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Dr Soumya Pandit

Assistant Professor, Life Science

soumya.pandit@sharda.ac.in

About

 Dr Soumya Pandit is currently working as senior assistant professor at Sharda University, Greater Noida, Delhi NRC, India. He taught subjects like Bioprocess Engineering; Industrial Biotechnology; Environmental microbiology and waste management; He pursued his doctoral studies from bioprocess engineering lab, department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and completed his postdoctoral research work (PBC post doc  fellow) at in the Department of Desalination & Water Treatment, The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev under Planning and Budget commission fellowship by Govt. of Israel. He is also a recipient of North West University, South Africa Post-doctoral fellowship. He has published various papers at international conferences in the area of environmental biotechnology and bioenergy. He has authored 25 research papers in peer-reviewed journals such as (1) Bioresource Technology, (2) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (3) ACS applied Materials and Interface, (4) Chemical Engineering Journal, (5) Biosensor and bioelectronics, (6) ACS Environmental Science and Technology, (7) Journal of Membrane Science, (8) Journal of Cleaner Production etc.; He has authored 25 book chapters and published 3 Indian patents so far. He holds a B.Tech in Biotechnology and an M.Tech. His current research focuses on microbial electrochemical system for bioenergy harvesting, biohythane, bacterial biofilm and biofouling study etc. He has also presented his work at several national and international conferences. He is serving as a Reviewer in Frontiers in Environmental Microbiology, editorial board member in SCIREA Journal of Biology, the Journal of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers (JKSEE).

Experience
  • Research experience : 10 years, Teaching: 2.5 years
Qualification
  • Ph.D
Award & Recognition

  • Planning and Budget Commission (Israel) Post-Doctoral Research fellowship, from 2015 -2018.
  • North-West University, South Africa Post-Doctoral Research fellowship, from 2015 -2018 (not availed).
  • Research Associateship (RA) on a project entitled “High rate Algal Biomass production for Food, Feed, Biochemicals and Biofuels (ABP); DBT, India from July, 2014 to December, 2014.
  • Senior research fellowship award on April 02th, 2011 from Council for Scientific and Indian Research (CSIR), India to 30th June, 2014.
  • Junior research fellowship award on July 27th, 2009 from Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), India project.
  • Senior Research fellowship (equivalent) on September 1st, 2008, from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India project.
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) qualified, percentile- 99.41, All India Rank -71. GATE, organized by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.
  • 1st prize in Cinnovation (sustainable environmental based product design), Megalith, the annual fest of the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. 2013.
  • 1st position in different business plan competition --Ventura, Technex, Indian Institute of Technology BHU, Varanasi;
  • 1st position in business plan competition R-Idea-Raisoni group;
  • 1st position in business plan competition Anweshan – NMIMS (Business Plan Competition).
  • 2nd position in Concipio business plan competition (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur B-Plan).
  • Foreign Travel Grant by CSIR, India.
  • Winner in product designing competition (PRISM) conducted by DBT and Department of biotechnology, IIT Kharagpur

Research

Journal Paper published 25; (24 Scopus Indexed): 10 First author + 15 Co-author/corresponding author)

1. Pandit, S., Shanbhag,S., Mauter,M., Oren,Y., and Herzberg,M. 2017. The influence of electric fields on biofouling of carbonaceous electrodes. Environmental Science & Technology, American Chemical Society, 51, 10022−10030; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06339. IF: 7.149. PMID: 28741939.2017/8/10. ISSN: 1520-5851

2. Pandit, S., Khilari, S., Bera, K., Pradhan, D., Das, D. 2014. Application of PVA-PDDA polymer electrolyte composite anion exchange membrane separator for improved bioelectricity production in a single chambered microbial fuel cell. Chemical Engineering journal.Elsevier.257, 138–147. IF: 10.165. DOI:  10.1016/j.cej.2014.06.077.ISSN: 1385-8947

3. Pandit, S., Ghosh, S., Ghangrekar, M.M., Das, D., 2012. Performance of an anion exchange membrane in association with cathodic parameters in a dual chamber microbial fuel cell.

