Dr. Smitha V S
Designation
Scientist B
Research Group
Ecology and Environment
Office No
0495 2351 866
  • EDUCATIONAL PROFILE

    • Ph.D; (2014): Research Centre at Materials Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum, Degree awarded by Cochin University of Science and Technology , Kerala, India.
      Thesis: “Sol-Gel Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Coatings”.

    • M.Sc;(2005); S. N. College, Punalur, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India.

    CAREER DETAILS

    • July 2019-Present      : Scientist B, Water Quality Division, CWRDM.
    • Jan 2016 – Jan 2019  : CSIR-Research Associate (Post-doctoral Fellowship), CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum.
    • Jul 2015 – Dec 2015   :  Adhoc Assistant Professor, NIT-Calicut
    • Mar 2015 – July 2015 : Assistant Chemist, Hindustan Newsprint Limited, Kottayam
    • Jun 2014 – Mar 2015  : Contract Scientist, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum
    • Apr 2011 – Mar 2014  :Senior Research Fellow, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum (National fellowship for pursuing Ph.D.)
    • Jan 2007 – Sep 2010 :Project Assistant Grade II, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum

    AWARDS

    • CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship (2011)
    • CSIR-Research Associateship (National Post-doctoral fellowship)
    • Best Oral/Poster Presentation Awards
    • Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR in 2011
    • Research Associate Fellowship by CSIR in 2015

    • Poster Award for the paper entitled “UV curable inorganic-organic hybrid coating on solar cell covers for photocatalytic self-cleaning application”, V. S.Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, P. Shajesh, J. K. Jeena and K. G. K. Warrier*, presented in the Second International Conference on Advanced oxidation Processes (AOP-2012) held at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala during 5-8th of October, 2012

    • Best Poster Award for the paper entitled “Lanthanum phosphate added titania-silica nano composite coatings for self-cleaning applications’, V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy and K. G. K. Warrier, presented in the Platinum JubileeSession of ‘The Indian Ceramic Society’ held at Agra during December 20-22,2011

    •  Best Research Paper Award for the paper entitled “Photoactive,Hydrophobic Self-cleaning Titania Nanocoatings Through Band Gap Engineering” Smitha V. S., Baiju K. V. and K. G. K. Warrier*was presented in the UGC sponsored National Seminar “Physical and Biomedical Applications in Nano Technology” held at S. N. College, Kollam during October 12-14, 2011.

    • Best Poster Award for the paper entitled “Synthesis of titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nano composites and functional coatings throughaqueous sol-gel method”, V. S. Smitha, S. Sankar, K. B. Jaimy, K. G. K.Warrier, presented in the 74th Annual conference of ‘The Indian Ceramic Society’ held at Calcutta, during January 11-13, 2011

    • Best Oral Presentation Award for the paper entitled “Titania coatedterracotta and flyash tiles with enhanced photoactivity for societal applications” V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, A. J. Mirash, K. Divish, P. Perumal and K. G. K. Warrier, presented in the 73rd Annual conference of ‘The Indian Ceramic Society’ held at NIIST, Trivandrum during December 11-12, 2009.

    • Best Poster Award for the paper entitled “Bentonite based functional nanocomposites for the removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewater”,authored by V. S. Smitha*, Anu S. Pramod, P. P. Muhammad Dilshad, P. S.Harikumar in the International Conference on Advanced Materials andMechanical Characterization (ICAMMC-2021) held online during Dec 02-04,2021.

    • Received Best Poster Award in the Chemical Sciences Category for the paper entitled “Chitosan-titanium dioxide nanocomposites as an integrated photocatalyst-adsorbent systemfor the removal of nitrates fromwater/wastewater” authored by V. S. Smitha,* P. Athulya, M. Sudheesh, P.Manjula, T. R. Resmi, presented at the 35 th Kerala Science Congress (35 th KSC), organized by the Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment, held during Feb 10-14, 2023 at Mar Baselios Christian College of Engineering, Kuttikkanam, Peermade, Idukki.

