Dr.P.Senthil Kumar


Associate Professor (G2)

Dr.P.Senthil Kumar B.Tech, PGDEAM, M.E., Ph.D

Email : senthilkumarp@ssn.edu.in / senthilchem8582@gmail.com

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B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering), University of Madras (16th rank), India, 1999-2003, (College Gold Medalist)

P.G. Diploma (Energy Auditing and Management), SISI, India, 2003

M.E. (Environmental Engineering), Anna University (1st rank), India, 2004-2006 (University Gold Medalist)

Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), Anna University, India, 2008-2011

Dr. P. Senthil Kumar, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was born on 08th May, 1982 in Madurai, Tamilnadu, India. He has 13 years of teaching experience, 12 year of research experience and 1 year of industrial experience. He is a recognized  Anna University Research Supervisor to guide Ph.D./M.S. candidates. Under his guidance, 08 Ph.D Scholars have completed and  09 Ph.D. scholars are currently doing their active research in the area of Waste Water Treatment and Alternative Fuels. He published more than 175 research papers in highly reputed International Journals and 80 research papers in National/International Conferences. He also published more than 80 book chapters, publishers: Elsevier, Springer, CRC Press, etc. He organized/attended more than 100 externally/internally funded conferences /workshops / seminars at national and international level and also he had given more than 40 invited research talks in various academic / research institutions in India.

Area of Specialization:

  • Adsorption Separation Technology
  • Activated Carbon
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Advanced Oxidation Process
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Nanobiotechnology
  • Wastewater Treatment

Patent Details:

Title:Shell Waste Into Biodegradable Grocery Bags

Owners/Inventors: Dr. P. Senthil Kumar and Dr. S. Suganya

Status:Published by The Patent Office Journal No. 46/2018 pp: 43307 on 16-11-2018

Consultancy Research Projects Details:

Title                           :Development of effective catalyst for converting mixed waste plastics into liquid fuels

Amount                     : Rs. 3.00 Lakhs          

Duration                   :2019–2022 (On going)

Funding Agency      :Paterson Energy (P) Ltd., Chennai

Investigators           : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar (PI)

Funded Research Projects Details:


Title                           : Rapid Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water / Wastewater Using Newly Prepared Low-Cost Adsorbent

Amount                     : Rs. 8.50 Lakhs          

Duration                   : 2012–2014 (Completed)

Funding Agency      : SSN Trust

Investigators           : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar (PI) and Dr. K. Sathish Kumar (Co-PI)


Title                           : Novel Photo-catalytic Reactor for the Treatment of Industrial Effluents

Amount                     : Rs. 2.50 Lakhs        

Duration                   : 2014–2017 (Completed)

Funding Agency      : SSN Trust

Investigators           : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar (PI)


Title                           : A newly designed plate frame type electrochemical ion exchange  system for the removal and recovery of toxic arsenic from aquatic environment

Amount                     : Rs. 4.50 Lakhs        

Duration                   : 2018–2021 (On going)

Funding Agency      : SSN Trust

Investigators            : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar (PI) and Dr. K. P. Gopinath (Co-PI)


Title                           : Diversity of biosurfactant producing bacterial strain for enhancing  aromatic amine degradation

Amount                     : Rs. 4.00 Lakhs        

Duration                   : 2019–2022 (On going)

Funding Agency      : SSN Trust

Investigators              : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar (Co-PI) and Dr. B. Chitra (PI)


Title                           : Development of sustainable magnetic carbon based nanocomposite  films from agro waste and evaluate its application in removal of antibiotics from water

Amount                     : Rs. 0.70 Lakhs        

Duration                   : 2019–2020 (On going)

Funding Agency      : Institution of Engineers (India) [IEI]

Funding Scheme     : IEI R&D Grant-in-aid Scheme

Investigators            : Dr. P. Senthil Kumar and Ms. G. Prasannamedha

List of Ph.D Candidates Guided/Guiding:

Degree awarded:

  1. Dr. U. Pearlin Kiruba, Thesis Title: ” Adsorption of toxic metal ions onto surface modified agricultural waste” (Viva date : 11-08-2016), completed.
  2. Dr. A. Saravanan, Thesis Title: “Surface modified agro waste biomass with enhanced adsorption properties for heavy metal removal: An ecofriendly approach” (Viva date : 05-05-2017), completed.
  3. Dr. R. Jothirani, Thesis Title: “Adsorption of basic dyes onto ultrasonic modified agricultural waste” (Viva date : 23-06-2017), completed.
  4. Dr. T. Arumugan, Thesis Title: “Isolation and characterization of actinobacteria effective against multidrug resistant pathogens and their bioactive metabolites” (Viva date : 10-07-2018), completed.
  5. Dr. S. Suganya, Thesis Title: “Carbon based hybrid nanocomposites in the redemption of wastewater pollutants” (Viva date : 12-12-2018), completed.
  6. Dr. T. Sivakumar, Thesis Title: “Wastewater treatment using algae and utilization of grown biomass for bioethanol production” (Viva date : 06-03-2019), completed.
  7. Dr. G. Manikandan, Thesis Title: “Modelling and analysis on the adsorptive removal of basic dyes from aqueous solution using surface modified agricultural waste” (Viva date : 05-08-2019), completed.
  8. Dr. G. Sivaranjani, Thesis Title: “\Application of Digital Image Processing in Water Monitoring: Analysis of Water Quality and Algae” (Viva date : 15-10-2019) , completed.
  9. Ms. P.R. Yaashikaa, Thesis Title: Molecular Characterization And Potential Application Of Selected Metal Resistant Bacteria With Agro Waste Material For Heavy Metal Removal (Status: Thesis Submitted).
  10. Ms. E. Gunasundari, Thesis Title: Bioremediation Of Toxic Pollutants By Algal Biomass (Status: Synopsis Submitted).


