Qualification: 
Ph.D, MPhil
smithachandran@am.amrita.in

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. currently serves as Assistant Professor (Sr. Gr.) at the Department of Chemistry, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management and M. Phil. in Environmental Sciences and Management both in First rank from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She completed her Ph. D. in Environmental Science from the same University in 2010. She worked as a guest faculty for6 years at the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

Her current research interests include Sustainable Nanotechnology, Green Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Waste Water Treatment, Phytoremediation, Bioremediation, Water and Waste Water Quality Analysis. She has several International and National journal publications, and many International and National Conference publications to her credit.

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS

  • First rank in Mahatma Gandhi University for post graduate levels and post PG.
  • Qualified National Eligibility Test conducted by UGC
     

SUPERVISION OF UNDER-GRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATE DISSERTATIONS

  • Projects Guided:  M.Phil- 2, M.Sc. -4, UG-1
     

EVENTS CO-ORDINATED

  1. Conducted KSCSTE sponsored National Seminar on Frontiers in Chemical Sciences (FCS-2011) at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus on November 16, 2011.
  2. Coordinator of the 10 day ISTE Workshop on Introduction to Research Methodologies for Co-ordinators under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT) at  Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus from 09-06-2012 to June 15, 2012.
  3. Conducted Teachers Training Workshops (TTPs) for higher Secondary Teachers in Kollam District supported by WWF-India and CPREEC, Chennai on January 4, 2013.
  4. Organized a one day Workshop on Geoinformation Technology for Better Natural Resource Management in association with WWF-India supported by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment & Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India as part of the National Science Day- 2015 on February 27, 2015.
     

INVITED TALKS 

  1. Invited Lecture in KSTEC sponsored National Seminar “Ozone layer Depreciation and Protection” at Sree Narayana Poly Technic College, Kottiyam, Kollam, Kerala on September 19, 2014.
  2. Invited Lecture on Biodiversity Concept & Conservation” at Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla on November 21, 2012. 
  3. Invited Lecture on Weed Management Strategies” at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeethamon on April 5, 2011.
  4. Invited Lecture on Wetland Conservation” as part of Student Wetland Congress 2015, organized by Asoka Trust for Ecology and Environment (ATREE), on February 24, 2015 at Pulimmottil Trade Center, Mullackal, Alappuzha.
  5. Talk on “Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security” at a national seminar, organized by the Departments of Social Work and Chemistry, in association with Swadeshi Science Movement (Kerala) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment on February 27, 2013 as part of the National Science Day.
     

ROLES

  • Reviewer of International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, Elsevier
  • Referee of International Conference on Oceanic and Atmospheric (ICOA 2015)
     

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Journal Article

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., Ash, P., and Bist, A., “Managing Former Landfill Sites a Case Study of Ecorestoration from Kochi, Kerala”, Green Chemistry & Technology Letters, vol. 1, pp. 82–85, 2016.[Abstract]


This paper describes the dramatic success in the eco-restoration of a heavy-metal contaminated open garbage dump at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a 1450-bed super-specialty hospital located in Kochi, Kerala, India. Today, the hospital caters to over 10 lakh patients annually. Inspired by our Chancellor’s vision of zero-waste, the hospital undertook its journey with a view to also reducing massive greenhouse gas emissions that result from improper handling of waste. Today, the hospital manages its municipal solid waste on an industrial scale, composting some eight metric tonnes of organic waste daily.This case study outlines the path followed to achieve zero-waste. Alongside, the rehabilitation of a former dump site is described in detail at this very site are carried out all composting operations of AIMS. Within three years of the restoration activities, heavy metal concentrations in the contaminated soil reduced drastically.There was relatively low uptake of the heavy metals by the plants; however, they might have been crucially responsible for providing a favorable environment for soil restoring microorganisms in their rhizosphere. Observable habitat-restoration continues at the site, including the return of birds and insects and other wildlife, making this an ideal site for further research and demonstration for community awareness and education. More »»

2016

Journal Article

Dr. Saritha A., Kumar.G, N., S, N. T., Babu, S. R., John, R., Krishna, N., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “SUSTAINABLE UTILIZATION OF BIOWASTES TOWARDS THE GREEN SYNTHESIS OF SILVER NANOPARTICLES AND ITS UTILITY IN THE NAKED EYE DETECTION OF METALS COUPLED WITH ITS LARVICIDAL PROPERTIES”, International Journal of Science Technology and Management, , vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 143 - 148, 2016.[Abstract]


