Scholars from German universities and research institutions come to IGCS within the framework of the IGCS-DST-projects, for study purposes or specialized joint project work in all areas of sustainability related to water, waste, energy or land-use and urban development. Indian scholars join for long-term stays as postdocs or short-term stays at the German institutions involved in IGCS activites.
The group of scholarship holders of IGCS has become a large community that meets at specialized Alumni Seminars, Conferences or regularily involves in individual research at IGCS during the past years. Long-term Professors, Short-term professors, Postdocs and Students from many different backgrounds from Germany and India have all helped to bring the idea of IGCS forward.
Dr. Monika Gonser
Monika Gonser worked as as visiting researcher at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at the IIT Madras in 2018. She holds a degree in social sciences and her research work focuses on issues of migration, labour market integration and corporate social responsibilty approaches. In Germany, in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg and the Centre for European Economic Research, she initiated and coordinated a real world labratory at the Heidelberg University of Education, the “Reallabor Asyl”. In such laboratories, researchers and practitioners, work on issues of local sustainability and develop science-based solutions and good practices for community based sustainability issues. Currently, she is cooperating with Professor Chella Rajan on transformative approaches in the field of migrant political participation on water provision and CSR engagement in ecology issues of local industry.
Dr. Christoph Woiwode
Dr Anne Gaedeke
Anne Gaedeke stayed at IGCS at IIT Madras from September 2017 to January 2018. She will be working with Prof. Chella Raja and his research team at the Department of Humanties and Social Science on the topic “Stakeholder participation in water-related climate change impact studies – a review in different geographical and social contexts”. Her study will draw on available literature, case studies (e.g. periurban Sriperumbudur), stakeholder interviews, and participant observation reports. Ms Gaedeke holds a PhD in Hydrology from the Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. Her research has so far focused on climate change impacts (e.g. hydrology, ecology etc.) and adaptation measures in different climatic zones (e.g. temperate, subarctic and arctic environments).
Dr. Judith Bopp
Judith Bopp works on her postdoctoral project with the IGCS at IIT Madras. She stayed in Chennai from April to December 2017, joining the peri-urban transformation research cluster under Prof S. Chella Rajan at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her work is dedicated to organic farming as an opportunity for sustainable land use, nutritional improvement and community development in the peri-urban. The study involves action research with a local community in Chennai’s vicinity. Judith holds a PhD in Cultural Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her thesis was set in the context of urban food production and organic food movements in Bangkok, Thailand.
Luise Haufe is a PhD scholar at FU Berlin and started her work at IGCS in September 2017. She is an urban planner and ecologist and graduated from TU Berlin. She already wrote her master thesis at IGCS, dealing with water management in Sriperumbudur. In her PhD-work she will take the topic further and work on eri (tank) systems in the peri-urban area of Chennai in the context of rapid urban growth. Her thesis will be supervised by Prof. Chella Rajan (Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras) and Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schuett, as well as Prof. Dr. Wiebke Bebermeier (Institute of Geographical Sciences, FU Berlin).
Gizem Erdogmus is currently pursuing her master studies in MSc. Renewable Energy Engineering and Management at the University of Freiburg. She is writing her master thesis on the topic “Waste to Energy possibilities in Chennai City” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ligy Philip, IGCS area coordinator. She will stay in IIT Madras from September until November 2017 to conduct her research.
Tim Hohmann is a student of M.A. Governing Sustainability at University of Applied Sciences Bremen. From July 2016 to February 2017 he has been doing course and project work at IITM and IGCS. He returned to conduct research from July to October 2017 for his thesis on sustainable peri-urban development planning and urban governance in Chennai and Sriperumbudur. His supervisors at IGCS are Prof. Christoph Woiwode and Prof. Sudhir Chella Rajan. Read more in an article by The Hindu.
Dr. Jayakumar Renganathan
Mr Renganathan´s research topic at IGB Berlin (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries) is on antibiotic influence on aquatic biofilm community. The purpose of this study is to monitor the effects of antibiotic(s) up on its release into the environment, in particular over biofilm’s bacterial communities. The study will concentrate on the biofilm communities, as it is considered to have complex associated microbial system. The study has been designed to grown biofilm in a natural environment. More precisely, in a stream impacted by a waste water treatment plant. Thus two different communities will be grown, one adapted to antibiotics (downstream of WWT) and one not adapted to antibiotics (upstream of WWT). The grown biofilm will be transferred to laboratory based controlled condition and exposed to various concentrations of selected antibiotic(s). This lab experiment could explore whether antibiotics impact any shift in bacterial community structure, its nutrient and carbon utilization and/or its metabolism. Differences in the two different biofilm communities (adapted vs non-adapted) will be investigated. Mr Renganathan´s host is Dr. Katrin Premke, Research Group Leader, IGB Berlin.
