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Dr. ArunBabu V

Dr. ArunBabu V

Dr. ArunBabu V

Personal Details

Name : Dr. Arun Babu V

Age : 37

Date of Birth : 05 Nov 1985

Official Address: Assistant Professor & School Director

School of Environmental Studies

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala


Mobile: +91 9446463871

Home Address 

Ayinatharayil House

Mannady-Olikkuzhi Road

Kakkanad P.O, Kochi - 682030

Kerala, India


Mobile: +91 9446463871


Educational Qualifications


  • Ph. D. in Environmental Sciences (2018), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Thesis title: “Developing suitable techniques for the treatment of leachate originating from municipal solid waste management facilities”.

  • M. Sc. Environment Science and Management (2008) with University First Rank, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

  • B. Sc. Chemistry - Environment and Water Management (2006) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Climate Change (PGCCC) (2020) from Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Past Experience


  • Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur - 676502, Malappuram, Kerala, India, 02/06/2021 onwards.
  • Senior Research Fellow, in the Project “Microplastics contamination in sediment and selected benthic organisms of Arabian Sea Coast and a few Estuaries of Kerala”. School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, 03 Sep 2020 to 31 May 2021.
  • Assistant Professor (Adhoc), Faculty of Basic Science and Humanities, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala, 26 Dec 2016 to 24 Aug 2020.
  • DST INSPIRE Senior Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
  • DST INSPIRE Junior Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. 01 Aug 2011 to 12 Jan 2014. (02 years, 05 months, 11 days).
  • KSCSTE Junior Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. 26 Aug 2010 to 31 Jul 2011.
  • Project Fellow, in the project “Study of water, Sediment quality monitoring and assessment of estuaries of Kerala: A case study from Kochi estuary and Periyar river”. Centre for Earth Science Studies, Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 09 Sep 2008 to 03 Nov 2009.

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Microplastics in the environment
  • Environmental Pollution Monitoring

  • Wastewater Treatment - Phytoremediation, Anaerobic Digestion, Biosorption

  • Solid Waste Management,

  • Climate Change, Carbon Neutral Development,

  • Sustainable Development

Professional Achievements

  • Young Scientist Award in the International Conference on Environmental Science and Climate Change (2016).
  • Participated in the Indian Arctic Expedition (2016) from 29th September 2016 to 31st October 2016 at the Indian Scientific Station “Himadri” at NyAlesund, Norway.
  • Received the DST-INSPIRE Fellowship (2011), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
  • Received theKSCSTE Research Fellowship (2010), Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
  • Published 08 Papers in International Journals.

Books/ Book Chapters

  1. Aryalakshmi K.J., Arun Babu V., Ignatius Antony and E.V. Ramasamy (2014). Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) with Eichhoria crassipes (mart.) Solms: An effective way to treat greywater. N.B. Narasimha Prasad, P.S. Harikumar, E.J. Joseph, Girish Gopinath, T.R. Resmi, U. Surendran and G.K. Ambili (Eds) Integrated Water Resources Management (Volume 1). Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India. 446-452pp. ISBN:978-81-8424-906-4.

  2. Krishna M.P., Varghese, R. Arun Babu V., Jyothy S., & Hatha, A. A. M., (2013). Bioremediation of zinc using Bacillus sp. Isolated from metal-contaminated industrial zone. A. Sabu and A. Augustine (eds.) Prospects in Bioscience: Addressing the Issues. 11-18 pp. Springer. ISBN 978-81-322-0809-9. January, 2013. Citations – 14.


  1. Padmakumar, B., Sreekanth, N.P., Shanthiprabha, V., Paul, J., Sreedharan, K., Augustine, T., Jayasooryan, K.K., Rameshan, M., Arunbabu, V., Mohan, M., Sylas, V.P., Ramasamy, E. V, Thomas, A.P., 2021. Unveiling tree diversity and carbon density of homegarden in the Thodupuzha urban region of Kerala, India: A contribution towards urban sustainability. Tropical Ecology (Springer) ISSN: 2661-8982. Impact Factor – 1.333, Citations: 02.

  2. Mohan, M., Treasa Nimy K. A., Kannan, V. M., Gopikrishna, V. G., Shukkur, A., Binish, M. B., Arunbabu, V., Rakesh, P.S. & Krishnan, K. P. (2019). Metal content in zooplanktons of two Arctic fjords, Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management (Elsevier), 12, 100251. ISSN: 2215-1532. CiteScore – 7.3, Citations: 03.

  3. Arunbabu, V., Indu, K. S., & Ramasamy, E. V. (2017). Leachate pollution index as an effective tool in determining the phytotoxicity of municipal solid waste leachate. Waste Management (Elsevier), 68, 329-336. ISSN: 0956-053X. Impact Factor – 8.816, Citations - 75.

  4. Arunbabu V., Sruthy S., Ignatius Antony, E.V. Ramasamy (2015). Sustainable greywater management with Axonopus compressus planted in sub surface flow constructed wetlands. Journal of Water Process Engineering (Elsevier), 7, 153-160. ISSN: 2214-7144. Impact Factor – 7.34, Citations – 43.

  5. Navya, C., Gopikrishna, V. G., Arunbabu, V., & Mohan, M. (2015). Distribution and fractionation of mercury in the soils of a unique tropical agricultural wetland ecosystem, southwest coast of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Springer), 187(12), 749 (1-11). ISSN: 1573-2959. December, 2015. Impact Factor – 3.307, Citations – 05.

  6. Ignatius A., Arunbabu V., Neethu J., & E.V. Ramasamy (2014). Rhizofiltration of lead using an aromatic medicinal plant Plectranthus amboinicus cultured in a hydroponic Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) system. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer), 21(22), 13007-13016. ISSN: 1614-7499. November, 2014. Impact Factor – 5.190, Citations - 38.

