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The International Conference on Membranes (ICM-2013)
on October 3rd to 6th2013
International Conference on Frontiers of Mass Spectromerty (ICMS 2013)
on September 6th to 9th 2013
Second International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2012)
on October 5th to 8th 2012

Dr. C.T. Aravindakumar Professor
School of Environmental Sciences and Dean,
Faculty of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences,
Mahatma Gandhi University
Prof. C.T. Aravindakumar received B.Sc. degree in chemistry from University of Kerala in 1986 (D.B. College, Sasthamcotta). A national level fellowship (NCL-Pune University) brought him to University of Pune for doing M.Sc. in 1986. He completed M.Sc. in 1988 and joined for Ph.D. at the same year. The Ph.D. thesis work with the title, Radiation Chemical Studies of Some DNA Model Systems, is an interdisciplinary topic which has relevance in chemistry, biology and environment (under the guidance of Prof.B.S.M. Rao). This involved extensive use of Pulse Radiolysis. The programme was completed in collaboration with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai (with Padma Shri Prof.J.P. Mittal and Dr.Harimohan) and the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) fuer Strahlenchemie, Muelheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany (with Prof.von Sonntag). He was the recipient of ICSC-World Laboratory (Switzerland) fellowship to work at the MPI, Germany, as part of the Ph.D programme. During this tenure, he also collaborated with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, for experiments on Laser-EPR for radical detection. Immediately after his Ph.D. from University of Pune, he joined as a Lecturer at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, in 1993. He established a research group mainly working on the free radical induced degradation of DNA model systems, and of organic water pollutants, using Fenton, photochemical and radiation chemical techniques.

Later he joined the Division of Biochemistry of Katholieke Universities Leuven, Belgium for post-doctoral research in 1997 to work on a two year programme on nitric oxide - protein interaction (with Prof. Mark DeLey and Prof.Coulemans). The selected protein was metallothionein extracted from human foetal liver. Another post-doctoral fellowship from Max-Planck-Society brought him back to Max-Plank-Institute f. Strahlenchemie in 2000 (with Prof. Von Sonntag). He also worked as a Visiting Faculty for one year at the Department of Biophysics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2001 (with Prof. Rienk van Grundelle and Prof. Herbert van Amerongen). During this period he worked in the field of Laser (femtosecond) spectroscopy related to charge transport in DNA. He also established several collaborative research and made research visits in international laboratories such as at the Environmental Engineering Division of the California Institute of Technology, USA (with Prof. M. Hoffmann), Department of Chemistry of Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea (with Prof. T. Joo), Radiation Biology Division of GSF-National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany (with Prof. Eckard Schupp), University of Paris (S) (with Prof. J. Belloni), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (with Prof. May-Britt-Haag) etc. He is recently selected as a Visiting Professor (full professorship) at the Laboratory of Geology & Environment, University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Valee, France. Nearly 20 of his selected invited talks outside India are in various Universities and Research Organizations in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong-Kong, and Korea. He joined as a Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University in 2010. He is presently the Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University.

His research interests in the last two decades have been in radiation chemistry, environmental chemistry, radiation biology and photochemistry. More specifically, these include Advanced Oxidation Process for the degradation of Environmental Pollutants (Emerging Pollutants: pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), pesticides, halobenzenes, toluenes etc), Membrane technology for water purification, Ultrasound and Cloud mimic reactions in pollutant degradation, air pollution, Radiation and Photo- induced modifications of DNA and related compounds, Nitric oxide-Protein/amino acid interaction, and Computer based theoretical calculations for free radical reactions (DFT). Polyelectrolyte multilayer membrane for biological and environmental applications (including energy), and photo catalysis are recent addition in the research interests. His publications in the last two decades appeared in Environmental science, Chemistry, Physics and Biomedical related journals, such as in Journal of Hazardous Materials, Water Research, Desalination, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Chemical Physical Letters, Chemical Physics, Journal of Membrane Science, Chemical Communication, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Nitric oxide-Biology and Chemistry, Biophysical Journal , Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Journal of American Chemical Society, Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemical Journal, International Journal of Radiation Biology etc. He is also a constant reviewer of many international journals in environmental science, Chemistry and biology.

He completed four national and three international major research projects besides several ongoing projects. Research funding is mainly from DST, BRNS, ICTP, KSCSTE, and University of Paris (S) (under Indo-French Arcus programme), UGC etc. One of the major recent international programmes includes the Singh-Obama 21st Century Knowledge Initiative with Duke University, USA (with Prof.Mark Wiesner at the Centre for Environmental Impact of Nanotechnology).

