Virendra Sethi
Professor
 
 
Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 
Powai, Mumbai-400076, INDIA. 
Phone: +91 22 25767809
Email: vsethi@iitb.ac.in
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Education
 B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) - 1983
  Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  Thesis: Concentration of 20 TPD Cane Sugar Juice from 8% to 20% using Reverse Osmosis
 M.S. (Environemtal Engineering) - 1990
  University of CIncinnati, Cincinnati,Ohio, USA
  Thesis: Study of Particulate Formation and Growth in a Bench Scale Flame Incinerator System
 PhD (Environmental Engineering) - 1996
  University of CIncinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  Thesis: Experimental Studies in Transport of Dissolved and Suspended Contaminants in Drinking Water Distribution Systems
 AEP( I Year ) (Product Design) - 1984
  National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
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Research Interests
Aerosol and air quality
Hot gas clean-up (thermal gasification)
Nano-Powder synthesis
Satellite remote sensing for air quality
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Current Research
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Awards
2002
  Excellence in Teaching Award
  IIT Bombay
 
1994
  Oak Ridge Fellowship
  USEPA, Cincinnati
 
1985
  Outstanding Engineer of the Year
  ONGC, Bombay
 
1983
  Institute Cultural Citation, Students Gymkhana
  IIT Bombay
 
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Projects
2003
  Design and Development of Clean-up Systems for Biomass Based Producer Gas
  MNES New Delhi
 
2002
  Characteristics of Particulate Matter in Biomass Based Producer Gas From Different Types of Gasifiers
  MNES New Delhi
 
1999
  Technology Evaluation for Characterization of Particles in Drinking Water
  USEPA, ORD, Washington DC
 
1996
  (a) Costing of Unit Processes in Drinking Water Treatment Systems
  USEPA, ORD, Washington DC.
 
1990
  Evaluation of Effect of Impaction on Measurement of Size Distribution of
  NSF, USA
 
  Studies for Design of Systems for Removal of Tar and Particulate Matter from Producer Gas (For IC Engine and Gas Turbine Applications)
  MNES New Dlhi
 
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Affiliations
IASTA
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Students
 Ashish Khandelwal
 Darpan Das
 Nitin M. Deodhar
 Rasma K
 Rujuta Chaudhari
 Sonal Sanjay Dharne
 
 Swetha Pendyala
 Vasudeva Madav
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Publications
Panchratna D., Sethi V., Mukherji S., 2013. "Sorption of Simulated Biomass Gasification Wastewater on Rice Husk Char and Activated Carbon", International Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management4(5), 489-496
 
Patil R.S., Rakesh Kumar, Menon R., Shah M.K., Sethi V., 2013. "Development of particulate matter speciation profiles for major sources in six cities in India", Atmospheric Research132-133(), 1-11
 
Sonawane, RS Patil, V Sethi, 2012. "Health benefit modeling and optimization of vehicular pollution control strategies", Atmospheric Environment60(), 193-212
 
Dash, D.K. and Sethi, V., 2012. "Assessment Of Fugitive Emissions From Aluminum Smelter Pot Rooms", International Journal of Sustainable Development and Green Economics (IJSDGE)Vol-(ISSN.No.2315-4721 ), 
 
Madav V., Bhusnoor S., Bhandarkar U., Sethi V., 2012. "Hot gas clean -up studies in small scale low temperature down draft gasifiers", 5th International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL, Leipzig, Germany (), 
 
S Basak, V Tiwari, J Fan, S Achilefu, V Sethi, P Biswas, 2011. "Single step aerosol synthesis of nanocomposites by aerosol routes: ?-Fe2O3/SiO2 and their functionalization", Journal of Materials Research 26 (10), 1225-1233
 
A Parihar, V Sethi, P Parikh, D Radhakrishna, 2011. "Physical Characterization of Particulate Emissions from Compression Ignition Engine Operating on Diesel and Biodiesel Fuels Diesel Engine ", SAE Technical Paper(), 
 
V Tiwari, J Jiang, V Sethi, P Biswas, 2008. "One-step synthesis of noble metal–titanium dioxide nanocomposites in a flame aerosol reactor", Applied Catalysis A: General345 (2), 241-246
 
Basak, Soubir, Vinay Tiwari, Virendra Sethi, and Pratim Biswas, 2007. "One Step Aerosol Route Synthesis of Silica Coated ?-Fe2O3 Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications", In Proc. 5th Asian Aerosol Conference, Kaohsiung, Taiwan29(), 
 
