Brajesh Kumar Dubey

Ph.D., University of Florida


Civil Engineering




  • Chairperson, School of Water Resources

Research Areas

Dr. Dubey has over 17 years (post PhD) of research, teaching, and consulting experience within the broad fields of environmental, sustainable/resilient engineering and circular economy approaches, addressing the nexus among sustainability, resiliency, infrastructure, waste, energy, and the environment. His research expertise includes: (1) Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and techno-economic assessment of emerging/next-generation technologies for solving sustainability challenges related to energy systems, built infrastructure and processing and manufacturing; (2) Decarbonization of the urban infrastructure, especially for integrated waste management systems; (3) Characterization and engineering applications of waste/recycled materials including beneficial reuse risk assessment; and (4) Resource Recovery from solid and liquid waste streams. His research has been funded by several national, international agencies such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); National Geographic Society (NGS); International Transport Forum (ITF) - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris; Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Circular Initiative, Singapore; Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC);  Department of Science and Technology (DST), India; Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Auckland Regional Council, New Zealand among others.  Prior to PhD, he has 4 years of industry experience as a Civil/Environmental Engineer in the area of petrochemical, refineries and offshore oil platforms.
  • Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste with pretreated yard waste: A comparative study of methane production, kinetic modeling and energy balance Panigrahi S., Sharma H. B., Dubey B. K. By Journal of Cleaner Production 243 118480- (2020)
  • Accelerated carbonation of biochar reinforced cement-fly ash composites: Enhancing and sequestering CO2 in building materials Praneeth S., Guo R. , Wang T. , Dubey B. K., Sarmah A. K. By Construction and Building Materials 244 118363- (2020)
  • Hydrothermal carbonization of renewable waste biomass for solid biofuel production: A discussion on process mechanism, the influence of process parameters, environmental performance and fuel properties of hydrochar Sharma H. B., Sarmah A. K., Dubey B. K. By Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 123 109761- (2020)
  • Porous media transport of iron nanoparticles for site remediation application: A review of lab scale column study, transport modelling and field-scale application Mondal A., Dubey B. K., Arora M. , Mumford K. By Journal of Hazardous Materials 123443- (2020)
  • A critical review on operating parameters and strategies to improve the biogas yield from anaerobic digestion of organic fraction of municipal solid waste Panigrahi S., Dubey B. K. By Renewable Energy 143 779-797 (2019)
  • Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste with pretreated yard waste: A comparative study of methane production, kinetic modeling and energy balance Panigrahi S., Sharma H. B., Dubey B. K. By Journal of Cleaner Production 118480- (2019)
  • Electrochemical pretreatment of yard waste to improve biogas production: Understanding the mechanism of delignification, and energy balance Panigrahi S., Dubey B. K. By Bioresource technology 292 121958- (2019)
  • Electrode materials with highest surface area and specific capacitance cannot be the only deciding factor for applicability in energy storage devices Inference of combined life cycle assessment and electrochemical studies Sharma V., Biswas S. , Baranidharan S. , Haldar P. , Dubey B. K., Chandra A. By ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7 5385-5392 (2019)
  • Novel low cost proton exchange membrane made from sulphonated biochar for application in microbial fuel cells Chakraborty I., Das S. , Dubey B. K., Ghangrekar M. M. By Materials Chemistry and Physics 239 122025- (2019)
  • Hydrothermal carbonization of yard waste for solid bio-fuel production: Study on combustion kinetic, energy properties, grindability and flowability of hydrochar Sharma H. B., Panigrahi S. , Dubey B. K. By Waste Management 91 108-119 (2019)

Principal Investigator

  • A novel web-based framework for sustainable municipal solid waste management systems: a case study on city of Nashik
  • Design and Preparation of Detailed Project Report and Technical Assistance for Installation of Faecal Sludge Treatment Facilities for Rural Areas in West Bengal
  • Development of new building materials using agricultural waste in India A way forward
  • Fast Forward to SDG6: Acceptable and Affordable Water in Secondary Indian Cities (4WARD)
  • Framework for unified municipal solid waste management systems with centralized and decentralized facilities in India
  • LCA on Indian Transport Sector for Decarbonization Framework
  • Manufacturing of 3D printed SiSiC ceramic prototypes using sustainable raw materials, as customized bio-carbon obtained from microalgal biomass of carbon sequestration process and optimized recycled SiC from industrial waste SuoCAM
  • Technical Assistance for Installation of 30 KLD Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants at Kharagpur Municipality on Pilot basis
  • Technical assistance for installation of 30 KLD Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) at Siliguri Municipal Corporation on Pilot Basis
  • Water Resource Management under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0
  • ZDHYDRO: Development of an integrated zero discharge model for sewage sludge to enhance hydrogen production

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Design & Drawings of DI Rising Main and Distribution Network for Seven Zones with HDPE Pipe and Preparation of DPR under AMRUT 2.0 within Bankura Municipality Bankura Municipality
  • Design, Installation and Operation of Treatment Plant for UASB Effluent to Produce Portable Quality Treated Water Wheels India Niswarth Foundation
  • Evaluation and Testing of Water Sample NBCC (INDIA) LTD,Various Government and Non-Government Organisations
  • Hydraulic and process design of 1.5 MLD capacity Effluent Treatment Plant on MBBR (Moving Bed Bio-reactor) Technology N.R.S Hospital Concord Engineering
  • Identifying Best Available Technologies for Decentralized Waste-Water Treatment and Resource Recovery for India Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology (International Multilateral and Regional Cooperation Division)
  • Preparation of Detailed Project report (DPR) on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) The Member Secretary, STARPARD, Panchayats and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal,
  • Reusing Waste Jute Caddies for Textile Industry Effluent Treatment: Development, Piloting and Life Cycle Assessment (Ministry Part) Department of Science and Technology

Ph. D. Students

Abhisek Mondal

Area of Research: Fate and Transport of Nanoparticle in Subsurface


Area of Research: Sewage treatment and reuse

Anjaly P Thomas

Area of Research: Integrated Waste Management

Binod Kumar Yadav

Area of Research: Plastic Losses to the Environment

Chinmayee Das

Area of Research: Heterogeneous Photocatalysis

Gopika Ashokan

Area of Research: Water Treatment

Hema Jha

Area of Research: Biocarbon production from waste sources

Kasa Vara Prasad

Area of Research: Microplastics Fate and Transport

Kiran Behera

Area of Research: Wastewater Management

Rajarshi Bhar

Area of Research: Solid waste management and resource recovery

Reshu Singh

Area of Research: Wastewater Treatment

Rupam Bandyopadhyay

Area of Research: Materials for environmental remediation

Sahil Chauhan

Area of Research: Resource Recovery and Value added products from Waste Materials

Srishti Mishra

Area of Research: Water Quality

Suryansu Kar

Area of Research: environmental microbiology

Tajamul Shafi

Area of Research: Wastewater Treatment

Unnikrishna Menon

Area of Research: Waste Resource Recovery

MS Students

Joydeepa Taran

Area of Research: Biocarbon production from waste sources

Pankaj Kumar

Area of Research: Wastewater Treatment