Raj Mohan B



Date of Joining at NITK: 

Friday, October 20, 2000

Professional Experience: 

20 years 7 months of Professional Experience at NITK: Lecturer (2000 – 2006), Senior Lecturer (2006 – 2008), Assistant Professor (2008 – 2011),

Associate Professor (2011 – 2018), Professor (2018 – till date).

Contact Details


rajmohanbala [at] gmail [dot] com


+91-824-2473605, +91-824-2474605


Academic Background

Ph.D IIT – Kharagpur & 2008
M. Tech (IPC) NITK – Surathkal Mangalore University & 2000
B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) VIT – Madras University & 1998

Areas of Interest

Air pollution Control and Abatement,
Separation Technologies,
Waste water treatment and quality monitoring,
Biosynthesis of bioactive molecules,
Pigments and nanoparticles.

Significant Projects

1. Design and Development of Affinity Based Sensors for the detection of radiological compounds in point of CBRM emergencies using ZnO NPs functionalized by
Amidoxine and Mugenic acid” (2020) LSRB - DRDO
2. Synthesis of β-cyclodextrin nickel ferrite nanoparticles for the removal of pharmaceutical compounds from aqueous systems (2018) ASEAN – DST
3. Heavy Metal Removal by Melanin Coated Polymer Matrix (2015) DST – CO-PI
4. Particulate Matter Analysis and Monitoring for Urban Region of Mangalore (2014) KSPCB
Electrochemical Deposition of CZTS for solar Cell Applications (2014) – Co- PI
5. One step CZTS Nano ink Synthesis by Sonochemical Route for Bifacial Solar Cell Applications (2014)
6. Studies on removal of VOCs and NO by activated carbon from Anacardium occidentale seed husk in packed bed column (2010) FAST TRACK DST

Consultancy projects
1. Evaluation of Hydraulic load capacity of Common Effluent Treatment Plant of Mangalore Special Economic Zone, Bikampady, Mangalore (2020)

Supervision of Ph.D

Ongoing: 05
Completed: 08

Significant Publications

1. Smitha C K. and Raj Mohan Balakrishnan (2021) “Adsorption of pharmaceuticals pollutants, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Streptomycin from the Aqueous Phase
using Amine Functionalized Superparamagnetic Silica Nanocomposite”. Journal of Cleaner Production DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-3272-8
2. Vrushali V Kadam, Raj Mohan Balakrishnan., Jagadeesh Babu Ponnan Ettiyappan (2019) “Fluorometric Detection of Bisphenol A using β-cyclodextrin Functionalized
ZnO QDs” Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-07797-2.
3. Vishnu M. Raj Mohan B., Keyur Raval (2019) Adsorptive removal of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic from aqueous solutions using iron and copper impregnated
melanin extracted from the marine bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri. Environmental Pollution. DOI.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113576.
4. Uddandarao Priyanka, Tina Arun Hingnekar, Raj Mohan Balakrishnan, Eldon R Rene, (2019) "Solar assisted photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in the
presence of biogenic fluorescent ZnS nanocolloids". Chemosphere (doi.10.1016/j.chemosphere. 2019.05.265)
5. Kadlimatti H M, Raj Mohan Balakrishnan, Saidutta M B, (2019) "Microwave assisted Pyrolysis of Food Waste-Optimization of Fixed Carbon content using Response
Surface Methodology", Biofuels. DOI: 10.1080/17597269.2019.1573609
6. Ajuy Sundar and Raj Mohan Balakrishnan (2018), Biosynthesis of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles using Endophytic Fungus Aspergillus nidulas. Journal of Environmental
Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.032
7. Gopinath Kalaiarasan and Raj Mohan Balakrishnan (2018), Source apportionment studies on particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) in ambient air of urban Mangalore.
Journal of Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.032
8. L. Shrutee, Tim Van Geel, Eldon R. Rene, B. Raj Mohan, Abhishek Dutta, (2018) Experimental and Numerical Study of the Hydrodynamics of a Thin Film Reactor
(TFR) for the Decarboxylation of Anacardic Acid. International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering. DOI:10.1515/ijcre-2017-0135
9. Jaya, M.J., Sumit S, Raj Mohan, B. (2015). “Exploring the fungal protein cadre in the biosynthesis of PbSe quantum dots”. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 324, 54 – 61
doi:10.1016/j. jhazmat.2015.12.056
10. Dilna Damodaran, Raj Mohan B., Vidya Shetty K, (2013). Uptake of certain heavy metals from contaminated soil by mushroom – Galerina vittiformis. Ecotoxicology and
Environmental Safety. Doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2013.10.033


1. Recipient of Award for Research Publication (2019 - 2020) by Vision Group on Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, GoK.
2. Recipient of Netherlands Fellowship Program award (NFP-nuffic) for Short Term Program on Industrial Resource Management and Cleaner Production between 8th -
26thFebruary 2016 offered by UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands
3. Recipient of Netherlands Fellowship Program award (NFP-nuffic) for Short Term Program on Nanotechnology for Water and Wastewater Treatment between 31st
March to 11thApril 2014 offered by UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands.
4. Recipient of Young Scientist Award from Department of Science and Technology under SERC Fast Track Scheme 2010 - 2013.
5. Visiting Scientist to AERL, Department of Civil and Environmental Sciences, University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea.
6. Regional Volunteer of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for Centre for Science and Environment and participated in their Green Rating Programme during
2004 and 2005

1. Filed a patent on “Method, System and Apparatus for Arsenic Removal from Water using Functionalized Melanin” TEMP/E-1/51794/2018-CHE (Defended – Result
2. Filed a patent on “Removal of Heavy Metals from Contaminated Water by Adsorption using Melanin Bound Activated Carbon” TEMP/E-1/48394/2017-CHE (Granted)
3. Filed a patent on “A Thin Film Reactor for Obtaining Cardanol” Ref No: 6277/CHE/2015A (FER Submitted)

Book Chapters:
1. Contributed a book chapter (Chapter -11) titled Biological Synthesis of Metal Selenide Nanoparticles and their Applications“ IWA Publishers Authors: Raj Mohan
Balakrishnan and Vrushali Vinayak Kadam (In Press)
2. Contributed a book chapter (Chapter -2) A Perspective of Advanced Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring in book Tools, Techniques and Protocols for Monitoring
Environmental Contaminants, 2019, Pages 19-51 (Elsevier Publishers) Authors: Raj Mohan Balakrishnan, Uddandarao Priyanka, Keyur Raval and Ritu Raval.
3. “Spray – cum –Bubble Column Scrubber for gaseous effluents from industries” by Dr. Raj Mohan B. & Dr. B. C. Meikap VDM Publications, Verlag Dr. Müller
Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG Dudweiler Landstr. 99, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany.
4. Contributed a chapter in Handbook of Metal-Microbe Interactions and Bioremediation, by Dr. Raj Mohan B., Dr. Jaya Mary Jacob & Dr. Dhilna Damodharan CRC
Press, Taylor & Francis Group (2017)
5. Select Proceedings of ICACE 2015 “Materials, Energy and Environment Engineering” Editors: Raj Mohan B., G. Srinikethan, Bhim Charan Meikap (Elsevier Publishers)


Contact us

Prasanna B D, Associate Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

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