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Akshay Ranjith
(Jointly with Prof. V V Srinivas) 

PhD Scholar

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I'm Akshay Ranjith, a doctoral researcher at the Indian Institute of Science, specializing in the intersection of fluid mechanics and sustainability within Civil Engineering. With an M.Tech in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, I worked on my thesis at IISc with my outstanding professors Prof. V. V. Srinivas and Prof. L. N. Rao to generate impactful research on urban pipe networks. My journey started with a B.Tech (Honours) in Civil engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. I work on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics with an application to pipe networks.  I aim to innovate through skills in optimization, programming, and practical experimentation.  My diverse internships and projects reflect my commitment to pioneering solutions for a resilient future. Beyond academics, I explore photography, sports, and social initiatives.



Prince K
(Jointly with Prof. Sivakumar Babu)

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I am Prince Kumar, a PhD researcher at IISc Bangalore in the Centre for Sustainable Technologies Department. I have completed my B. Tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. After gaining a B. Tech, I pursued an M. Tech degree in civil engineering with a specialisation in geotechnical engineering from IISc Bangalore, Karnataka. My PhD research focuses on quantifying, recovering, and measuring the emission of methane generated from different biodegradable fractions of municipal solid waste


Chinmaya Ranjan Das
(Jointly with Prof. Pramod Kumar)

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I am Chinmaya Ranjan Das. I have completed my B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from ABIT Cuttack, Odisha. Post B.Tech, I pursued M.Tech degree in Thermal Engineering from NIT Durgapur, West Bengal. At IISc Bangalore, my doctoral research focuses on plasma-assisted methane reformation and its application in combustion.



Ram Mohan Pathak

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I am Ram Mohan Pathak. I earned my B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Chemical Engineering from Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Uttar Pradesh, followed by an M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad in 2019. My academic journey included a noteworthy master's project conducted at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, India. Currently, I am engaged in pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. My research pursuits are centered around the fundamental exploration of non-thermal plasmas, hydrocarbon reforming, and the innovative design of plasma sources tailored for sustainable applications. This scientific journey reflects my commitment to advancing knowledge and contributing to the field of chemical engineering with a focus on sustainable technologies.


Punith N

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I'm Punith Narayanappa, a dedicated professional with an academic background and a passion for advancing sustainable technologies in cold plasma–water interaction. I earned my B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bangalore, and a MTech. in Thermal Engineering from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi in 2016. Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, under Prof. Lakshminarayana Rao's supervision. My research focuses on the fundamental exploration of non-thermal plasma–water interaction and innovative plasma source design for sustainable production of green disinfectants, advancements in biomedicine (specifically cancer treatment), and liquid nitrogen fertilizer generation. This scientific journey reflects my unwavering commitment to advancing knowledge and contributing meaningfully to sustainable technologies.



Reshmi Das
(Jointly with Prof. H N Chanakya)

PhD Scholar

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Reshmi Das, earned her bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur in Biotechnology. She then pursued her masters in IIT Guwahati and secured the top position in Energy Engineering. There she worked on microbial fuel cell for biosensors/electrochemical applications. At IISc Bangalore her doctoral research focuses on understanding foaming water bodies. Her research interest lies in waste and wastewater management.


Abhishek Chakraborty (Jointly with Prof. Sekhar M)

PhD Scholar

I, Abhishek Chakraborty, am a fourth-year Ph.D. student from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR). My research advisors are Prof. M. Sekhar and Dr.  Lakshminarayana Rao. I received the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF) in December 2019 for conducting research based on national priorities. My research concerns carbon cycling in the terrestrial ecosystems of India and revolves around the multidisciplinary aspects of bio-geosciences and hydrology.

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