    MEMBERSHIPS

    • Annual Member of Indian Ceramic Society (ICS)
    • Member, Indian Institute of Metals (Membership No: OM01-55724) 

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    • Nano Materials 
    • Thin Films and Nanotechnology
    • Nanocomposite photocatalysts for waste water treatment
    • Nitrate removal
    • Water Quality Management
    • Nanotracer for hydrological applications

Development and Demonstration of Nanotechnology Enabled Decentralized Wastewater Treatment via Constructed Wetlands; an Integrated Performance Model for Trivandrum Urban
Principal Investigator:
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Funding Agency:
State Plan Fund, GoK
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Duration:
Jan 2023 – Jan 2026
13 C labelled carbon dots embedded silicabased nanocomposite particles as hydrogeological tracers for water resources management
Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Duration:
2Years
Budget:
14.43 lakhs
Water for Change, Integrative and Fit for Purpose Water Sensitive Design Framework for Fast Growing Livable cities (India-Netherlands project)
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Co Principal Investigator/s:
Funding Agency:
Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI
Project Type:
Externally Funded
Date of Completion:
Duration:
5 Years (November 2019 to November 2024)
Budget:
Rs. 164.21 Lakhs
Investigations of surface water Groundwater interactions of a perennial freshwater lake
Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Duration:
3 years
Regional variability of chemical and isotopic imprints of precipitation over Kerala- A high resolution spatial analysis
Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Duration:
3 years
Stable isotope based assessment of food web structure and carbon sources delineation in a tropical river ecosystem
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Duration:
3Years
Budget:
18,77,000/-
13 C labeled carbon dots embedded silica-based nanocomposite particles as hydrogeological tracers for water resource management (PP 66/21)

13 C labeled carbon dots embedded silica-based nanocomposite particles as hydrogeological tracers for water resource management (PP 66/21)

Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Funding Agency:
State Plan Fund, GoK
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Date of Completion:
Duration:
Sep 2021 - Sep 2023
“Ag doped nanotitania coated Fe 3 O 4 @chitosan core-shell magnetic beads for removing nitrates from drinking water” (PP 53/20)

“Ag doped nanotitania coated Fe 3 O 4 @chitosan core-shell magnetic beads for
removing nitrates from drinking water” (PP 53/20)

Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Funding Agency:
State Plan Fund, GoK
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Date of Completion:
Duration:
08-04-2020 to 07-04-2022
Ag doped nanotitania coated Fe3O4@chitosan core-shell magnetic beads for removing nitrates from drinking water
Principal Investigator:
Co Principal Investigator/s:
Project Type:
CWRDM Plan Funded
Date of Completion:
Duration:
2 Years (08-04-2020 to 07-04-2022)
Investigation on septic tank contamination of open well at Thillenkery, Uliyil, Thalassery using tracer technique
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Date of Completion:
Duration:
March, 2020 – May, 2020
Field study conducted at the effluent contamination suspected site at d/s of Pathalam Regulator cum Bridge of Periyar River & Edayar industrial area
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Co Principal Investigator/s:
Date of Completion:
Duration:
April, 2020 – May, 2020
Details

“Synthesis of Lanthanum oxide doped photocatalytic nano titanium oxide through aqueous sol-gel method for titania multifunctional ultra filtration membrane”, K. A. Manjumol, V. S. Smitha, P. Shajesh, K. V. Baiju and K. G. K. Warrier, Journal of Sol-gel Science and Technology, Year 2010, Volume 53, Issue 2, Pages 353-358. [Impact Factor: 2.326]

“Mesoporous gadolinium doped titania photocatalyst through an aqueous sol-gel method”, K. V. Baiju, P. Periyat, P. Shajesh, W. Wunderlich, K. A. Manjumol, V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, K. G. K. Warrier, Journal of Alloys And Compounds, Year 2010, Volume 505, Issue 1, Pages 194-200. [Impact Factor: 5.316]

“Titania-lanthanum phosphate photoactive and hydrophobic new generation catalyst”, Chembolli K. Jyothi, Kanakkanmavudi B. Jaimy, Swapankumar Ghosh, Sasidharan Sankar, V. S. Smitha, K. G. K. Warrier, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Year 2011, Volume 184, Issue 7, Pages 1867-1874. [Impact Factor: 3.498]