SGSNVKSN Swamy Undi
Gangadhar Swamy, a Ph.D. student from IIT Madras, Civil Engg. Dept., group of Prof Sivanagendra. He received a scholarship to research with Prof. Uwe Schlink, Department of Urban & Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany, during September 2017. His area of research is ‘Urban vulnerability due to air quality, climate conditions and health risk assessment’. Integrating measurements made at fixed locations and gathered by mobile individuals with urban micro-meteorological simulations, Mr. Undi studies the association between urban heat island (UHI) and the formation of secondary air pollutants, such as ozone.
Prof Dr Ajit Kumar Kolar
From the beginning of 2010 until August 2014, Prof. Dr. A. Kumar Kolar was the IGCS Area Coordinator Energy and the main actor to establish and strengthen the scientific activities at the IGCS focussing on renewable energies and new energy technologies.
Prof Dr S.M. Shiva Nagendra
Dr. S.M. Shiva Nagendra is working as Associate Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras.
Dr. Nagendra is graduate in Civil Engineering and Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering from the University of Mysore. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in the year 2003. He worked as Senior Research Engineer at Fluidyn Software and Consultancy, Bangalore, involved in development of air quality software and consultancy projects. Prior to joining IIT Madras in June 2006, Dr. Nagendra worked as Assistant Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Air quality management which includes monitoring, source apportionment, modelling, emission control, development of air quality management system, environmental impact assessment, outdoor-indoor air pollution relationships and indoor air quality management.
Research topic in IGCS-DST Project: Characterization of vehicular emissions in urban air areas. Modelling air quality and urban climate parameters. Review of urban air quality management and local air quality management plans. Collaborator: Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig. His stay in June 2015 at UFZ served the joint research work.
Prof Krithika Narayanaswamy
Prof. Krithika Narayanaswamy, IIT Madras, spent three weeks in May 2016 at the Institute for Combustion Technology (ITV), RWTH Aachen University, working with Prof. Heinz Pitsch on developing a kinetic model for cyclopentanol oxidation. Cyclopentanol is interesting as a next-generation fuel obtained from biomass and is explored here as a possible addition to transportation fuels. This first ever reaction mechanism to describe the oxidation of cyclopentanol has been developed based on the existing knowledge of straight chain alkane, alcohol, and substituted cycloalkane kinetics. This preliminary model will be further improved and validated in comparison to experimental data obtained at RWTH Aachen University and it will be used in simulations to test its performance in real engines.
Prof Dr Pramod S Mehta
Prof Mehta researched in 2012 and 2014 for two weeks at OWI Oel-Waerme Institut at RWTH Aachen University within the framework of the IGCS-DST project “Composition-property-Performance Relationship of Biodiesel Fuels of Indian and German Origin for use in Compression Ignition Engines” with his colleagues Dr. Klaus Lucka and Dr. Roy Hermanns. He has retired from IIT Madras in June 2016.
Dr. P Sasidhar
Dr. Sasidhar is former IGCS Senior Project Advisor (2013-2017) and was Head, Environmental and Fuel Chemistry Section, Safety Research Institute, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Kalpakkam.
Dr. Avilash Roul
Avilash Roul, Principal Scientist at IGCS (IIT Madras), was visiting Geography Department of University of Freiburg as a guest scientist under IGCS-Fellowship. During his short research visit, Dr Roul analysed ‘Urban and peri-urban Forestry in India’ with Prof Tim Freytag, Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch and experts at IESSG at University of Freiburg. The research visit delved into understanding of the academic discourse on urban forestry governance in Germany especially in Freiburg’s black forest. The aim of this research is to contribute in formulating national policy or strategy on urban forestry in India especially in planning of smart cities.
Dr Franziska Steinbruch
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Dr Kristin Steger
Prof Dr Peter Fiener
Dr Christopher Martius
Dr Sibylle Petrak
From the beginning of June 2011 until end of 2012, Dr Steger and Prof Dr Fiener were the main actors to establish and strengthen the scientific and the up-coming teaching activities at the Centre focussing on Water and Waste Management. Dr C. Martius joined them for a short time in autumn 2012. From April 2012 until July 2013 Dr Petrak researched and taught in the area of renewable energies.
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink
Dr. Schlink is a senior scientist in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and teaches at the Institute of Meteorology of the University in Leipzig. He obtained a diploma in physics from the University Dresden, worked as a Scientist for Environmental Pollution and Hygiene in a governmental office and was a guest scientist at the Department of Automatic Control, University of Brescia, Italy. Uwe Schlink obtained his PhD in Meteorology from the University of Leipzig and defended a habilitation in the field of statistical modelling of air quality.
