Dr.Venkata Mohan S
Principal Scientist
CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology                             
(Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)
Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Tarnaka, Hyderabad-500007, Telangana, INDIA

Landline 0091-40-27191765
Mobile 9849306934
Email ID svmohan@iict.res.in
Alternate Email ID vmohan_s@yahoo.com
Alternate URL http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=gJa0fbsAAAAJ&hl=en



Dr. S. Venkata Mohan has completed B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and joined CSIR-IICT as a Scientist in the year 1998. While working in CSIR-IICT he went on to pursue his Post-doctoral Research at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany as Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow (2001-02). He worked as Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan (2005).

Dr.Mohan main research domain includes Environmental Bioengineering specifically focusing on the production of biobased products in the framework of Waste Biorefinery. His research illustrates and constitutes different bioprocess based technologies, which arrived at a structured and optimized models, integrated into closed loop mode paving sustainable avenues for the development of the biobased society. His expertise involves sequentially integrating various bioprocesses like acidogenesis, photosynthesis, bioelectrogenesis, bioanoxygenesis and advanced waste remediation for the production of a multitude of biobased products chemicals like bio-hydrogen, biodiesel, biopolymers, bioelectricity, platform chemicals, etc. Dr. Mohan’s research addresses waste and materials in a unified and an interdisciplinary approach deriving holistic solutions by designing ‘waste biorefinery’ analogous to the ‘petroleum refinery’, utilizing biogenic waste as a resource in the framework of circular bioeconomy.

Dr Mohan has authored about 290 research articles, 30 chapters for books and has 9 patents. His publications have so far cited more than 10,000 times and have an h-index of 57 (Google Scholar). He has supervised 18 PhDs, 2 M.Phils and more than 90 M.Tech./B.Tech./M.Sc. students. Apart from basic and applied research he is also associated with projects having societal relevance and industrial/consultancy projects in the area of environment and management. He delivered more than 100 invited/plenary lectures.

Dr.Mohan is the recipient of coveted ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize’ for the year 2014 in Engineering Sciences, ‘National Bioscience award-2012’ by DBT, Government of India, ‘Prosper.net-Scopus Young Researcher Award in Sustainable Development -2010’ under Energy Category by United Nations University and Elsevier, ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award- 2010’ in Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences by NASI and Elsevier, Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Prize-1994, by The Institution of Engineers (India), etc.

Dr Mohan is Fellow of National Academy of Engineering, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Biotech Research Society of India, Telengana Akademy of Sciences, Institution of Engineers, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Association for Biotechnology and Pharmacy and Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany.

Dr.Mohan is subject Editor for the Journal of Energy, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science and Frontiers in Bioenergy and Biofuels and is serving on the editorial board of several journals viz., Bioresource Technology, The Open Waste Management, Advances in Energy Research, etc. He is Guest Editor for Special Issue on ‘Microbial Fuel cell (Bioresource Technology, 195, 2015; 1-288) and ‘Waste Biorefinery (Bioresource Technology, 215, 2016; 1-396). Dr.Mohan is on the reviewing committees of several journals published by RSC, Elsevier, CSIR, Frontier, Taylors, Wiley, ACS, ASCE, Springer, etc. and professional societies.


B.Tech (Civil Engineering) in 1991 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

M.Tech (Environmental Engineering) in 1993 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

PhD (Environmental Engineering) in 1998 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

Post-doctoral research at Technical University of Munich, Germany as Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow (2001-02).


Principal Scientist, Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (Oct 2010 to till date)

Senior Scientist, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 2007 to Sept 2010)

Visiting Professor, Research Center for Environmental Quality Management (RCEQM), Kyoto University, Otsu, Japan (Sept 2005 to Dec 2005)

Scientist C, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 2003 to Sept 2007)

Alexander von (AvH) Humboldt Fellow, Technical University of Munich, Germany (May 2001 to April 2002)

Scientist B, Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Oct 1998 to Sept 2003)

Research Interests

Present Research

Dr.Venkata Mohan’s research focuses on the cross cutting domain of environmental engineering specifically in the interface of biotechnology and bioenergy. His interdisciplinary research approach principally focused on the development of new and sustainable waste treatment technologies by incorporating biobased products production as an integral component and established a comprehensive and systematic link between waste remediation and renewable energy generation in circular economy. Utilization of negative valued wastewater/waste for value addition in a unified research approach has lead to a paradigm shift from ‘waste remediation’ towards ‘waste to wealth’.