Green synthesis of nanoparticles has become a prominent area of interest in the field of nano science and technology, as it is a non toxic, economically viable and green approach. In the present work we have developed an ecofriendly and zero cost approach for the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using cashew nut peel. The well known characteristic phenomenon of surface Plasmon resonance (SPR) has been exploited towards the characterization of the green synthesized nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized by UV spectroscopy and the behavior of these particles towards naked eye detection of metal ions were observed. The sensitivity of the nanoparticles towards the detection of metal ions were carefully monitored by the shift in the SPR band. Moreover the larvicidal potential of these green synthesized silver nanoparticles were evaluated as per WHO standards. Such a route of green synthesis of silver nanoparticles is economically feasible as well as environment friendly and also capable of rapid synthesis of nanoparticles at ambient conditions.

SUSTAINABLE UTILIZATION OF BIOWASTES TOWARDS THE GREEN SYNTHESIS OF SILVER NANOPARTICLES AND ITS UTILITY IN THE NAKED EYE DETECTION OF METALS COUPLED WITH ITS LARVICIDAL PROPERTIES (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305984238_SUSTAINABLE_UTILIZATI... [accessed Jul 28, 2017].

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2016

Journal Article

K. Gopakumar, Harith, A., N Nazrin, T., Shaji, V., Dr. Saritha A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “GREEN SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SILVER DECORATED GRAPHENE NANOCOMPOSITES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS”, International Journal of Science Technology and Management, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 88-93, 2016.

2015

Journal Article

A. Krishna, Nair, S. T., Dr. Smitha Chandran S., and Dr. Saritha A., “From biowastes to novel nanomaterials: A one pot green synthesis of nanoparticles towards the naked eye detection of metals ”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, 2015.[Abstract]


Green nanotechnology has gained momentum in the recent years because it couples the immense applications of nanotechnology with the principles of green chemistry so that the toxic effects of nanotechnology stands nullified. The environmental as well as health issues of nanotechnology has only been addressed in the recent times and since then the green pathway towards the synthesis of nanoparticles has gained immense attention. The novel phenomenon of surface Plasmon resonance exhibited by metallic nanoparticles has been exploited and silver nanoparticles were prepared from biowastes like cashew peel, tapioca peel, banana bosom peel etc which would otherwise appear as waste in and around the processing centers. The aforementioned nanoparticles were characterized by UV spectroscopy and the behavior of these particles towards naked eye detection of selected heavy metal ions like nickel, cadmium,lead and mercury were observed. More »»

2015

Journal Article

A. Das, G, N., Dr. Saritha A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Development of Highly Sensitive Nano silver based Chemosensors”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, 2015.[Abstract]


Silver nanoparticles were green synthesized using different plant substrates like Phyllanthus niruri, Curcuma angustifolia, utrica dioica etc were characterized with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV–vis). The fresh biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles were turned to colorless, accompanying the broadening and blue shifting of SPR band upon the addition of mercuric ions into the medium and hence paved way towards the detection of mercury and hence led towards the development of cost effective colorimetric sensors. Moreover the larvicidal potential of these green synthesized silver nanoparticles were evaluated as per WHO standards. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and .V.Ramasamy, E., “Utilization of Limnocharis flava, an invasive aquatic weed from Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, kerala, india as a potential feedstock for livestock”, Online Journal of Animal and Feed Research , vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 22-27, 2015.[Abstract]


The chemical composition, nutritive value and trace element profiles of Limnocharis flava, an emergent aquatic weed during its different growth stages was determined to evaluate as possible cattle feed. Samples were analyzed at three progressive morphological stages of the plant, pre-flowering, flowering and post-flowering. The moisture content, dry matter (DM), ash content, crude protein (CP), ether extract (EE), crude fiber (CF), nitrogen free extract (NFE) and mineral constituents like sodium (Na+) potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), phosphorous (P) and trace elements like iron (Fe2+), copper (Cu2+), manganese (Mn2+), zinc (Zn2+), lead (Pb2+), chromium (Cr2+ ) nickel (Ni+) and cadmium (Cd+) contents were analyzed. The moisture content, organic matter (OM), acid detergent fiber content increased during maturation, while CP and EE were found decreased with increased growth stage. Only slight fluctuations occurred in Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous and Sodium contents. The highest values for crude protein, fiber content, NFE and EE were observed at the flowering stage. These plant posses several characteristics which makes it a nutritious feed suitable for domestic livestock, and is recommended to use L.flava, particularly at the flowering stage of growth. More »»

2014

Journal Article

P. Ash, Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Moving towards zero waste: a case study from Kerala, India(2014)”, Journal of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries , vol. 2, p. 437 to 441, 2014.

