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Scholars

Scholars from German universities and research institutions come to IGCS within the framework of the IGCS-DST-projects, for study purposes or specialized joint project work in all areas of sustainability related to water, waste, energy or land-use and urban development. Indian scholars join for long-term stays as postdocs or short-term stays at the German institutions involved in IGCS activites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Judith Bopp

Email: Bopp[at]igcs-chennai.org

Judith Bopp is currently working on her postdoctoral project with the IGCS at IIT Madras. She will stay in Chennai from April to December 2017, joining the peri-urban transformation research cluster under Prof S. Chella Rajan at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her work is dedicated to organic farming as an opportunity for sustainable land use, nutritional improvement and community development in the peri-urban. The study involves action research with a local community in Chennai’s vicinity. Judith holds a PhD in Cultural Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her thesis was set in the context of urban food production and organic food movements in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 

Markus Lenhart

E-Mail: markus.lenhart@uni-weimar.de

Markus Lenhart, Master student of Environmental Enginnering at Bauhaus-University Weimar, is doing project work with Prof. Ligy Philip at the Department of Civil Engineering in the technical area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from May to August 2017. The goal of the project is to conduct a thorough analysis of sustainable composting and waste management in suburban areas in India exemplified by existing projects of IIT Madras. Markus Lenhart will survey material flows and social sustainability, while Konrad Irmisch will focus on technical sustainability.

 

 

Konrad Irmisch

E-Mail: konrad.irmisch@uni-weimar.de

Konrad Irmisch, Master student of Environmental Enginnering at Bauhaus-University Weimar, is doing project work with Prof. Ligy Philip at the Department of Civil Engineering in the technical area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from May to August 2017. The goal of the project is to conduct a thorough analysis of sustainable composting and waste management in suburban areas in India exemplified by existing projects of IIT Madras. Konrad Irmisch will survey technical sustainability, while Markus Lenhart will focus on material flows and social sustainability.

 

Paul Böhm

Email: paul.boehm@rwth-aachen.de

 

Paul Boehm, Master student of Ecotoxicology at RWTH Aachen University, is doing project work with Prof. Indumathi M. Nambi at IIT Madras from April to June 2017. The goal of the project is a comprehensive analysis on chemical pollution of water bodies in the area of Chennai, aiding to an improved water management in the region. In cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ), large volume water samples will be taken using a novel device provided by the UFZ. At RWTH Aachen University, Paul Boehm will apply bioassays for ecotoxicological analysis of the samples, while Jonas Daniel (s. below) will apply chemical analysis at UFZ. https://nonpotablewater.net

 

Jonas Daniel

Email: jonas.daniel@rwth-aachen.de

Jonas Daniel, Master student of Ecotoxicology at RWTH Aachen University, is doing project work with Prof. Indumathi M. Nambi at IIT Madras from April to June 2017. The goal of the project is a comprehensive analysis on chemical pollution of water bodies in the area of Chennai, aiding to an improved water management in the region. In cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ), large volume water samples will be taken using a novel device provided by the UFZ. At UFZ, Jonas Daniel will investigate the samples using chemical analysis, while Paul Boehm (s. above) will apply bioassays. https://nonpotablewater.net

 

 

Mr Aditya Dilip Lele

 

Aditya Lele is a research scholar working under the guidance of Dr. N. Krithika and Dr. K. Anand of department of mechanical engineering at IIT Madras. He is visiting PTB Braunschweig, Germany, from May 2017 to July 2017 to participate in biofuel related experiments. The goal of this project is to conduct auto-ignition experiments on methyl esters to aid its kinetic modelling under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ravi Fernades, Dr. Kai Moshammer and Mr. Sonal K. Vallabhuni. With the help of the facilities at PTB, such as RCM and Shock Tube, auto-ignition times will be measured for methyl butanoate at di erent physical conditions. These experiments will support the development of a surrogate kinetic model for biodiesel being developed at IIT Madras. This biodiesel kinetic model will be used in engine simulations to study pollutant formation in CI engines using biodiesels.

 

Mr Kiran Kumar Yalamanchi

Kiran Yalamanchi finished Masters in Thermal Engineering at IIT Madras. In cooperation with IGCS, he worked for the project “Development of an accurate chemical mechanism for air, oxy and mixture combustion of methane” at ITV, RWTH Aachen University (Prof Pitsch) in the period May-July’16. Bio-fuels constitute of methane as main constituent. Recently there has been shift in industry to oxy combustion of natural gas and bio-fuels. Development of an accurate mechanism that predicts air, oxy and mixture combustion helps in simulating the combustion environment of bio-fuels at these conditions thereby helping to optimize systems. This work is a part of project “Numerical investigation of reaction kinetics of bio fuel”. This project looks in to developing reaction mechanisms for bio fuels and indirectly serves the purpose of finding the alternative energy. To take this project further, in cooperation with IGCS, he is continuing to work on this project at ITV, RWTH Aachen University for the period May-Aug 2017.

 

 

Charles P Joseph

Charles P Joseph, PhD Scholar in Environmental Engineering specialisation, Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras is currently in the fourth semester doing the graduate project under the guidance of Prof. S. Mohan, Dept of Civil Engineering. He is interested in
Sustainable solutions for Solid Waste Management. His study focuses on Municipal Solid Waste Treatment using Bioreactor Landfill Technology and also the contaminant transport modelling from the Perungudi dumpsite (Chennai) to the surrounding environs. The research includes the Design and fabrication of Laboratory scale anaerobic bioreactors to determine methane yield in biogas recovered from the municipal solid waste (MSW), Understanding the effect of controlling factors such as pH, leachate recirculation rate and organic loading rate on degradation rate of MSW and Modelling the pollutant transport from the existing open dumpsite using Visual Mod-flow 2011.1 in order to evolve strategies to mitigate the pollution of Groundwater (GW) due to leachate movement. He will visit RWTH Aachen University from mid May 2017 to 30th June 2017 and in University of Stuttgart from 1st July 2017 to mid August 2017.