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Centre Coordinators

Two Centre Coordinators facilitate the activities of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and represent the connecting authorities between the two universities. Prof B.S. Murty, Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Prof Rafig Azzam from RWTH Aachen University have been in charge of IGCS since 2017 and 2010 respectively. Please find more details about their activities below.







Prof Dr B. S. Murty (Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras)


2004 (ongoing): Professor, IIT Madras
2001: Associate Professor, IIT Madras
1998: Assistant Professor, IIT Madras
1997: Associate Professor, IIT Kanpur
1990: Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur
1989: Lecturer, IIT Kanpur
1985 : Teaching / Research Assistant

Research areas

  • Open channel flows & Free Surface Flows
  • Sediment Transport Modeling
  • Surface & Subsurface Flow Interaction
  • Pipe flows & Condition Assessment
  • Contaminant Transport Modeling
  • Water Resources Management in Coastal and Deltaic Systems

Publications (selection only, complete list here)

  • Philip, Ligy; Reddy, K. S.; Kumar, Bhuvanesh; Bhallamudi, S.M., Kannan, A., “Performance evaluation of a solar and wind aided cross-flow evaporator for RO reject management”, DesalinationElsevier, Vol. 317   Pages: 1-10, 2013.
  • Balasubramanian, P., Ligy Philip, S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Biotrickling filtration of VOC emissions from pharmaceutical industries”, Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, Vol. 209, pp. 102-112, October 2012.
  • Chaitali, M., Manikandan, S.T., S. Murty Bhallamudi, and Panday, S. “A dynamic sub-timing based implicit non-oscillating scheme for contaminant transport modeling”, Jl. of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 17(6), pp. 694-703, June 2012.
  • Belayneh, M. Z. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Optimization model for management of water quality in a tidal river using upstream releases”, J. of Water Resources and Protection, Scientific Research Publications, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 149-162, March 2012.
  • Naresh K. Sharma, Ligy Philip and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Aerobic Degradation of Phenolics and aromatic hydrocarbons in Presence of Cyanide”, Bioresources Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 121, October 2012, pp. 263-273.
  • Belayneh, M. Z. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Multi-objective management model for waste load allocation in a tidal river using archive multi objective simulated annealing algorithm”, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 29 (4), pp. 222-230, December 2012.
  • T. Shashidhar, S. Murty Bhallamudi, Ligy Philip, Development and validation of a model of bio-barriers for remediation of Cr(VI) contaminated aquifers using laboratory column experiment, Jl. of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 145, No. 3, 437-452, 2007.
  • T. Shashidhar, Nisha Nandanan, Ligy Philip, S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Design of a passive bio-barrier system for chromium containment in confined aquifers”, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, ASCE, Vol. 11, No. 4, 216 – 224, 2007.
  • H. P. Reddy, S. Narasimhan, and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Simulation and state estimation of transient flow in gas pipeline networks using transfer function model”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 45, 3853-3863, 2006.
  • Y.S.R. Murty, S. Murty Bhallamudi, and K. Srinivasan, “Non-uniform flow effect on optimal waste load allocation in rivers”, Water Resources Management, Kluwer, Vol. 20, pp. 509-530, 2006.
  • T. Shashidhar, L. Philip, and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Bench scale column experiments to study the containment of Cr(VI) in confined aquifers by biotransformation”, Journal of Hazardous materials, Elsevier, B 131, 200-209, 2006.
  •  S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Turbulence Modeling” in “Turbulent Flows: Fundamentals, Experiments and Modeling” (Eds: G. Biswas & V. Eswaran), Narosa Publishers, New Delhi, (19 pages: 319-337) 2002.
  • S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Computation of open channel flows with shocks: An Overview” in “Research perspectives in hydraulics and water resources engineering” (Eds: Rama Prasad & S. Vedula), World Scientific, Singapore. (42 pages: 89-130), 2002.
  • S. Surya Rao, S. Murty Bhallamudi, S.K. Tiwari and Ravi Bhushan Kumar, “Flood routing in tree type channel networks, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ISH, Vol.6, No. 1, pp. 35-45 (Best paper award), 2000.
  • P.V.N. Sudhakar, S. Surya Rao and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Implicit two dimensional storage routing of floods in a river with flood plains”, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (Ind), Vol. 80, November 1999, pp. 105-109. (Best paper award)
  • Tewari, A. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “simulation of infiltration from a trickle irrigation source”, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ISH, Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 1-13, 1997.
  • Murty, B.S. and Sridharan, K., “Transients in a spatially distributed pumping system”, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (Ind) – CV, Vol. 76, No.5, pp. 55-59, 1995.
  • Murty, B.S., Sridharan, K. and Prasad, I., “Effect of intermediate non-return valves on transients in pumping mains”, Journal of the institution of engineers (Ind), Vol. 67, Part CI 3, pp. 99-104, November 1986. (Best Paper Award)

