Vaishakh Nair


Assistant Professor (Grade - I)

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Professional Experience: 

September 2019 – to date: Assistant Professor at National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
July 2019- September 2019 – Adhoc Faculty at National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
March 2017- February 2019 : Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences.
2016-2017: Adhoc Faculty at National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
July 2010-December 2010 : Adhoc Faculty at National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

Contact Details


Academic Background

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology. Madras, 2016.
Masters in Nanotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, 2010.
Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, Government Engineering College Calicut, 2008.

Areas of Interest

Nanotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Catalysis, Biomass Conversion, Plant Growth Studies, Bioremediation
Complete Profile

Significant Publications

1. Dimitrios A. Giannakoudakis, Vaishakh Nair, Ayesha Khan, Eleni A. Deliyanni, Juan Carlos Colmenares, and Konstantinos S. Triantafyllidis, Additive-free photo-assisted selective partial oxidation at ambient conditions of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural by manganese (IV) oxide nanorods, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2019.117803.
2. Vaishakh Nair, Mario J. Muñoz-Batista, Marcos Fernández-García, Rafael Luque and Juan Carlos Colmenares, Thermo-photo-catalysis: environmental and energy applications, ChemSusChem, 2019, 12, 2098-2116.
3. Suchith Chellappan, Chingakham Ch., Vaishakh Nair, Sajith.V and Aparna. K, Microwave assisted biodiesel production using a novel Brønsted acid catalyst based on nanomagnetic biocomposite, Fuel, 2019, 246, 268–276.
4. Vaishakh Nair, Juan Carlos Colmenares, and Dmytro Lisovytskiy, Ultrasound assisted ZnO coating in microflow based photoreactor for selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde, Green Chemistry, 2019,21, 1241-1246.
5. Juan Carlos Colmenares, Rajender S. Varma and Vaishakh Nair, Selective photocatalysis of lignin-inspired chemicals by integrating hybrid nanocatalysis in microfluidic reactors, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, 46, 6675-6686.
6. Vaishakh Nair and R. Vinu, Peroxide-assisted microwave activated pyrolysis biochars for the removal of dyes from wastewater, Bioresource Technology, 2016, 216, 511-519.
7. Vaishakh Nair, Ajithesh Panigrahy and R. Vinu, Development of novel chitosan-lignin composites for adsorption of dyes and metal ions from wastewater, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 254, 491-502.


1. Associate Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Since 2017
2. Sonata-Bis project funded by National Science Centre, Poland 2017-2019.
3. GE Ecomagination Excellence Award for the best Ph.D. Thesis, India 2016.
4. Research Award instituted by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 2015.
5. Gold Medal in the 40th All India Students Design Competition instituted by the National Design and Research Forum, Institution of Engineers (India), India 2009.


Contact us

Dr. I. Regupathi, Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

  • Hot line: +91-0824-2474057

Connect with us

We're on Social Networks. Follow us & get in touch.