Besides his research activities, he has interest in environmental education, environmental policies and governance, and music (sitar).
Selected Publications
  • M. M. Sunil Paul, U. K. Aravind, G. Pramod, A. Saha, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Hydroxyl Radical Induced Oxidation of Theophylline in Water: A Kinetic and Mechanistic Study, Org. Biomol Chem. 2014, 12 (30), 5611 - 5620
  • M. Mathew, S. Sreedhanya, P. Manoj, C. T. Aravindakumar and Usha K. Aravind Exploring the interaction of bisphenol-S with serum albumins: A better or worse alternative for bisphenol-A?, J. Phys. Chem. B., 2014, 118 (14), 3832–3843
  • H. Olvera-Vargas, N. Oturan, C. T. Aravindakumar, M. M. Sunil Paul, V.r K. Sharma, M. A. Oturan, Electro-oxidation of the Dye Azure B: Kinetics, mechanism and by-products, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 2014, 21(14), 8379-8386
  • R. Sreekanth, Sunil Paul M. M, Usha K. Aravind, J.L.Marignier, J.Belloni, C. T. Aravindakumar, Oxidation reactions of hydroxy naphthoquinones: Mechanistic investigation by LC-Q-TOF-MS Analysis, Int. J. Radiat. Biol., 2014, 90(6), 495-502.
  • N.B. Shibin, R. Sreekanth, Usha K. Aravind, K.M. Afsal Mohammed, N.V. Chandrashekhar, Jayan Joseph, S. K. Sarkar, D.B. Naik and C.T. Aravindakumar, Radical chemistry of glucosamine naphthalene acetic acid and naphthaleneaceticacid: A pulse radiolysis study, J.Phys.Org. Chem., 2014, 27( 6), 478–483
  • Shoniya Thomas, R. Sreekanth, V.A. Sijumon, Usha K Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidative Degradation of Acid Red 1 in Aqueous Medium, Chem. Eng. J., 2014, 244, 473–482
  • K.K. Nejumal, P.R. Manoj, Usha K. Aravind, C.T. Aravindakumar, Sonochemical Degradation of a Pharmaceutical Waste, Atenolol, in Aqueous Medium, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 2014, 21, 4297-4308
  • R. Sreekanth, K.P. Prasanthkumar, M.M. Sunil Paul, Usha K. Aravind,, C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidation Reactions of 1- and 2-naphthols: An Experimental and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2013,117, 11261–11270
  • T. V. Divyalakshmi, S. Sreedhanyaa, G. Akhil, C. T. Aravindakumar and Usha K. Aravind, Sub-picomolar sensing of hydrogen peroxide with ovalbumin embedded CHI/PSS multilayer membrane, Analytical Biochemistry, 2013, 440, 49-55
  • K. P. Prasanthkumar, C. H. Suresh, C. T. Aravindakumar, Dimer Radical Cation of 4-thiouracil: A pulse radiolysis and theoretical study, J. Phys. Org. Chem., 2013, 26, 510-516
  • S. Venu, D.B. Naik, S.K. Sarkar, Usha K. Aravind A.Nijamudheen, C.T.Aravindakumar, Oxidation Reactions of Thymol: A Pulse Radiolysis and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2013, 117, 291–299
  • M.M. Sunil Paul, Usha K. Aravind, G. Pramod, C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidative Degradation of Fensulfothion by Hydroxyl Radical in Aqueous Medium, Chemosphere, 2013, 91, 295–301
  • K. P. Prasanthkumar, C. H. Suresh and C. T. Aravindakumar, Oxidation Reactions of 2-thiouracil: A Theoretical and Pulse Radiolysis Study, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2012 116 , 10712–10720
  • V.J. Disha, C.T. Aravindakumar, Usha K.Aravind, Phosphate recovery by high flux low pressure multilayer membranes, Langmuir, 2012, 28, 12744–12752
  • Jissy Mathew, S. Sreedhanya, M.S. Baburaj, C.T. Aravindakumar, U.K. Aravind, Fabrication of switchable protein resistant and adhesive multilayer membranes, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2012, 94, 118-24
  • M.S. Baburaj, C.T. Aravindakumar, S. Sreedhanya, A.P. Thomas, Usha K. Aravind, Treatment of model textile effluents with PAA/CHI and PAA/PEI composite membranes Desalination, 2012, 288, 72–79
  • U.K. Aravind, B. George, M.S. Baburaj, S. Thomas, A.P. Thomas, C.T. Aravindakumar, Treatment of industrial effluents using polyelectrolyte membranes, Desalination, 2010, 252, 27–32
