Dr. Sayan Bhattacharya

Dr. Sayan Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor
sbhattacharya@nalandauniv.edu.in
Resume

Sayan Bhattacharya is currently working as an Assistant Professor in School of Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University, Rajgir, India. He completed his MSc and PhD in Environmental Science from University of Calcutta. He completed two years of post-doctoral research from Presidency University, India. He delivered lectures and presented papers at the University of Oxford, Royal Society of London, University College London, University of Indonesia, National University of Vietnam, Athens Technical University, Banaras Hindu University, Indian Statistical Institute, Jadavpur University etc. He has published 32 international peer reviewed journal papers, 8 book chapters, many international conference and national conference proceedings. He received several awards for his presentations in the international conferences and symposiums. He is in the reviewers’ committee and in the editorial boards of journals with international repute. He has over 12 years of teaching experiences at Nalanda University, University of Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University, Visva Bharati University and Vidyasagar University, India. He is a life member of the Indian Science Congress Association.

Dr. Bhattacharya is also an environmental photographer and photo-journalist with over 500 photographs and environmental photo stories have been published in a host of national and international magazines including National Geographic, Lonely Planet (BBC), Outlook Traveller, Asian Photography, Better Photography, Camerapixo etc. He organized 7 independent solo photography exhibitions in Kolkata, India (2013-2018).

Research focus: The primary line of research focuses on arsenic contamination in the Bengal Delta. The study includes investigation of contamination level of arsenic in water and agricultural soil in the Bengal Delta, bio-accumulation of arsenic in edible plants and subsequent transmission in the food chain.The application of nanoparticles in arsenic remediation is also studied in this regard.

The second line of research focuses on an interdisciplinary understanding on the physical and cultural environment of the forest and mountain areas in the Eastern Himalayas. The research integrates the perspectives of human and social ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem services and sustainable development. For the last few years, Dr. Bhattacharya have been involved in the survey of Eastern Himalayan hamlets, especially those situated proximate to the National Parks and Reserve Forests of the Eastern Himalayas.The work incorporates photographic documentation of these areas with academic findings to lead to a conclusion based on experimental and photographic data

Courses designed and taught at Nalanda University:

  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Environmental Studies
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • Disaster Management
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Positions:

2015-Present: Assistant Professor, Nalanda University, Bihar.

2013-2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal.

2012-2013: Postdoctoral research in Nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Presidency University.

2007-2012: Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta.

2011-2013: Visiting Faculty, Department of Environmental Science, Asutosh College, Kolkata.

2014-2015: Visiting Faculty, Department of Biotechnology, Visva Bharati University.

2011-2015: Visiting faculty in Environmental History, Post Graduate Course of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta.

2009-2010: Visiting faculty, M.Sc. in Environmental Studies, Vidyasagar University.

2005-2006: Project Intern, Crystallography and Molecular Biology Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata.

Lectures delivered:

  • University College London, United Kingdom (2016).
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2017).
  • University of Indonesia, Indonesia (2016, 2017).
  • Vietnam National University, (2018)
  • European Water Network Association, Greece (2017).
  • Indian Statistical Institute, India (2013, 2014).
  • Jadavpur University, India (2014).
  • Banaras Hindu University, India (2017).

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Photography: Avid photographer and photo-journalist with over 500 photographs published in a host of national and international magazines including National Geographic, Lonely Planet (BBC), Outlook Traveler, Asian Photography, Better Photography, Touriosity, Camerapixo (London) Photograph. Organized 5 independent solo photography exhibitions in Kolkata, India (2013-2017).

Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal): Passionate about music and received advanced training in Hindustani Classical Music (Vocals).

