Harish Kumar Rajendran

Research Scholar

Hello !!!

I'm Harish Kumar Rajendran

Prime Minister's Research Fellow (PMRF) at Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati.

About my Research

Hello there! I'm Harish Kumar, research scholar from Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
My primary aim of research is to develop effective treatment strategies to eliminate pollutants from water matrix.
The research work I'm conducting focuses on synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and their catalytic post synthetic modifications
to enhance their performance towards pollutant adsorption.
Toxicity analysis of the pollutant as well as the treated water will be checked to assess the eco-friendlyness of the treatment system.

My interest also encompasses designing graphical abstract and scientific illustrations using graphic designing softwares to make science reachable to public society in an effective way.
I'm a full time research scholar working under Dr. Selvaraju Narayanasamy at Biochemical and Environmental engineering Lab.

  • (Click here to visit lab webpage)
  • Educational Background

    Doctor of Philosophy

    December 2020 - Present

    Courses learned: Enzymology, Quantitative biology, Stem cells Cancer & therapy,
    Physical cell biology, Bioprocess engineering, Biofuels, Research methodology

    CPI: 8.91

    Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)


    Completed B.Tech in Biotechnology from Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Tamil Nadu.
    My B.Tech project was on Electrochemical degradation of antibiotics & its optimization and mathematical modelling.
    I'm a gold medal recipient during my first year of study and also a finalist of fujio cup quiz competeition, NCRM Niche, Japan.

    CGPA: 8.52

    Secondary & Higher Secondary Education

    2014, 2016

    Sri Aurobindo Mira Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

    Higher Secondary: 89.1%

    Secondary: 96%

    National Level Exams Cleared

    1. GATE 2020
    Score: 466 Rank: 734

    2. CSIR-UGC NET (Dec 2020)
    Score: 93.5 Rank: 144

    3. DBT-JRF 2020
    Score: 252 Rank: Category-I qualified

    4. GAT-B 2020
    Score: 172 Rank: 30


    1. Chandrasekar, R., Rajendran, H. K., Priyan V, V. & Narayanasamy, S. Valorization of sawdust by mineral acid assisted hydrothermal carbonization for the adsorptive removal of bisphenol A: A greener approach. Chemosphere 303, 135171 (2022).
    (IF: 8.943)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.135171

  • 2. Kumar, A., Patra, C., Rajendran, H. K, & Narayanasamy, S. Activated carbon-chitosan based adsorbent for the efficient removal of the emerging contaminant diclofenac: Synthesis, characterization and phytotoxicity studies. Chemosphere 307, 135806 (2022).
    (IF: 8.943)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.135806

  • 3. V., V. P., Kumar, N., Rajendran, H. K., Ray, J. & Narayanasamy, S. Sequestration and toxicological assessment of emerging contaminants with polypyrrole modified carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC/PPY): Case of ibuprofen pharmaceutical drug. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 221, 547–557 (2022).
    (IF: 8.025)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2022.09.046

  • 4. A. Othmani, J. John, H. Rajendran, A. Mansouri, M. Sillanpää, P. Velayudhaperumal Chellam, Biochar and activated carbon derivatives of lignocellulosic fibers towards adsorptive removal of pollutants from aqueous systems: Critical study and future insight, Seperation & Purification Technology, 274 (2021) 119062.
    (IF: 9.136)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2021.119062

  • 5. H.K. Rajendran, M.A.D. Fakrudeen, R. Chandrasekar, E.D. Van Hullebusch, P. Velayudhaperumal, Electrocatalytic removal of fluroquinolones from simulated pharmaceutical effluent : Chemometric analysis , chemical blueprint of electrodes and generated sludge, Environmental Research, 195 (2021) 110844.
    (IF: 8.431)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.110844

  • 6. M. Nagendran, J. John, K. Annamalai, M.I. Gandhi Sethuraman, N. Balamurugan, H. K. Rajendran, M.A. Deen Fakrudeen, R. Chandrasekar, S. Ranjan, V.C. Padmanaban, Can human overcome viral hijack-? Comprehensive review on COVID-19 in the view of diagnosis and mitigation across countries, Journal of Drug Delivery Science & Technology, 61 (2021) 102120.
    (IF: 5.062)

  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jddst.2020.102120
  • Outreach Activity

    I'm taking lectures on the following subjects to the undergraduate students of North Guwahati College, Guwahati, Assam, India.

    Winter Semester: Plant Metabolism (Glucose Metabolism, Electron Transport Chain and ATP Synthesis, and Lipid Metabolism)
    Course code: BOT-HC-6016

    Summer Semester: Biomolecules and Cell Biology
    Course code: BOT-HC-1026


    Contact Information



    Biochemical & Environmental Engineering Lab, N-Block First Floor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, North Guwahati - 781039, Assam, India.