Dr. Pradhan, Nirakar

Assistant Professor
EDUCATIONPh.D. in Environmental Technology, University of Paris-est, FranceM.E. in Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2012)B.Tech. in Agricultural Engineering, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India
Dr. Nirakar Pradhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research focuses on wastewater treatment and reuse, sustainable energy production from biological waste streams, life-cycle assessment and value chain analysis and single cell protein to feed and food production. After completing his PhD in Environmental Technology (2016) from the University of Paris-est, France, he worked as a Research Fellow (20017-19) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore primarily on improving and optimizing anaerobic ammonia oxidation (Anammox) and denitrifying phosphorous removal (DPR) processes for nutrient removal from wastewater. In addition, Dr. Pradhan has industrial experience in the design and implementation of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Mainstream/side-steam anammox process;
  • Biological processes for wastewater treatment and reuse;
  • Microbial fermentation and resource recovery from organic waste;
  • Mathematical and statistical modelling for bioprocess design and optimization

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate fellowship – European Union, 2013-16.
  2. Most outstanding academic performance, The Robert B. Banks Prize – Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2012.
  3. Asian Development Bank – Japanese Scholarship program – Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2010-12.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles:

  1. d’Ippolito, G., Landi, S., Esercizio, N., Lanzilli, M., Vastano, M., Dipasquale, L., Pradhan, N., Fontana, A. (2020) CO2-induced transcriptional reorganization: molecular basis of Capnophillic lactic fermentation in Thermotoga neapolitana. Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 1-11. IF: 4.235.
  2. Pradhan, N., Swa Thi, S., Wuertz, S. (2020) Inhibition factors and kinetic model for anaerobic ammonia oxidation in a granular sludge bioreactor with Candidatus Brocadia. Chemical Engineering Journal 389: 123618. IF: 10.652.
  3. Pradhan, N., d’Ippolito., G., Dipasquale, L., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., Fontana, A. (2019) Simultaneous synthesis of lactic acid and hydrogen from sugars via capnophilic lactic fermentation by Thermotoga neapolitana cf capnolactica. Biomass & Bioenergy 125: 17-22. IF: 3.551.
  4. Pradhan, N., Dipasquale, L., d’Ippolito., G., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., Fontana, A. (2017). Hydrogen and lactic acid synthesis by the wild-type and a laboratory strain of the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana DSMZ 4359 under capnophilic lactic fermentation condition. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 42:16023-16030. IF: 4.939.
  5. Pradhan, N., Eldon, R.R., Panico, A., Dipasquale, L., d’Ippolito., G., Lens, P.N.L., Fontana, A., Esposito, G. (2017). Adsorption behaviour of lactic acid on granular activated carbon and anionic resins: Thermodynamics, isotherms and kinetic studies. Energies 10: 665. IF: 2.702.
  6. Pradhan, N., Dipasquale, L., d’Ippolito., G., Fontana, A., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Pirozzi, F., Esposito, G. (2016). Model development and experimental validation of capnophilic lactic fermentation and hydrogen synthesis by Thermotoga neapolitana. Water Research 99: 225-234. IF: 9.130.
  7. Pradhan, N., Dipasquale, L., d’Ippolito., G., Fontana, A., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Pirozzi, F., Esposito, G. (2016). Kinetic modeling of fermentative hydrogen production by Thermotoga neapolitana. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41:4931-4940. IF: 4.939.
  8. Pradhan, N., Dipasquale, L., d’Ippolito., G., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., Fontana, A. (2015). Hydrogen production by the thermophilic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16: 12578-12600. IF: 4.556.
  9. Pradhan, N., Habib, H., Venkatappa, V., Ebbers, T., Duboz, R., Shipin, O. (2015). Framework tool for a rapid cumulative effects assessment: case of a prominent wetland in Myanmar. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187: 341-359. IF: 1.903.

Book Chapters:

  1. Dipasquale L., Pradhan N., d’Ippolito G., Fontana A. (2018) Potential of hydrogen fermentative pathways in marine thermophilic bacteria: dark fermentation and capnophilic lactic fermentation in Thermotoga and Pseudothermotoga species. In: Rampelotto P., Trincone A. (Eds.) Grand Challenges in Marine Biotechnology. Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology. Springer, Cham.
  2. Ding, Z., Pradhan, N., Verstraete, W. (2017). Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion by Inoculation with Compost. In Goyal, M. R. (Eds.), Emerging Technologies in Agricultural Engineering. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
  3. Deb, P., Pradhan, N. (2016). Reservoir inflows in a tropical humid climate: Thailand. In Panigrahi, B. and Goyal, M. R. (Eds.), Soil and Water Engineering: Principles and Applications of Modeling. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
  4. Loc, H.H., Irvine, K.N., Pradhan, N. (2016). Social-based exploratory assessment of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). In Panigrahi, B. and Goyal, M. R. (Eds.), Modeling Methods and Practices in Soil and Water Engineering. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: npradhan@hkbu.edu.hk

Office: RRS 831

Office Tel: (+852) 3411 7747