2013

Journal Article

P. Ash, Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Moving towards Zero-Waste: A Case-Study from Kerala, India”, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, South Asia Satellite Conference, Trivandrum, India, 2013.[Abstract]


The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is a 1450 - bed super-specialty hospital located in Kochi, Kerala, India. The hospital was founded by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, who envisioned an advancedcenter for serving the poor and suffering. Inspired by Amma’s vision of zero-waste, the hospital undertook its journey with a view to also reducing massive greenhouse gas emissions that result from improper handling of waste. Today, the hospital manages its municipal solid waste on an industrial scale, composting some eight metric tons of organic waste daily. This case study outlines the path followed to achieve zero-waste. Alongside, the rehabilitation of a former dump site is described in detail; at this very site are carried out all composting operations of AIMS More »»

2013

Journal Article

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and Asok, S., “Utlilization of Limnocharis flava, an invasive exotic aquatic weed from Kuttanad wetland ecosystem as a potential feedstock for aquaculture(2013)”, Journal of Basic and Applied Biology, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 53-55, 2013.

2008

Journal Article

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., .Satheesh, R., and .V.Ramasamy, E., “Studies on the accumulation of heavy metals in Limnocharis flava (L) Buchenau, an exotic aquatic weed, and its various means of utilization”, Ecochronicle, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 129-136., 2008.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Conference Proceedings

A. Krishna, Nair, S. T., Dr. Smitha Chandran S., and Dr. Saritha A., “From biowastes to novel nanomaterials: A one pot green synthesis of nanoparticles towards the naked eye detection of metals”, The National Conference On Recent Advances In Smart Materials. Hindustan University , Chennai., 2016.[Abstract]


Green nanotechnology has gained momentum in the recent years because it couples the immense applications of nanotechnology with the principles of green chemistry so that the toxic effects of nanotechnology stands nullified. The environmental as well as health issues of nanotechnology has only been addressed in the recent times and since then the green pathway towards the synthesis of nanoparticles has gained immense attention. The novel phenomenon of surface Plasmon resonance exhibited by metallic nanoparticles has been exploited and silver nanoparticles were prepared from biowastes like cashew peel, tapioca peel, banana bosom peel etc which would otherwise appear as waste in and around the processing centers. The aforementioned nanoparticles were characterized by UV spectroscopy and the behavior of these particles towards naked eye detection of selected heavy metal ions like nickel, cadmium,lead and mercury were observed. More »»

2016

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and V, S. Asok, “Ecology and possible pathways of invasion of an exotic weed Limnocharis flava (l) buchenau, in Kuttand wetland ecosystem, Kerala”, The International Conference on Aquatic Exotics (ICAE- 2016) . University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram., 2016.

2014

Conference Proceedings

D. T.D, C.V, N., Ravndran.N.E, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Phytofiltration of lead from water by centella erecta grown in free-floating culture system”, the National Seminar on Contemporary Techniques in Environmental Research and Conservation (CTERC-2014) . All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, 2014.

2014

Conference Proceedings

L. S. Kumar, Nair, S. M., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Recovery Of Energy From Organic Fraction Of Municipal Solid Waste By High Solid Anaerobic Digestion”, The National Seminar on Contemporary Techniques in Environmental Research and Conservation (CTERC-2014) . All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram , 2014.

2014

Conference Proceedings

L. S. Kumar, P, V., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Energy recovery from municipal solid waste by anaerobic digestion- a case study from south India”, The UGC sponsored national Seminar on Environment Impact Assessment. New man College, Thodupuzha , 2014.

2014

Conference Proceedings

S. Kumar and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “A Graph-based Algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) in Municipal Solid Waste Management ”, the International Conference on Waste Management for Sustainable development (ICWMSD-2014). NSS Engineering College, Palakkad , 2014.

