Dr. Vivek Kumar

Areas of Interest: 

Development of bio-augmented water and wastewater treatment system, analysis and removal of micro pollutants, eco-friendly Technologies, and solid waste management.

About the Faculty: 

Vivek Kumar is an Associate Professor in Centre for Rural Development at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His main research interests include development of bio-augmented water and wastewater treatment system, analysis and removal of micro pollutants, eco-friendly Technologies, and solid waste management. Kumar has his B.E. (Pulp and Paper) and M.E (Chemical Eng.) with specialization in Industrial Pollution Abatement from University of Roorkee (Presently IIT Roorkee). In 2000 he completed his Ph.D. in the area of Waste Management for Small Scale Industries from CRDT, IIT Delhi.

After completing Ph.D, he worked in IWT, Wolfenbuettel, Germany on a joint DST-DAAD project “Development of low cost membrane filters for the removal of fluoride”. Since 2002 to 2004 he worked in TIFAC, New Delhi on the project “Mission for Application of Technology for Urban Renewal & Engineering”. In May 2004 he joined IIT Roorkee as faculty. Kumar was visiting Research Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Toronto, Canada as visiting Professor for two months during the summer of 2014.

Dr. Kumar was associated with a joint project being executed by the consortium of seven IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) on “National River Ganga Basin Environmental Management Plan”. He has participated in the collaborative research with Switzerland, South Korea, and Canada. Currently he is collaborating with Prof Anu Ramaswamy, University of Minnessota under SRN: Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities. Dr. Kumar is an Indian partner in IC-IMPACTS funded project with Prof. Ramin Farnood on the development of low cost membrane distillation system for drinking water.

Kumar has been elected International Director of Bioforest Product Division of AIChE. Kumar was associated with the preparation of CPCB’s National Charter for Paper Industry. He was also actively involved in preparation of charter for pollution control of paper industries in Gnaga Basin. He is member of an expert committee constituted by CPCB, Delhi, to explore and assess the techno-economic feasibility of implementation of ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ in Pulp & Paper Mills. Kumar has published around 100 articles in journals, conference proceedings and books (as chapters).