Dr. S. Venkata Mohan is working as a Scientist in CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad since 1998. He has done his B.Tech (Civil Engineering), M.Tech (Environmental Engineering) and Doctoral research in engineering discipline from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He was a Kyung Hee International Fellow, South Korea (2018), Visiting Professor at Kyoto University (2005) and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow at Technical University of Munich, Germany (2001-02).
Dr. Mohan’s research contributions over the past 20 years in the interface of environment and bioengineering, specifically explored the potential of negatively valued waste for harnessing clean bio-energy and bio-based materials, and for resolving some critical societal problems related to environment and human health. Dr. Mohan made concerted efforts to develop novel and sustainable technologies by utilization of waste as a potential resource for both value addition and its treatment through nexus approach to enable integrated and sustainable management by multi-disciplinary approach. His main research interests are in the areas of Advanced Waste Remediation, Aciodogenesis, Microbial Electrogenesis, Photosynthesis, Circular Bioeconomy and Waste Biorefinery. Apart from applied research, he also undertook various research projects associated with societal relevance and industrial/consultancy projects in the area of environment and management. He also expanded his research horizons towards CO2 sequestration for value added products generation through micro algae and microbial electro fermentation. He has successfully demonstrated the production of Bio-Hydrogen with simultaneous waste remediation, at pilot scale with MNRE and established a first of its kind waste biorefinery platform for CSIR.
Dr Mohan authored more than 340 research articles, 609 chapters for books, edited 4 books and has 9 patents. His publications have more than 15,500 citations with an h-index of 68 (Google Scholar). He has guided 27 PhDs., 2 M.Phils and more than 100 M.Tech./B.Tech./M.Sc. students.
Dr Mohan is recipient of the coveted ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize’ for the year 2014 in Engineering Sciences from the Government of India. He also received several awards and honors, which include, ‘DBT-Tata Innovation Fellow 2018′ by Department of Biotechnology, VASVIK Award for the year 2018 in the category of ‘Environmental Science and Technology’ by Vividhlaxi Audyohik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra, ‘Most outstanding Researcher’ in the field of Environmental Science in India-2018 by Careers 360, ‘National Bioscience Award-2012’ by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), SERB-IGCW-2017 for ‘Biohydrogen Technology’ from DST-SERB, ‘Environmental Engineering Design Award 2017’ by the National Design and Research Forum (NDRF) of Institute of Engineers, India (2017), ‘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 and Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Prize-1994 by The Institution of Engineers (India), etc.
Dr Mohan is an elected Fellow of National Academy of Engineering, Biotech Research Society of India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Akademy of Sciences, International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, Institution of Engineers, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, etc. Dr Mohan is National Editor for Science Portal (EVS), subject Editor for the Journal of Energy, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science, Carbon Resources Conversion and Frontiers in Energy Research and is serving on the Editorial board of several journals viz., Bioresource Technology, Advances in Energy Research, etc.