“Low temperature needle-like mullite grain formation in sol-gel precursors coated on SiC porous substrates”, M. Jayasankar, G. M. Anilkumar, V. S. Smitha , P. Mukundan, C. D. Madhusoodana, K. G. K. Warrier, Thin Solid Films, Year 2011, Volume 519, Issue 22, Pages 7672-7676. [Impact Factor: 2.183]

“Temperature assisted acid catalyzed peptization of TiO2; Facile sol-gel approach for thermally stable anatase phase”, Vidya Kattoor, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Peer Mohamed A., Unnikrishnan Nair Saraswathy Hareesh and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, RSC Advances, Year 2014, Volume 4, Issue 41, Pages 21664-21671. [Impact Factor: 3.361]

“Sol-gel route to synthesize titania silica nano precursors for photoactive particulates and coatings”, V. S. Smitha, K. A. Manjumol, K. V. Baiju, Swapankumar Ghosh, P. Perumal and K. G. K. Warrier, Journal of Sol-gel Science and Technology, Year 2010, Volume 54, Issue 2, Pages 203-211. [Impact Factor: 2.326]

“Rhodamine 6G Intercalated Montmorillonite Nanopigments–Polyethylene Composites: Facile Synthesis and Ultraviolet Stability Study”, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Kochupurayil Appukuttannair Manjumol, Swapankumar Ghosh, Mathalayil Brahmakumar, Chorappan Pavithran, Petchimuthu Perumal, and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, Journal of American Ceramic Society, Year 2011, Volume 94, Issue 6, Pages 1731–1736. [Impact Factor: 3.784]

“Sol-gel derived Functional Coatings of Titania-Silica-Lanthanum Phosphate Nanocomposite”, Venu Sreekala Smitha and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, Proceedings of the IEEE, Year 2011, Pages 334-337. [Impact Factor: 10.961]

“Hydrophobic, Photoactive Titania–Alumina Nanocrystallites and Coatings by an Aqueous Sol–Gel Process”, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Kizhakkekilikoodayil Vijayan Baiju, Petchimuthu Perumal, Swapankumar Ghosh, and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier*, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Year 2012, Volume 2012, Issue 2, Pages 226-233. [Impact Factor: 2.524]

“Novel multifunctional titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite coatings through an all-aqueous sol-gel process”, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Chembolli K Jyothi, Peer Mohamed A, Saju Pillai and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier*, Dalton Transactions, Year 2013, Volume 42, Issue 13, Pages 4602-4612. [Impact Factor: 4.390]

“Effect of precursor particle size distribution on the morphology and low wetting behavior of photocatalytic nanocoatings on glass surfaces”, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Petit Francois, Unnikrishnan Nair Saraswathy Hareesh and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier*, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Year 2013, Volume 1, Issue 39, Pages 12178 – 12187. [Impact Factor: 12.732]

“UV curable hydrophobic inorganic-organic hybrid coating on solar cell covers for photocatalytic self-cleaning application”, Venu Sreekala Smitha, Kanakkanmavudy B Jaimy, Palantavida Shajesh, Jose K Jeena, Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Year 2013, Volume 1, Issue 40, Pages 12641 – 12649. [Impact Factor: 12.732]

“Photoluminescent, self-cleaning titanium oxide nanocomposites for multifunctional properties” Venu Sreekala Smitha, Saju Pillai, Unnikrishnan Nair Saraswathy Hareesh, Balagopal N. Nair and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier*, RSC Advances, Year 2014, Volume 4, Issue 106, Pages 61727–61735. [Impact Factor: 3.361]

“Energy revamping of solar panels through titania nanocomposite coatings; influence of aqueous silica precursor”, V. S. Smitha, K. Vidya, M. Jayasankar, A. Peer Mohamed, U. S. Hareesh and K. G. K. Warrier*, RSC Advances, Year 2016, Volume 6, Issue 37, Pages 31114-31121. [Impact Factor: 3.361]

“Optical Properties of Rare-Earth Doped TiO2 Nanocomposites and Coatings; ASol-Gel Strategy towards Multi-functionality”, V. S. Smitha, Pillai Saju, U. S. Hareesh, Ghosh Swapankumar and K. G. K. Warrier*, Chemistry Select, Year 2016, Volume 1,Issue 10, Pages 2140-2147. [Impact Factor: 2.109]