  1. Mrs. R. V. Hemavathy, Research Area: Biosorption of heavy metal ions from industrial effluents using novel adsorbent (Status: Provisional Registration Confirmed).
  2. Ms. C. Femina Carolin, Research Area: Application of Enzymatic treatment in industrial wastewater (Status: Provisional Registration Confirmed).
  3. Ms. Janet Joshiba, Research Area: Application of nanobiotechnology in wastewater treatment (Status: Provisional Registration Confirmed).
  4. Ms. G. Prasannamedha, Research Area: Pharmaceutical Wastewater Treatment (Status: Course Work Examination)
  5. Mrs. B. Senthil Rathi, Research Area: Wastewater Treatment using Membrane Technology (Status: Course Work Examination).
  6. Ms. R. Sivaranjanee, Research Area: Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Spheres for Wastewater Treatment (Status: Course Work Examination).

DBT-TWAS Sandwich Postgraduate Fellowship

  1. Mr. Patrick TSOPBOU NGUEAGNI, Research Area: Functionalization of a nano-hydroxyapatite derived from cattle horn : Application to the removal of Pb2+, Cd2+, Cu2+, Zn2+ ions from aqueous solution in batch and fixed-bed column
    Institute: University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

UG/PG Research Projects Guidance:

UG/PG Students
Funded Projects
20 Nos. with the worth of Rs. 4.2 Lakhs
50+ Papers Published in an International Journals
3 No. with the worth of Rs. 75000
15+ Papers Published in an International Journals

 Academic/Research Laboratories Developed:

  1. Chemical Reaction Engineering Lab
  2. Environmental Engineering Lab
  3. Sophisticated Instrumentation Lab

Honours and Awards Received: 

