Associate Professor

Dr Pankaj Pathak

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering


  1. Solid Waste Management
  2. Waste to Energy
  3. Geochemistry



DAVV Indore


DAVV Indore


IIT Bombay


  • 2015-2020, Assistant Professor | Marwadi Education Foundation Groups of Institutions Gujarat
  • Municipal solid waste management & waste to energy
  • Circular economy on Industrial by-products
  • E-waste recycling and sustainable metal recovery
  • Plastic segregation and degradation
  • Treatment of wastewater using electrocatalysts
  • Assessment of EoL of EV and Solar Panels


  • International Association of Geochemistry


  • Patel, H., Mssr, T., Nandikes, G., Pandey, N., Bhattacharya, D., & Pathak, P. (2024). Techno-environmental analysis to valorize the secondary energy resources from refuse-derived fuel-based waste to energy plant. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-12.
  • Nandikes, G., Pathak, P., & Singh, L. (2024). Unveiling microbial degradation of triclosan: Degradation mechanism, pathways, and catalyzing clean energy. Chemosphere, 357, 142053.
  • Srivastava, R. R., Nandikes, G., Ilyas, S., Pathak, P., & Rajak, D. K. (2024). Towards a low-emission resource circulation of valuable metals from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash. Science of The Total Environment, 172657.
  • Gopa Nandikes, Pankaj Pathak*, M. Karthikeyan, Abdulaziz A.M. Abahussain, Lakhveer Singh* (2023) “Mesoporous LaFeO 3 perovskite as an efficient and cost-effective oxygen reduction reaction catalyst in an air cathode microbial fuel cell”, IF 7.139.
  • Rajiv Ranjan Srivastava*, Dilip Kumar Rajak, Sadia Ilyas, Hyunjung Kim, Pankaj Pathak* (2022) Challenges, regulations, and case studies on sustainable management of industrial waste, Invited Feature article in Minerals, 13(1), 51, IF 2.818.
  • Tejaswini MSSR, Pankaj Pathak* (2022) “Co-combustion thermogravimetric process to optimize the energy potential of multilayered plastic waste”, Fuel, 337, 127168,, IF 8.02.
  • Gopa Nandikes, Pankaj Pathak, Abdul Syukor AbdRazak, Vigneswaran Narayanamurthy, Lakhveer Singh* (2022) “Occurrence, environmental risks and biological remediation mechanisms of Triclosan in wastewaters: Challenges and Perspectives” J. of Water Process Engineering, 49, 103078, IF 7.34.
  • Tejaswini M.S.S.R., Pankaj Pathak*, D.K. Gupta (2022) “Sustainable Approach for Valorization of Solid Wastes as a Secondary Resource through Urban Mining” J. of Environmental Management, 319, 115727, IF 8.91.
  • D. Chakraborty, P.S. Ganesh*, M.M. Ghangrekar, N. Anand, P. Pathak (2022) “Dual role of grass clippings as buffering agent and biomass during anaerobic co-digestion with food waste”, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 02355-5 IF 4.7.
  • M. Nigam, P. Mishra*, P. Kumar, S. Rajoriya, P. Pathak, S.R. Singh, S. Kumar, L. Singh (2022) “Comprehensive technological assessment for different treatment methods of leather tannery wastewater”, Environmental Science & Pollution Research. IF 5.19.
  • M.S.S.R. Tejaswini, P. Pathak*, Seeram Ramkrishna, S.P. Ganesh (2022) “A comprehensive review on Integrative Approach for Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste and its associated Externalities”, Science of the Total Environment, 825, 153973, IF 10.976.
  • J. Lungariya, K. Chabhadiya, P. Pathak*, D. Mashru (2022) “Application of Taguchi Method in Activated Carbon Adsorption Process of Removal Phenol from Ceramic Gasifier Wastewater”, Environmental Challenges. 6, 100450.
  • P. Pathak*, V.K. Singh, K. Chabhadiya (2021) “Sequential leaching of strategic metals from LNCM cathode material using organic and mineral acid lixiviants”, J. of Metals, 73(5), 1386-1394,, IF 2.47.
  • K. Chabhadiya, R.R. Srivastava, P. Pathak* (2021) “Two-step leaching process and kinetics for an eco-friendly recycling of critical metals from spent Li-ion batteries”, J. Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9(3), 105232. . IF 5.88.
  • E.C. Leong*, H. Aboel-Naga, V.S.N.S. Goli, B. Jha, P. Pathak, D.N. Singh (2021) “Design of mass burial sites for safe and dignified disposal of pandemic fatalities” J. Environmental Geotechnics,  8(3), 208-216. IF 2.46.
  • K. Chabhadiya, R.R. Srivastava P. Pathak* (2021) “Growth projections against set-target of renewable energy and resultant impact on emissions reduction in India”, Environmental Engg. Res. 26(2), 200083, 10.4491/eer.2020.083. IF 2.63.