Selected Publications (Peer reviewed international journals):

  • Kaushik Gupta, Sayan Bhattacharya, Harishankar Biswas, Jagannath Dutta, Uday Chand Ghosha, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Nihar Ranjan Roy (2011). Ceria supported manganese oxide crystalline nanoparticles agglomerate as adsorbent: synthesis, characterization and As(V)-sorption behavior. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 172, 219-229.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Kaushik Gupta, Sushanta Debnath, Uday Chand Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2012). Arsenic bioaccumulation in edible plants and subsequent transmission through food chain in Bengal basin: with special reference to rice. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Volume 94(3), 429-441.
  • Kaushik Gupta, Sayan Bhattacharya, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Arjun Maity and Uday Chand Ghosh (2012). Arsenic(III) Sorption Behavior of Ceria Associated Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 377, 269-276.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Gunjan Guha, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Uday Chand Ghosh, Purnendu Dasgupta, Mrinal Sengupta (2013). Co-deposition and distribution of Arsenic and oxidizable organic carbon in the Sedimentary Basin of West Bengal, India. Journal of analytical science and technology, Vol. 4(11): 1-5.
  • Abir Ghosh, Tina Basu, Biswaranjan Manna, Sayan Bhattacharya, Uday Chand Ghosh, Krishna Biswas (2015). Synthesis of a nanocomposite adsorbent with high adsorptive potential and its application for abatement of chromium (VI) from aqueous stream. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Vol. 3: 565–573.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Navonil D. Sarkar, Shamayita Banerjee, Priya Banerjee, Shamayita Banerjee, Sohini Mukherjee, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2012). Effects of Arsenic toxicity on germination, seedling growth and Peroxidase activity in Chickpea seeds. International Journal of Agriculture and Food Science, Vol. 2(4): 131-137.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Antara Ganguli, Sreedipa Bose and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2012). Biodiversity, Traditional Practices and Sustainability Issues of East Kolkata Wetlands: A significance Ramsar Site of West Bengal, India. Research and reviews in Biosciences, Vol. 6(11), 340-347. (ISSN: 0974–7532).
  • Abhishek Dhar, Sayan Bhattacharya and Uttam Roychowdhuri (2012). The hydroisomerization of Petrolium Naphtha by Pt-Doped g-Alumina Catalyst: Synthesis, Characterization and Mechanistic Study. International Journal of Chemical and Analytical Sciences (Elsevier), Vol. 3(12): 1634-1638. (ISSN: 0976-1209).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2013). Changing dimensions of food security in a globalized world: A review of the perspectives for environment, economy and health. International Research Journal in Environmental Sciences, Vol. 2(3): 1-7. (ISSN: 2319-1414).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Antara Ganguli, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Uday Chand Ghosh and Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay (2013). Impacts of genetically modified foods on environment, economy and health: A comprehensive review. International Journal of Environmental Biology, Vol. 3(2): 64-70 (ISSN: 2277-386X).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Indranil Saha, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Uday Chand Ghosh, Debashish Chatterjee (2013). Role of nanotechnology in water treatment and purification: Potential applications and implications. International Journal of Chemical Science and Technology, Vol. 3(3): 59-64. (ISSN: 2249-8532).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2014). Bioprospecting, biopiracy and food security in India: The emerging sides of neoliberalism. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 12, 49-56 (ISSN: 2300-2697).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Arkajyoti Shome, Subrato Sarkar, Debayan Purkait, Uday Chand Ghosh (2014). Socio-Environmental survey of two ecologically important hamlets of North Bengal, India. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 17, 102-118 (ISSN: 2300-2697).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2014). Forest and biodiversity conservation in ancient Indian culture: A review based on old texts and archaeological evidences. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 19, 35-46 (ISSN: 2300-2697).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Gunjan Guha, Kaushik Gupta, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay, Uday Chand Ghosh (2014). Trend of arsenic pollution and subsequent bioaccumulation in Oryza sativa and Corchorus capsularis in Bengal Delta. International Letters of Natural Sciences, Vol. 16, 1-9 (ISSN: 2300-9675).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya and Uday Chand Ghosh (2015). Environmental, economic and health perspectives of arsenic toxicity in Bengal Delta. World Scientific News, Vol. 4: 111-139 (ISSN: 2392-2192).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya and Ayantika Banerjee (2015). Water privatization in developing countries: Principles, implementations and socio-economic consequences. World Scientific News, Vol. 4: 17-31 (ISSN: 2392-2192).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Arkajyoti Shome, Abhishek Dutta, Gourab Majumdar, Raktim Banerjee (2015). Environmental, economic and agricultural surveys of an ecologically important forest edge hamlet in Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India. World Scientific News, Vol. 5: 66-80 (ISSN: 2392-2192).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Rimpa Maity, Gour Sarkar, Goutam Ghosh, Debasri Mukherjee and Chandrayee Mukhopadhyay (2016). Socio-Environmental survey of an ecologically important forest edge hamlet in Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India. International Letters of Natural Sciences, Vol. 52: 67-83. (ISSN: 2300-9675).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Kaushik Gupta, Uday Chand Ghosh (2017). Synthesis, characterization and trivalent arsenic sorption potential of Ce-Al nanostructured mixed oxide. IOP Conference Series: Material Science and Engineering, Vol. 188: 1-9 (ISSN: 1757-8990).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2017). Application of nanostructured materials in fluoride removal from contaminated groundwater. European water, Vol. 58: 87-93 (ISSN: 1105-7580).
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Sudipta De, Arkajyoti Shome, Abhishek Dutta (2019). Socioenvironmental survey of a forest hamlet proximate to Neora Valley National Park in the Eastern Himalayas, India. Indonesian Journal of Environmental Management and Sustainability, Vol. 3: 1-13.
  • Abir Ghosh, Suparna Paul, Sayan Bhattacharya, Palani Sasikumar, Krishna Biswas, Uday Chand Ghosh (2019). Calcium ion incorporated hydrous iron(III) oxide: synthesis, characterization, and property exploitation towards water remediation from arsenite and fluoride. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 26(5): 4618-4632.