2013

Conference Proceedings

L. S. Kumar and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “High Solid Anaerobic Digestion for the recovery of Energy from Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid waste”, The International Conference on Emerging Trends in Chemical Sciences . VIT University, Vellore TamilNadu, 2013.

2013

Conference Proceedings

P. Ash, Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Moving towards zero waste: a case study from Kerala, India(2013)”, International Conference on Ecosystem Conservation, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ECOCASD 2013) . University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India , 2013.

2012

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and K.M, A., “Variation in Air Pollution Tolerance Index of some common plants near The Kerala Minerals, and Metals Limited (KMML), Chavara, Kollam”, National Conference on Frontiers in Chemistry. University of Kerala, Thiruvanathapuram, 2012.

2012

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and K.M, A., “Changes in Air Pollution Tolerance Index of some common plants near The Kerala Minerals, and Metals Limited (KMML), Chavara, Kollam.”, National Conference on Recent Applications of Nano materials In Chemistry and Environmental Research (RANCER-2012). Kongu Engineering College, Erode, Tamil Nadu , 2012.

2011

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and Ramasamy, E. V., “Phytoremediation of lead by Limnocharis flava (L) Buchenau an invasive aquatic weed in Kuttanad Wetland Ecosystem”, CSIR Sponsored National Conference on Recent Applications of Nano materials In Chemistry and Environmental Research (RANCER-2011). Kongu Engineering College, Erode, Tamil Nadu , 2011.

2011

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., S, R. P., and V, R. E., “Utilization of an exotic aquatic weed Limnocharis flava as a feed stock in anaerobic digesters for biogas generation”, International Conference on Society, Technology and Sustainable development. AIMS, Cochin., 2011.

2010

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and Ramasamy, E. V., “Metal and Nutrient uptake up Limnocharis flava, an aquatic weed from Kuttanad wetlands”, National Seminar on Environmental Chemistry. S.D. College, Allapuzha, Kerala., 2010.

2008

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., .Satheesh, R., and .V.Ramasamy, E., “Studies on the utilization of Limnocharis flava (L) Buchenau, an invasive aquatic weed in Kuttanad wetland ecosystem(2008)”, The International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture. C.M.S. College, Kottayam , 2008.[Abstract]


The chemical composition, nutritive value and trace element profiles of Limnocharis flava, an emergent aquatic weed during its different growth stages was determined to evaluate as possible cattle feed. Samples were analyzed at three progressive morphological stages of the plant, pre-flowering, flowering and post-flowering. The moisture content, dry matter (DM), ash content, crude protein (CP), ether extract (EE), crude fiber (CF), nitrogen free extract (NFE) and mineral constituents like sodium (Na +) potassium (K +), calcium (Ca 2+), phosphorous (P) and trace elements like iron (Fe 2+), copper (Cu 2+), manganese (Mn 2+), zinc (Zn 2+), lead (Pb 2+), chromium (Cr 2+) nickel (Ni +) and cadmium (Cd +) contents were analyzed. The moisture content, organic matter (OM), acid detergent fiber content increased during maturation, while CP and EE were found decreased with increased growth stage. Only slight fluctuations occurred in Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous and Sodium contents. The highest values for crude protein, fiber content, NFE and EE were observed at the flowering stage. These plant posses several characteristics which makes it a nutritious feed suitable for domestic livestock, and is recommended to use L.flava, particularly at the flowering stage of growth. More »»

2008

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., .Satheesh, R., and .V.Ramasamy, E., “Studies on the Phytotoxic Effects of Lead on Some Biochemical Characteristics of Limnocharis Flava(L)Buchenau, A Noxious Aquatic Weed”, National Seminar on Wetland Biodiversity. MSM College, Kayamkulam, 2008.

2007

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S., .Satheesh, R., and .V.Ramasamy, E., “Phytotoxicity of lead in Limnocharis flava-An invasive weed”, 19th Kerala Science Congress. Kozhikode, Kerala., 2007.

2006

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and .Satheesh, R., “Metal and Nutrient uptake by Limnocharis flava (L) Buchenau-A noxious aquatic weed”, The 4th Indian Environmental Congress. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam, Kerala, India, 2006.

