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Centre Coordinators

Two Centre Coordinators facilitate the activities of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and represent the connecting authorities between the two universities. Prof B.S. Murty, Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Prof Klaus Reicherter from RWTH Aachen University have been in charge of IGCS since 2017 and 2018 respectively. Please find more details about their activities below.







Prof. Dr. B. S. Murty (Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras)


2004 (ongoing): Professor, IIT Madras
2001: Associate Professor, IIT Madras
1998: Assistant Professor, IIT Madras
1997: Associate Professor, IIT Kanpur
1990: Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur
1989: Lecturer, IIT Kanpur
1985 : Teaching / Research Assistant

Research areas

  • Open channel flows & Free Surface Flows
  • Sediment Transport Modeling
  • Surface & Subsurface Flow Interaction
  • Pipe flows & Condition Assessment
  • Contaminant Transport Modeling
  • Water Resources Management in Coastal and Deltaic Systems

Publications (selection only, complete list here)

  • Philip, Ligy; Reddy, K. S.; Kumar, Bhuvanesh; Bhallamudi, S.M., Kannan, A., “Performance evaluation of a solar and wind aided cross-flow evaporator for RO reject management”, DesalinationElsevier, Vol. 317   Pages: 1-10, 2013.
  • Balasubramanian, P., Ligy Philip, S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Biotrickling filtration of VOC emissions from pharmaceutical industries”, Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, Vol. 209, pp. 102-112, October 2012.
  • Chaitali, M., Manikandan, S.T., S. Murty Bhallamudi, and Panday, S. “A dynamic sub-timing based implicit non-oscillating scheme for contaminant transport modeling”, Jl. of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 17(6), pp. 694-703, June 2012.
  • Belayneh, M. Z. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Optimization model for management of water quality in a tidal river using upstream releases”, J. of Water Resources and Protection, Scientific Research Publications, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 149-162, March 2012.
  • Naresh K. Sharma, Ligy Philip and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Aerobic Degradation of Phenolics and aromatic hydrocarbons in Presence of Cyanide”, Bioresources Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 121, October 2012, pp. 263-273.
  • Belayneh, M. Z. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Multi-objective management model for waste load allocation in a tidal river using archive multi objective simulated annealing algorithm”, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 29 (4), pp. 222-230, December 2012.
  • T. Shashidhar, S. Murty Bhallamudi, Ligy Philip, Development and validation of a model of bio-barriers for remediation of Cr(VI) contaminated aquifers using laboratory column experiment, Jl. of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 145, No. 3, 437-452, 2007.
  • T. Shashidhar, Nisha Nandanan, Ligy Philip, S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Design of a passive bio-barrier system for chromium containment in confined aquifers”, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, ASCE, Vol. 11, No. 4, 216 – 224, 2007.
  • H. P. Reddy, S. Narasimhan, and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Simulation and state estimation of transient flow in gas pipeline networks using transfer function model”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 45, 3853-3863, 2006.
  • Y.S.R. Murty, S. Murty Bhallamudi, and K. Srinivasan, “Non-uniform flow effect on optimal waste load allocation in rivers”, Water Resources Management, Kluwer, Vol. 20, pp. 509-530, 2006.
  • T. Shashidhar, L. Philip, and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Bench scale column experiments to study the containment of Cr(VI) in confined aquifers by biotransformation”, Journal of Hazardous materials, Elsevier, B 131, 200-209, 2006.
  •  S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Turbulence Modeling” in “Turbulent Flows: Fundamentals, Experiments and Modeling” (Eds: G. Biswas & V. Eswaran), Narosa Publishers, New Delhi, (19 pages: 319-337) 2002.
  • S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Computation of open channel flows with shocks: An Overview” in “Research perspectives in hydraulics and water resources engineering” (Eds: Rama Prasad & S. Vedula), World Scientific, Singapore. (42 pages: 89-130), 2002.
  • S. Surya Rao, S. Murty Bhallamudi, S.K. Tiwari and Ravi Bhushan Kumar, “Flood routing in tree type channel networks, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ISH, Vol.6, No. 1, pp. 35-45 (Best paper award), 2000.
  • P.V.N. Sudhakar, S. Surya Rao and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “Implicit two dimensional storage routing of floods in a river with flood plains”, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (Ind), Vol. 80, November 1999, pp. 105-109. (Best paper award)
  • Tewari, A. and S. Murty Bhallamudi, “simulation of infiltration from a trickle irrigation source”, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ISH, Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 1-13, 1997.
  • Murty, B.S. and Sridharan, K., “Transients in a spatially distributed pumping system”, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (Ind) – CV, Vol. 76, No.5, pp. 55-59, 1995.
  • Murty, B.S., Sridharan, K. and Prasad, I., “Effect of intermediate non-return valves on transients in pumping mains”, Journal of the institution of engineers (Ind), Vol. 67, Part CI 3, pp. 99-104, November 1986. (Best Paper Award)

