Manivannan Sethurajan PhD, MSc

Postdoc Researcher


I am an experienced environmental technology researcher with specialized training in biotechnology. In 2006, I received my Master of technology (M.Tech) in Biotechnolgy from Anna University, India. Then I joined National University of Singapore, (NUS, Singapore) as a research engineer in the department of civil and environmental engineering. During this tenure, I conducted biotechnological investigations to recover resources (metals) from metallurgical wastes. Later, I enrolled in the “Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate” funded doctoral programme in University of Paris-EST (France). As part of my PhD, I have had training internships in UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands and Federal university of Minas Gerais and UNIMONTES (Brazil). The ultimate aim of my doctoral research project was to develop technology to recover resources from wastes. During doctoral research, I mainly investigated various characteristics of the wastes, bio/hydrometallurgical leaching and selective recovery of metals from the wastes. In 2015, I obtained my PhD degree in Environmental Technology and joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India as a SERB funded post-doctoral researcher. Currently, joined IHE-Delft, the Netherlands as an experienced Post-Doc researcher. At IHE, working on a complementary EU COFUND funded project, focussing on resource recovery of critical and precious metals from solid and liquid wastes (acid mine drainage, e-wastes etc).