  7. Varghese R., Krishna M.P., Arun Babu V., & Hatha A.A.M., (2012). Biological removal of lead by Bacillus sp. obtained from metal contaminated industrial area. Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 2(2), 756-770. ISSN:1338-5178. Citations – 13.

  8. Krishna M.P., Varghese R. Arun Babu V., & Hatha A.A.M., (2012). Bioaccumulation of Cadmium by Pseudomonas sp. Isolated From Metal Polluted Industrial Region. Environmental Research, Engineering and Management, 61(3), 58-64. Print ISSN: 1392-1649; ISSN: 2029-2139. Citations – 38.


Members of Official Bodies


  1. Life Member, Kerala Academy of Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, 2021 onwards.

  2. Life Member, International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB), CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, 2015 onwards

  3. Life Member, Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry of India (AEACI), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 2015 onwards

  4. Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Kolkata, 2015 onwards

  5. Life Member, Society of Environmental Chemistry and Allied Sciences (SECAS), 2014 onwards

  6. Life Member, Environmental Science Post-Graduates Association (ESPA), 2012 onwards

Seminar / Conferences

  1. Leachate from municipal solid waste : A potential threat to the environment. International conference on water: From pollution to purification (ICW-2020). 12-14 December 2020. Organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. (Poster Presentation).

  2. Characteristics and Pollution Potential of Urban Municipal Solid Waste Leachate. International conference on Water resources: innovations in quality and quantity, sustainable development challenges and Management (ICWR-2018). 15-17 March 2018. Organized by University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

  3. A hybrid system of vertical flow constructed wetland and nutrient film technique for the effective treatment of municipal solid waste leachate. International conference on water: From pollution to purification (ICW-2016). 12-15 December 2016. Organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.

  4. Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste Leachate using Nutrient Film Technique. International Conference on Environment and Climate Change. 07-09 December 2016. Jointly organized by Karunya University, Coimbatore and National Polytechnique Institute, Mexico.

  5. Treatment of Landfill leachate using Nutrient Film Technique. International conference on Water from pollution to purification. 23-26 January 2015. Organized by Centre for Environment Education and Technology (CEET), Kottayam, Kerala.

  6. Greywater treatment using sub-surface flow constructed wetlands planted with Axonopus compressus (SW.) P. Beauv. International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM – 2014). 19-21 February 2014. Organized by Centre for Water Resources Development, Kozhikode, Kerala.

  7. Salvinia molesta – A potential aquatic weed for treating cadmium contaminated wastewater. International conference on Anthropogenic Impact on Environment and Bioremediation, ICAIEB-2012. 26-28 November 2012. Organized by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, A.P. India.

  8. Phytoremediation of Landfill leachate in horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands planted with Limnocharis flava (L.) Buch. International conference on climate change, forest resources and environment, 9-11 December 2011. Organised by University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

  9. Cadmium removal potential of Macaranga peltata. National seminar on emerging trends in herbal technology. 07-09 October, 2015. St. Thomas’ college, Thrissur.

  10. Cadmium Removal from Wastewater Using Pueraria phaseoloides: An Emerging Weed in Kerala. Workshop cum Nineteenth National Symposium on Environment (NSE – 19). 11-13 December, 2014. Organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

  11. Treatment and reuse of greywater for sustainable water management: Issues, challenges and potentials. Kerala Environment Congress 22-23 August 2014.

  12. Removal of Cadmium from water with Nutrient Film Technique (NFT). LAKE 2014: Conference on Conservation and Sustainable Management of Wetland Ecosystems in Western Ghats. 13-15 November 2014. Organized by Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore.

  13. Phytoremediation: Concepts and Applications. State Seminar on Environmental Management. 24-26 July 2014. Organized by B.C.M. College for women, Kottayam, Kerala.

  14. Rhizofiltration of landfill leachate using Ipomoea carnea (Morning glory). 26th Kerala Science Congress, 28-31 January to 2014.

  15. Rhizofiltration of Zinc by Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour) Spreng in a hydroponic system. National conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (HME-2013), 28-30, November 2013. Organised by School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

  16. Hydrocotyle asiatica - A potential bioremedient of cadmium: A concern for ayurvedic preparations. 25th Kerala Science Congress. 29th January to 1st February 2013. ISBN 81-86366-83-0.

  17. Municipal solid waste leachate treatment in horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands planted with Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott. National seminar on Municipal Solid Waste Management – Issues and Prospects, 2-3 March 2012. Organised by Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam, Kerala.

  18. Nutrient Film Technique for the Effective Recycling of Greywater. National seminar on Green chemistry-The ultimate tool for pollution control. 14-15 February 2012. Organised by Assumption College, Changanacherry.

  19. Grey water treatment using constructed wetland: towards sustainable water management. National seminar on sustainable development: recent trends in meeting the challenges, 20-21 January 2012. Organised by School of Environmental Sciences, M.G. University, Kottayam.

  20. Landfill leachate and its impact on the groundwater quality of Vadavathoor, Kottayam – A case study. Kerala Environment Congress, 19-21 August 2009, Organised by Centre for Environment and Development.


Paaristhithikam Project 2022: “തീരദേശ ആവാസവ്യവസ്ഥയുടെ പുനഃസ്ഥാപനവും ദീർഘകാല കർമ്മ പദ്ധതിയുടെ രൂപീകരണവുംമലപ്പുറം ജില്ലയിലെ പുറത്തൂർ പഞ്ചായത്തിനെ ആസ്പദമാക്കിയുള്ള പഠനം, Rs. 2,78,250. Sanctioned by Directorate of Environment & Climate Change, Govt. of Kerala. Ongoing.