an_vaidya [at] neeri [dot] res [dot] in
Designation: Chief Scientist & Head
Qualification: Ph.D., M.Tech.(Chem Engg), B.Tech(Chem Engg)
Specialization: Chemical Engineering
Address: SHWM Division, NEERI, Nagpur

Staff Id:





Chief Scientist and Head


Ph.D. (Chem Engg)
M.Tech. (Chem Engg), B.Tech.(Chem Engg)


Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Division(SHWMD)



Contact Number Extension:

Mobile       : 9860201457

Dir L. Line : (0712) 2249752

Phone       :(0712) 2249885  Ext – 287

Fax  No.    :(0712) 2249752

Research area/ Specialization:

With a basic qualification in Chemical Engineering and extensive experience in Waste Management, expertise and research areas are:

  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Remediation of Contaminated Sites
  • E-waste Management
  • Technology Development
  • MSW Landfills and Common Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal   Facilities (TSDF)  
  • Policy Support

Major project handled:

Sr. No.

Project Name


Assessment of Post Impact of Fire Hazard at TSDF Facility of Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Ltd., Ankleshwar, Gujarat


Assessment of Remediation of Hazardous Waste Contaminated Areas in and around M/s Union Carbide India Ltd. (UCIL), Bhopal


Comprehensive Audit of Solid Waste Generation at Chennai Petrochemicals Ltd., Manali, Chennai.


Comprehensive Audit of Solid Waste Generation at M/s Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Chennai


Measures in Relation to Waste and Contaminated Sites under the Development of National Implementation Plan on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under Stockholm Convention (UNIDO)


Technical Evaluation of the Proposed Centralized Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Additional Amaravati Industrial Area


Environmentally Sound Management of Ink Sludge at M/s Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Pvt. Ltd., Note Mudran Nagar, Mysore


Proof Consultant for Checking Design and Construction of Combined Secured Landfill Facility of M/s Sunrise Zinc and M/s NICOMET Industries Ltd.


Rapid Assessment of Environmental Pollution Studies for Visakha Port Trust, HPCL and Hindustan Zinc Ltd. At Visakhapatnam