Goyal. N., Selvakimar N., Patil. R. S., Sethi. V, 2006. "Design, Development, Calibration and Field Evaluation of an indigenous PM2.5 Sampler ", Current Science90(2), 151-15
 
Mehta S. , Patil R. S., Sethi V. , 2006. "An Emission Model for Heterogeneous Vehicular Fleet in India", Indian Journal of Air Pollution Control, New Delhi(), 
 
Varghese. S. K., Gangamma. S., Patil. R. S. and Sethi. V, 2005. "Particulate Respiratory Does to Indian Women from Domestic Cooki ", Aerosol Science and Technology39(12), 1201-1
 
Patil. R. S, Sethi. V, Varghese. S. K., Gangamma. S., 2005. "Personal Exposure to Aerosols in Urban Homes ", Bulletin of American Meteorological Society86(), 1226
 
Venkataraman, C., Joshi, P., Sethi, V., Ravi, M.R., and Kohli, S, 2004. "Aerosol and Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Low-Temperature Combustion in a Sawdust Packed-Bed Stove ",  Aerosol Science and Technology(38), 50-61
 
Clark, R. M., Sivaganesan, M., Selvakumar, A., and Sethi, V., 2002. "Cost Models for Water Supply Distribution Systems", ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management128(5), 312-32
 
Clark, R., Sivaganesan, M., Selvakumar, A., and Sethi, V. , 2002. "Cost Models for Water Supply Distribution Systems", J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage.128(5), 312–321
 
Adin, A., P. Biswas, G. Dutair, V. Sethi, and C. Patterson, 2000. "Characterizing Cryptosporidium parvum as a waterborne particle in granular filtration", In Proceedings, International Symposium on Emerging Pathogens(), 
 
Clark, R.M. Adams, J.Q. Sethi, V., and Sivaganesan, M., 1998. "Controlling Microbial Contaminants and Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water : Cost and Performance ", J. Water SRT-Aqua47(6), 255-26
 
Sethi, V., and Clark, R.M., 1998. "Cost Estimation Models for Drinking Water Treatment Unit Processes", Indian Journal of Engineering & Materials Sciences5(), 223-23
 
Sethi, V., Patnaik, P., Biswas, P., Clark R.M., and Rice, E.W., 1997. "Evaluation of Optical Detection Methods for Waterborne Suspensions , ", Journal of the American Water Works Association2(89), 98-112
 
Sethi, V., Patnaik, P., Biswas, P., Clark R.M., and Rice, E.W. , 1997. "Evaluation of Optical Detection Methods for Waterborne Suspensions", Journal of the American Water Works Association89(2), 98-112
 
Sethi, V., and John, W., 1993. " Particle Impaction Patterns from a Circular Jet ", Aerosol Science & Technology18(), 1-10
 
Lin, W. Y., Sethi, V., Biswas, P., 1993. " Multicomponent Aerosol Dynamics of the Pb-O2 System in a Bench Scale Flame Incinerator", Aerosol Science & Technology17(), 199-13
 
John, W, and Sethi, V., 1993. " Threshold for Resuspension by Particle Impaction",  Aerosol Science & Technology(19), 60-79
 
Sethi, V., and P. Biswas, 1990. "Fundamental studies on particulate emissions from hazardous waste incinerators", (), 
 
John, W., and Sethi, V.,  1993. " Breakup of Latex Doublets by Impaction ", Aerosol Science & Technology(19), 57-68
 
Sethi, V., and Biswas, P. , 40,  1990. " Modeling of Particle Formation and Dynamics in a Flame Incinerator", Journal of Air & Waste Management Association(40), 42-46
 
Sethi, V., Biswas, P., and Clark R.M., . "Study of the Influence of Pipe Wall Stresses on Particle Deposition and Entrainment Mechanisms in the Drinking Water Systems (In Preparation) ", (), 
 
Sethi, V., Biswas, P., and Disimile, P. J., and Clark, R. M., . "Residence Time Distribution in Recirculation Zones downstream of a step change in Pipe Flow ", (), 
 
Sethi, V. and Biswas, P., . "Measurement of virus sized particles in drinking water using an aerosolisation method (in Preparation). ", (), 
 
Keoti, R., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V,, . "Injection Process Characteristics for Vegetable oils in diesel injection systems (in Preparation) ", (), 
 
Keoti, R., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V, . "Spray droplets Measurements for Vegetable Oils In diesel injection systems, (in Preparation) ", (), 
 