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Pergamon, 37, 9383–9392. IF: 4.93. DOI:0.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.03.011. ISSN: 0360-3199

4. Pandit, S.,Nayak, B.K., Das, D., 2012. Microbial carbon capture cell using cyanobacteria for simultaneous power generation, carbon dioxide sequestration and wastewater treatment.  Bioresource Technology, Elsevier, 107, 97–102. IF: 7.549. DOI:  10.1016/j.biortech.2011.12.067. PMID: 22221988. 2012/3/1. ISSN: 0960-8524 

5. Pandit S.,Sengupta A., Kale S., and Das D., 2011, Performance of electron acceptors in  catholyte of a two-chambered microbial fuel cell using anion exchange membrane,” Bioresource

Technology, Elsevier,102(3), pp. 2736–2744. IF: 7.549. DOI:  10.1016/j.biortech.2010.11.038. PMID: 21129959. ISSN: 0960-8524 

6. Khilari, S., Pandit, S., Ghangrekar, M.M., Das, D., Pradhan, D., 2013.Graphene supported α-MnO2 nanotubes as cathode catalyst for improved power generation and wastewater  treatment in single-chambered microbial fuel cells. RSC Advances, 3, 7902-7911.IF:3.049. DOI:  29.10.1039/C3RA22569K. ISSN · 2046-2069 

7. Pandit, S.,Balachandar G., and Das, D., 2013.  Improvement of energy recovery from cane molasses by dark fermentation followed by microbial fuel cells. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, Springer. March 2014, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 43-54. IF: 3.552. DOI:  10.1021/ie4016045. ISSN: 2095-0179 

8. Pandit, S.; Khilari, S., Ghangrekar, M.M., Das, D., Pradhan, D., 2013 Graphene oxide impregnated PVA-STA composite polymer electrolyte membrane separator for power generation in single chambered Microbial Fuel Cell. 2013. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS Publications) 52, 11597−11606. IF: 3.573. ISSN 0888-5885

9. Khilari, S., Pandit, S., Das, D., Pradhan, D., 2014. Manganese cobaltite/Polypyrrolenanocomposite-based Air-Cathode for Sustainable Power Generation in the Single-Chambered Microbial Fuel Cell. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Elsevier.Volume 54, 15 April 2014, Pages 534–540. IF: 10.257.DOI:   10.1016/j.bios.2013.11.044. PMID: 24333931.  ISSN:09565663

10.Pandit, S., Khilari, S., Roy, S., Pradhan, D., Das, D. 2014. Improvement of power generation using Shewanella putrefaciens mediated bioanode in a single chambered Microbial Fuel Cell: Effect of different anodic operating conditions. Bioresource Technology. Vol 166, pages 451-457. IF: 7.549. DOI:  10.1016/j.biortech.2014.05.075. PMID: 24935006, 2014/8/1. ISSN: 0960-8524.

11. S Khilari, S Pandit, JL Varanasi, D Das, D Pradhan. 2015. Bifunctional manganese ferrite/polyaniline hybrid as electrode material for enhanced energy recovery in microbial fuel cell. ACS Applied materials & interfaces, American Chemical Society, 7 (37), 20657-20666. IF: 8.758. DOI:  10.1021/acsami.5b05273. PMID: 26315619.2015/9/8. ISSN 1944-8244.

12. Pandit, S.; Khilari, S.; Roy, S.; Ghangrekar, MM.; Pradhan, D.; Das, D. 2015. Reduction of start-up time through bioaugmentation process in microbial fuel cells using an isolate from dark fermentative spent media fed anode. Water Science and Technology, IWA Publishing, 72 (1), 106-115. IF: 1.247. DOI:  10.2166/wst.2015.174. PMID: 26114278. 2015/7/1.ISSN: 02731223.