Transparent and Hydrophobic MTMS/GPTMS Hybrid Aerogel Monoliths and Coatings by Sol-Gel Method: A Viable Remedy for Oil-Spill Cleanup”, Venu Sreekala Smitha,* Peer Mohamed Abdul Azeez, Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, Balagopal N. Nair, and Unnikrishnan Nair Saraswathy Hareesh*, Chemistry Select, Year 2018, Volume 3, Issue 11, Pages 2989 2997. [Impact Factor: 2.307]

“ORMOSIL–ZrO2 hybrid nanocomposites and coatings on aluminium alloys for corrosion resistance; a sol–gel approach”, V. S. Smitha,* S. S. Syamili, A. Peer Mohammed, Balagopal N. Nair and U. S. Hareesh*, New Journal of Chemistry, Year 2018, Volume 42, Issue 12, Pages 10337-10347. [Impact Factor: 3.925]

Lanthanum Phosphate-Incorporated Organosilane Nanocomposites for Gas-Phase CO2 Detection, Smitha Venu Sreekala, Visakh Vijayan, Peer Mohamed Abdul Azeez, Balagopal N. Nair, and Unnikrishnan Nair Saraswathy Hareesh 2020., ACS Applied Nanomaterials, Volume 3(10) pp. 10040–10048 [Impact Factor: 6.140]

Bentonite-titanium dioxide functional nanocomposite suitable for wastewater treatment; An integrated photocatalyst-adsorbent system, Smitha V S, Athira Vayalveettil, Jayasooryan Kazhuthuttil Kochu,   Resmi Thoppil Ramakrishnan  and  Harikumar Puthenveedu Sadasivan Pillai, New Journal of Chemistry,  Year 2022, Volume 46, Pages 4772-4783. [Impact Factor: 3.925]

Efficient nitrate reduction in water using an integrated photocatalyst adsorbent based on chitosan‐titanium dioxide nanocomposite, Smitha Venu Sreekala, Athulya Parola,· Vimala Thayumani,· Harikumar Puthenveedu Sadasivan Pillai, Resmi Thoppil Ramakrishnan, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Year 2022, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-022-24895-5 [Impact Factor: 5.190]