Chaudhary, A., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V, . "Modelling of Aerosol Dynamics in Vehicular Emissions, (in Preparation) ", (), 
 
Selvakumar, N,, Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V, . "Characterisation of Tar and Particulate in producer gas from a Thermal Gasifier, (in Preparation) ", (), 
 
Sethi, V., and John, W., . "Particle Impaction Patterns from a Circular Jet", Aerosol Science & Technology(18), 1-10
 
CHAPTER in HANDBOOK, . "Coauthor, Chapter on Drinking Water in Handbook of Environmental Engineering, Ed. Robert Corbitt, McGraw Hill, 1999.", (), 
 
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Confernce Papers
Chaudhari R.H., Menon R.,Kumar R., Sethi V.,, "Air quality monitoring at regional and local scales in india with satellite observations of columnar aerosol optical thickness and tropospheric NO2 density",  5th GEOBIA, Thessaloniki, Greece  held on May 21-23, 2014
 
Bojjagani, S., R. H. Chaudhari , R. Menon, V.M. Motghare , R.S. Patil , R. Kumar , V. Sethi , "Development of approaches for air quality management in coal mining areas, International Symposium on Environmental Management and Current Practices in Mining & Allied Industries (EMPM-2014)",  Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.  held on February 13-15, 2014
 
Menon, R.; Husar, R. B.; Sethi, V.; Westphal, D. L., "Dust pattern over Indian subcontinent based on NAAPS model, satellite and surface observations, American Geophysical Union",  Fall Meeting 2013, abstract #A41G-0162  held on , 2013
 
, "Study of Thermophoretic Deposition of Engine Emissions in a Pipe flow",  24th International Symposium on Transport Phenomena, Tokyo University of Science,Japan  held on November , 2013
 
Menon R., Husar R.B., and Sethi V.,, "An iterative fitting algorithm for matching aerosol size distributions to spectral extinction data, Aerosol and Atmospheric Optics: Visibility and Air Pollution Specialty Conference",  Whitefish, Montana, USA  held on September 25-28, 2012
 
Vasudev M., Bhusnoor S S., Bhandarkar U.V.and Sethi .V.,, "Hot gas clean up studies in small scale low temperature down draft gasifier",  5th International Freiberg conference on IGCC and XIL Technologies  held on May 21-24, 2012
 
Dash D.K., Sethi V., "Assessment of fugitive emissions from aluminum ",  International Journal of Sustainable Development and Green Economic s (IJSDGE)  held on , 2012
 
Ruchi Sharma, Nitin M. Deodhar, Rashmi S. Patil, Virendra Sethi, "Ventilation Design for Indoor Air Quality Management as per Indian Climatic Conditions",  10th International Healthy Buildings Conference 2012, Brisbane  held on July 8-12, 2012
 
R Menon, V Tiwari, AQ Contractor, V Sethi, P Biswas, "Development of metal-oxide/polymer nano-composite sensors for detection of gas pollutants",  International Conference on Environment and Health  held on March 15-17, 2010
 
Tiwari V., and Sethi V., "One Step Flame Synthesis of TiO 2 /CeO 2 Nanocomposite with Controlled Properties for VOC Photooxidation",  International Perspectives on Environmental Nanotechnology  held on October 7-9, 2008
 
Peipert J., Sahu M., Severyn T., Grimm E., Yadama G., Biswas P., Puppala Ravindranath J.R., Pradhan S., Johnson T, opno, Nemali L. , Sethi V., Patil R. S., "Adoption of appropriate household and commercial stove technologies to address energy and environmental problems in orissa and andhra pradesh, india ",  McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP)  held on , 2007-2008
 
Athalye V. , Patil R.S., Sethi V., "Modelling and Mapping of Air Pollution Health Benefits for an Urban Region , [Best Paper Award] ",  All India Seminar on Air Pollution and Health Impacts, IIT Roorkee  held on Febuary 1, 2006
 
Selvakumar. N, Parikh. P. P., and Sethi. V., "Particle Size Distributions in Producer gas from Thermochemical biomass Gasifiers ",  European Aerosol Conference 2005, Ghent, Belgium  held on August 28, 2005
 
Gangamma. S., Varghese. S.K., Patil. R. S. and Sethi. V, "Effect of Natural and Forced Ventilation Systems on Decay and Deposition Rates Indoor Particles ",  Int. Conf. Indoor Air 2005, Bejing, China,  held on September 1, 2005
 
