IIEST, Shibpur

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

(Formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur)

Empowering the nation since 1856

Dr. Asok Adak

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Area of work

  • Environmental Engineering

Contact

Phone

  1. Office: 2668 4561 to 63, (ext-657)
  2. Residence: 94771 41363
  3. Fax: +91 33 2668 2916/4564

Address

  1. Residential: Qtr. No. D134, IIEST, Campus, Shibpur, Howrah - 711103
  2. Office: Department of Civil Engineering, IIEST Shibpur, Howrah 711103
  3. E-mail: asok@civil.becs.ac.in; asokadak@gmail.com

Area of interest

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Advanced oxidation
  • Detection and removal of emerging contaminants like antibiotics
  • Soil remediation
  • Arsenic pollution in groundwater

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (IIT Kgaragpur) 2006

Honours, Awards, Recognition

  • Obtained “Shrimati SaromaSanyal Memorial Prize” by the Institute of Engineers (India) on December 20, 2013 at afternoon.
  • Received “Raman Fellowship” from University Grants Commission, New Delhi in 2013 to visit United States (University of Maryland Baltimore County) for the Post-Doctoral Research work for a period of twelve months.
  • Received “IEI Young Engineers Award” from The Institute of Engineers (India) in 2009.
  • “Young Faculty Research Award” awarded by Bengal Engineering College Alumni Association – Washington Metropoliton Area in 2008.
  • Awarded a research grant in SERC Fast Track Proposals for Young Scientists 2007-2010 from DST, amounting Rs. 12.24 lakhs.
  • Obtained Silver Medal at IIT, Kharagpur for scoring first position in M. Tech. in Civil Engineering Department in 2001 amongst thirty students in all specialization.

Current Project

Nil

Project Handled

  • “Use of Surfactant Treated Sludge for the Removal of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) from Water Environment” sponsored by DST New Delhi (2007-2011)

Research papers published (List)

International Journal

  1. Adak, A., Mangalgiri, K. and Blaney, L. “UV irradiation and UV-H2O2 advanced oxidation of the roxarsone and nitarsone organoarsenicals”, Water Research, Vol. 70, pp. 74-85, 2015.
  2. Mangalgiri, K., Adak, A. and Blaney, L. “Organoarsenicals in poultry litter: Detection, fate, and toxicity”, Environment International, Vol. 75, pp. 68-80, 2015.
  3. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Application of silica gel factory waste for methyl orange dye removal”, Int. J. Environ. Waste Mgmt., Vol. 13, No. 1, 2014, pp. 37-49.
  4. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Adsorption of 2,4-D Herbicide from Water Environment on Modified Silica Gel Waste”, Water Environment Research, Vol. 85, No. 11, 2013, pp. 2147-2156.
  5. Koner, S. and Adak, A., “Fixed Bed Column Study for Adsolubilization of 2, 4-D Herbicide on Surfactant Modified Silica Gel Waste”, Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A, Vol. 93, No. 3, 2013, pp. 187-191.
  6. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Use of surface modified silica gel factory waste for removal of 2,4-D pesticide from agricultural wastewater: a case study”, Int. J. Environ. Res., Vol. 6, No. 4, October, 2012, pp. 995-1006.
  7. Adak, A., Mazumder, D. and Bandyopadhyay, P., “Simulation of process design model for anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste”, International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 3, March, 2011, pp. 177-182.
  8. Koner, S., Saha, B. K., Kumar, R. and Adak, A., “Adsorption kinetics and mechanism of methyl orange dye on modified silica gel factory waste”, International Journal of Current Research, Vol. 3, No. 6, June, 2011, pp. 128-133.
  9. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Utilization of Silica Gel Waste for Adsorption of Cationic Surfactant and Adsolubilization of Organics from Textile Wastewater: A Case Study", Desalination, Vol. 276, No. 1-3, August, 2011, pp. 142-147.
  10. Koner, S. and Adak, A., “Modelling of Fixed Bed Column Adsorption of Cationic Surfactant on Silica Gel and Use of Exhausted Adsorbent for Adsolubilization of Organics”, Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution, Vol. 8, No. 2, January, 2011, pp. 71-76.
  11. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Cationic surfactant adsorption on silica gel and its application for wastewater treatment", Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 22, No. 1-3, October, 2010, pp. 1-8.
  12. Adak, A. and Pal, A., “Removal kinetics and mechanism for phenol uptake by surfactant-modified alumina”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 6, No. 1-3, June, 2009, pp. 269-275.
  13. Maji, S. K., Pal, A., Pal, T. and Adak, A., “Modelling and fixed bed column adsorption of As(III) on laterite soil”, Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 56, No. 3, September, 2007, pp. 284-290.
  14. Maji, S. K., Pal, A., Pal, T. and Adak, A., “Sorption kinetics of arsenic on laterite soil in aqueous medium”, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part-A, Vol. 42, No. 7, June, 2007, pp. 989-996.
  15. Maji, S. K., Pal, A., Pal, T. and Adak, A., “Modeling and fixed bed column adsorption of As(V) on laterite soil”, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part-A, Vol. 42, No. 11, October, 2007, pp. 1585-1593.
  16. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Fixed bed column study for the removal of crystal violet dye (C. I. Basic Violet 3) from aquatic environment by surfactant-modified alumina”, Dyes and Pigments, Vol. 69, No. 3, 2006, pp. 245-251.
  17. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Removal of phenol from water environment by surfactant-modified alumina through adsolubilization”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Vol. 277, No. 1-3, April, 2006, pp. 63-68.
  18. Adak, A. and Pal, A., “Removal of phenol from aquatic environment by SDS-modified alumina: Batch and fixed bed studies”, Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 50, No. 2, June, 2006, pp. 256-262.
  19. Adak, A. and Pal, A., “Removal Kinetics and Mechanism for Crystal Violet Uptake by Surfactant-Modified Alumina”, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, Vol. 41, No. 10, February, 2006, pp. 2283 - 2297.
  20. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Adsorption of anionic surfactant on alumina and reuse of the surfactant-modified alumina for the removal of crystal violet from aquatic environment”, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part-A, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2005, pp. 167-182.
  21. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Removal of crystal violet dye from wastewater by surfactant modified alumina”, Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 44, No. 2, July, 2005, pp. 139-144.
  22. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Removal of anionic surfactant from wastewater by neutral alumina – a case study”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Vol. 254, No. 1-3, March, 2005, pp. 165-171.
  23. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Dikshit, A. K., “Arsenic in groundwater - a feasible solution”, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2003, pp. 230-242.