Research areas are urban climate and air quality, thermal comfort, personal exposure, statistical modelling, Bayesian inference, adverse health effects of air pollutants. His collaborator at IIT Madras is Prof. Shiva Nagendra in the joint IGCS-DST research project on “Characterization of vehicular emissions in urban air areas. Modelling air quality and urban climate parameters. Review of urban air quality management and local air quality management plans”.
Dr. Christian Springer
Dr. Roos Gerritsen
Dr. Roos Gerritsen is an anthropologist from University of Heidelberg. Her research focuses on popular visual culture, media and urban aesthetics and cultural politics in south India. She is currently developing two new research projects. The first addresses sustainable and ethical food consumption and the imagination and articulation of ‘everyday utopias’. It investigates vernacular transition movements in Chennai as they seek solutions for sustainability in foodscapes and neo-traditional, local and the organic consumption. The second project focuses on media practices in social and political anxieties around gender and issues of public visibility. From February – August 2016 she continued her research at IIT Madras at the Dept. of Humanities as IGCS with Prof Chella Rajan.
Dr. Ir. Karl Beelen
Karl Beelen is an architect and urbanist by training, who has worked in Amsterdam and Chennai. He completed a PhD in urbanism at Eindhoven University of Technology, which examined the implicit, erasive urbanisms emerging in the margin of infrastructural logistics and urban planning. His current research engages with the city of Chennai and carries a particular interest in grassroots urbanisms and everyday notions of ‘design’. He is currently an affiliated member of Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context. He researched in the IGCS-DST project with Prof Chella Rajan and Prof Woiwode from September 2015 – July 2016, organised the By-Pass Lab Workshop focusing on the peri-urban fringe of Chennai in June 2016. Currently he is reseraching at KIT Karlruhe and planning future collaboration with IGCS.
Dr. Viktoria Schiller
Dr. Viktoria Schiller did her reserach work in the framework of the IGCS-DST project Fast sampling analyses for anthropogenic micropollutants in wet environmental compartments in the area of sustaining urban water bodies and improving public sanitation under Prof. Dr. T.S. Chandra, Dept. of Biotechnology, IITM, and in cooperation with the Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen University. In this project, she applied ecotoxicological in vivo and in vitro bioassays to assess the impact of anthropogenic micropollutants on the environment and to monitor the quality of water samples. Her research stay in Chennai started in June 2015 and lasted until March 2017.
Dr Kathrin Premke
Dr Kathrin Premke worked on the topic ‘Effects of soil organic carbon redistribution upon green house gas fluxes from terrestrial and aquaticecosystems in a small agricultural catchment in South-East India’ from January – February and October 2012 at IGCS Chennai. In March 2014 and 2015 Dr. Premke carried out another field survey at the Thimmapuram Lake in Krishnagiri District. More information on Dr. Premke´s research activities.
Dr Sabine Flury from IGB Berlin/Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries is a Scientist in the group of Dr. Katrin Premke (Landscales project). Joint research with her colleagues Dr. Premke and Dr Katrin Attermeyer in the field of Carbon (C) fluxes in a subtropical eutrophic shallow lake in India was carried out in February and March 2014.
Dr Jenny Fabian and Dr Robert Taube from IGB Berlin/Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries are young researchers in the group of Dr. Katrin Premke. Joint research with Prof. BS Murty and colleagues from Civil Engingeering Dept. was conducted in February and March 2015.
His Ph.D. research topic at TU Munich ‘Regionalisation of soil data in a meso-scale catchment in South-East India’ led to his stay at IGCS from June to September 2012. His research interest lies in digital soil mapping with process based modelling approaches and auxiliary high resolution data (such as apparent soil electrical conductivity and digital terrain models).
Dr Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner (Kiel University) researched on the topic of “Land use change impacts on water resources in India: A case study on possible future developments in the Mula and Mutha Rivers catchment upstream of Pune”. The study was carried out at the IGCS from June to September 2013. Furthermore, Paul Wagner is a German collaborateur in an IGCS-DST Project with Prof. KP Sudheer, Civil Engg. Dept. at IIT Madras. For information please visit his personal website.
Prof Dr Ralf Otterpohl
Prof. Otterpohl, TU Hamburg Harburg, explored possible research themes in several areas of wastewater treatment with his colleague, Prof. Ligy Philip in September 2013. His field of research is Source Control Sanitation Concepts, Modelling of Wastewater Treatment Plant, Industrial Wastewater Management and Reuse of Wastewater.
Prof Dr Manfred Schneider
Prof. Dr. Lars Blank
Prof Lars Blank explored joint research cooperation with his colleagues from IIT Madras, Prof Chandra and Prof Jayaraman, Biotechnology, in March 2014. He established close contacts with his Indian counterparts and is planning future research activities in the respective area.
Prof Dr rer. nat. habil. Satyanarayana Narra
Prof Narra from FH Luebeck, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences, carried out feasability studies on waste related topics (E-Waste, Urban Mining, Recycling of Valuables) with Prof. Ligy Philip and colleagues of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras from August to September 2014.
Dr Roy Herrmanns
Dr Roy Hermanns, OWI (Oel-Waerme Institut) at RWTH Aachen University, carried out research work under the joint IGCS-DST project “Composition-property-Performance Relationship of Biodiesel Fuels of Indian and German Origin for use in Compression Ignition Engines” from January – March 2015 with his colleague Prof. Pramod S Mehta, Dept. of Mech. Engg., IIT Madras.
Dr Naicheng Wu
Dr Naicheng Wu was working as a Postdoc in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, CAU Kiel and researches at Aarhus University currently. He visited Prof. K.P. Sudheer in January 2016 with the aim of selecting an Indian catchment for future collaboration.
Dr Georg Hörmann
Dr Georg Hörmann, CAU Kiel, researched with Prof. BS Murty and his colleagues from Civil Engineering Dept., carrying out an analysis of modelled and measured time series of the Pennaiyar/Krishnagiri catchment in September and October 2014.
Dipl.-Ing. Felix Jacobs
Felix Jacobs, PhD candidate and research assistant at Chair of Geotechnical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University researched in cooperation with Prof. K. Rajagopal, a leading expert in the fields of geogrids reinforced soil and numerical modeling and his research team at Geotechnical Engineering Division, IITM in January & February 2015. His research field is Sustainable construction with geogrid reinforced soil – development of an interface for the description of the interaction behavior between geogrid and soil. Felix Jacobs is a graduate of RWTH Aachen University in Civil Engineering (2010) and is part of the Chair of Geotechnical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University since 2010.
“The IGCS provided a great opportunity to carry out joint research with a group of skilled geotechnical researchers. Besides the technical cooperation, I had the chance to live and work in a foreign environment, which was a unique experience. The kind integration into the research team at IIT Madras allowed for an impressive insight into Indian culture and society and I came back to Germany with plenty good memories and many new friends.”
Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch
Kirsten Hackenbroch, currently at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, has visited IGCS in August 2014 to kick start a research cooperation on the topic of Global visions and local realities of sustainable urban development – Exploring strategic urban environmental politics and emerging (social) spaces”. She is working closely with Prof. Dr. Christoph Woiwode and Prof. S. Chella Rajan and the researchers at the Dept. of Humanities. Her stay at IITM in March 2015 serves to elaborate on the topic of Urban Governance.
Stefan Klebingat successfully finished his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in December 2016 and is doing a post-doc research study on best practice analyses for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in India under main supervision of Prof. Dr. Sreenivas Jayanti, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras. The main objective of this study targets the application of a new thermodynamic model regarding coupled calculation of economic and environmental aspects for Underground Coal Gasification in India focussing selected target regions addressing different coal types and depths. The kick off research stay lasted from January – March 2017.
Markus Lenhart, Master student of Environmental Enginnering at Bauhaus-University Weimar, accomplished his project work with Prof. Ligy Philip at the Department of Civil Engineering in the technical area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from May to August 2017. The goal of the project was to conduct a thorough analysis of sustainable composting and waste management in suburban areas in India exemplified by existing projects of IIT Madras. Markus Lenhart will survey material flows and social sustainability, while Konrad Irmisch will focus on technical sustainability.
Konrad Irmisch, Master student of Environmental Enginnering at Bauhaus-University Weimar, did his project work with Prof. Ligy Philip at the Department of Civil Engineering in the technical area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from May to August 2017. The goal of the project is to conduct a thorough analysis of sustainable composting and waste management in suburban areas in India exemplified by existing projects of IIT Madras. Konrad Irmisch will survey technical sustainability, while Markus Lenhart will focus on material flows and social sustainability.