Gangamma. S., Varghese. S.K.,Patil. R. S. and Sethi. V, "Mass Size Distribution of Fine Particulate Matter from Cooking and Estimation of Lung Deposition ",  Indo-Norwegian Seminar, IIT Kanpur  held on June 1, 2005
 
Goyal. N., Rakesh Kumar, R., Patil. R. S., and Sethi. V., "Mass Distributions and Size-resolved Chemical Composition of ambient Aerosols at a Commercial Location in Mumbai, India. ",  Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Keoti. R. S., Parikh. P. P., and Sethi. V., "Effect on Fuel injection Rates and Fuel Viscosities on Droplet Sizes in Diesel Engine Injection Sprays. ",  Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Varghese. S.K., Gangamma. S., Patil. R. S. and Sethi. V, "Deposition of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds in Human Respiratory System ",  4th Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Selvakumar. N, Parikh. P. P., and Sethi. V., "Field experiments for measurement of particle size distributions in producer gas generated from biomass gasifiers used for electric power generation ",  Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Selvakumar N., Chaudhary A. K., Vinay Tiwari, and Sethi. V., "Modeling of particle growth and tar vapour removal in the design of cooling-cleaning system for biomass waste producer gas ",  Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Namjoshi N., Selvakumar N. and Sethi V., "Performance evaluation of an electrostatic precipitator in the sub micrometer particle size range for a captive power plant ",  Asian Aerosol Conference, Mumbai  held on December 13, 2005
 
Patil R.S., Sethi V.,Mehta S., "Modeling impact of vehicular emission management strategies on air quality",  Atmospheric Sciences and Air Quality Conferences  held on , 2005
 
Chaudhary, A.K. and Sethi, V., "Effect of Nucleation, Condensation and Coagulation on Particle Size Distribution in IC Engine Tailpipes ",  IIT-Bombay National Conference on Advances in Environmental Science and Engineering, Mumbai  held on January 1, 2004
 
Chaudhary, A. K., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V., "Implications of Aerosol Dynamics with varying Time-Temperature history on the positioning of Particulate Control Devices in IC Engine Tailpipes",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on November 15, 2004
 
Goyal, N., Selvakumar, N., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V., "Comparison of performance of Sampling Devices: MOUDI and Single Stage Impactor for PM2.5 in Producer Gas from Thermal Biomass Gasifiers",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on November 15, 2004
 
Goyal, N., Selvakumar, N., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V., "Comparison of performance of Sampling Devices: MOUDI and Single Stage Impactor for PM2.5 in Producer Gas from Thermal Biomass Gasifiers",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on November 15, 2004
 
Gangamma, S., Varghese, S.K., Patil, R.S., and Sethi, V., "Monitoring and Control of Air Pollution Exposure due to Domestic Cooking ",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on January 1, 2004
 
Goyal, N. and Sethi, V., "Sampling and Analysis of PM2.5 from IC Engines: Determination of Hydrocarbons using Thermo-gravimetric Analysis ",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on January 1, 2004
 
Selvakumar, N., Parikh, P.P., and Sethi, V., "Size distributions of Particulate Matter in Producer Gas generated from Thermal Biomass Gasifiers.",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on November 15, 2004
 
Varghese, S.K., Sethi, V., and Klepeis, N.E, "Particle Deposition in Human Lungs: Effect of Water-Soluble Fraction",  International Conference on Aerosols, Clouds and Indian Monsoon, organized by IASTA, IIT-Kanpur  held on November 15, 2004
 
Chaudhary, A. K. and Sethi, V., "Simulation Studies for Aerosol Dynamics in Vehicular Tailpipe ",  Technical Paper in the proceedings of Conference on Urban Air Pollution Monitoring and Management jo  held on September 22, 2003
 
Varghese, S.K., and Sethi, V., "Inversion of single scattering albedo from Sun photometer sky radiance measurements",  Conference on Aerosol Remote Sensing in Global Change & Atmospheric Pollution (IASTA-2002)  held on September 18, 2002
 
Varghese, S.K., and Sethi, V., "Presence of absorbing aerosols and correlation with atmospheric temperature ",  Conference on Aerosol Remote Sensing in Global Change & Atmospheric Pollution (IASTA-2002)  held on January 1, 2002
 
Joshi, P., Sethi, V., and Venkataraman, C., "Aerosol emissions from a sawdust packed-bed stove ",  Conference on Aerosol Remote Sensing in Global Change & Atmospheric Pollution (IASTA-2002)  held on September 1, 2002
 