  • Review on Indian Municipal Solid Waste Management Practices for Reduction of Environmental Impacts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals - Y. Pujara, P. Pathak*, A. Sharma, J. Govani, Journal of Environmental Management, 248, 109238 (2019).
  • Sorption Isotherms, Kinetics, and Thermodynamics of Contaminants in Indian Soils - P. Pathak*, S. Sharma, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 144(10), 1-9 (2018).
  • Identification of personal exposure to air pollutants from bonfire during winter season of rural area of Gujarat, India - S. Gautam*, A. Talatiya, M. Patel, K. Chabhadiya, P. Pathak*, Exposure and Health, 1, 1-9 (2018).
  • Assessment of legislation and practices for the sustainable management of WEEE in India - P. Pathak*, R.R. Srivastava, Ojasvi, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 78, 220-232 (2017).
  • An assessment of strontium sorption onto bentonite buffer material in waste repository - P. Pathak*, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24, 8825-8836 (2017).
  • Guidelines for Quantification of Geomaterial-Contaminant Interaction- P. Pathak, D.N. Singh*, G.G. Pandit, R.R. Rakesh, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, 20(1), 1-10 (2016).
  • Statistical Analysis for Prediction of Distribution Coefficient (kd) of Soil-contaminant System - P. Pathak, D.N. Singh*, P.R. Apte, G.G. Pandit, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 142 (1), 1-11 (2016).
  • Establishing Sensitivity of Distribution Coefficient on Various Attributes of Soil-contaminant System - P. Pathak, D.N. Singh, G.G. Pandit, P.R. Apte, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, 18(1), 64-75 (2014).
  • Determination of Distribution Coefficient: A Critical Review - P. Pathak, D.N. Singh, G.G. Pandit, R.R. Rakesh, International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 14, 27-64 (2014).
  • Characterization of Aeolian Sands from Indian desert - G.P. Padmakumar, K. Srinivas, K.V. Uday, K.R Iyer, P. Pathak, S.M. Keshava, D.N. Singh, Engineering Geology, 139-140, 38-49 (2012).
  • Solvent mediated interaction for the selective recovery of Cadmium from Ni-Cd Spent battery - A. Agrawal, P. Pathak, D. Mishra, K.K. Sahu, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 173, 77-84 (2012).
  • MSSR Tejaswini, P. Pathak (2022) “Photocatalytic degradation of low-density polyethylene films: Characteristics, Kinetics, and Mechanism”, International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water 12th IconSWM CE-2022, Dec. 2021, SVU Tirupati AP, India.
  • Gopa Nandikes, Pankaj Pathak, M. Karthikeyan, Lakhveer Singh (2022) Novel LaFeO3 perovskite as oxygen reduction reaction catalyst for microbial fuel cells, BSB2-2022 - International Conference on Biotechnology, Sustainable Bioresources and Bioeconomy, IIT Guwahati India, Dec. 2021.
  • MSSR Tejaswini, P. Pathak* (2021) “Biodegradation of Micro-Nano Plastics: Challenges and Innovations for Sustainable Circular Economy”, International Conference on Advances in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, NIT Raipur, Dec. 2021.
  • MSSR Tejaswini, P. Pathak* (2021) “Identifying Anthropogenic Sustainable Resources through Urban Mining” 1st International Conference on Technologies for Smart Green Connected Society, Japan, Dec.2021.
  • Janki Govani, Abhishek Gupta, Pankaj Pathak (2020) “Energy Recovery Potential of Non-recyclable Plastics from Municipal Waste Dumpsite in Refused Derived Fuel” National Conference on "Plastics in the Environment: Current Status and Rethinking the Future of Plastics, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, March 2020.
  • Gopa Nandikes, Pankaj Pathak, Lakhveer Singh (2023). “Cathodic Catalysts for Microbial Electrolysis Cell to Produce Biohydrogen”, Transition Metal-Based Electrocatalysts: Applications in Green Hydrogen Production and Storage, ACS Symposium Series 14.
  • MSSR Tejaswini, P. Pathak, P.S. Ganesh, P.R. Rout (2022). “Valorization of inert solid waste from landfill activities”, Circular Economy in Municipal Solid Waste Landfilling: Biomining & Leachate Treatment, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-031-07784-5.