Paul Boehm, Master student of Ecotoxicology at RWTH Aachen University, carried out project work with Prof. Indumathi M. Nambi at IIT Madras from April to June 2017. The goal of the project is a comprehensive analysis on chemical pollution of water bodies in the area of Chennai, aiding to an improved water management in the region. In cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ), large volume water samples were taken using a novel device provided by the UFZ. At RWTH Aachen University, Paul Boehm applied bioassays for ecotoxicological analysis of the samples, while Jonas Daniel (s. below) applied the chemical analysis at UFZ. https://nonpotablewater.net
Jonas Daniel, Master student of Ecotoxicology at RWTH Aachen University, researched with Prof. Indumathi M. Nambi at IIT Madras from April to June 2017. The goal of the project is a comprehensive analysis on chemical pollution of water bodies in the area of Chennai, aiding to an improved water management in the region. In cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ), large volume water samples were taken using a novel device provided by the UFZ. At UFZ, Jonas Daniel investigated the samples using chemical analysis, while Paul Boehm (s. above) applied bioassays. https://nonpotablewater.net
Mr Aditya Dilip Lele
Aditya Lele is a research scholar working under the guidance of Dr. N. Krithika and Dr. K. Anand of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras. He visited PTB Braunschweig, Germany, from May 2017 to July 2017 to participate in biofuel related experiments. The goal of this project is to conduct auto-ignition experiments on methyl esters to aid its kinetic modelling under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ravi Fernades, Dr. Kai Moshammer and Mr. Sonal K. Vallabhuni. With the help of the facilities at PTB, such as RCM and Shock Tube, auto-ignition times was measured for methyl butanoate at dierent physical conditions. These experiments supported the development of a surrogate kinetic model for biodiesel being developed at IIT Madras. This biodiesel kinetic model will be used in engine simulations to study pollutant formation in CI engines using biodiesels.
Mr Kiran Kumar Yalamanchi
Kiran Yalamanchi finished Masters in Thermal Engineering at IIT Madras. In cooperation with IGCS, he worked for the project “Development of an accurate chemical mechanism for air, oxy and mixture combustion of methane” at ITV, RWTH Aachen University (Prof Pitsch) in the period May-July 2016. Bio-fuels constitute of methane as main constituent. Recently there has been shift in industry to oxy combustion of natural gas and bio-fuels. Development of an accurate mechanism that predicts air, oxy and mixture combustion helps in simulating the combustion environment of bio-fuels at these conditions thereby helping to optimize systems. This work is a part of project “Numerical investigation of reaction kinetics of bio fuel”. This project looks in to developing reaction mechanisms for bio fuels and indirectly serves the purpose of finding the alternative energy. To take this project further, in cooperation with IGCS, he continued to work on this project at ITV, RWTH Aachen University from May to August 2017.
Charles P Joseph
Charles P Joseph, PhD Scholar in Environmental Engineering specialisation, Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras is currently in the fourth semester doing the graduate project under the guidance of Prof. S. Mohan, Dept of Civil Engineering. He is interested in
Sustainable solutions for Solid Waste Management. His study focuses on Municipal Solid Waste Treatment using Bioreactor Landfill Technology and also the contaminant transport modelling from the Perungudi dumpsite (Chennai) to the surrounding environs. The research includes the Design and fabrication of Laboratory scale anaerobic bioreactors to determine methane yield in biogas recovered from the municipal solid waste (MSW), Understanding the effect of controlling factors such as pH, leachate recirculation rate and organic loading rate on degradation rate of MSW and Modelling the pollutant transport from the existing open dumpsite using Visual Mod-flow 2011.1 in order to evolve strategies to mitigate the pollution of Groundwater (GW) due to leachate movement. He visited RWTH Aachen University from mid May 2017 to 30th June 2017 and in University of Stuttgart from 1st July 2017 to mid August 2017.
Devika Herrmann (BA Hindi and International Relations) is currently pursuing her master’s degree in South Asian Studies with a focus on geography and politics at the South Asian Institute at Heidelberg University. For her internship she stayed at IGCS for six months until March 2017. With a great interest in solid waste management, she analysed data gathered during the Sriperumbudur Energy, Waste and Water survey under the supervision of Prof. S. Chella Rajan and Prof. Christoph Woiwode. She also supported the team in any other IGCS waste-related projects and is keen on broadening her knowledge in this field.
Alicia Dery is persuing her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She is focused on the areas of water and wastewater treatment and quality. Her master’s thesis aims to find a decentralised wastewater treatment option for the Thiruvanmiyur neighborhood in Chennai. The solution should address the water-energy-food nexus issues. She spent two months at the IGCS (December-January 2017) by conducting research in the neighborhood under the supervision of Prof. S. Chella Rajan and IGCS Visiting Prof. Ch. Woiwode.
Anna Huttunen is a student of M.Sc. Environmental Governance at the University of Freiburg. Her research interests lie in the field of sustainable urban development and mobility. She is currently writing her master thesis on “Citizens’ mobility practises, patterns and preferences in Sriperumbudur, Chennai” and was working on her topic from November – December 2016 at IGCS under the supervision of Prof. S. Chella Rajan (Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences) and IGCS Visiting Professor Ch. Woiwode.
