Suneethi Sundar

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Specialist TNUSSP
ssundar at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, College of Engineering, Anna University;
PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law, National Law University;
Masters in Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Anna University;
Bachelor’s in Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Stella Maris college, University of Madras.

Practice

Suneethi’s doctoral thesis was on removal of ammoniacal nitrogen from landfill leachate and sludge digestate by autotrophic processes in advanced biological systems such as Anaerobic membrane bioreactor and Moving bed biofilm reactor. She has published over 9 papers in international and national peer reviewed journals and co-authored a Book chapter. She is a recipient of UGC research fellowship for meritorious scholars in Sciences from 2007 – 2012 and also a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship to pursue research in Columbia University, New York from 2011 – 2012. She has worked as a Project officer at IIT Madras for over 3 years, leading the team on Anaerobic biodigester operation, maintenance and monitoring and Decentralized sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India. She has also worked as Guest faculty in the Department of ecology and environmental science at Pondicherry University.

At IIHS, she will be working as Specialist at the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP).

Honors

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow (2011 – 12); UGC research fellowship for meritorious scholars in Sciences (2007 – 12); E. Sivaraman Nair Endowment award for Academic Excellence (2007, 2006); Best Outgoing Student at Stella Maris college (2005); Annual College General Proficiency award (2003 – 05)

Teaching

Industrial ecology, Advanced water treatment technologies, Solid and hazardous waste management, Environmental management,

Selected Publications
  1. Sundar, S. (2017, April 25). Synergy between WASH and nutrition” – It’s complicated. Tamilnadusanitationmission.
  2. Joseph, K., Sundar, S., & Shalini, S. S. (2016). Biotransformation of nitrogen in landfills. In O. P. Karthikeyan, K. Heimann & S. S. Muthu (Eds.), Recycling of Solid Waste for Biofuels and Bio-chemicals (pp. 237-273). Gateway East, Singapore: Springer.
  3. Ma, Y., Sundar, S., Park, H., & Chandran, K. (2015). The effect of inorganic carbon on microbial interactions in a biofilm Nitritation–Anammox process. Water research, 70, 246-254.
  4. Park, H., Sundar, S., Ma, Y., & Chandran, K. (2015). Differentiation in the microbial ecology and activity of suspended and attached bacteria in a nitritation‐anammox process. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 112(2), 272-279.
  5. Sundar, S., Keerthiga, G., Soundhar, R., Kanmani, M., Boobalan, T., Krithika, D., & Philip, L. (2015). Qualitative evaluation of small scale municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in South India. Water Practice and Technology, 10(4), 711-719.
  6. Sundar, S., & Shalini, S. S. (2014). State of the art strategies for successful anammox startup and development: a review. International Journal of Waste Resources, 4(4), 1-14.
  7. K., & Sundar, S. (2014, February). Autotrophic ammonia removal from landfill leachate using anaerobic membrane bioreactor. Paper presented at the International Conference on Natural Sciences and Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment Remediation Emissions Related to Climate Environmental and Economic Effects, Kalmar, Sweden.
  8. L., Sundar, S., Soundhar. R., Kanmani. M., Boobalan. T., & Krithika. D. (2014, December). Qualitative evaluation of small scale municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in South India. Proceedings of the 1st Specialist conference on Municipal water management and Sanitation in developing countries (pp. 316-325). Bangkok, Thailand.
  9. Sundar, S., & Joseph, K. (2013). Autotrophic ammonia removal from landfill leachate in anaerobic membrane bioreactor. Environmental Technology, 34(24), 3161-3167.
  10. K., Park. H., Ma. Y., & Sundar, S. (2013, February). Niche differentiation in microbial population and activity dynamics and the impact of inorganic carbon limitation on a CANON (Completely Autotrophic Nitrogen-removal Over Nitrite) process. 5th Quadrennial IWA Specialty conference on Microbial ecology and Water engineering, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For more details, see Google Scholar profile.