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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jackson State University
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Dr. Fengxiang X. Han has received his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel during the period of 1992-1997. Currently, he is working as Associate Research Professor in the Institute for Clean Energy Technology, Mississippi State University. He is serving as an editorial board member of several reputed journals such as Water Air and Soil Pollution and Soil and Sediment Contamination. He has authored one book and more than 60 refereed journal articles/book chapters. He is a member of Soil Science Society of America American Agronomy Society.
Agronomic and environmental studies of nutrients and animal waste application, environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry of heavy metals and radionuclides, phytoremediation, bioremediation and chemical remediation of polluted soil and water (Hg, As, Cr, Zn, Cd, Sr, Cs and U), surface chemistry of clay minerals, carbon sequestration and global warming, and remote sensing technology.
Elena Cristina Rada
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Trento
Elena Cristina Rada, PhD. - degree in Environmental Engineering in 2002, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania; PhD. in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Power Engineering (co-tutèle), University of Trento, Italy and Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania in December 2005; Post-doc. in Sanitary Engineering 2006-2007 University of Trento, Italy. Contract professor for the Municipal Solid Waste Master in Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania. Member of the organizing committee of “Energy valorization of sewage sludge” 2006 (international conference, Rovereto - Italy); Member of the organizing committee of Venice 2010 (IWWG international conference); Seminar activities in the University of Trento and Padua (Italy) and Politehnica University of Bucharest (master, doctorate, bachelor modules). Tutor of more than 20 final projects for student graduation. Manager of many university funds at national and international level. Reviewer of international journals. Speaker at 20 international conferences. Author or co-author of about 100 papers and contributions at national and international level
Bio-mechanical MSW treatments and RDF, biological techniques for biomass characterization, environmental and energy balances regarding MSW, indoor and outdoor pollution (prevention ,remediation) and health, innovative techniques for contaminated sites and streams.
Muniyappan Rajiv Gandhi,
Venture Business Laboratory Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science
A passionate urge to learn and deep desire to be part of scientific research world and the prospect of being in the forefront of knowledge and contribute to it as prompted me to take up a career in research. One among my long-term desires is to excel as a good researcher and academician.
Capability in the field of ‘Biopolymers, Environmental Chemistry, Pollution Control, Supramolecular Chemistry & Polymer Chemistry' especially in the field of Chitin/Chitosan based materials, Thiacalixarene Chemistry for environmental applications.
Experience in modern synthetic protocols, including multi-step synthesis and structural characterization using spectroscopic techniques, viz. UV-visible, IR, NMR, Mass and also exposure in the area of X-ray crystallography.
Hands on experience in analytical instruments such as Bruker 600 MHz NMR, MALDI, TGA-DTA, SEM-EDAX, VA, AAS, CHN, BET, ICP-OES, XRF, IR and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. Also have considerable experience in carrying out adsorption/solvent extraction of heavy metals and rare metals experiments.
January - 2013 to till date - Postdoctoral Fellow - Research Center for Engineering Science and Venture Business Laboratory - Akita University, Akita, Japan.
April - 2011 to November - 2012 - Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Senior Research Fellow - Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, India.
November - 2008 to April - 2011 - Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Research Fellow - Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, India.
November- 2007 to November - 2008- Research Associate - (Research and Development) Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation Ltd. (SPIC) - Pharmaceutical Division at Chennai, India.
At present working on “Development and functional estimation of new thiacalix[n]arenes based extractants for base-metals/rare-metals recovery from automotive catalyst residues”
Developed novel synthetic routes for the synthesis of lower and upper rim substituted thiacalix[n]arenes via SNAr reactions/Mannich reaction and characterized them by the combined use of NMR and single crystal X-ray techniques.
Developed novel silica/chitosan composite, alumina/chitosan composite, nano- hydroxyapatite/chitosan composite via sol-gel reactions and characterized them by the use of BET, TEM and X-ray techniques.
In addition, prepared various modified multifunctional chitin/chitosan and synthetic polymeric resins for toxic ion removal.
Carried out various functional group inter conversions and prepared amino terminated hyper branched dendritic polyamidoamine chitosan beads (up to 3rd generation) were prepared by Michael addition of methyl acrylate to amino groups on the chitosan surface and amidation of terminal ester groups by ethylene diamine.
Experience in both column and batch adsorption studies, solving various sorption isotherms, thermodynamic parameters, sorption kinetics and arriving suitable mechanism.
Academic qualifications Post-doc. Fellow : Venture Business Laboratory (2016 - till date) Akita University, 1-1 Tegatagakuen-machi Akita 010-8502, Japan
Post-doc. Fellow : Research Center for Engineering Science (2013 - 2016) Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science Akita University, 1-1 Tegatagakuen-machi Akita 010-8502, Japan
Ph.D. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University (2008 - 2012) Gandhigram - 624 302, Dindigul, Tamilnadu, India
M.Phil. Chemistry : Vinayaka Missions University (2008 - 2009) Ariyanoor, Salem - 636 308 Tamilnadu, India
M.Sc. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University (2005-2007) Gandhigram - 624 302, Dindigul, Tamilnadu, India
B.Sc. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Madras Christian College (2002-2005) (University of Madras) Chennai- 600 059, India
Post-doctoral study : Mentor: Prof. Atsushi Shibayama, Akita Universiy “Development and functional estimation of new thiacalix[n]arenes based extractants for base-metals/rare- metals recovery from automotive catalyst residues”
Ph.D. Thesis : Adviser: Dr. S. Meenakshi, Gandhigram Rural University “Preparation and characterization of polymeric materials for the removal of heavy metal ions from water”
M.Phil. Dissertation : Adviser: Dr.K.P.Elango, Gandhigram Rural University “Spectrophotometric studies on the charge transfer complexes of azacyclonol drug with 2,3-dichloro-1,4-napthaquinone”
M.Sc. Dissertation : Adviser: Dr. K.P.Elango, Gandhigram Rural University “Spectrokinetic studies on the interaction of ketoconazole with chloranilic acid”
Awards and Honors: 2015 - Best paper presentation award and cash prize from the Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan in 25th Annual Meeting of The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, 2015, Akita, Japan.
2014 - Best article award from the Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan in 24th Annual Meeting of The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, 2014, Akita, Japan
2014 - Young researcher award from The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, for article entitled “A study of enrichment process of rare earth elements from Tamagawa hot spring water”, Int. J. Soc. Mater. Eng. Resour. Vol. 20, pp. 87-91 (2014).
2013 - Recipient of Merit Postdoctoral Fellowship from Centre for Geo- Environmental Science for foreign researchers by JST, Japan
2011 - Awarded CSIR-Senior Research Fellow by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.
2009 – Awarded Research Fellow by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi in a Major Research Project.
Most read article in Bioremediation Journal in 2012. “Preparation of modified chitin for the removal of chromium(VI)” Bioremediation Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 208-218 (2010).
Most read article in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules in 2011. “Removal of copper(II) using chitin/chitosan nanohydroxyapatite composite” Int. J. Biol. Macromol. Vol. 48, pp. 119-124 (2011).
Membership in accredited bodies:
Member, Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), Japan from 2013
? Member, Indian Chitin and Chitosan Society, India from 2010.
? Member, Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, Akita from 2013.
? Complete biography listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2014 (31st Edition) Marquis Who's Who, NJ 07922.
? Editorial board member, American Journal of Chemical Engineering, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications, American Journal of Environmental Protection - Science Publishing Group, U.S.A.
Applied Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Bioremediation