B. Eng. Henrik Otte currently studies in the Masters Programme “Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. A cooperation of the IGCS and the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany laid the foundation for his internship at IGCS/IIT Madras. During his stay at IGCS (January – July 2016) he contributed to the ongoing peri-urban research project of his supervisors Prof. S. Chella Rajan (Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences) and IGCS Professor Christoph Woiwode through a “Geo-Spatial Analysis of Water Management problems and Public Health outcomes in Sriperumbudur Taluk”.
Chloe Hill graduated with a M.Sc. in Environmental Governance at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. For her Master Thesis Chloe studied the impacts of the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor on Chennai’s Climate Resilience for 3 months (March-May) in close cooperation with Prof. Christoph Woiwode and his colleagues from Humanities Department at IIT Madras. Currently she is employed at GIZ Eschborn.
Radina Vassileva recieved her M.Sc. in Environmental Governance at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. For her Master Thesis, Radina did research on how new actors and initiatives form and organize to influence the transition towards a sustainable mobility sector in Chennai. She will stay at IIT Madras from March 2015- Mai 2015. She is currently involved in work at GIZ Eschborn.
Robert John, master student in “Environmental Governance” at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, stayed at the IGCS from March to May 2015. During his research stay, he worked on the “Governance of water resources in urban fringes”, taking part in the multi-disciplinary research project of the IGCS on sustainable peri-urban development in Sriperumbudur.
Dr. Vasanth Parthasarathy
Dr P. Vasanth did his research work in the Institut für Energietechnik, TU Berlin, under the IGCS Postdoc Fellowship from August 2015 – December 2016. He worked under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt, IGCS Area Coordinator Energy, to integrate biomass gasification with solid oxide fuel fells for stationary applications. This research work brought out the possibilities on combined heat and power applications in the places where there is abundant of agro waste, and no grid connection. Dr P. Vasanth obtained his Ph.D degree at IIT Madras under the guidance of Dr Ajit Kolar, former IGCS Area Coordinator.
Cicily Kurian is currently a PhD scholar, working with Prof. K P Sudheer at IIT Madras. She is working on developing a flood forecasting system which can be used for forecasting with higher lead time and accuracy and will also address the uncertainty involved in the modelling. Sustainable watershed management is multi objective problem which involves the handling of surplus as well as deficit water. The ongoing IGCS-DST sponsored project “Sustainable Water Management of Water Resources in Chennai basin” deals with the same issue. Since the proposed modelling system deals with forecasting of flows and on developing flood management strategies, the aforementioned project will be a direct beneficiary of it. She stayed at Kiel University from September 2016 to November 2016 with Prof Nicola Fohrer, IGCS Area Coordinator Water Management.
Jeba Princy R
Jeba Princy is a research scholar working with Prof Balaji Narasimhan at IIT Madras. Her research work involves “Improving the parameterization of hydrological models spatially and temporally using remote sensing derived estimates”. Hydrological observations are quite scarce in India leading to reduced levels of confidence in hydrological models that are commonly used to assess the sustainability of water resources in a river basin. A case in point is the on-going IGCS-DST project to assess the sustainability of water resources in Chennai basin, where only scarce hydrological observations are available. Hence, her current work is on parameterizing SWAT model using time series of MODIS Evapotranspiration (ET) and Vegetation indices (VI) products to represent the real field hydrology. She stayed at Kiel University from September – November 2016 with Prof Nicola Fohrer.
Vema Vamsi Krishna
VemaVamsi Krishna, Ph D research scholar, is working with Prof. KP Sudheer at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. He is currently at Kiel University at Prof Nicola Fohrer´s Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Kiel University for 3 months. His Ph D thesis work is on developing a decision support system for sustainable watershed management. A part of the work includes developing a distributed hydrologic model, which can simulate rainfall runoff for an area confined by administrative boundaries. This kind of models does not exist as of now. The developed model is expected to improve the sustainability of watershed management program, especially in placing of water harvesting structures by quantifying the water availability. The proposed hydrologic model would also be useful in planning the water resources in a catchments that is bounded by the administration. The IGCS-DST project on “Sustainable Water Management of Water Resources in Chennai basin”, which is ongoing in IIT Madras with German collaborators from Kiel University will be a direct beneficiary of the model.
Anu Rachel Thomas
Anu Rachel Thomas is currently a PhD research scholar in IIT Madras. She works on IGCS-DST project titled “Development of sustainable waste management of septage by composting and minimizing GHG emissions” in the area of sustaining urban water bodies and improving public sanitation under Prof. Dr. Ligy Philip, IGCS Area Coordinator in cooperation with Prof. Dr- Ing. Martin Kranert, IGCS Area Coordinator. In this project, she is working on the application of composting technology for septage treatment and monitoring and minimizing the GHG emissions during the treatment. Her scope of research also includes to understand the fate of micro pollutants during the treatment. Her research stay in University of Stuttgart at ISWA lasted from September – December 2015 .