13. JL Varanasi, S Roy, S Pandit,  D Das. 2015. Improvement of energy recovery from cellobiose by thermophillic dark fermentative hydrogen production followed by microbial fuel cell. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40 (26), 8311-8321. IF: 4.93. ISSN: 0360-3199

14. Pandit, S., Patel, V., Ghangrekar, MM. Debabrata Das., 2014. Wastewater as anolyte for bioelectricity generation in graphite granule anode single chambered microbial fuel cell: effect of Current collector. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Inderscience Publication. Vol 17, issue 2/3/4, pages 252. DOI:  10.1504/IJETM.2014.061797.ISSN: 1466-2132

15. Ghadge A, Pandit S, Das D, Ghangrekar M.M., 2014. Performance of air cathode earthen pot MFC for simultaneous wastewater treatment with bioelectricity generation. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management. Inderscience Publication. Vol 17, issue 2/3/4, pages 143. DOI:  10.1504/IJETM.2014.061780. ISSN: 1466-2132

16. Weinman, S., Bass, M., Pandit, S., Herzberg, M., Freger, S., Husson S. 2017, A switchable zwitterionic membrane surface chemistry for biofouling control; Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier. 548 (2018) 490–501. DOI:  10.1016/j.memsci.2017.11.055. IF: 7.015.ISSN: 0376-7388

17. T Nam, Pandit,S., Jung, P.S. et al. 2018. Improved Structures of Stainless Steel Current Collector Increase Power Generation of Microbial Fuel Cells by Decreasing Cathodic Charge Transfer Impedance.  Environmental Engineering Research. 2018; 23(4): 383-389. DOI:10.4491/eer.2017.171. ISSN: 12261025. IF: 1.81.

18. Moshe Herzberg, Soumya Pandit, Meagan S. Mauter, Yoram Oren. 2019. Bacterial biofilm formation on ion exchange membranes, Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier. 2018; 23(4): 383-389. DOI:  10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117564. IF: 7.015.ISSN: 0376-7388.

19. Lukhanyo Mekuto, Soumya Pandit, Ayomide V.A. Olowolafe, Noluntu Dyantyi, Philiswa Nomngongo, Robert Huberts. 2020. Microalgae as a biocathode and feedstock in anode chamber for a self-sustainable microbial fuel cell technology: A review, 31 (2020) 7–168. South African Journal of Chemical Engineering. IF: 2.1.

20. Nishit Savla, Soumya Pandit, *, Abhilasha Singh Mathuriya, Namita Khanna, Sokhee P. Jung.  Microbially Powered Electrochemical Systems Coupled with Membrane-based Technology for Sustainable Desalination and Efficient Wastewater Treatment. 2020.Journal of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers 2020; 42(7): 360-380.DOI: https://doi.org/10.4491/KSEE.2020.42.7.360.

21. Taehui Nam, Heunggu Kang, Soumya Pandit, Sang-Hyoun Kim, Sunho Yoon, Sungjun Bae, Sokhee P Jung. Effects of vertical and horizontal configurations of different numbers of brush anodes on performance and electrochemistry of microbial fuel cells. Journal of Cleaner Production. Elsevier. IF: 7.3. Vol: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124125

22. Nishit Savla, Raksha Anand, Soumya Pandit* and Ram Prasad. Utilization of Nanomaterials as Anode Modifiers for Improving Microbial Fuel Cells Performance. Journal of Renewable Materials Tech Science Press. IF: 1.4. (just accepted).DOI:10.32604/jrm.2020.011803.

23. Dipak A Jadhav, Alessandro A Carmona-Martínez, Ashvini D Chendake, Soumya Pandit, Deepak Pant. 2020.Modeling and optimization strategies towards performance enhancement of microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology. Elsevier. Pages 124256, IF: 7.3. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124256.