Inventory of Green House Gases in Ammonia Production in India for the Year 2010


  • Kumar, S.; Dhar, H.; Bhattacharyya, J.K. ; Vaidya, A.N. ; Vidyadharan, V. ; Akolkar, A.B., “Assessment of municipal solid waste management system in the hilly regions of India”, Waste Management, Volume 42 , August, 2015  DOI:10.1016/S0956053X(15)003931,  (Impact Factor-3.22)
  • Gabhane, J.; William, S.P.M.P. ; Vaidya, A.N. ; Das, S. ; Wate, S.R., “Solar assisted alkali pretreatment of garden biomass: Effects on ignocellulose degradation, enzymatic hydrolysis, crystallinity  and ultrastructural changes in lignocelluloses” , Waste Management,  Volume 40, Page: 9299, June 2015 ,DOI:10.1016/j.wasman.2015.03.002 , (Impact Factor-3.22)
  • Bhange, V.P. ; William, S.P.M.P. ; Sharma, A. ; Gabhane, J. ; Vaidya, A.N.; Wate, S.R., “Pretreatment of garden biomass using Fenton's reagent: influence of Fe2+ and H2O2 concentrations on lignocelluloses degradation”, Journal Of Environmental Health, Science, and Engineering, Volume 13 , February 2015, Article Number:12 DOI:10.1186/s4020101501671, (Impact Factor-1.65)
  • Gabhane, J. ; William, S.P.M.P.; Vaidya, A.N. ; Anand, D. ; Wate, S., “Pretreatment of garden biomass by alkali assisted ultrasonication: effects on enzymatic hydrolysis and ultrastructural changes” Journal of Environmental Health, Science, and Engineering, Volume 12, April 2014, Article Number: 76 DOI: 10.1186/2052336X1276,(Impact Factor-1.65)  
  • Gabhane, J.; William, S.P.M.P.; Gadhe, A.; Rath, R.; Vaidya, A.N.; Wate, S .“Pretreatment of banana agricultural waste for bioethanol production: Individual and interactive effects of acid and alkali pretreatments with autoclaving, microwave heating and ultrasonication” Waste Management, Volume 34,(2) Pages: 498-503, February 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j. wasman. 2013.10.013 , (Impact Factor-3.22)
  • Mandal Papiya , Chaturvedi M. K. , Bassin J. K. , Vaidya A. N. , Gupta R. K. , “Qualitative assessment of municipal solid waste compost by indexing method” International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture, Volume 3 (4), pages 133-139, 2014 (Open Access) Chakrabarti T., Patil M.P., Vaidya A.N., Remediation of mercury contaminated soil-a case study Reviews in Environmental Health Germany Vol. 29, Issue 1-2 2014 (Not Available)
  • Vijay R., Vaidya A.N. , Sharma A., Sohony R.A., “GIS based solid waste management information system for Nagpur, India”, Journal of environmental science & engineering ,Volume  55(1) ,pages114-119,  2013, (Impact Factor-0.4)
  • Gabhane, J. ;William, S.P.M.P.; Bidyadhar, R. ; Bhilawe, P. ; Anand, D.;  Vaidya, A.N. ; Wate, S.R., “Additives aided composting of green waste: Effects on organic matter degradation, compost maturity, and quality of the finished compost”, Bioresource Technology, Volume 114, Pages: 382-388, June 2 DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.02.040 (Impact Factor-4.49)
  • Bodkhe, S.Y.; Vaidya, A.N., “Complete recycle bioreactor for anaerobic digestion of organic substrates: Food waste” Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment, Volume 16 (2) Pages: 27-31, June 2012(Impact Factor-0.636)
  • Dixit, R.M.; Deshmukh, S.C.; Gadhe, A.A.; Kannade, G.S.; Lokhande, S.K.;  Pandey, R.A.; Vaidya, A.N.; Mudliar, S.N.  Deshusses, M.A., “Treatment of mixtures of toluene and n-propanol vapours in a compost wood chip based biofilter” Environmental  Technology, Volume 33 (7), Pages: 751-760, 2012 DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2011.592226 (Impact Factor-1.56)
  • Gabhane, J.; William, S.P.M.P.; Vaidya, A.N.; Mahapatra, K.;Chakrabarti, T.,“Influence of heating source on the efficacy of lignocellulosic pretreatment: A cellulosic ethanol perspective” Biomass & Bioenergy, Volume 35 (1) , Pages: 96-102, January 2011 DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.08.026 (Impact Factor-3.394)
  • Wath, S.B.; Vaidya, A.N.; Dutt, P.S.; Chakrabarti, T. , “A roadmap for development of sustainable E-waste management system in India” Science of the Total Environment, Volume 409 (1), Pages: 19-32, December 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.09.030 Published: DEC 1 2010(Impact Factor-4.009)
  • Mudliar, S. ; Giri, B.; Padoley, K.; Satpute, D.; Dixit, R.; Bhatt, P.; Pandey, R.; Juwarkar, A.; Vaidya, A., “Bioreactors for treatment of VOCs and odours: A review”, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 91(5) Pages: 1039-1054, May 2010DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.01.006 (Impact Factor-2.723)
  • Mudliar, S.N.; Padoley, K.V.; Bhatt, P.P.; Kumar, M.S.; Pandey, R.A.; Vaidya, A.N ., “Biotreatment of waste gas containing pyridine in a novel rotating rope biofilter”, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Volume 43 (13), Pages 90-105, 2010(Impact Factor-0.433)
  • Patki S.U., William S.P.M.P., Bodkhe S.Y. and Vaidya A.N. (2010). Toxic effect of hexavalent chromium on composting of segregated organic waste. The Bioscan Vol 3; 651-658 (N0 IF)


National Committees

  • Member, Expert Committee constituted by National Green Tribunal (NGT) for MSW management at Shrinagar (J&K)
  • Member, Expert committee for remediation of hazardous waste contaminated, CPCB
  • Member, BIS committees for biogas and plastic
  • Member, Expert committee for standardization of MSW processing plants, Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Member, Committee for assessment of hazardous waste incinerators, CPCB
  • Member, Technical Committee for implementation of MSW processing plants in Goa, GSIDC
  • Expert Member (Solid Waste Management), Technical Advisory Committee, Mumbai Municipal Corporation


International Committees

  • Member, Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Bill-Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored project “Reinventing the Toilet Challenge” (BIRAC, DBT)



  • Member, Vision Document Committee, R.T.M. Nagpur University
  • Member, Board of Studies, Chemical Engineering, R.T.M. Nagpur University
  • Member, Board of Studies, Chemical Engineering, S.G.B. Amaravati University
  • Member, BCUD Committee, Gondwana University, Gadchiroli

No. PhD. Students guided.

  • Ph.D. awarded        : 6
  • Ph.D. Thesis submitted    : 1 (submitted to Nagpur University)
  • Research in progress        : 2
  • 2 students every year from VNIT, LIT, or other NITs ( so far more than 20) for M.Tech

Members of societies/organization

Life Member and Hon. Secretary since last 10 years, for

  • Indian Institute of chemical Engineers (IIChE)- Nagpur Regional Centre
  • Indian Association for Environmental Management (IAEM)
  • National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWA)