Research Areas

  • Anaerobic Wastewater treatment
  • Bioelectrochemical processes, MFC, MDC,
  • Waste to Energy
Makarand M. Ghangrekar, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, is B.E. Civil Engineering, M.Tech. Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering. He has been teaching subjects related to wastewater treatment and energy recovery. Presently he is guiding Research Scholars on the topics wastewater treatment and reuse, anaerobic wastewater treatment, bioelectricity recovery, catalyst development and membrane separator development for application in microbial fuel cell, and enhancing electrogenesis in MFC, He had been visiting Scientist to Ben Gurion University, Israel and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK under Marie Curie fellowship by European Union and had stint as faculty of various capacities in renowned engineering colleges and research institutes. He has been working in the field of anaerobic wastewater treatment, bioenergy recovery during wastewater treatment using bioelectrochemical systems and mainly microbial fuel cell. Throught the reseach projects a demonstration plants consisting of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor to treat sewage and anaerobic digester to treat septic tank sludge has been constructed on campus for methane recovery from waste. A pilot MFC based septic tank is in operation to recover direct electricity from sewage sludge.
  • Ameliorated performance of a microbial fuel cell operated with an alkali pre-treated clayware ceramic membrane Das I., Das S. , Sharma S. , Ghangrekar M. M. By International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 45 16787-16798 (2020)
  • A novel proton exchange membrane developed from clay and activated carbon derived from coconut shell for application in microbial fuel cell. Neethu B., Bhowmick G. D., Ghangrekar M. M. By Biochemical Engineering Journal 148 170-177 (2019)
  • Biofouling Effects on the Performance of Microbial Fuel Cells and Recent Advances in Biotechnological and Chemical Strategies for Mitigation. Noori M. T., Ghangrekar M. M., Mukherjee C. K., Min B. By Biotechnology Advances 107420- (2019)

Principal Investigator

  • Feasibility study on an Effluent Treatment Plant situated at KSE Electricals Pvt Ltd Jalan industrial centre Howrah KSE ELECTRICALS PVT. LTD.
  • 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)
  • Vetting of wastewater treatment technology based on electrocoagulation Ecologique Science Technik (India) Pvt Ltd. (ESTPL)
  • ZDHYDRO: Development of an integrated zero discharge model for sewage sludge to enhance hydrogen production (ZME) Department of Science and Technology (International Bilateral Cooperation Division)

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Award of fellowship under national renewable fellowships MNRE
  • Evaluation and Testing of Water Sample Various Government and Non-Government Organisations,NBCC (INDIA) LTD
  • PK SINHA CENTRE PROJECT Dr. Prabhantkant Sinha
  • Stimuli Responsive Artificial Leaves for Selective Solar Fuel Production Department of Science and Technology

Ph. D. Students

Aishwarya Rastogi

Area of Research: Bioremediation of wastewater

Akash Tripathi

Area of Research: Advance oxidation process


Area of Research: Sewage treatment and reuse

Arun Kumar T

Area of Research:

Chabungbam Niranjit Khuman

Area of Research: Bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment

Doki Manmadha Manikanta

Area of Research: Wastewater treatment

Jadhav Gorakhanath Sadashiv

Area of Research: Bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment

Kiran Behera

Area of Research: Wastewater Management

Mahendra Mulkalwar

Area of Research: Sewage treatment and reuse

Mario Vino Lincy G

Area of Research: Environmental Remediation Methods

Rajarshi Bhar

Area of Research: Solid waste management and resource recovery

Rishabh Raj

Area of Research: Advance oxidation process

Santosh Kumar

Area of Research: Algal-Bioelectrochemical process

Shraddha Yadav

Area of Research: Advance Wastewater treatment

Sunandan Naha

Area of Research:

Sundipan Bhowmick

Area of Research: Biomass and Waste Valorization

Thulluru Lakshmi Pathi

Area of Research: Wastewater Treatment