His research interest is in areas of Waste Biorefinery, Acidogenesis Platform, Biohydrogen, Microbial fuel cell (MFC), Bio-electrochemical treatment (BET), Advanced Treatment Methods, Electro-fermentation, Photosynthetic fuels, Biopolymers, Platform Chemicals, Environmental Microbiology, CO2 Bio-sequestration, Industrial waste Management, Environmental Impact and Sustainability Analysis and Bioeconomy.

Past Research

Treatment of textile dye wastewater through adsorption and biosorption, Soil bioremediation studies, Gene transfer in biofilm, Sequencing batch reactor and Physico-chemical treatment methods.

Projects Involved

Process development/full scale/pilot scale : 10

Environmental Related Industrial Projects : 11 (Including EIAs)

Research Projects/Grant-In-Aid Projects

-Presently in operation : 5

-CSIR task force projects : 3

-Completed : 9

Research Group Members

  1. Dr. G.Velvizhi, CSIR-Poll Officer
  2. Mr P. Chiranjeevi, CSIR-SRF
  3. Mr.K.Vamshi Krishna, CSIR-SRF
  4. Mr.M.V.Rohit, UGC-SRF
  5. Mr Omprakash Sarkar, CSIR-SRF


  1. Omprakash Sarkar, A. Naresh Kumar, Shikha Dahiya, K. Vamshi Krishna, Dileep Kumar Yeruva, S. Venkata Mohan. (2016). Regulation of acidogenic metabolism towards enhanced short chain fatty acid biosynthesis from waste: metagenomic profiling. RSC Adv, 6, 18641–18653.
  2. G.N.Nikhil., G.V.Subhash, Y. Dileep, S.Venkata Mohan. (2015). Synergistic yield of dual energy forms through biocatalyzed electrofermentation of waste: Stoichiometric analysis of electron and carbon distribution. Energy, 88, 281-191
  3. G.Velvizhi and S.Venkata Mohan. (2015). Bioelectrogenic Role of Anoxic Microbial Anode in the Treatment of Chemical Wastewater: Microbial Dynamics with Bioelectro-characterization. Water Research. 70(1), 52-63.
  4. M.V.Reddy, K.Amulya, S.Venkata Mohan. (2015). Bacterial synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates using dark fermentation effluents: Comparison between pure and enriched mixed cultures. Engineering in Life Sciences,15(6),646–654.
  5. S.Venkata Mohan, S.V.Raghuvulu, P.Dinakar, P.N.Sarma. (2009). Integrated function of microbial fuel cell (MFC) as bio-electrochemical treatment system associated with bioelectricity generation under higher substrate load. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 24, 2021-2027.


  1. S.Venkata Mohan, M. Lenin Babu, G. Velvizhi, R. Kannaiah Goud, Y. V. Swamy. A Novel Multi-electrode membrane-less biocatalyzed fuel cell for bioelectricity production from wastewater treatment. Patent filed in September 2013.
  2. S Venkata Mohan, P.N Sarma, N Chandrasekhar Rao, K.K Prasad, K.V Raghavan. 2004. Sequential batch reactor with biofilm configuration for treating complex chemical and pharmaceutical effluents (244493 (8-12-2010, India; WO2004/087,583 A1; AU2003226637; CN1771202; DE10394217T).
  3. K.S Rama Rao, SS Kumar, PN Sarma, K.K Prasad S Venkata Mohan, P.N Sarma. 2004. Process for the preparation of highly efficient silver deposited on carbon covered alumina catalyst in controlling microorganisms in water. (File No: NF-500/04; US No 20060254989, 2006).
  4. R.S Prakasham, P.N Sarma, S.Venkata Mohan, K.V Raghavan. 2004. Process for production of ethanol using stable yeast crystals in modified conventional batch reactor (P WO2004058983-A1; AU2002348689-A1; BR200215982-A; MX2005006992-A1; CN1717491-A; CN100406565-C; MX270517-B; US2004185543-A1; US2006188968-A1).
  5. S.V Ramakrishna, P Komariaha, R.S Prakasham, S Venkata Mohan, K.V Raghavan. Fixing microorganism on polymer particles. (WO200218563-A; EP1313847-A; WO200218563-A1; AU200130484-A; EP1313847-A1; DE10085484-T; CN1454255-A; DE10085484-B4; IN200300469-P1; US7252981-B1).


