Santanu Majumder

Dr Santanu Majumder

  • Lecturer in Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Christchurch House C106, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Dr. Santanu Majumder joined Bournemouth University in January 2023 and is now a Lecturer in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. His research focuses on developing novel analytical methods for environmental challenges. He completed his PhD from University of Girona, Spain (2010-2013) with the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Scholarship from the European Commission. He was also a recipient (offered) of the DAAD Doctoral Scholarship (Germany, 2010).

He has been a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow working at the University of Birmingham (2021-2023) and a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Texas A&M University, USA (2017-2019). He was a Faculty Member at the Department of Ecological Engineering and Environmental Management, University of Kalyani, India from 2014-2016.

Dr. Majumder has been developing analytical methods for the chemical characterization of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals or emerging pollutants like engineered nanomaterials and micro/nano-plastics in different environmental matrices...

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Research

As an environmental analytical chemist, I have a broad interdisciplinary interest. I enjoy developing novel analytical methods and green pathways/materials to tackle various environmental challenges. My overall research interest is principally focused on developing analytical methods for the chemical characterization, from toxic pollutants such as heavy metals to emerging pollutants like engineered nanomaterials or nanoplastics in different environmental matrices – their speciation, toxicity, bioavailability and mobilization in the environment. Some selected domains are:

1) Investigation of the role of metal based engineered nanoparticles used in agricultural industries (Phytonanotechnology).

2) I am particularly interested in understanding how potentially emerging toxic substances, like micro/nano-plastics, could get into our food or drinking water, and impact environmental and public health.

3) Exploring the toxic trace metal(loid)s, such as arsenic, lead, selenium, cadmium - their speciation, mobilization and how they could contaminate natural water resources.

4) I am interested to study the exact chemical species involved in the colloidal vs. dissolved phase fractionation, their co-ordination environment and the role of locally operating biogeochemical factors at microniches to study its mobilization and potential biomagnification.

5) Exploration of possibilities for using different ionic liquids for greater chemoselective extraction and also to functionalize nanomaterials with superconductive materials like polyaniline...

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Favourites

  • Dasgupta, D., Majumder, S., Adhikari, J., Ghosh, P., Purchase, D., Garelick, H., Debsarkar, A. and Chatterjee, D., 2023. Environmental impact of e-waste management in Indian microscale informal sectors. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30 (11), 29581-29597.
  • Nath, B., Majumder, S., Sen, J. and Rahman, M.M., 2021. Risk Analysis of COVID-19 Infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS-Based Study and Policy Implications. GeoHealth, 5 (4).
  • Knappett, P.S.K., Majumder, S. et al., 2020. Rising arsenic concentrations from dewatering a geothermally influenced aquifer in central Mexico. Water Research, 185.
  • Majumder, S., Marguí, E., Roman-Ross, G., Chatterjee, D. and Hidalgo, M., 2020. Hollow fiber liquid phase microextraction combined with total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry for the determination of trace level inorganic arsenic species in waters. Talanta, 217.
  • Biswas, J.K., Banerjee, A., Majumder, S., Bolan, N., Seshadri, B. and Dash, M.C., 2019. New Extracellular Polymeric Substance Producing Enteric Bacterium from Earthworm, Metaphire posthuma: Modulation Through Culture Conditions. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 72 (2), 160-170.
  • Neidhardt, H., Majumder, S. et al., 2018. Biogeochemical phosphorus cycling in groundwater ecosystems – Insights from South and Southeast Asian floodplain and delta aquifers. Science of the Total Environment, 644, 1357-1370.
  • Kundu, A.K., Majumder, S., Biswas, A., Bhowmick, S., Pal, C., Mukherjee, A., Majumder, M. and Chatterjee, D., 2018. Optimisation of laboratory arsenic analysis for groundwaters of West Bengal, India and possible water testing strategy. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 98 (5), 440-452.
  • Majumder, S., Datta, S., Nath, B., Neidhardt, H., Sarkar, S., Roman-Ross, G., Berner, Z., Hidalgo, M. and Chatterjee, D., 2016. Monsoonal influence on variation of hydrochemistry and isotopic signatures: Implications for associated arsenic release in groundwater. Journal of Hydrology, 535, 407-417.
  • Majumder, S., Nath, B., Sarkar, S., Chatterjee, D., Roman-Ross, G. and Hidalgo, M., 2014. Size-fractionation of groundwater arsenic in alluvial aquifers of West Bengal, India: The role of organic and inorganic colloids. Science of the Total Environment, 468-469, 804-812.
  • Majumder, S., Nath, B., Sarkar, S., Islam, S.M., Bundschuh, J., Chatterjee, D. and Hidalgo, M., 2013. Application of natural citric acid sources and their role on arsenic removal from drinking water: A green chemistry approach. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 262, 1167-1175.