National Journal

  1. Maji, S. K., Pal, A., Pal, T. and Adak, A., “Adsorption Thermodynamics of Arsenic on Laterite Soil”, Journal of Surface Science and Technology, Vol. 23, No. 3-4, (2008) pp. 161-176.
  2. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Spectrophotometric determination of anionic surfactants in wastewater using acridine orange”, Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, Vol. 12, No. 2, March, 2005, pp. 145-148.
  3. Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Adsolubilization of Organic Compounds in Surfactant-Modified Alumina”, Journal of Surface Science and Technology, Vol. 21, No. (1-2), 2005, pp. 97-112.

International Conference

  1. Koner, S., Pal, A. and Adak, A., “Surfactant removal by metal oxides and adsolubilization of organics in exhausted materials”, 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, June 2016, Houston, USA (Accepted).
  2. Koner, S. and Adak, A., “Methyl Orange Dye Removal Using Surfactant Modified Silica Gel Waste – a Fixed Bed Column Study”, Proceedings of International Conference on Recent Trends and Challenges in Civil Engineering, MNNIT Allahabad, December 12-14, 2014.
  3. Blaney, L.; Mangalgiri, K.; Adak, A.  Treatment of agricultural wastewater containing organoarsenicals using UV-based processes.  2014 Tri-Association Conference (Ocean City, MD), August 28, 2014.
  4. Adak, A.; Mangalgiri, K.; He, K.; Blaney, L. Photochemical UV-H2O2 system for oxidation of organoarsenicals in agricultural wastewater.  248th American Chemical Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA), Poster Presentation, August 10-14, 2014.
  5. Adak, A. and Bandyopadhyay, M., “Laboratory study on electrokinetic extraction of heavy metals from contaminated soil”, Proceedings of Indo-Italian Workshop on Emerging Technology for Industrial Wastewater and Environment, NEERI, Nagpur, India, September, 2002.

National Conference

  1. Chakraborty, R., Adak. A. and Ghosh, “A.Electrokinetic remediation of chromium contaminated soil”, Proceedings of Indian Geotechnical Conference, December 2015, Pune.
  2. Koner, S. and Adak, A., “Adsolubilization of Methylene Blue Dye Using Surfactant Modified Silica Gel Waste”, Proceedings of 47th Annual Convention of Indian Water Works Association, Kolkata, India, January 30-February 01, 2015.
  3. Koner, S. and Adak, A., “Adsorption of Cationic Surfactant and Subsequent Adsolubilization of Organics on Silica Gel Waste”, Proceedings of Conference on Technological Advancements in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, India, March, 2012.
  4. Gupta, S., Adak, A., Bandyopadhyay, M. and Pal, A., “Removal of anionic surfactants from the aquatic environment by adsorption using waste activated carbon”, Proceedings of National Seminar and Workshop on Advanced Separation Processes, IIT, Kharagpur, India, August, 2002.

Conference/Seminar attended

  • Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting at Baltimore, USA
  • Distinguish Lecture by Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht organized by Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors held at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • Conference on Technological Advancements in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, BITS, Pilani
  • Indo-Italian Workshop on Emerging Technology for Industrial Wastewater and Environment, NEERI

Any other information

  • Visited University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD 21228, USA as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow from July 2013 to June 2014 under UGC RAMAN FELLOWSHIP