Rossman, L.A., Sethi, V., Sivaganesan, M., and Clark, R.M., "EPACOST : A computerized Cost Estmating System for Drinking Water Treatment Plants ",  Annual Meeting of the American Water Works Association  held on January 1, 2000
 
Sethi, V., Biswas , P., Haught, R., and Clark, R.M., "Optical Design Alternatives and Implications for Low level Turbidity (0-0.5NTU) Measurement",  AWWA-Water Quality Technology Conference  held on November 1, 2000
 
Dutari, G., Sethi, V., Biswas, P. and Adin, A., "In situ Light Scattering Measurements of Cryptosporidium and other Suspended Particles in Water ",  Nano-, Micro-, and Mesoscale Technologies in Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cin  held on January 1, 1999
 
Dutari, G., Sethi, V., Biswas, P. and Adin, A., "In situ Light Scattering Measurements of Cryptosporidium and other Suspended Particles in Water Particle",  Measurements and characterization in Drinking Water Treatment Symposium, Nashville, TN  held on March 28, 1999
 
Sethi, V., Biswas, P., Clark, R.M., Rossman, L.A., and Disimile, P.J, "Particle Deposition and Reentrainment in Drinking Water Distributuion Systems ",  WQTC, Tampa, Florida  held on October 31, 1999
 
Sethi, V., Biswas, P., Clark, R.M., Rossman, L.A., and Disimile, P.J.,, "Study of Flow Characterisitcs in a Recirculation Zone using Light Scattering ",  WQTC, Tampa, Florida  held on October 31, 1999
 
Adin A., Biswas, P., Dutari, G., Sethi, V., and Patterson, C., "Characterizing Cryptosporidium parvum as a Waterborne Particle in Granular Filtration",  AWWA -International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens, Milwaukee, WI, USA  held on January 1, 1999
 
Adin A., Biswas, P., Dutari, G., and Sethi, V, "Particle Measurements by in situ Laser Light Scattering ",  1999 AEESP Research Conference, Environmental Engineering and Science Research Frontiers, University  held on July 31, 1999
 
Clark, R. M., Adams, J. Q., Sethi, V., and Sivaganesam, M., "Controlling Microbial Contaminants and Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water : Cost and Performance",  Disinfection By-products Symposium, University of Houston  held on March 20, 1997
 
Clark, R.M., Neal, J., and Sethi V., "Managing Water Quality and Quantity under Drought Conditions",  International Course on Drought Management Planning in Water Supply Systems, Valencia, Spain  held on December 9, 1997
 
Sethi, V., Cicmanec, J., Clark R.M.Biswas, P., "Effect of Water Conservation Shower Design on the Size Distribution of Water Sprays",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research , Orlando, Florida  held on October 14, 1996
 
Sethi, V., Lu, C. S., Biswas, P., Clark, R.M., Rossman, L.A., "Lead Dissolution and Transport in Household Drinking Water Systems",  University Forum, American Water Works Association Annual Conference, San Antonio  held on June 6, 1993
 
Sethi, V., Biswas P., "Effect of Particle Size Distribution Function and Refractive Index on Detection of Suspended Matter",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Oak Brook, Illinois  held on October 11, 1993
 
John, W., and Sethi, V., "Threshold Velocity for Resuspension by Particle Impaction",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, San Francisco  held on October 12, 1992
 
John, W., and Sethi, V.,, "Threshold Velocity for Resuspension by Particle Impaction",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, San Francisco  held on October 12-16, 1992
 
Sethi, V., "Formation and Characterization of Aerosols in Flames",  Environmental Assessment Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Bombay, India,(Invited).  held on January 8, 1992
 
Sethi, V. and Biswas, P., "Fundamental Studies on Particulate Emissions from Hazardous Waste Incinerator ",  Cincinnati, Ohio,  held on January 1, 1990
 
Sethi, V., and Biswas P., "Lead Emissions from a Bench Scale Incinerator",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Reno  held on October 1, 1989
 
Sethi, V., and Biswas, P., "Fundamental Study and Particle Formation and Dynamics in a Bench Scale Flame Incinerator",  Air and Waste Management Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim  held on June 1, 1989
 
Sethi, V., and Biswas P., "Study of Particulate Formation and Growth in a Bench Scale Incinerator",  Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Raleigh  held on October 1, 1988
 
Basak, Soubir, Tiwari V., Fan Jinda, Achilefu S., Sethi V., and Biswas P., "Aerosol route synthesis of core-shell ?-fe2o3/sio2 nanocomposite functionalized with cypate-ii for biomedical applications",   held on ,
 
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