  • N. Anand, P. Sankar Ganesh, P. Pathak, B. Siva Prasad (2022). “Anaerobic co-digestion of landfill leachate with other feedstocks, Circular Economy in Municipal Solid Waste Landfilling: Biomining & Leachate Treatment”, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-031-07784-5.
  • A. Mohanty, S. Singh Meena, P. Pathak, P.R. Rout (2022). Cellulose and extracellular polymer recovery from sludge, Clean Energy and Resource Recovery, Wastewater Treatment Plants as Biorefineries, Volume 2, Pages 395-404, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-323-90178-9.
  • L. Addagada, P. Pathak, M.K. Shahid, P.R. Rout (2022). “Microbial Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs): A Brief Overview of Their Features, Synthesis, and Agro-Industrial Applications”, In: Nayak, S.K., Baliyarsingh, B., Mannazzu, I., Singh, A., Mishra, B.B. (eds) Advances in Agricultural and Industrial Microbiology. Springer, Singapore. Pages 217-236, ISBN 978-981- 16-8917-8.
  • M.K. Shahid, A. Kashif, P. Pathak, Y. Choi, P.R. Rout (2022). “Water reclamation, recycle, and reuse”, Clean Energy and Resource Recovery, Wastewater Treatment Plants as Biorefineries, Vol. 2, Pages 39-50, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-323-90178-9
  • P. Pathak, S. Pathak (2022). Electronic waste: An Emerging Contaminant in the Geo- environment, Emerging Contaminants in the Environment, Elsevier, 275-286, ISBN 978-0- 323-85160-2,
  • P. Pathak, K. Chabhadiya (2022). Recycling of Rechargeable Batteries: A Sustainable Tool for Urban Mining, In: Baskar C., Ramakrishna S., Baskar S., Sharma R., Chinnappan A., Sehrawat R. (eds) Handbook of Solid Waste Management. Springer, Singapore, Pages 1635-1652, ISBN 978-981-16-4230-2.
  • S. Chand, P.R. Rout, P. Pathak (2021). “Basic concepts, Potentials and Challenges of Urban Mining”, In: P. Pathak, P.R. Rout, Sustainable Approaches of Urban Mining for Waste Management and Resource Recovery, CRC Press of Taylor & Francis group, Pages 1-15, ISBN 9781003201076.
  • P. Pathak, S. Sinha (2021). Valorisation of waste tires into fuel and energy, Advanced Technology for the Conversion of Waste into Fuels and Chemicals, Vol. 2, Pages 109-122, Elsevier, 978-0-323-90150-5.
  • K. Chabhadiya, Y. Pujara, H.T. Patel, J. Govani, P. Pathak, D. Mashru (2021). “Different Treatment Technologies used for Municipal Solid Waste Management in India: Material & Energy Recovery”, Waste Management Policies and Practices in BRICS Nations, CRC Press of Taylor & Francis group, Pages 1-14, ISBN9781003007579.
  • P. Pathak, D. Bhattacharya (2021). Phytoextraction of heavy metals by weeds: Physiological and molecular intervention”, Handbook of Bioremediation: Physiological, Molecular and Biotechnological Interventions, Elsevier, Pages 49-59, ISBN 978-0-12-819382-2,
  • P. Pathak,L. Singh (2023). “Transition Metal-Based Electrocatalysts: Applications in Green Hydrogen Production & Storage”, ACS Symposium Series 14.
  • P. Pathak,P. S. Ganesh (2022). “Circular Economy in Municipal Solid Waste Landfilling: Biomining & Leachate Treatment”, Book Series: Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in the Environment, Springer Nature The Netherlands, ISBN: 978-3-031-07784-5.
  • P. Pathak,Prangya Rout (2021). “Urban Mining for Waste Management and Resource Recovery: Sustainable Approaches, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781003201076.
  • P. Pathak, R.R. Srivastava (2021). “Alternate energy resources: A way to sustainable modern society”, Volume series 99, Book Series: Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Springer Nature Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-57922-7.
  • Pankaj Pathak* A method for quantification of Geomaterial-Contaminant Interaction: Indian Patent
  • Pankaj Pathak*, Pardha Sarathi M., Sujith Kalluri (2022) A method for recovering metals and metal oxides from waste Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, Application No. 202241072287.
  • Gopa Nandikes, Pankaj Pathak*, Lakhveer Singh (2023) “Process for the preparation of LaFeO 3 Perovskite for Fuel Cells, Application No. 202341005690.
  • Title: Cradle-to-Cradle Industrial Process Development for Green Recycling of Critical Metals from Spent Li-ion Batteries using Hydro-metallurgical Technique
    Principal Investigator: Dr Pankaj Pathak
    Funding Agency: SERB-DST
    Total Funding: 55 Lakhs
    Status: Ongoing

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