Dr. Mihir Kumar Sahoo

Chemistry Department

Designation: Associate Professor

Qualifications: M. Sc (Utkal University), Ph.D (Comenius University, Czechoslovakia)

Areas of Interest/Specialization: 

  1. Environmental Chemistry (Wastewater treatment)
  2. Treatment of persistent organic pollutants
  3. Removal of metals from industrial wastewater

Experience: 25 years of research and teaching experience

Some Representative Publications

  1. M.K. Sahoo, J.E. Kumar, B. Sinha, M.Marbaniang, R.N. Sharan, Comparative studies of mineralization and detoxification of Mordant Black 17 in aqueous solution by UV light induced /  and /  systems, Water Sci. Tech. 77 (2018) 2917-2928.
  2. M.K. Sahoo, M. Marbaniang, R.N. Sharan, UV light assisted mineralization and biodetoxification of Ponceau S with hydroxyl and sulphate radicals, Chem. Pap. 70 (2016) 1066-1077.
  3. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, R.N. Sharan, Metal ion-catalyzed mineralization and biodetoxification studies of Calconcarboxylic acid in aqueous solution: effect of -COOH group, Desalin. Water Treat.56 (2015) 1955-1963.
  4. P. Pattanaik, M.K. Sahoo,  photocatalysis: Progress from fundamentals to modification technology, Desalin. Water Treat.52 (2014) 6567-6590.
  5. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, R.N. Sharan, UVC based advanced oxidation for decolorization and mineralization of Calconcarboxylic acid in aqueous solution: Eco-toxicological effect of post treated solutions and its remedy, Can. J. Chem. Eng. 92 (2014) 1693-1699.
  6. M.K. Sahoo, L. Sayoo, Removal of acid blue 29 in aqueous solution by Fenton and Fenton-like processes, Desalin. Water Treat.52 (2014) 3411-3420.
  7. M.K. Sahoo, M. Marbaniang, B. Sinha, R.N. Sharan, Fenton and Fenton-like processes for the mineralization of Ponceau S in aqueous solution: Assessment of eco-toxicological effect of post treated solutions, Sep. Purif. Technol. 124 (2014) 155-162.
  8. M.K. Sahoo, L. Sayoo, D.B. Naik, R.N. Sharan, Improving the operational parameters with high electrical energy efficiency for UVC induced advanced oxidation and mineralization of Acid blue 29: Generation of eco-friendly effluent, Sep. Purif. Technol. 106 (2013) 110-116.
  9. M.K. Sahoo, M. Marbaniang, B. Sinha, D.B. Naik, R.N. Sharan, UVC induced TOC removal studies of Ponceau S in the presence of oxidants: Evaluation of electrical energy efficiency and assessment of biotoxicity of the treated solutions by Escherichia coli colony forming unit assay, Chem. Eng. J. 213 (2012) 142-149.
  10. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, D.B. Naik, R.N. Sharan, Transition metal catalyzed mineralization of Calcon and bioassay of the mineralized solutions by Escherichia colicolony forming unit assay,Chem. Eng. J.209 (2012) 147-154.
  11. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, D. B. Naik, R. N. Sharan, Mineralization of Calcon by UV/oxidant systems and assessment of biotoxicity of the treated solutions by E. coli colony forming unit assay, Chem. Eng. J. 181-182 (2012) 206-214.
  12. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, D. B. Naik, Degradation andmineralization of Calcon using  technique: Influence of pH, Desalination 280 (2011) 266-272.
  13. M.K. Sahoo, Degradation and mineralization of organic contaminants by Fenton and photo-Fenton processes: Review of mechanisms and effects of organic and inorganic additives, Res. J. Chem. Environ. 15(2011) 96-112.