24. Rukhsar Shaikh, Afshan Rizvi, Marzuqa Quraishi, Soumya Pandit*, Abhilasha Singh Mathuriya, Piyush Kumar Gupta, Joginder Singh, Ram Prasad. 2020. Bioelectricity production using plant-microbial fuel cell: Present state of art. South African Journal of Botany. Elsevier. IF: 1.79. DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2020.09.025.

25. Drishti Dinesh Bhagchandanii, Rishi Pramod Babu, Jayesh M Sonawane, Namita Khanna, Soumya Pandit*, Dipak A Jadhav, Santimoy Khilari, Ram Prasad.2020. A Comprehensive Understanding of Electro-Fermentation. Fermentation 2020, 6(3), 92; MDPI. DOI; 10.3390/fermentation6030092

Book Chapter Publication (25 published):     

1. Nayak B. K., Pandit, S. and Das, D. 2013. Biohydrogen. Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy by Edited Kennes. John Willy and Sons Ltd. Chapter 15,pp 345-375.ISBN: 978-1-119-94331-0. DOI: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch15

2. Pandit, S. and Das, D. Role of Microalgae in Microbial Fuel Cell. 2015. Algal Biorefinery: An Integrated Approach, Edition: 1st, Chapter: 17, Publisher: Capital Publishing Company, Editors: debabrata das, pp.375-399. ISBN: 978-3-319-22813-6.DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-22813-6_17

3. Pandit, S., Patel, V., Chandrasekhar K, Basics of Methanogenesis in Anaerobic Digester.

4. Chandrasekhar K, Pandit, S., Kakarla R, Jeevitha V.   Algae—the Potential Future Fuel: Challenges and Prospects. April 2017. Microbial Applications Vol.1, Bioremediation and Bioenergy, Edition: 1, Chapter: 11, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Editors: V.C. Kalia, Prasun Kumar, pp.239-251. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52666-9_11.

5. Chandrasekhar K, Pandit, S.,Kadier A, Jeevitha V.  Biohydrogen Production: Integrated Approaches to Improve the Process Efficiency. Microbial Applications Vol.1, Bioremediation and Bioenergy, Edition: 1, Chapter: 9, Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG, Editors: V. C. Kalia, P. Kumar, pp.189-210. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52666-9_9 ·

6. Pandit, S., Chandrasekhar K,, Kakarla R, Kadier A, Jeevitha V. Basic Principles of Microbial Fuel Cell: Technical Challenges and Economic Feasibility. Microbial Applications Vol.1, Bioremediation and Bioenergy, Edition: 1, Chapter: 8, Publisher: Springer Nature, Editors: V.C. Kalia, Prasun Kumar, 165-188. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52666-9_8. ISBN: 978-3-319-52666-9.

7. P Chatterjee, S Pandit, ANGhadge, MM Ghangrekar. 2013. Performance comparison of air-breathing cathode and aqueous cathode earthen pot microbial fuel cell. Recent Advances in Bioenergy Research-volume II, edited by Kumar Sachin, Tyagi S; SardarSwaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy,pp: 356-369. ISBN: 978-81-927097-1-0

8. S. Pandit, S Sarode and Das, D. 2017. Fundamental of Microbial desalination Cell. Microbial fuel cell: A bioelectrochemical system that converts waste to watts. Edited by Debabrata Das. Publisher: Capital Publishing Company and M/s. Springer, Cham Switzerland, (ISBN 978-3-319-66793-5).pp 353-371.

