Dr.-Ing. Sreenivasan Ramaswami

Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Email: sreeni@iisc.ac.in || Phone: +91 (0)80 2293 2520 || Website: https://cst.iisc.ac.in

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2018 - Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)
Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg), Germany
Dissertation: High-rate nitrification of membrane-filtrated saline landfill leachate using fixed-bed biofilm reactors (full-text)

2014 - MSc Environmental Engineering
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
pecialisation: water & wastewater
Dissertation: Investigation of treatment options for highly loaded wastewater from licorice processing

2012 - B.Tech Chemical Engineering
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli (NIT Trichy)


since Jun 2020: Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Feb 2020 - Mar 2020: Postdoctoral researcher, DVGW Research Centre TUHH, Hamburg, Germany

Sep 2019 - Jan 2020: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Aquatic Environmental Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

Feb 2019 - May 2019: Postdoctoral researcher, DVGW Research Centre TUHH, Hamburg, Germany

Aug 2014 - Oct 2018: Doctoral researcher, Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany


Sustainable and fit-for-purpose technologies for wastewater treatment; Sanitation and drinking water; Water reclamation and nutrient recovery


ST 218: Sustainable Wastewater Management (Jan semester)
UES 206: Experimental Methods in Environmental Chemistry (Jan)
UES 313:
Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering (Aug)


  • Atallah Al-asad, H.; Parniske, J.; Qian, J.; Alex, J.; Ramaswami, S.; Kätzl, K.; Morck, T. (2022) Development and application of a predictive model for enhanced advanced wastewater treatment by adsorption onto powdered activated carbon. Water Research, 217, 118427. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118427

  • Ramaswami, S.; Jalal Uddin, F.M.; Behrendt, J.; Otterpohl, R. (2019). High-rate nitrification of saline wastewaters using fixed-bed reactors. Journal of Environmental Management, 243, 444-452. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.05.020.

  • Ramaswami, S.; Behrendt, J.; Otterpohl, R. (2018). Comparison of NF-RO and RO-NF for the Treatment of Mature Landfill Leachates: A Guide for Landfill Operators. Membranes, 8(2), 17. doi: 10.3390/membranes8020017

  • Ramaswami, S.; Behrendt, J.; Kalyanasundaram, S.; Eggers, S.; Otterpohl, R. (2018). Experiences from an investigation on the potential of packed bed reactors for high rate nitrification of mature landfill leachates. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 22, 59–65. doi: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2018.01.006

  • Ramaswami, S.; Behrendt, J.; Wang, G.; Eggers, S.; Otterpohl, R. (2016). Combining magnesium ammonium phosphate precipitation with membrane processes for ammonia removal from methanogenic leachates. Water and Environment Journal, 30 (3–4), 218–226. doi:10.1111/wej.12210


  • Young Achiever Award 2021, NIT Trichy

  • Highly Commended Paper - Outstanding Paper Award 2017 - Water and Environment Journal.

  • DAAD conferences fellowship (‘Kongressreisenprogramm’) - in 2016 and in 2017.

  • Gold Medallist (National Level) in Chemical Engineering discipline of All India Student Design Competition 2011, conducted by the National Design and Research Forum (NDRF), the Institution of Engineers (India).

  • Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship 2011


  • Water

  • Environmental Technology

  • Journal of Water Process Engineering

  • The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering

  • International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

  • Journal of the Indian Institute of Science

  • Sustainable Environment Research


  • Life Member, Indian Water Works Association (IWWA)

  • Member, The Institution of Engineers India (IEI)