Accepted for presentation in 15th Leading Edge Technology Conference 2018, Nanjing, China, 27 -31 May 2018.
  2. Das, S., Chatterjee, P, Bhowmick, D, ghangrekar, M.M. Tungsten oxide as anode and cathode catalyst for improved power generation and wastewater treatment in a microbial fuel cell, General Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, Lisbon, 3rd to 6th October 2017.
  3. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Real, A., Aragon, C.A., Martin, I., Salas, J. Novel combination of UASB-HRAP for sustainable decentralised sewage treatment to facilitate onsite reuse, 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems & 5th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources Oriented Sanitation from 14-16 September, 2016 in Greece.
  4. Kumar, P., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. Fouling Resistant Novel Cathode for Microbial Fuel Cell using Amino-Tri-Methylene-Phosphate as Anti Scaling agent, 13th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies, Spain, June 13 – 16, 2016.
  5. Anamika, N., Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M. Constructed Wetland Microbial Fuel Cell for Electricity Production and Wastewater Treatment, Terra preta sanitation and Decentralized wastewater systems, November 19 – 20, 2015, BITS, Goa.
  6. Chatterjee, P., Ghangrekar, M.M., Performance assessment of decentralized wastewater treatment systems, 12th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems & 4th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources Oriented Sanitation from 2-4 November 2014, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
  7. Chatterjee, P., Pandit, S., Ghadge, A., Ghangrekar, M.M., Effect of binder loading on performance of air-cathode earthen pot microbial fuel cell, International Symposium for Bioenergy Recovery, 14 – 15 January, 2013, IIT Kharagpur, India.
  8. Ghadge, A.N., Rajesh, P.P., Chatterjee, P. Ghangrekar, M.M., Scaling up of a microbial fuel cell having air-breathing cathode and multiple electrodes, International Congress on Materials and Renewable Energy, 1 – 3 July, 2013, Athens, Greece.



Air Pollution

  1. Development and optimization of anaerobic bioprocesses for the recovery of energy and nutrients from various waste streams
  2. Cultivation of microalgae for the removal and recovery of nutrients
  3. Development of low-cost sustainable treatment method for sewage removing organic matter, nutrients, suspended solids and pathogens to facilitate reuse.
  4. Studies on granulation, start-up, and performance improvement of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor.
  5. Development of low-cost disinfection options for treated sewage to facilitate reuse.
  6. Development of knowledge base for design, operation, and maintenance of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor.
  7. Application of microbial fuel cell for wastewater treatment and electricity production.