Contact Details

Phone: 0124 478 1400
Dr. Prashant Rajput
Research Scientist

Prashant has a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad (India). At PRL, he joined Chemistry Lab research group of Chemical Oceanography and Atmospheric Science in the Geosciences Division. His PhD. thesis title was “Atmospheric Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Identification, Abundances and Spatio-Temporal Variation”. He has 5 years of post-doc experience integrating from PRL, IIT Kanpur and University of Surrey. He has 1 year of teaching experience from Lovely Professional University in India. With hard-core training on atmospheric science, analytical chemistry and instrumentation, he works on air pollution and organic aerosols characterization from different geographical locations. Till date, he has published 30 research papers and 4 book chapters. He is a co-editor of an upcoming book “MEASUREMENT, ANALYSIS, AND REMEDIATION OF BIOLOGICAL POLLUTANTS IN WATER”, publisher: Springer. He has more than 560 citations (h-index: 15; I-10 index: 19).

Center Affiliations
  • PHFI
  • CEH
Research Summary and Interests

I have worked extensively on chemical characterization of aerosols emissions from post-harvest agricultural-waste burning (paddy- and wheat-residues) from the northern India. In addition to the bulk composition (BC: black carbon; OC: organic carbon; WSOC: water-soluble organic carbon; WSIS: water-soluble inorganic species) of emitted particles, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) isomer ratios were utilized to fingerprint the emission source. Influence of LRT (long-range transport) of aerosols on remote location has been studied from foothills of NE-Himalaya and we found the applicability of PAHs isomer ratios in characterizing their sources in upwind region. I have sufficiently good knowledge of analytical chemistry and instrumentation. I work on establishing new analytical protocols for measuring organic aerosol species. Also, my major focus areas are source-apportionment using PMF (positive matrix factorization) and assessment of fog-processing of aerosols. I do research also on bioaerosols in ambient and indoors to assess the air quality.

Research Interests: Air pollution; Atmospheric chemistry; Source apportionment; Mass Spectrometry; Organic aerosols, Bioaerosols.

Areas of Expertise
  • Monitoring + Evaluation
  • Research Methods
Other Areas of Expertise
    Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry; source-apportionment modeling