  • K. P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, G. Pramod, C. H. Suresh, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Anomalous reaction of oxide radical ion with 5-azacytosines: An experimental and theoretical study, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2009, 467, 381-386
  • P. Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C.T. Aravindakumar, T. Joo, Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics in 2-aminopurine modified double helical DNA, Chem. Phys. 2008, 352, 333-338
  • Jissy Mathew, C.T.Aravindakumar and Usha K Aravind Effect of ionic strength and protein concentration on the transport of proteins through chitosan/polystyrene sulfonate multilayer membrane, J. Membr. Sci. 2008, 325, 625-632
  • Rani Varghese, Usha K. Aravind and Charuvila T. Aravindakumar, Fenton-Enhanced - Radiolysis of Cyanuric acid, J. Hazardous Materials 2007, 142, 555-558
  • U.K. Aravind, J. Mathew and C.T. Aravindakumar, Transport studies of BSA, lysozyme and ovalbumin through chitosan/polystyrene sulfonate multilayer membrane, J. Membr. Sci. 299, 146-155, 2007
  • G. Pramod, K.P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, V.M.Manoj, P.Manoj, C.H.Suresh, and C.T. Aravindakumar, Reaction of Hydroxyl radicals with Azacytosines: A Pulse Radiolysis and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2006; 110, 11517 – 11526
  • Rani Varghese, Hari Mohan, P. Manoj, V. M. Manoj, Usha K. Aravind, K. Vandana and C. T. Aravindakumar, On the Reactions of Hydrated Electrons with Triazine Derivatives in Aqueous Medium, J. Agric. Food Chem. 2006; 54, 8171 - 8176
  • V.M. Manoj, H. Mohan, U. K. Aravind1 and C.T.Aravindakumar, One-Electron Reduction of S-Nitrosothiols in Aqueous Medium, Free Rad. Biol. Med. 2006, 41, 1240-1246
  • V.M. Manoj and C.T. Aravindakumar, Oxidative and reductive decomposition of S-nitrosothiols, Nitric oxide-Biology and Chemistry., 2004, 11(1), 53
  • O.A. Larsen, O.J.G. Somsen, I.H.M. van Stokkum, F.L. de Weerd, M. Vengris, C.T. Aravindakumar, R. van Grondelle, N.E. Geacintov and H. van Amerongen, Ultrafast spectroscopy on 2-aminopurine DNA oligonucleotides provides new insights into mechanism of fluorescence quenching Biophys. J. 2004, 86(1), 312A-312A Part 2 Suppl. S
  • T.A. Jacob, H.Mohan, D.Hugo, T.L.Luke, V.M.Manoj, P.Manoj, J.P.Mittal, M.R.Hoffmann and C.T.Aravindakumar “Properties of the OH-adducts of hydroxy, methyl, methoxy and amino substititued pyrimidines:Their transformation reactions and end product analysis” J. Phys. Chem. A., 2002, 106, 2489-2496
  • C.T. Aravindakumar, M.De Ley and J.Ceulemans, “Kinetics of the anaerobic reaction of NO with cysteine, glutathione and cysteine containing proteins: Implication for in vivo nitrosation” J. Chem. Soc.Perkin Trans. 2, 2002, 663 – 669
  • P. Manoj, Rani Varghese, V.M. Manoj and C. T. Aravindakumar, “Reaction of Sulphate Radical Anion (SO4•-) With Cyanuric Acid: A Potential Reaction For Its Degradation?” Chem. Lett., 2002, 74-75
  • J.A. Theruvathu, C.T.Aravindakumar, R.Flyunt and J.von Sonntag and C.von Sonntag, “Fenton chemistry of 1,3-dimethyl uracil” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 9007-9014
  • J.M. Joseph, T.L.Luke, U.K. Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, “Photochemical production of hydroxyl radical from aqueous Fe(III)-hydroxy complex: Determination of its reaction rate-constants with some substituted benzenes using TBA-assay method” Water Environ. Res. 2001, 73, 243-247
  • V.M. Manoj and C.T.Aravindakumar, “Hydroxyl radical induced decomposition of S-nitrosoglutathione” Chem. Commun. 2000, 2361-2362 2361-2362.
  • C.T. Aravindakumar, J. Ceulemans and M. De Ley, “Steric effect and effect of metal coordination on the reactivity of nitric oxide with cysteine-containing proteins under anaerobic conditions”, Biophys. Chem. 2000, 85(1), 1-6
  • C.T. Aravindakumar, J. Ceulemans and M. De Ley, “Nitric oxide induces Zn2+ rlease from metallothionein by destroying zinc-sulfur clusturs without concomitant formation of S-nitrosothiol”, Biochem. J. 1999, 344, 253-258
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