  1. Institute Seminar on ‘Retrofitting Waste as Potential Feedstock for Bioenergy Generation in the Framework of Sustainable Biorefinery’ IISER-Kolkata, 30th March 2015
  2. Invited talk on ‘Environmental Biorefinery: A sustainable strategy for waste valorization’. Workshop on ‘RMIT in India-beyond 2013’, RMIT, Melbourne, Austrialia, 3-4th December 2013
  3. Keynote Address on ‘Regulating anaerobic waste remediation towards value Addition: A Sustainable Approach’, SAHYOG Mini-Symposium and Twinning Workshop, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands and Wageningen University, Ultrech, 28-29 October 2013.
  4. Invited talk on “Microbial fuel cell for Harnessing Sustainable Energy through Waste Remediation”. Workshop on ’Energy Transduction in Biology and Biological Electron Transfer Reactions’, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, 23rd January, 2013.
  5. Plenary lecture on “Harnessing of biohydrogen from wastewater treatment using mixed fermentative consortia: process evaluation towards optimization” at International workshop on biohydrogen production technologies (IWBT 2008), IIT Kharagpur, 7th to 9th February, 2008.


  1. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology for the year 2014 in Engineering Sciences
  2. National Bioscience Award-2012, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
  3. ‘ProSPER.NET-Scopus Young Researcher Award in Sustainable Development for year 2010’ in Energy Category by United Nations University, M/S Elsevier and International Bureau of the BMBF, Germany.
  4. 'NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences’ for year 2010 by The National Academy of Sciences, India and M/S Elsevier.
  5. The Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Prize for the year 1994-95 by The Institution of Engineers (India).


  1. Membership in Professional and Scientific Organizations- Fellow- Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Germany; Fellow- Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) (Elected, Jan 2015); Fellow- Telengana/Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (TAPAS/APAS) (elected on 24th December 2011); Fellow- The Institution of Engineers (India) (FIEI) (elected on 03-04-2014); Fellow- The Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) (elected on 12-11-2010); Full Member - The Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability, Institute of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany (2009)
  2. Editor (Subject), Journal of Energy, Hindawi (2012-); Associate Editor- Frontiers in Environmental Science (Wastewater Management specialty section) (2015- ); Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Bioenergy and Biofuels specialty section) (2015- ); Frontiers in Energy Research (Bioenergy and Biofuels specialty section (2015- ); Editorial Board Member- Bioresource Technology (2015- ); Journal of Telengana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS)- Engineering Sciences (2015- ); International Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (2015- ); The Advances in Energy Research, An International Journal (ERi), KIST (2013- );The Open Waste Management Journal published by Bentham Science Publishers (2008- ); Dataset Papers in Atmospheric Sciences, Hindawi Publishing Corporation (2012-); JUET Research Journal, India (2013- ); Editorial Board, ISMET News International Society of Microbiology and Technology (ISMET) (2015-)
  3. Member, Board of Studies- Environmental Science and Technology (EST), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTUH), Hyderabad (2012- ); Environmental Sciences, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (2006-2012); Biotechnology, KL University, Guntur (2009- 2011); Integrated Five years Science Program, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (2006-2009)
  4. Member - • Earth and environmental Sciences Research Committee on Disaster Preparedness, HRD-CSIR, Government of India (2015-18; Committee to explore and assess the techno-economic feasibility of implementation of ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ in Pulp & Paper Mills operating in Ganga River Basin, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)(2015); Member-Indian Government delegation to Sweden to formulate a joint call between India and Sweden on biofuels, 19th- 22nd August 2014
  5. Vice-President (Elected), Board of Governors and Management Council, The Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI) (2015- )

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