Research

Research Areas:

Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Adsorption/ Ionexchange (in removal of heavy metals)
  • Advanced oxidation process
  • Electrochemical methods
  • Application of nanomaterials in water and wastewater treatment
  • Application of sensors (optical, pressure, chemo, nano and bio) in water and wastewater management and real time monitoring of water level and water quality
  • Nanobio-remediation, phytoremediation

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering and Management

  • Application of GIS and remote sensing in water resources management
  • Estuarine dynamics
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling
  • Application of soft computing techniques
  • Application of BIG DATA technique

Infrastructure Facilities:  

To carryout academic and research activities, there are five laboratories in the Institute to deal with hydrology, water quality testing and analysis, electrochemical, microbiological and computational studies. They are provided with sophisticated instruments and software such as Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analyser, UV spectrophotometer, table coater for membrane preparation, flow cells, automatic weather station, ocean current meter, electrical resistivity meter, hydrometerological sensors, portable spectrophotometer, ultra sonicator, laminar hood, bacteriological incubator, autoclave, iGIS software for GIS and remote sensing applications and FEFLOW for groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling.

Sponsored Projects:

The Water Institute is also involved in hydrologic data collection, water sampling and field experiments. Several prototype models have been procured / fabricated for carrying out the projects. Some of the research projects being carried out in the Institute are in the areas of development of Decision Support System in management of wetlands, isotope application in evaluation the performance of percolation tanks in recharging groundwater, behavior and interaction of nanoparticles in aquatic environment, nanobio-remediation, capacitive deionisaiton in treating contaminated groundwater. The list of ongoing projects is given below:

S. No Title of the Project P.I &Co P.I Sanctioned amount in Rs. Agency
1 Development of a Decision Support System (DSS) for management of coastal wetland - A case study of Point Calimere of Cauvery Basin in Tamil Nadu (jointly with SCE) Dr. P. Jegathambal Dr. J. Brema Ms. K.L.Priya 24,13,792 Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
2 Experimental investigations and modelling studies of nanoparticles transport and interactions in aquatic environment Dr. P Jegathambal 9,66,000 DST (SERB)
3 Implementation related issues of capacitive deionization process for decontamination of ground water Dr. M. Noel 14,96,160 DST
4 Study on recharge characteristics of tanks in the semi-arid zones using isotope techniques (jointly with SCE) Dr. C. Gajendran Dr. P. Jegathambal Dr. C. Anitha 17,07,300 DST
5 Nano Bio Remediation of Textile Industrial Effluent in Tirupur District, Tamil Nadu Dr. P. Jegathambal 42,17,000 MoEF &CC
6 A Novel TiO 2 coated Aluminium Electrode (TiO 2 /Al) for treatment of textile dyeing wastewater using real time controlled multichannel Dr. P. Jegathambal, Dr K. Parameswari, Dr.M. S. P Subathra 37,19,000 DST

Publications (National and International Journals)

About 54 papers have been published in International Journals during past 8 years.