Associate Professor

Dr Pankaj Pathak

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering

Interests

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

Education

2005

DAVV Indore
India
B.Sc.

2007

DAVV Indore
India
M.Sc.

2014

IIT Bombay
India
Ph.D.

Experience

  • 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

Memberships

  • International Association of Geochemistry

Publications

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
  • 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”, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2023.01.123. 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, https://doi.org/10.3390/min13010051. IF 2.818.
  • Tejaswini MSSR, Pankaj Pathak* (2022) “Co-combustion thermogravimetric process to optimize the energy potential of multilayered plastic waste”, Fuel, 337, 127168, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2022.127168, 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, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10098-022- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-022-21259-x. 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, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969722010658. 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, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-021-04631-z, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2021.105232 . 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. https://doi.org/10.1680/jenge.20.00070. 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).
CONFERENCES
  • 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.
BOOK CHAPTERS
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-90178-9.00061-5.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.100/978-981-16-8918-5_12.
  • 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 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-90178-9.00028-7.
  • 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, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-85160-2.00018-4.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7525-974-1.
  • 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, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819382-2.00004-1.
BOOKS
  • 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.
PATENTS
  • 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.
PROJECTS
  • 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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