9. S. Pandit and Das, D. 2017. Principles of Microbial Fuel Cell for power generation. Microbial fuel cell: A bioelectrochemical system that converts waste to watts. Edited by Debabrata Das. Publisher: Capital Publishing Company and M/s. Springer, Cham Switzerland, Print version ISBN (ISBN 978-3-319-66793-5).pp 21-44

10. Pandit, S.*,Sarode, S., Sargunaraj, F., and Kuppam, C. 2017. Fundamental of bacterial mediated biofouling. Biotechnological Applications of Quorum Sensing Inhibitors Publisher: Springer, Singapore; DOI: 978-981-10-9025-7. pp 263-284..* corresponding author

11.Pandit, S.*,Sarode, S., and Kuppam, C. 2017. Fundamentals of bacterial biofilm: present state of art. Microbial Applications. Quorum Sensing and its Biotechnological Applications Publisher: Springer ,Singapore, pp 43-60.978-981-13-0847-5. .* corresponding author

12.Pandit, S., Roy, S. 2019. Microbial electrochemical system: Principles and Application. Microbial Electrochemical Technology: Platform for Fuels, Chemicals and Remediation”; (Elsevier). pp : 19-48.ISBN: 978-0444640529.

13. Pandit,S., Jung, P.S. 2019. Important Factors influencing MFC performance. 2019. “Microbial Electrochemical Technology: Platform for Fuels, Chemicals and Remediation”; (Elsevier). pp: 377-406.ISBN: 978-0444640529.

14. Varanasi JL, Veerubhotla R, Pandit S, D Das D. 2019. Biohydrogen Production Using Microbial Electrolysis Cell: Recent Advances and Future Prospects; “Microbial Electrochemical Technology: Platform for Fuels, Chemicals and Remediation” (Elsevier). pp: 843-869.ISBN: 978-0444640529.

15. Pandit, S.*, Chandrasekhar K, Jadav, D. MM Ghangrekar and D Das. 2019. Contaminant removal and energy recovery in Microbial fuel cell.Microbial Biodegradation of Xenobiotic Compounds. Edited by Prof. Young-CheolChang.Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group. pp:76-89; ISBN 9781138743922. *corresponding author.

16. Chatterjee S,  Pandit S and Fosso-Kankeu E. Removal of Heavy Metal Pollutants from Wastewater Using Immobilized Enzyme Techniques: A Review. 2019. Prediction and Control Tools for the Dispersion of Pollutants in the Environment. Scrivener Publishing John Wiley & Sons, Inc; Edited by Elvis Fosso-Kankeu. ISBN 9781138743922.pp 459–480.

17. Khanna N, Sridhar A, Subramanian R, Pandit S and Fosso-Kankeu E. Phycoremediation: A Solar Driven Wastewater Purification System. 2019. Prediction and Control Tools for the Dispersion of Pollutants in the Environment. Willey Scrivener Publishing John Wiley & Sons, Inc; Edited by Elvis Fosso-Kankeu. ISBN 9781138743922. Pp 373–428

18. Sajana T.K, Pandit S, Jadhav DA, Abdullah-Al-Mamun Md., Fosso-Kankeu E. Sediment microbial fuel cell for wastewater treatment: A new approach. 2019. Prediction and Control Tools for the Dispersion of Pollutants in the Environment. Willey Scrivener Publishing John Wiley & Sons, Inc; Edited by Elvis Fosso-Kankeu. ISBN 9781138743922. Pp 303–338.

19. Pramod Babu R, Pandit S*,  KhannN ; Fosso-Kankeu E. Importance of Bacterial Biofilm in Bioremediation. Contaminants and Clean Technologies. eBook ISBN9780429275852. CRC Press. DOI: 10.1201/9780429275852-9. *corresponding author.

20. ChowdharyP; Vishvas H; Singh AK; Pandit S; 2020.  Emerging Environmental Contaminants. Contaminants and Clean Technologies. eBook ISBN9780429275852. CRC Press.DOI: 10.1201/9780429275852-1.

21. Pandit S, Savla N; Jung SP; 2020. Recent advancements in scaling up microbial fuel cells. Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-12-817493-7 .DOI:  10.1016/B978-0-12-817493-7.00016-3. pp-349-368.

22. Mathuriya AS ; Pandit S. 2020. Treatment of food processing and beverage industry wastewaters in microbial fuel cells. Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-12-817493-7. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-817493-7.00009-6. pp-199-210.

