Prof. Mihir Kumar Purkait


Key Research Areas :Membrane technology; Effluent treatment and waste management; Advanced separation processes; Catalysis; Nanoparticles and nano-composites; Bio-diesel; Bio-products, vegetable and fruit juice processing; CO2 to products and liquid fuels.

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Dr. Mihir Kumar Purkait is a Professor (HAG) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG). Presently he is holding Professor Chair of National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM), Min. of Jal Shakti (Govt. of India)He is energetically involved in frontier areas of Chemical Engineering with his major research interest in the field of advanced separation processes and material science.

Prof. Purkait has a portfolio of multifarious innovations and inventions in both fundamental and applied research. He has made an outstanding contribution to develop the fundamental concept and mechanism of smart and intelligent responsive materials (thermo-responsive, pH-responsive, dual / multi stimuli-responsive, and piezoelectric) for a wide range of separation applications. He has the credit for commercializing various technologies for up and downstream operation of water purification, many water treatment technologies for contaminated drinking water and industrial wastewater, bio-separation, value-added product separation from plant and agricultural resources, and electrochemical reduction of COto several liquid fuels. His major research areas and output in terms of the number of publications are shown below.

Prof. Purkait has done outstanding contribution in translational and applied research on two major sustainable development goals, SDGs (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; SDG 9: Industry and Innovation; SDG 12: Production). Quality and quantity of his research is reflected in terms of large number of publications, patents, technology transfer, start-ups, projects, consultancies and involvement with various national and international scientific committees. His work has remarkable relevance in societal as well as industrial sectors.

He has more than 23 years of experience in research & academics. With his research team he has published more than 350 high quality International journal papers with h-index of 75 (Citation > 17,000), 14 granted patents and made 3 technology transfer. He has authored 18 books, completed 42 sponsored projects/consultancies funded by various Govt agencies and industries. Prof. Purkait has supervised 24 PhD students and >48 M Tech students on fundamental and applied research.

For his scientific and societal contribution, he has been awarded several national level prestigious award from INAE, NASI, INSA, DST etc. He has worked as visiting professor of 3 foreign universities and involved in various international scientific/funding organizations as ECC/PAC expert member like European Science Foundation (ESF, France), Fund for Scientific Research; FWO Flanders, Brussel (Belgium) etc.

Prof. Purkait is also actively involved in different capacity like ECC / EC / PAC / selection committee member / advisor / consultant etc in various Govt (state & central) bodies including DST, SERB, DBT, AICTE, IITs, NITs, Universities, Waste to Wealth (W2W) mission and National Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Govt of India and public sector companies.

Dr. Mihir Kumar Purkait 
Chair Professor, National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM), Min. of Jal Shakti (Govt. of India)
Professor (HAG), Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati - 781039, Assam, India
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Phone: +91-361-2582262(O),  +91 - 9954248807 (Mobile)

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Awards & Recognitions


  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK (2017, F-638258)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), UK (2020)
  • Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (FAScT) 2021
  • Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India) (FIE) (2016, F-1219320)
  • Fellow of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) (2020, LF-19472)
  • Fellow of Indian Desalination Association (FInDA) 2021.
  • BOYSCAST Fellow for the year 2009-2010, (DST), Govt. of India.

Association with professional bodies

  • MAIChE (Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, USA)
  • LMEEIU  (Life member, Eco Ethic International Union - Germany)
  • LMIICHE  (Life member, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers - India)
  • LMISLCA (Life member, Indian Society for Life Cycle Assessment, India)
  • LMNEEF  (Life member, National Ecology and Environment Foundation, India)
  • LMGEPRA (Life member, Global Economic Progress & Research Association)


  • NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Awards – 2022 from National Academy of Sciences (NASI), 2022.
  • Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), 2020.
  • Young Scientist Medal Award from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), 2009.
  • Young Scientist Award from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), (2009) Govt. of India.
  • Herdillia Award for Excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering for the year 2018 from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).
  • The Young Engineers Award in the field of Chemical Engineering from The Institute of Engineers (India), 2009.
  • Dr. A.V. Rama Rao Foundation’s Best Ph.D Thesis and Research Award in Chemical Engineering/Technology” for the year 2007 from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).
  • Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award, from National Integration and Economic Council, 2007.
  • Indira Gandhi Sadbhavna Gold Medal Award for outstanding contribution in health, education, industry and social service from Global Economic Progress & Research Association, Bangalore, 2013.