Completed Research Projects

  1. Mineralization and biotoxicity assessment studies of selected surfactant formulations by some advanced oxidation processes (BRNS/DAE; March 2014 – March 2018).
    Grant: Rs. 31, 18, 750
  2. UV light and transition metal-catalyzed degradation and mineralization studies of some azo dyes by hydrogen peroxide (UGC; July 2011 – July 2014).
    Grant: Rs. 13, 50, 000
  3. Comparative studies on degradation and mineralization of some azo dyes by radiolysis and photolysis (BRNS/DAE; March 2009 – Oct. 2012)
    ?Funding agency: Grant: Rs. 28, 04, 713

Awards: Czechoslovak Govt. Scholarship (Awarded by MHRD, Govt. of India), 1989-90.

Ph.D Awarded/Supervised

  1. Mr. Bhauk Sinha (Regd. No. 1314, Dt. 08.09.2008): Studies on degradation and mineralization of some azo dyes by advanced oxidation processes
  2. Mr. Leiky Sayoo (Regd. No. 1477, Dt. 15.09.2009): Photo-oxidative studies on degradation and mineralization of some dyes using transition metal based catalysts
  3. Mr. Morten Marbaniang (Regd. No. 1557, Dt. 20.04.2010): Comparative studies on decolorization and mineralization of Ponceau S and Ponceau Xylidine by some advanced oxidation processes
  4. Mr. John Elisa Kumar (Regd. No. 2398, Dt. 11.12.2014): COD and TOC Removal Studies of Mixture of Dyes by Advanced Oxidation Processes
  5. Ms. Tsungom M. (Regd. No. 2939, Dt. 14.03.2018): Use of Arsenic (III) as Sacrificial Catalyst for Removal of Selected Azo Dyes Using Various Oxidation Techniques.

Administrative responsibilities undertaken:  

  1. University level
    • 2008 – 2015: Member of flying squad for undergraduate examinations
    • Sept. 2010 – Contd.: Member, University level radiation monitoring safety committee
    • May 2010 - 2014: Member, BPGS, Dept. of Botany, NEHU
    • 2012 –Contd.: Member, Institutional biosafety committee
    • 2012-2014: Member, School board of Life Sciences
    • Sept. 2014 - 2017: Member, Board of Studies in Statistics, NEHU
    • Sept. 2017 – 2020: Member, Board of Studies in Physics, NEHU
    • Sept. 2017 – 2019: Member, School Board of Physical Sciences, NEHU
    • Sept. 2018 – 2020: Member, School board of Life Sciences, NEHU
  2. Faculty level
    • 2009, 2013: Member of Departmental Admission Committee
    • Sept. 2010 - 2013: Member, BPGS, Dept. of Chemistry, NEHU
    • Sept. 2017 – 2020: Member, Board of Studies in Chemistry, NEHU
    • Aug. 2018 – Cont.: Member, Departmental Research Committee
    • Actively involved in the syllabus revision of CBCS syllabus for M. Sc. (Organic Chemistry)
    • Actively involved in drafting of UGC-SAP and DST-FIST proposals for the Department.
    • Actively involved in drafting UGC-CAS proposal for the Department.
    • Actively involved in the syllabus revision as member, syllabus revision committee for B. Sc. (Chemistry) programme of NEHU.

Academic affiliations 

  1. Life member and founding Vice-president, Society of Environmental Chemistry and Allied Sciences (SECAS). Membership No. 102.
  2. Life member, Indian Society for Radiation and Photochemical Sciences (ISRAPS) Membership No. 323, Dt. 20.02.2008.
  3. Life member, Society for Chemical Education, Assam. Membership No. 1308, Dt. 28.03.2007