Dr Jayakumar Renganathan
Dr Jayakumar Renganathan defended his PhD in the “Evaluation of physicochemical and microbiological parameters in the coastal waters of Chennai, Southeast coast of Chennai” with an emphasis on culture independent bacterial diversity analysis”. He is a researcher at IIT Madras cooperating closely with the research group of Kathrin Premke and Kristin Steger with whom he stayed for 2 months in 2013 at IGB Berlin/Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries.
Kiran Yalamanchi is currently pursuing Masters in Thermal Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. In cooperation with IGCS, he will was working for the project “Numerical investigation of reaction kinetics of bio fuels” at ITV, RWTH Aachen University (Prof Pitsch) in the period May-July’16. This project looks in to developing reaction mechanisms for bio fuels and indirectly serves the purpose of finding the alternative energy.
Julia Bauer, Master student of Applied Geosciences at RWTH Aachen University (specialization: Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Geological Engineering), did project work with Prof S Mohan at IIT Madras from March to May 2016. The aim of the topic “Modelling of contamination due to open dumping of municipal solid waste – Case study of Madurai City” was to find an effective and cheap solution to decrease the area contaminated groundwater caused by an open landfill in Madurai by using Visual Modflow.
Raphael Pinheiro Machado Rehm
B.Sc. Raphael Pinheiro Machado Rehm currently studies Geography (Master of Science) at the Institute of Geography at the University of Augsburg. His stay at the IGCS/IIT Madras in Chennai continued from April to June 2016. His project work in the Department of Civil Engeneering is closely related to his master thesis about soil hydraulic properties in a headwater catchment of the Mulshi Dam in the Indian Western-Ghats. Prof. Schneider (University Cologne), Prof. Fiener (University Augsburg), Prof. B.S. Murty (IITM) and Prof. N. Balaji (IITM) are conducting a joint research project in that region. The general objective of the fieldwork is to create a preferably high-resolution soil raster of the study area with focus on small scale variability to identify a change of the hydrological soil properties response to land use change.
B.Sc. Christoph Bail currently studies Geography (Master of Science) at the Institute of Geography at the University of Augsburg. His stay at the IGCS/IIT Madras in Chennai continued from April to June 2016. His project work in the Department of Civil Engeneering is closely related to his master thesis about soil hydraulic properties in a headwater catchment of the Mulshi Dam in the Indian Western-Ghats. Prof. Schneider (University of Cologne), Prof. Fiener (University of Augsburg), Prof. B.S. Murty (IITM) and Prof. N. Balaji (IITM) are conducting a joint research project in the mentioned region.
Niklas Arnet, bachelor student in Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University, was carrying out research at IGCS in April and May 2016. He was working on “Urbanization and Flood Disaster Risk Mitigation in peri-urban Chennai” aiming to find out how corresponding measures are integrated in the development of the region. The objective of the research is to increase the resilience of the city of Chennai towards urban flooding, as uncontrolled urbanization of peri-urban Chennai might worsen flooding in the city itself. Thus, he contributed to a hitherto unadressed topic of an ongoing interdisciplinary IGCS research project on peri-urban development in Sriperumbudur Taluk.
Jonas Cordova Gomez
Jonas Cordova Gomez is a civil engineer from UTFSM Valparaiso, Chile. He currently studies the MSc. “Sustainability, Society and the Environment” at University of Kiel, Germany. His background and work experience in developing countries like Zambia and Haiti has been a motivation to keep working in the area of sustainable development in an international context. He is currently working on his master thesis on the topic of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in the area of Velachery, Chennai. The research at IGCS intends to find sustainable solutions towards problems like floods and water scarcity in different projected scenarios under the supervision of Prof F. Steinbruch from the IGCS and Prof K.P. Sudheer from the Department of Environment and Water Resources, IIT Madras (March-June 2016).
Luise Haufe, Master student of Urban Ecology at TU Berlin, stayed at IGCS from October 2015 – April 2016 and researched for her master thesis on “Regional centres in South India – water management in medium-sized towns of Tamil Nadu”. The thesis was supervised by Prof Chella Rajan and Prof Woiwode at the Dept. of Humanities, IIT Madras and Prof. G. Nest, TU Berlin.