23. Jadhav D.A. , Chendake, A.D. , Ghosal, D. , Mathuriya, A.S. , Kumar, S.S. , Pandit, S. 2020.Advanced microbial fuel cell for biosensor applications to detect quality parameters of pollutants. Bioremediation and Nutrients and Other Valuable Products Recovery: Using Bio electrochemical systems. DOI: 10.1016/ B978-0-12-821729-0.00003-8.

24. Vinay Patel, Rishi Pramod, Namita Khanna, Prajakta Pawar, Abhilasha Singh Mathuriya, Soumya Pandit. 2020. Fundamentals of Biosensor Application in Environmental Pollutant Monitoring. Removal of Emerging Contaminants Through Microbial Processes. Springer, Singapore. pp-311-329. ISBN: 978-981-15-5901-3. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5901-3_15.

25. Abhilasha Singh MathuriyaArminder Kaur, Piyush Kumar Gupta, Soumya Pandit, Deepak Jadhav. 2021. Potential of microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment.  Bioremediation and Nutrients and Other Valuable Products Recovery: Using Bio electrochemical systems. Eds: Singh L, Mahapatra DM, Thakur S. Publisher: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780128217290.

BOOK:

Microbial fuel cell performance improvement by optimizing parameters. 2017. S Pandit, MM Ghangrekar, and D Das. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.OmniScriptum GmbH & Co. KG

Bahnhofstraße 28, D-66111 Saarbrücken. Project-ID (157381) and the books ISBN (978-3-330-08816-0)

Patents filed/published:

Title: Earthen material based cathode separator assembly for scalable bioelectrochemical system. Patent authority: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur;

: submitted (Ref: Patent Application No.805/KOL/2013). Patent filed: 05/07/2013. Current Status: Published; Inventor: S Pandit, P Chatterjee, Khilari, S., AN Ghadge, Das D, D Pradhan, MM Ghangrekar

Title: Development of cost effective membrane cathode assembly for a single chambered microbial fuel cell. Patent authority: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; (Ref: Patent Application No.1302/KOL/2013). Patent filed: 14/11/2013.Current Status: Published.

Inventor: Khilari, S., S Pandit, Das D, D Pradhan, MM Ghangrekar.

Title: A system for simultaneous treatment of wastewater and wastegas using a Microbial Carbon Capture Cell reactor: Patent authority: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; (Ref: Patent Application No. 0471/KOL/2015). Patent filed: 28/04/15. Current Status: Pending;

Inventor: S Pandit, Nayak B, Mypati S, Ghangrekar MM, Das D.

Certifications

  • 4 month project employee in Chembiotek Research International Pvt Ltd., Block-BN, Plot-7, Sector V; Electronic, Salt Lake Salt Lake City; Kolkata 700091. June-September 2006.
  • Industrial training in Allen laboratory (Pharmaceutical company-kolkata).
  • Personality Development Course conducted at Bengal Institute of Technology, WBUT.
  • Industrial training in Common effluent treatment plant at Baantala Leather Complex (kolkata).Duration 1 month,
  • Completed ITeZen(A basic Information Technology learning Course: Duration 6 month, completion 19-02-2005. (http://www.smartvalue.biz)
  • Attended the short term course on ‘Waste Minimization and Bioenergy recovery-organized by department of Civil engineering, IIT KGP during 22nd to 26th November 2009.
  • Worked as helper at the National workshop on Bioinformatics in “Genomics and
  • Proteomics”, Dept. of Biotechnology, IIT – Kharagpur, 2012.
  • Workshop on Biofilm modeling and microbial ecology for environmental biotechnology, The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR); Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.2017.
  • Workshop on Capacitive Deionization at conference on “Interfaces against Pollution conference (IAP 2016), held during 4th-7th September 2016 at Universitat de Lleida (Spain).

Area of Interest

Microbial electrochemical cell biofilm and biofouling; biohythane; nanomaterial synthesis and characterization; microalgal biomass production; bioenergy and biofuel