[Paromita Chakraborty]

Dr. Paromita Chakraborty

Department of Civil Engineering SRM University, India
SRM Research Institute, SRM University, India

Emission of hazardous organic compounds during informal electronic waste recycling in Indian cities: Atmospheric transport models and human health risk assessment

Dr. Chakraborty completed her Ph.D in Natural Sciences from Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China in 2009 with full scholarship. Major research interest lies in environmental occurrences, source identification, fate and behaviour of emerging contaminants of concern, persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals. After 3 years of post-doctoral experiences from China, Hongkong and USA, Dr. Chakraborty joined SRM Institute of Science and Technology in 2012 and leads the Environmental Science and Technology research group. ES&T research group works on Ganga-Brahmaputra Delta and major Indian cities on various trace contaminants. She is passionate, tireless and penchant towards societal upliftment and strongly believes that science should serve the public welfare. She involves herself in projects that are challenging and overwhelming for a commoner, delivering results that literally questions the status-quo. Dr. Chakraborty is the principal investigator for projects over 1.5 crore INR funded by national and international funding agencies. Dr. Chakraborty is a recipient of prestigious Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship 2016 from Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Early Career Chemist, 2015 and numerous Travel Grants by ACS and other research organizations. She has published over 37 scientific articles and 8 book chapters in high impact journals with an H-Index of 18. With industry partner she has published a patent on a product from recycled plastic. Dr. Chakraborty is instrumental in bringing out the trace contaminant scenario in India stunning the global research community with her cutting edge research outcomes. A lovable teacher for students across various disciplines, Dr. Chakraborty's community outreach backs her scientific quest.

Selected Publications
  1. PCBs and PCDD/Fs in soil from informal e-waste recycling sites and open dumpsites in India: Levels, congener profiles and health risk assessment. Paromita Chakraborty, Sakthivel Selvaraj, Masafumi Nakamura, Balasubramanian Prithiviraj, Alessandra Cincinelli, John J. Bange; Science of the Total Environment, Volume 621, 15 April 2018, Pages 930-938.
  2. Passive air sampling of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai: Levels, homologous profiling and source apportionment. Paromita Chakraborty, Gan Zhang, Hairong Cheng, Prithiviraj Balasubramanian, Jun Li and Kevin C Jones. Environmental Pollution Volume 231, Part 1, December 2017, Pages 1181-1187.
  3. Polychlorinated biphenyls in settled dust from informal electronic waste recycling workshops and nearby highways in urban centers and suburban industrial roadsides of Chennai city, India: Levels, Congener profiles and Exposure Assessment. Paromita Chakraborty, Balasubramanian Prithiviraj, Sakthivel Selvaraj, Virendra Kumar and Bhupander Kumar. Science of Total Environment. Volume 573, 15 December 2016, Pages 1413-1421.
  4. Polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in River Brahmaputra from the outer Himalayan Range and River Hooghly emptying into the Bay of Bengal: occurrence, sources and ecotoxicological risk assessment. Paromita Chakraborty, Sanjenbam Nirmala Khuman, Sakthivel Selvaraj, Srimurali Sampath, Ningombam Linthhoi Devi, John Bang, Athanasios Katsoyiannis. Environmental Pollution. Volume 219, December 2016, Pages 998-1006.
  5. Occurrence, Sources and Estimation of Air-Soil Exchange of Polychlorinated biphenyls in Indian cities. Paromita Chakraborty, Zhang G, Li J, Sakthivel Selveraj, Knut Breivik and Kevin Jones. Science of the Total Environment 2016; 562: 928-934.
  6. Screening of Atmospheric Short- and Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins in India and Pakistan using Polyurethane Foam Based Passive Air Samplers. Chakra Chaemfa, YueXu, Jun Li, Paromita Chakraborty, Jabir Hussain Syed, Riffat Naseem Malik, Yan Wang, Jun Wen Lie, Gan Zhang, and Kevin C Jones. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48, 4799-4808.
  7. Atmospheric Polychlorinated biphenyls in Indian cities: Levels, Emission Sources and Toxicity. Paromita Chakraborty; Gan Zhang; Sabine Eckhardt; Jun Li; Knut Breivik; Paul Lam; Shinsuke Tanabe; Kevin Jones. Environmental Pollution 2013; 182: 283-290.
  8. Have reductions in atmospheric PCBs in rich countries been achieved partly by export of toxic wastes? Knut Breivik, Rosalinda Gioia, Paromita Chakraborty, Gan Zhang and Kevin C. Jones. Environmental Science and Technology, 2011. ISSN 0013-936X. 45(21), s 9154-9160. DOI: 10.1021/es202320c.
  9. Selected organochlorine pesticides in the atmosphere of major Indian cities: levels, regional versus local variations and sources. Paromita Chakraborty; Zhang, G.; Takahashi, S.; Subramanian, A.; Tanabe, S.; Jones, K. C. Environmental Science and Technology; 2010. 44 (21), pp 8038-8043. DOI: 10.1021/es102029t.
  10. Perfluorinated compounds in the Asian atmosphere. Environmental Science and Technology; 2014. Jun Li, Sabino Del Vento, Jasmin Schuster, Gan Zhang, Paromita Chakraborty, Yuso Kobara and Kevin C. Jones. Environmental Science and Technology; 45 (17), pp 7241-7248. DOI: 10.1021/es201739t.

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