A paper entitled “Photoactive, Hydrophobic Self-cleaning Titania Nanocoatings Through Band Gap Engineering” Smitha V. S., Baiju K. V. and K. G. K. Warrier*was presented (Oral Presentation) in the UGC sponsored National Seminar “Physical and Biomedical App
A paper entitled “Synthesis of titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nano-composites and functional coatings through aqueous sol-gel method”, V. S. Smitha, S. Sankar, K. B. Jaimy, K. G. K. Warrier, presented (Poster Presentation) in the 74th Annual confe
A paper entitled “Titania coated terracotta and flyash tiles with enhanced photo activity for societal applications” V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, A. J. Mirash, K. Divish, P. Perumal and K. G. K. Warrier, presented (Oral Presentation) in the 73rd Annual conf
A paper entitled “Textural and photo catalytic behaviour of titania-alumina nano composites and coatings” V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, C. K. Jyothi, Kishore, P. Perumal, K. G. K. Warrier was presented (Poster Presentation) in the ‘International conference o
A paper entitled “Silica-titania nano precursors for photoactive particulates and coatings”, V. S. Smitha, K. A. Manjumol, K. V. Baiju, P. Krishnapillai, P. Perumal and K. G. K. Warrier, was presented (Poster Presentation) in the 72nd Annual Conferenc
A paper entitled “Synthesis and photo stability of organic dye intercalated natural layered silicates as eco-friendly nano composites”, Smitha V. S., P. Krishna Pillai, P. Perumal, K. A. Manjumol and K. G. K. Warrier, presented (Poster Presentation) in th
A paper entitled “Synthesis of light stable natural hybrid nano pigment for polymer composites”, V. S. Smitha, K. A. Manjumol, M. Brahmakumar, P. Krishnapillai, P. Pavitran, and K. G. K. Warrier, presented (Poster Presentation) in the International Co
A paper entitled “Sol-Gel Derived Functional Coatings of Titania-Silica-Lanthanum Phosphate Nanocomposite”, Venu Sreekala Smitha and Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, was presented (Oral Presentation) in the International Conference, “Nanoscience, Engineerin
A paper entitled “Lanthanum phosphate added titania-silica nano composite coatings for self-cleaning applications’, V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy and K. G. K. Warrier, presented (Poster Presentation) in the Platinum Jubilee Session of ‘The Indian Ceramic
A paper entitled “UV curable inorganic-organic hybrid coating on solar cell covers for photocatalytic self-cleaning application”, V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, P. Shajesh, J. K. Jeena and K. G. K. Warrier*, presented (Poster Presentation) in the Second Inter
A poster entitled “Effect of precursor particle size distribution on the morphology and hydrophobic character of photocatalytic nanocoatings on glass surfaces”, Smitha V. S., Petit Francois and Warrier K. G. K., was presented (Poster Presentation) in t
A paper entitled “Europium doped titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite and its luminescence properties”, V. S. Smitha, Peer Mohammed A and K. G. K. Warrier was presented (Oral Presentation) in the Second International Conference on Advances
A paper entitled “Synthesis of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Coating through UV curing on Solar Cell Covers for Photocatalytic Self Cleaning Application”, V. S. Smitha, K. B. Jaimy, P. Shajesh, S. Sankar, Vidya Kattoor, M. Jayasankar, Saju Pillai and K. G. K.
A paper entitled “Functional Coatings of MTMS/GPTMS Hybrid Aerogels; A Facile Approach for Oil-Spill Cleanup”, Venu Sreekala Smitha*, Peer Mohamed A, Krishna Gopakumar Warrier, Balagopal N. Nair, Unnikrishnan Nair S. Hareesh** was presented (Poster Prese
A paper entitled “Sol-gel derived hybrid nanocomposites of zirconia incorporated organomodified silanes (ORMOSIL) for anticorrosive coatings” V. S. Smitha,* S. S. Syamili, A. Peer Mohamed, Balagopal N Nair and U. S. Hareesh** was presented (Oral prese
A paper entitled “Sol-gel derived organically modified silane (ORMOSIL)-lanthanum phosphate hybrid nanocomposites and coatings for multifunctional applications”, Smitha V.S., Visakh G., Hareesh U.S., Peer Mohamed A., Resmi T.R. was presented (Poster Preen
A paper entitled “Photocatalytic reduction of nitrates using Ag doped titania coated chitosan beads: A facile ground water treatment technique” Smitha V. S., Arathi A. R., Vimala T., Resmi T. R., Harikumar P. S. (2020) Abstract Volume of IIIrd Indian Nati
A paper entitled “Integrated photocatalyst adsorbents based on titanium dioxide-bentonite nanocomposites suitable for waste water treatment” authored by V. S. Smitha, V. Athira, Neema M. Shaji, K. K. Jayasooryan, T. R. Resmi, P. S. Harikumar, Proceedin
A paper entitled “Impact of anthropogenic activities in deteriorating the groundwater quality in Kerala with special reference to nitrate contamination and its removal using functional nanocomposite materials” authored by Smitha V. S., Jayasooryan K. K
A paper entitled “Bentonite based functional nanocomposites for the removal of heavy metals from industrial waste water”, authored by V. S. Smitha*, Anu S. Pramod, P. P. Muhammad Dilshad, P. S. Harikumar in the International Conference on Advanced Mate

Final report of the Plan project entitled “Ag doped nanotitania coated Fe3O4@chitosan core-shell magnetic beads for removing nitrate from drinking water” to RMEU, CWRDM
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Final report of the Plan project entitled “Ag doped nanotitania coated Fe 3 O 4 @chitosan core-shell magnetic beads for removing nitrate from drinking water” to RMEU, CWRDM
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Field study conducted at the Effluent Contamination Suspected Site at d/s of Pathalam Regulator cum Bridge of Periyar River & Edayar Industrial Area. Report submitted to the Kerala State Pollution Control Board.
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