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Name: Dr.Shekhar Agnihotri
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Contact No: +91-9920032558
Email: agnish[at]niftem[dot]ac[dot]in
Area of Interest/Specialization:
  1. Agro waste utilization using nano-inspired biocatalysts
  2. Biomass valorization into value added biochemical products
  3. Post-harvest technologies in fresh produce and value addition
  4. Hybrid nanomaterials as a delivery vehicle for biopesticides/micronutrients in agriculture
  5. Development of nanocomposites for water disinfection and wastewater treatment
  6. Hydrogel based antimicrobial coatings for designing anti-biofouling biomaterials
  7. Nano-photocatalytic degradation of emerging pollutants and agrichemicals
Degree NameSubject/Research AreaUniversity/CollegeYear
Ph.D Nanotechnology IIT-Bombay, Mumbai 2014
M.Tech Biochemical Engineering IIT-BHU, Varanasi 2008
M.Sc Biochemistry CSJM Univ. Kanpur 2006
Degree/Designation NameSubject(s) Taught*University/CollegeYear
B.Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D N/A NIFTEM 2020-Present
B.Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D Nanobiotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering, Downstream Processing, Environmental Biotechnology,Protein Engineering; Enzyme Technology; Fermentation Technology, Bioreactor Equipment Design TIET, Patiala 2014-2020
Research Associate N/A IIT - Bombay 2014
Awards & Honours (if any):
  1. Organizing Secretary, National Symposium on Trends in Plant Biotechnology & Agriculture, Feb 06-08, 2020 at CORE, Thapar Technology Campus, Patiala
  2. Organizing Secretary, International Conference on Drug Discovery: Biotechnology & Pharma at Cross Roads, Feb 15-17, TIET, Patiala
  3. Indo (DST)-Japan (JSPS) "Young Researcher Fellowship" (Not Availed)
  4. Performance Incentive Scheme (PIS) Award in Research, Thapar University
  5. DST Young Scientist Award, Govt. of India
  6. Institute award for excellence in PhD Thesis, IIT Bombay
  7. Editorial board member, American Institute of Science
  8. Best Paper Award in an International Conference INCEEE-2015, NIT-Warangal
  9. International travel award from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India
  10. Institute graduate research fellowship, IIT-Bombay
  11. Fellowship, Ministry of Human resources and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India IIT-BHU
  12. All India rank 15, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Examination
Major Publications (Last 5 years):
  1. Dhiman N. Kaur and Agnihotri S. (2020) Hierarchically aligned nano silver/chitosan-PVA hydrogel for point-of-use water disinfection: Contact-active mechanism revealed, Environmental Sciences: Nano (Accepted, IF 7.7)
  2. Sillu D and Agnihotri S (2019) Cellulase immobilization onto magnetic halloysite nanotubes: Enhanced enzyme activity and stability with high cellulose saccharification, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 8 (2), 900-913 (IF 7.4).
  3. Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2019) Impact of background water quality on disinfection performance and silver release of immobilized silver nanoparticles: Modeling disinfection kinetics, bactericidal mechanism and aggregation behavior, Chemical Engineering Journal, 372, 684-696 (IF 8.3)
  4. Chauhan A., Sillu D. and Agnihotri S. (2019) Removal of pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater using nanomaterials: A comprehensive review, Current Drug Metabolism, 20(6), 483-505 (IF 3.0)
  5. Agnihotri S., Sillu D, Sharma G. and Arya R.K. (2018), Photocatalytic and antibacterial potential of silver nanoparticles derived from pineapple waste: process optimization and modeling kinetics for dye removal, Applied Nanoscience, 8(8), 2077-2092 (IF 3.2)
  6. Sharma D., Sharma J., Arya R.K., Ahuja S. and Agnihotri S. (2018), Surfactant enhanced drying of water based poly(vinyl alcohol) coatings, Progress in Organic Coatings, 125, 443-452. (IF 3.2)
  7. Chakraborty D., Sharma V., Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2017) Disinfection of water in a batch reactor using chloridized silver surfaces, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 16, 41-49. (Citations 7, IF 3.2)
  8. Agnihotri S., Bajaj G., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S(2015) Arginine assisted immobilization of silver nanoparticles on ZnO nanorods: An enhanced and reusable antibacterial substrate without human cell cytotoxicity, Nanoscale, 7, 7415-7429. (IF 7.9, Citations 91)
  9. Bharti S., Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2015) Effectiveness of immobilized silver nanoparticles in inactivation of pathogenic bacteria, Journal of Environmental Research and Development, 9, 849-856 (IF 1.6, Citations 13)
  10. Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2014) Size-controlled silver nanoparticles synthesized over the range 5-100 nm using the same protocol and their antibacterial efficacy, RSC Advances, 4, 3974- 3983. (IF 3.4, Citations 956)
  11. Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2013) Immobilized silver nanoparticles enhance contact killing and show highest efficacy: Elucidation of the mechanism of bactericidal action of silver, Nanoscale, 5(16), 7328-7340. (IF 7.9, Citations 280)
  12. Agnihotri S., Mukherji S., and Mukherji S. (2012) Antimicrobial chitosan-PVA hydrogel as a nanoreactor and immobilization matrix for silver nanoparticles, Applied Nanoscience, 2(3), 179-188.(IF 3.3, Citations 98)
International Experience(s)/Collaboration(s)/Consultancy:
Externally Funded Projects:
Patent(if any):
Books(if any):
  1. Dhiman N. Kaur, Agnihotri S., and Shukla R. (2019), Silver-based polymeric nanocomposites as antimicrobial coatings for biomedical applications. In: Singh S., Maurya P. (eds) Nanotechnology in Modern Animal Biotechnology. Springer, Ch 4, 115-171
  2. Agnihotri S., Dhiman N. Kaur and Tripathi A (2018), Antimicrobial surface modification of polymeric biomaterials, Handbook of Antimicrobial Coatings (Ed. A. Tiwari), 1st Edition, Elsevier, 435-486
  3. Agnihotri S. and Dhiman N. Kaur (2017), Development of nano-antimicrobial biomaterials for biomedical applications, Advances in Biomaterials for Biomedical Applications (Eds. A. Tripathi and J.S. Melo), Springer Singapore, 479-545. (Citation 3)
  4. Mukherji S., Ruparelia J., and Agnihotri S. (2012) Antimicrobial activity of silver and copper nanoparticles: Variation in sensitivity across various strains of bacteria and fungi. Nano-Antimicrobials: Progress and Prospects (Eds. N. Cioffi and M. Rai) Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 225-251. (Scopus Indexed, Citations 10)


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