  • Received “IEI Young Engineers Award 2017-2018” in Environmental Engineering Discipline. The award consists of Plaque and Certificate which was presented at the Inaugural Session of the 33rd National Convention of Environmental Engineers held at Dhanbad during August 24-25, 2017.
  • Received “Hiyoshi Think of Ecology Award 2017” with a Cash award of Rs. 25000/-, Plaque and Certificate from Hiyoshi Corporation, Japan and Hiyoshi India Ecological Services Pvt. Ltd., India in recognition of the pioneering spirit, dedication and outstanding research in the field of environmental conservation and protection in India (16th September 2017).
  • Received “Young Scientist Award” with a cash award of 300 US$ from The Professor Venkatachalam Research Foundation, K.S.Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode during the International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology which was held between 07-12-2015 and 10-12-2015. This award was given to him by the Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 1988, Prof. Dr. Robert Huber.
  • Received “Outstanding Researcher & Scholar Icon 2017″ under the research area of “Chemical Engineeringin recognition for the meritorious achievements rendered through research. This award was from Jupiter Scholar Awards for Excellence in Research Powered by Jupiter Publications ConsortiumTM & Ingenious Cyberonics Private Ltd held at Liberty Park Hotel, Chennai (22nd July 2017).
  • Received “Young Scientist Award” with Gold Medal, Certificate and Shield from Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Venus International Foundation (VIFRA 2015) for outstanding research activities in Environmental Engineering for the year 2015 (19th December 2015).
  • Received “Young Scientist Award” with Certificate and Shield for outstanding research activities in Environmental Engineering for the year 2016 from Aufau International Awards 2016, organized by an International Journal titled “Chemical Science Review and Letters” held at Hotel Silver Palace, Salem (4th June 2016).
  • Received “Young Scientist Award” with Certificate and Shield for outstanding research activities in Chemical Engineering for the year 2016 from PEARL Foundation, during the National Conference on “SMART SUMMIT” (10th December 2016).
  • Received “Innovative Professional Award (Class 2) for contributions in the field of Engineering, Technology and Management Science for the year 2016 from Society of Professional Engineers (India) (28th August 2016).
  • Received CTS Best Teacher Award for the year 2013 – 2014 for the excellent performance in Academic and Research activities.
  • Received SSN Best Researcher Awards for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
  • Received SSN Best Researcher Awards to motive the UG/PG students to publish their research works in the reputed journals for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
  • Received SSN Best Teacher Awards (Chemical) for the academic years 2008-2009, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17.
  • Received Chellammal Agro project award for the project titled “Removal of dyes from industrial wastewater using agricultural waste: Cashew nut shell” from the Chellammal Trust, Chennai (Rs. 0.25 Lakh).
  • Received the TNSCST (Tamilnadu State Council For Science & Technology) students project grant titled “Cashew Nut Shell Liquid Extraction – Studies on Extraction and by-product recovery”.
  • Secured Gold Medal in ME degree, 1rst rank in Anna University.
  • Secured Gold Medal in UG degree, 16th rank in University of Madras.
  • Secured Gold Medal in HSC Exams, School first.
  • Secured GATE Score (361 & 90.32 percentile), All India Rank: 369 (Valid up to 2010).
  • Received Best Paper Award for most cited article in the year 2010 and 2011 from Elsevier Article Name: Adsorption of dye from aqueous solution by cashew nut shell: Studies on equilibrium isotherm, kinetics and thermodynamics of interactions, Desalination, Vol. 261 and 2010, pp. 52-60.
  • Received Most Cited Authors Award for top cited article in the year 2011 and 2012 from Elsevier; Article Name: Adsorption behavior of nickel(II) onto cashew nut shell: Equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanism and process design, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 167 and 2011, pp. 122-131.
  • Received Best Paper Award for the research title “Experimental optimization for the adsorption of Zn(II) ions on surface modified Eucalyptus seeds: kinetic, mechanism, isotherm, thermodynamic and design approach” in an International Conference on Green Technology for Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control organized by Department of Chemical Engineering, NIT Trichy held during 27-29th September 2014.
  • Received Best Article in 2018 Award from Springer Nature.
  • Won the runner place in district shuttle game at school level.
  • Received Man of the Match Award in SSN-DABC Staff Cricket Tournament, 2014.
  • Received Best Bowler Award in SSN-DABC Staff Cricket Tournament, 2014.
  • Received Man of the Match Award in SSN Staff Cricket Tournament, 2016.
  • Acted as a Guest Editor in the Journal Special Issue for 3rd International Conference on Recent Advancements in Chemical, Environmental & Energy Engineering (RACEEE- 2018) February 15–            16, 2018, Chennai, India, Desalination and Water Treatment, 121 (2018) viii July, DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2018.22903. (IF: 1.383).

Editorial Board Members for the Journals:

  • Acting as an Associate Editor in an International Journal “Desalination and Water Treatment” (IF: 1.383).
  • Acting as an Associate Editor in an International Journal “IET Nanobiotechnolgy” (IF: 2.059), IEEE Journal.
  • Acting as an Associate Editor in an “International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology” (IF: 2.037), Springer.
  • Acting as an Editorial Board Member in “Current Analytical Chemistry”, (IF: 1.000), Bentham Science.  
  • Acting as an Editorial Board Member in “Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering”, Springer.
  • Acting as an Advisory Editor in “Engineering Reports”,  Wiley.
  • Acting as an Editorial Board Member in “Journal of Chemical Engineering”.
  • Acting as an Editorial Board Member in “Asian Journal of Chemical Sciences”.
  • Acting as an Editorial Board Member in “Current Green Chemistry”.

Membership in Professional Bodies:

  • Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Membership Number: LM57365, Life Member
  • The Institution of Engineers (India), Membership Number: M-1572695, Life Member, Division: Environmental Engineering (EN)
  • The Biotech Research Society, India (BRSI), Membership Number: LM2282 (Life Member)
  • International Association of Engineers (IAENG), Membership Number: 63274, Life Member
  • Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological& Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES), Membership Number: 201960, Senior Member
  • Society of Toxicology (Life Member)§  International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS), Life Member
  • International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, Life Member
  • International Chemical Biology Society, Regular Member 

Member of the Review Panel for the following International Journals:

Water Research, Bioresource Technology, Process Biochemistry, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal, Desalination, Dyes and Pigments, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Powder Technology, Colloid and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Technology, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Water, Soil and Air Pollution, Chemical Engineering Communications, Desalination and Water Treatment,  IET Nanobiotechnology, Separation and Purification Technology, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Scientia Iranica Journal, RSC Advances, Polish Journal of Chemical Technology, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Clean-Soil, Air, Water, Nanoparticle Research, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, Journal of Material Sciences, Separation Science & Technology, Environmental Technology, Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering, The Chemical Industry and Chemical Engineering Quarterly, Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Environmental Sciences, The Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, Textiles and Clothing Sustainability, Fibers and Polymers, etc.,

For Dr. P. Senthil Kumar Research Publications, Please visit: Google Scholar

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Senthil_Kumar_Ponnusamy

Orchid ID : orcid.org/0000-0001-9389-5541


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