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars 

  1. International conferences
    1. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, D.B. Naik, R.N. Sharan, Are all AOPs Environmentally Benign? A case study on the mineralization of Calcon by Photolysis, Fenton and Fenton-like Processes, Second International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2012), School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, October 5-8, 2012.
    2. M.K. Sahoo, M. Marbaniang, B. Sinha, D.B. Naik, Mineralization of Ponceau S by Fenton and Fenton-like processes, Second International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2012), School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, October 5-8, 2012.
    3. M.K. Sahoo, L. Sayoo, Degradation and mineralization of acid blue 29 by iron catalyzed advanced oxidation processes, International conference on innovations in chemistry for sustainable development, Panjab University, Chandigarh, December 01-03, 2011.
    4. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, D.B. Naik, Mineralization of calcon by persulfate under microwave irradiation, International conference on innovations in chemistry for sustainable development, Panjab University, Chandigarh, December 01-03, 2011.
    5. B. Sinha, M. K. Sahoo and D. B. Naik, Photolytic degradation of Calcon using hydrogen peroxide, International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2010),Center for Environment Education and Technology (CEET), Kottayam, Kerala, September 18-21, 2010.
    6. B. Sinha, M. K. Sahoo and D. B. Naik, Degradation of Ponceau S by Fenton and Fenton-like processes: Effects of sulphate and nitrate anions, International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2010), Center for Environment Education and Technology (CEET), Kottayam, Kerala, September 18-21, 2010.
  2. National conferences
    1. M.K. Sahoo, A comparative study on mineralization and biodetoxification of aqueous Mordant Black 17 by light and metal ion catalyzed advanced oxidation processes, National Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry: Frontiers and Challenges, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Feb. 27-March 1, 2014.
    2. M.K. Sahoo, L. Sayoo, D.B. Naik, R.N. Sharan, UVC induced advanced oxidation and mineralization of Acid blue 29: Generation of eco-friendly effluent, National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, March 20-22, 2013.
    3. M.K. Sahoo, M. Marbaniang, B. Sinha and D.B. Naik, Mineralization of Ponceau S by hydroxyl and sulphate radical based advanced oxidation processes, The Eleventh biennial Trombay Symposium on Radiation & Photochemistry, BARC, Mumbai, January 4-7, 2012.
    4. B. Sinha, M.K. Sahoo and K.K.K. Sharma, Radical induced oxidation of acid blue 161: A radiation chemical study, The Eleventh biennial Trombay Symposium on Radiation & Photochemistry, BARC, Mumbai, January 4-7, 2012.
    5. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, and D. B. Naik,  light induced mineralization of calcon in aqueous solution in the presence of oxidants, National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, JNV University, Jodhpur, March 10-12, 2011.
    6. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha, M. Marbaniang, L. Sayoo and D.B. Naik, Effect of salts on the degradation of Calcon with  in the presence of oxidants,National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, JNV University, Jodhpur, March 10-12, 2011.
    7. B. Sinha and M.K. Sahoo, Decoloration of Acid Orange 7 with Fenton and Fenton like reagents under microwave irradiation, National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry (NSRP 2009), Kumaun University, Nainital, March 12-14, 2009.
  3. Invited Talk
    1. M.K. Sahoo, Mineralization and biodetoxification of Calcon and Calconcarboxylic acid by transition metal ion catalyzed oxidation in the presence of  light: Effect of substituent, 4th International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2016), BITS, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Dec. 17-20, 2016.
    2. M.K. Sahoo, Fenton process: Its limitations, modifications and applications, 2nd National Conference on Advanced Oxidation processes (AOP 2015), Dr. SSB University of Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 15-16, 2015.
    3. M.K. Sahoo, B. Sinha and R.N. Sharan, Eco-toxicological effect of metal ion catalyzed AOPs and its remedy: A case study of Calcon by Fenton, Fenton-like, photo-Fenton and photo-Fenton-like processes, 1st National Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes, Thapar University, Patiala, Nov. 21-24, 2013.
    4. M.K. Sahoo, P. Pattanaik, B. Sinha, A comparative study of Photolysis, Fenton and Fenton like reactions in the degradation and mineralization of Erichrome Blue Black R and biotoxicity of treated solutions, National Seminar onGreen Chemistry: Solution to Environmental Crisis, Berhampur University, Odisha, October 13-14, 2012.
    5. Prospects and Challenges of Green Chemistry, Presented at the Diamond Jubilee Seminar, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong on 31st Oct. 2009.
  4. Chairing of Scientific Sessions at Conferences
    1. Chaired a session on 4th International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2016), BITS, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Dec. 17-20, 2016.
    2. Chaired a session on 15th October, 2015 at the2nd National Conference on Advanced Oxidation processes (AOP 2015), Dr. SSB University of Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 15-16, 2015.
    3. Chaired a session on 27th Sept. 2014 at the ‘Third International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2014)’during Sept. 25-28, 2014 at Eastend Hotel, Munnar, Kerala.
    4. Chaired a session on March 1, 2014 at the ‘National Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry: Frontiers and Challenges’ during Feb. 27-March 1, 2014 at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
    5. Chaired a session on 23rd Nov. 2013 at the ‘1st National Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2013)’ during Nov. 21-23, 2013 at Thapar University, Patiala.