2001

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and .Satheesh, R., “Air and Noise Pollution status at Sabarimala”, National Conference on Mathematical and Computational Models. P.S. G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, 2001.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Conference Paper

A. Das, G, N., Dr. Saritha A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Development of Highly Sensitive Nano silver based Chemosensors”, in the National Conference On Recent Advances In Smart Materials, Hindustan University , Chennai, 2016.[Abstract]


Silver nanoparticles were green synthesized using different plant substrates like Phyllanthus niruri, Curcuma angustifolia, utrica dioica etc were characterized with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV–vis). The fresh biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles were turned to colorless, accompanying the broadening and blue shifting of SPR band upon the addition of mercuric ions into the medium and hence paved way towards the detection of mercury and hence led towards the development of cost effective colorimetric sensors. Moreover the larvicidal potential of these green synthesized silver nanoparticles were evaluated as per WHO standards. More »»

2015

Conference Paper

P. Ash, Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Managing former landfill sites: A case study of Ecorestoration from Kochi, Kerala”, in The National Conference on Innovations in Chemical Sciences & Technology (NCICST), Scott Christian College Nagarcoil, Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu., 2015.[Abstract]


This paper describes the dramatic success in the eco-restoration of a heavy-metal contaminated open garbage dump at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a 1450-bed super-specialty hospital located in Kochi, Kerala, India. Today, the hospital caters to over 10 lakh patients annually. Inspired by our Chancellor’s vision of zero-waste, the hospital undertook its journey with a view to also reducing massive greenhouse gas emissions that result from improper handling of waste. Today, the hospital manages its municipal solid waste on an industrial scale, composting some eight metric tonnes of organic waste daily This case study outlines the path followed to achieve zero-waste. Alongside, the rehabilitation of a former dump site is described in detail at this very site are carried out all composting operations of AIMS. Within three years of the restoration activities, heavy metal concentrations in the contaminated soil reduced drastically There was relatively low uptake of the heavy metals by the plants; however, they might have been crucially responsible for providing a favorable environment for soil restoring microorganisms in their rhizosphere. Observable habitat-restoration continues at the site, including the return of birds and insects and other wildlife, making this an ideal site for further research and demonstration for community awareness and education. More »»

2014

Conference Paper

P. Ash, Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Habitat Restoration: A case study from Kochi, Kerala, India”, in International Conference on Waste Management for Sustainable development (ICWMSD-2014), NSS Engineering College, Palakkad, 2014.

2014

Conference Paper

, Purushothaman, S., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “An Ecofriendly option for Management of Waste Water”, in National Seminar on Contemporary Techniques in Environmental Research and Conservation (CTERC-2014, All Saints’ College, 2014.

2014

Conference Paper

A. Guleria, Asok.V, S., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Hydrological studies of a small watershed area of Karamana River basin using GIS ‘in”, in National Seminar on Contemporary Techniques in Environmental Research and Conservation (CTERC-2014), All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, 2014.

2013

Conference Paper

Dr. Smitha Chandran S. and , “Utlilization of Limnocharisflava, an invasive exotic aquatic weed from Kuttanad wetland ecosystem as a potential feedstock for aquaculture”, in International Seminar on Advances in Aquaculture Technologies (ISATT-2013), Department of Zoology, All Saints College Thiruvananthapuram, 2013, pp. 53-55.

2013

Conference Paper

P. Ash, Sullivan, D., Kothurkar, N. K., Bist, A., and Dr. Smitha Chandran S., “Rehabilitating former landfill sites: A case study in habitat restoration”, in Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2013 IEEE, 2013.[Abstract]


This paper describes the dramatic success in the eco-restoration of a heavy-metal contaminated open garbage dump. A number of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cu, Co, Pb, Hg, Cr) were detected in the soil and river sediment at the site. The main restoration activities included mulching, surface-addition of compost and fresh soil and phytoremediation using vetiver and other plants. Within three years of the restoration activities, heavy metal concentrations in the contaminated soil reduced drastically. There was relatively low uptake of the heavy metals by the plants; however, they might have been crucially responsible for providing a favorable environment for soil-restoring microrganisms in their rhizosphere. Observable habitat-restoration continues at the site, including the return of birds and insects and other wildlife, making this an ideal site for further research and demonstration for community awareness and education. More »»
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