Selected publications (Book Chapters):

  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Punarbasu Chaudhuri and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2011). Hydraulic Structures and Water Management Systems in Ancient India. In: Aspects of Indian History and Culture. Kaveri Books, New Delhi, India, pp. 61-67. ISBN No. 9788174791344.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2011). Development and Environmental Issues vis-à-vis Current Perspectives of Human Rights. In: Human rights and the Third World: Issues and Discourses. Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, New York, USA, pp. 59-80. ISBN No. 9780739177358.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2011). Global Warming and Climate Change: Causes, Effects, Adaptations and Mitigations. In: Climate Change: Man and Environment, Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, India, pp. 7-23. ISBN No. 978-81-7035-771-1.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay and Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (2012). Ecological and environmental introspection of Kautilya’s Arthasastra: Modern relevance and future prospects. In: History in Literature- Literature as History. Levant Books, Kolkata, India, pp. 69-76. ISBN No. 978-93-80663-50-0.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2016). Socio-Environmental survey and sustainable management of a forest edge mountain hamlet in Darjeeling district, India. Proceedings of the 1 st Asian Researcher Symposium at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (25 th -27 th April, 2016), pp. 549-564. ISBN No. 978-979-8972-63-8.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2017). Environmental Survey and Photographic Documentation of a Forest Edge Hamlet Situated in Buxa Tiger Reserve, India. Proceedings of 7 th International Scientific Forum, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (7 th to 9 th February, 2017), pp. 336-360. ISBN No. 978-608-4642-55-8.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Arkajyoti Shome, Abhishek Dutta (2017). Environmental Survey and photographic documentation of a forest edge hamlet situated in the Eastern Himalayas, India. Proceedings of the Scholar Summit 2017 at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (10 th -12 th October, 2017), pp. 194-210. ISBN No. 978- 979-8972-87-4.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Arkajyoti Shome (2017). Biodiversity survey and photographic documentation of four protected areas situated in the Eastern Himalayas in India. Proceedings of the Scholar Summit 2017 at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (10 th -12 th October, 2017), pp. 211-223. ISBN No. 978-979-8972-87-4.
  • Sayan Bhattacharya (2019). Environmental crisis in the Eastern Himalayan landscapes in India. Consilience: The journal of sustainable development. Vol 212(1), pp. 66-85.
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