Collaboration/Consultancy: (if any) 

  • Prof. R. N. Sharan, Dept. of Bio-Chemistry, NEHU, Shillong

Patent

  • Development of electrical energy efficient and economically viable process/method for the treatment and bio-detoxification of azo dye contaminated wastewater (Patent Number: 302099)

Any other:

  1. Reviewer of International Journals
    1. Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier Publication)
    2. Ecological Engineering (Elsevier Publication)
    3. Critical Review in Environmental Science and Technology (Taylor & Francis)
    4. Separation and Purification Technology (Elsevier Publication)
    5. Desalination (Elsevier Publication)
    6. Desalination and Water Treatment (Taylor & Francis)
    7. Journal of Advance Oxidation Technology (De Gruyter)
    8. Journal of Radiation Research (Oxford Academic)
    9. International Review of Chemical Engineering (Praise Worthy Prize)
    10. Chemosphere (Elsevier Publication)
  2. Ph.D Thesis Examiner
    (i) Homi Bhabha National Institute (BARC, Mumbai); (ii) Berhampur University (Odisha); (iii) Mahatma Gandhi University (Kerala); (iv) Thapar University (Patiala); (v) Bharathidarsan University (Tamilnadu); (vi) Panjab University, Chandigarh
  3. Conference/Symposium Organised
    1. Convener: National Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry, NEHU, Shillong, March 20-22, 2013.
    2. Member of Organizing Committee: 2nd Int. Conf. on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2012), M.G. Univ., Kottayam, Kerala, October 5-8, 2012.
    3. Organizing Committee Member and Treasurer: National Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry: Frontiers and Challenges, NEHU, Shillong, Feb. 27-March 1, 2014.
    4. Member of Advisory Committee: 1st National Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes, Thapar University, Patiala, Nov. 21-24, 2013.
    5. Chairman, Local Organizing Committee: 3rd Int. Conf. on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2014), Eastend Hotel, Munnar, Kerala, Sept. 25-28, 2014.
    6. Member of Advisory Committee: 2nd Nat. Conf. on Advanced Oxidation processes (AOP 2015), Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 15-16, 2015.
    7. Member of National Advisory Committee: 4th Int. Conf. on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP 2016), BITS, Pilani, Goa Campus, Dec. 17-20, 2016.
    8. Member of National Organising Committee: 14th DAE-BRNS Biennial Trombay Symposium on Radiation & Photochemistry (TSRP-2018), Jan. 3-7, 2018.
    9. Member of National Organising Committee: 15th DAE-BRNS Biennial Trombay Symposium on Radiation & Photochemistry (TSRP-2020), Jan. 5-9, 2020.
  4. Awards to students
    1. Mr. John Elisha Kumar received best presentation award at the 2nd National Conference on Advanced Oxidation processes (AOP 2015), Dr. SSB University of Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 15-16, 2015.
    2. Mr. B. Sinha received young investigators award at the Second International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP-2012), School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, October 5-8, 2012.
    3. Mr. B. Sinha received poster presentation award at the “Eleventh biennial “Trombay Symposium on Radiation & Photochemistry”, BARC, Mumbai, January 4-7, 2012.
    4. Mr. L. Sayoo received the best poster presentation award at the “International conference on innovations in chemistry for sustainable development”, Panjab University, Chandigarh, December 01-03, 2011.