Nicolas Roether, Master student, Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar (Chair of Urban Water Management and Sanitation) stayed at IITM from October 2015- January 2016. He did his student research on the topic of “Analysis of the informal waste sector regarding recycling efficiency in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India” within the framework of the DST – project of Prof. Ligy Philip, Area Coordinator IGCS Waste Management.
Markus Maassen, Master Student of Environmental Engineering (special focus on Water Management) at RWTH Aachen University stayed at the IGCS from October to December 2015. His research with Prof F. Steinbruch, Prof Indumathi Nambi and Prof KP Sudheer at IITM is centered around the topic of land use change with special focus on wetlands and water bodies. The spatial focus is on the peri-urban area of Sri Perumbudur (Southwest of Chennai) and on the urban area Pallikaranai marsh land.
Nils Jautzus, Master student, Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar (Chair of Urban Water Management and Sanitation) stayed at IITM from October 2015 – January 2016 doing his student research project on the topic of “Current situation of waste disposal sites and their estimated environmental impact at IITM, Chennai, India” within the framework of the DST – project of Prof. Ligy Philip, Area Coordinator IGCS Waste Management.
Tobias Kuttler, Master Student in Urban and Regional Planning at TU Berlin, stayed at IITM from March-May 2015. He was affiliated with the emerging cross-disciplinary research project of the IGCS about sustainable peri-urban development in Chennai. In particular, he focussed on the research topic “Infrastructures as ‘Urban Assemblages’ and is mentored by Profs Chella Rajan, Solly Benjamin and Christoph Woiwode.
Thomas Eichmeier is Master student at Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar (Chair of Urban Water Management and Sanition) and researched on the topic of “Micro pollutants as a source of hazard potential of open dumping sites in tropical climates” with the team of Prof. T.S. Chandra. He stayed at IIT Madras from Oktober 2014 – March 2015.
Eric Heldt, Master student, Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar (Chair of Urban Water Management and Sanitation) arrived in November 2014 and did his research on the topic of “Proofing the feasibility of septage stabilization by composting with different mixture ratios and under local conditions in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India” until March 2014 within the framework of the DST – Project of Prof. Ligy Philip.
Nils Heldt, Master Student, Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar (Chair of Urban Water Management and Sanitation) came to visit IGCS in November 2014 to stay on until March 2015. He is concentrating on the topic “Identification of locally available structural material as co-substrate for septage sludge composting in Chennai, India”.
Dr Cindy Hugenschmidt
Cindy Hugenschmidt, formerly at CAU Kiel and University of Hohenheim, investigated the SWAT model application in the Krishnagiri catchment from March to April 2012.
Ms Thea-Lina Müller
Thea-Lina Mueller, Master Student of Environmental Geography and Management, University of Kiel, stayed at IGCS from August to September 2014 to carry out research on Water Management with Prof. Steinbruch and colleagues from Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. Her topic covers rainwater harvesting and sustainable campus development with the aid of remote sensing and GIS technologies.
Manuel Murawski, Master Student in Urban and Regional Development at Kiel University, did his research at IGCS from August to September 2014 with Professors Woiwode and Prof. Solly Benjamin at IIT Madras. His topic “Sustainable Development in the Peri-Urban Regions of Chennai – Spacial Analysis using Remote Sensing Data” is embedded in an IGCS Project.
Jana Sommer, Master Student from TU Braunschweig joined IGCS from July to October 2014 and researched on the topic of “Sustainable on-site waste water management systems” with Prof. Ligy Philip and her research team at Civil Engineering Department at IITM.
Sabrina Kruegel, Master Student from TU Berlin received an IGCS Scholarship to research with Prof. Sreenivas Jayanti and Prof. Vinu, Department of Chemical Engineering, IITM, during the months July-September 2014. Her area of research is “Coal Gasification and coal to liquid conversion”.
Theresa Warnk did an internship at the IGCS from December 2011 to May 2012 and among others she worked on a ‘Sustainability Theories and its applications’.
Alexander Strehmel worked within the frame of his Ph.D. on ‘Interdependency between land use / land management change and water resource management – a case study from South India‘ from January to September 2012. Currently he is a researcher at CAU Kiel.
Florian Wilken investigated the ‘Dynamics of land use and land use patterns in the Pennairyar catchments, South-East India’ for his Master’s thesis from March to September 2012. He is currently working in the team of Prof. P. Fiener at University of Augsburg.
Sarah Postels, RWTH Aachen University, did research in the field of Energy on ‘Performance Analysis of a 1kW photovoltaic facility’ for her Bachelor’s Thesis from December 2011 to March 2012
Simon Eiden, Master student at RWTH Aachen University, researched in the field of the influence of a microbiological contamination in biogenic fuels on the oil heating devices and the physical-chemical properties of the fuel from the months of November to December 2013.