=> Representative: Prof. L. Philip




Prof. Dr. K. Reicherter (Institute of Neotectonics and Natural Hazards, RWTH Aachen University)




  • 1993-1996: Researcherat the geological survey of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1996-2002: Assistant professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2002: Privatdozent at the University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2003-2005: Professor for Structural Geology at the University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2004/05: Professor for Structural Geology at the University of Hanover, Germany
  • since 2006: Professor for Neotectonics and Natural Hazards at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Publications (selection only, extensive list here)

  •  2018
    • Livio, F., Kettermann, M., Reicherter, K., Urai, J., 2018. Growth of bending-moment faults due to progressive folding: Insights from sandbox models and paleoseismological implications. Geomorphology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.02.012
  • 2017
    • Mason, J., Reicherter, K., 2017: Minoan Earthquakes. Book Chapter.
    • Werner, V., Baikab, K., Fischer, P., Hadler, H., Obrock, L., Willershäuser, T., Tzigounaki, A., Reicherter, K., Papanikolaou, I., Emde, K., Vött, A., 2017. The sedimentary and geomorphological imprint of the AD 365 tsunami on the coasts of southwestern Crete (Greece) – Examples from Sougia and Palaiochora. Quaternary International, published online.
    • Schröder, T., et al., 2017. Shallow hypersaline lakes as paleoclimate archives: A case study from the Laguna Salada, Malaga province, southern Spain. Quaternary International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.08.006
    • Crawford, S.E., Catrina Brüll nee Cofalla, Aumeier, B., Brinkmann B., Classen, E., Esser, V., Ganal, C., Kaip, E., Häussling, R., Lehmkuhl, F., Letmathe, P., Müller, A.-K., Rabinovitch, I., Reicherter, K., Schwarzbauer, J., Schmitt, M., Stauch, G., Wessling, M., Yüce, S., Markus Hecker, M., Kidd, K.A., Altenburger, R., Brack, W., Schüttrumpf, H., and Hollert, H., 2017. Project house water: a novel interdisciplinary framework to assess the environmental and socioeconomic consequences of flood-related impacts. Environ. Sci. Eur. 29—23, DOI 10.1186/s12302-017-0121-1
    • Pallikarakis, A., Papanikolaou, I.D., Reicherter, K., 2017. Age Constraints and Paleoenvironmental Interpretation of a Borehole Sedimentary Sequence at the Eastern Part of Corinth Isthmus, Greece Journal of Coastal Research
    • Schneiderwind, S., Boulton, S.J., Papanikolaou, I.D., Kazmer, M. Reicherter, K., 2017. Numerical modeling of tidal notch sequences on rocky coasts of the Mediterranean Basin. J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JF004132
    • Mason, J., Papanikolaou, I.D., Mechernich, S., Pallikarakis, A., Reicherter, K., 2017. Hanging-wall colluvial cementation along active normal faults. Quat. Research, 88, 39–59. doi:10.1017/qua.2017.32
    • Schneiderwind, S., Boulton, S.J., Papanikolaou, I.D., Reicherter, K., 2017. Innovative tidal notch detection using TLS and fuzzy logic: Implications for palaeo-shorelines from compressional (Crete) and extensional (Gulf of Corinth) tectonic settings. Geomorphology, 283, 189-200.

=> Representative: Prof. N. Fohrer