=> Representative: Prof. L. Philip




Prof. Dr. R. Azzam (Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University)


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  • 1980: Research assistant at the Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • 1984: Research fellow at the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia
  • 1987: Senior lecturer at the Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 1993: Professor for Engineering Geology and Environmental Geotechnics at Freiberg University of Science and Technology and member of Faculty Board, Germany
  • 1999: Director of the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering at Freiberg University of Science and Technology, Germany
  • 2002: Head of the Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Research area

  • Remedeation and management of brownfields
  • Risk prognosis
  • Environmental Geotechnics

Publications (selection only, complete list here)

  •  Neukum, C. and Azzam, R. (2012): Impact of climate change on groundwater recharge in a small catchment in the Black Forest, Germany. In: Hydrogeology Journal, DOI 10.1007/s10040-011-0827-x
  • Feinendegen, M., Ziegler, M., Spagnoli, G., Azzam, R., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M.  (2010):  Ein neues Verfahren zur Bewertung des Verklebungspotenzials beim maschinellen Tunnelvortrieb mit Erddruckschilden , In:  31. Baugrundtagung, 3-6 November 2010, München , 103 – 110 .
  • Feinendegen, M., Spagnoli, G., Stanjek, H., Neher, H.P., Ernst, G., Weh, M., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., Ziegler, M., Azzam, R.  (2010):  InProTunnel: Interfacial Processes between Mineral and Tool Surfaces – Causes, Problems and Solutions in Mechanical Tunnel Driving , In:  Geotechnologien Science Report 16: Mineral Surfaces – From Atomic Processes to Geotechnology , 111-125 , (accepted) .
  • Klebingat, S., Schulten, S., Kempka, T., Schlüter, R., Rüterkamp, P., Neukum, C., Azzam, R., Quicker, P.  (2010):  Underground Coal Gasification and groundwater risk potential: Modelling tar masses and pollutant spectrum , In:  Hoppe, A. , Röhling, H.G. , Schüth, C. (Hrsg.): GeoDarmstadt 2010 – 8th European Coal Conference, Darmstadt, 10-13 October 2010, SDGG publication 68-2010 , 313 .
  • Klebingat, S., Schulten, S., Kempka, T., Schlüter, R., Rüterkamp, P., Neukum, C., Azzam, R., Quicker, P.  (2010):  Modelling of pollutant production by underground coal gasification , In:  Zereini, F. , Hashwa, F. (Hrsg.): Proceed. of the 5th Environmental Symposium of German-Arab Scientific Forum for Environmental Studies 21-22 September 2010, Byblos, Lebanon , 42-43 .
  • Hu, H., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., Dong, M., Nguyen, H.T., Azzam, R.  (2010):  3D Modeling using LiDAR Data and its Geological and Geotechnical Applications , In:  The 18th International Conference on Geoinformatics, June. 18-20, 2010. Beijing (China) , 1-6 . Read online
  • Dong, M., Neukum, C., Azzam, R., Hu, H.  (2010):  3D Stratigraphic Modeling of Central Aachen , In:  General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union 2010, May 02-07. 2010, Vienna (Austria). Geophysical Research Abstracts , Vol. 12 (EGU2010-547-7) .
  • Spagnoli, G., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., Feinendegen, M., Stanjek, H., Azzam, R.  (2010):  The influence of the dielectric constant and electrolyte concentration of the pore fluids on the undrained shear strength of smectite , In:   Soils and Foundations 50 (5) , 737-743 .

=> Representative: Prof. N. Fohrer