Arun Kumar Thalla


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Professional Experience: 

Total: 10 Years

At NITK: 8 Years

Contact Details


arunkumar [at]
thallpce [at],




+91 9480855797

Academic Background

Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D. (IIT Roorkee), 2009
  • M.Tech. (IIT Roorkee), 2002
  • B. Tech (Sri Venkateswara University), 2000
Areas of Interest
  • Bio-Energy from Waste
  • Mathematical Modelling of Bioreactors
  • Physio-Chemical Treatments for Liquid waste Management
  • LCA for an integrated biorefiners
  • Regional Flood Analysis
  • Soil Moisture Uptake by Plants
Significant Projects

1) Network on Decentralized Grey/Waste Water Treatment & Recycling (GreyWatNet) - INDO-French Networking Programme in water, 2015 - Funded by : Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR).

   [Collaborators: IISc, IITKgp, BITS, Tata R&D + INRA, Ecoles des Mines de Nantes, Company Jean Voisin] .

2) IMPRINT  "Small Scale and Sustainable Household Wastewater Recycling S3HWR"  Funded by MHRD & Ministry of Urban Development, GOI

   [Collaborators: IISc, IITKgp, BITS, Tata R&D]

3) Performance Evaluation of Pacakage Sewage Treatment plant - Treat Rex. - Industrail Consultancy

Supervision of Ph.D

On-going (3)

Significant Publications
  1. Sudeeptha G and Arun Kumar Thalla (2017) "Ranking and comparison of draw solutes in a forward osmosis process" Membrane Water Treatment, An International Journal, (Accepted) 
  2. Devatha C P, Arun Kumar Thalla and Swetha Katte (2016) "Green synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles using different leaf extracts for treatment of domestic waste water "Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Vol. 139, pp.1425-1435.
  3. Vijay V. Nair, Hiya Dhar, Sunil Kumar, Arun Kumar Thalla, Somnath Mukherjee and Jonathan W.C. Wong (2016) "Artificial Neural Network based Modeling to Evaluate Methane Yield from Biogas in a laboratory-scale Anaerobic Bioreactor", Bioresource Technology (Elsevier), Vol. 217, pp. 90-99.
  4. Devatha Thalla, Ojha, C.S.P., Hari Prasad, K. S. and Arun Kumar Thalla (2013) "Study on effect of Hydraulic Conductivity on Soil Moisture Uptake Under Saline condition for Wheat Crop", Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (Taylor & Francis), Vol. 19 (2), pp. 111-120.
  5. Arun KumarThalla, Devatha Chella and Michel Torrijos. (2012) “Experimental Evaluation of Activated Sludge-Biofilm reactor: Influence of composite media.”, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management (ASCE), Vol. 15 (2), pp. 134-141.
  6. Thalla Arun Kumar, Renu Bhargava, and Pramod Kumar. (2010) “Nitrification Kinetics of Activated Sludge-Biofilm Reactors: A Mathematical Model”, Bioresource Technology (Elsevier), Vol. 101, pp. 5827-5835.
  7. Arun Kumar, Renu Bhargava, Pramod Kumar.(2009) “Design of Multistage Activated Sludge-Biofilm Reactors – A Rational Approach” World Review of Science Technology and Sustainable Development (Inderscience), Vol. 6 (2/3/4), pp. 115-126.
  8. Thalla Arun Kumar and S. Saravanan (2009) “Treatability Studies of Textile Wastewater on an Aerobic Fluidized Bed Biofilm Reactor (FABR): A Case Study” Water Science and Technology (IWA), Vol. 59(9), pp. 1817–1821.
  9. Torrijos, M., Arun Kumar Thalla, Bosque, F., and Delgenies, J. P. (2008) “ Anaerobic Digestion of residues from production and refining of vegitable oils as an alternative to Conventional Solutions” Water Science and Technology (IWA), Vol. 58, No. 9., pp. 1871-1878.
  • Nominated for EGIDE fellowship (June – November, 2007)
  • INRA Research Fellowship (November to December 2007)
  • MHRD Fellowship for Pursuing PhD at IIT-Roorkee [2004-2008]
  • MHRD Fellowship for pursuing M.Tech at IIT-Roorkee [2000-2002]
  • Secure 96.43 percentile in Graduate Aptitude Testing Examination (GATE) 2000
  • APSRTC Merit Scholarship for Pursuing B. Tech at Sri Venkateswara Univerisity, Tirupathi. [1996-2000]

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Department of Civil Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
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Karnataka, India.

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