Journal Articles

  • Kumar, S., Banerjee, S., Ghosh, S., Majumder, S., Mandal, J., Roy, P.K. and Bhattacharyya, P., 2024. Appraisal of pollution and health risks associated with coal mine contaminated soil using multimodal statistical and Fuzzy-TOPSIS approaches. Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering, 18 (5).
  • Saini, N., Saini, S., Majumder, S., Campbell, K.S. and Jain, S.L., 2024. Photocatalytic CO2 reduction to methanol integrated with the oxidative coupling of thiols for S-X (X = S, C) bond formation over an Fe3O4/BiVO4 composite. Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 8 (8), 1750-1760.
  • Boroujerdi, R., Butt, A., Paul, R. and Majumder, S., 2024. Unveiling Morphine: A Rapid and Selective Fluorescence Sensor for Forensic and Medical Analysis. Sensors, 24 (6).
  • Dasgupta, D., Majumder, S., Adhikari, J., Ghosh, P., Purchase, D., Garelick, H., Debsarkar, A. and Chatterjee, D., 2023. Environmental impact of e-waste management in Indian microscale informal sectors. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30 (11), 29581-29597.
  • Nath, B., Das, A., Majumder, S., Roychowdhury, T., Ni-Meister, W. and Rahman, M.M., 2022. Geospatial Machine Learning Prediction of Arsenic Distribution in the Groundwater of Murshidabad District, West Bengal, India: Analyzing Spatiotemporal Patterns to Understand Human Health Risk. ACS ES and T Water, 2 (12), 2409-2421.
  • Mandal, D., Aghababaei, M., Das, S.K., Majumder, S., Chatterjee, D. and Basu, A., 2022. Isolation and Identification of Arsenic Hyper-Tolerant Bacterium with Potential Plant Growth Promoting Properties from Soil. Minerals, 12 (11).
  • Nath, B., Majumder, S., Sen, J. and Rahman, M.M., 2021. Risk Analysis of COVID-19 Infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS-Based Study and Policy Implications. GeoHealth, 5 (4).
  • Das, A., Majumder, S., Barman, S., Chatterjee, D., Mukhopadhyay, S., Ghosh, P., Pal, C.N. and Saha, G., 2021. Influence of basin-wide geomorphology on arsenic distribution in Nadia district. Environmental Research, 192.
  • Knappett, P.S.K., Majumder, S. et al., 2020. Rising arsenic concentrations from dewatering a geothermally influenced aquifer in central Mexico. Water Research, 185.
  • Majumder, S., Marguí, E., Roman-Ross, G., Chatterjee, D. and Hidalgo, M., 2020. Hollow fiber liquid phase microextraction combined with total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry for the determination of trace level inorganic arsenic species in waters. Talanta, 217.
  • Biswas, J.K., Banerjee, A., Majumder, S., Bolan, N., Seshadri, B. and Dash, M.C., 2019. New Extracellular Polymeric Substance Producing Enteric Bacterium from Earthworm, Metaphire posthuma: Modulation Through Culture Conditions. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 72 (2), 160-170.
  • Neidhardt, H., Majumder, S. et al., 2018. Biogeochemical phosphorus cycling in groundwater ecosystems – Insights from South and Southeast Asian floodplain and delta aquifers. Science of the Total Environment, 644, 1357-1370.
  • Biswas, J.K., Bera, B., Chanda, R., Sarkar, S.K., Majumdar, J., Majumder, S. and Hazra, S., 2018. Nutrient modeling of an urban lake using best subset method. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 15 (9), 1867-1878.
  • Kundu, A.K., Majumder, S., Biswas, A., Bhowmick, S., Pal, C., Mukherjee, A., Majumder, M. and Chatterjee, D., 2018. Optimisation of laboratory arsenic analysis for groundwaters of West Bengal, India and possible water testing strategy. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 98 (5), 440-452.
  • Majumder, S., Datta, S., Nath, B., Neidhardt, H., Sarkar, S., Roman-Ross, G., Berner, Z., Hidalgo, M. and Chatterjee, D., 2016. Monsoonal influence on variation of hydrochemistry and isotopic signatures: Implications for associated arsenic release in groundwater. Journal of Hydrology, 535, 407-417.
  • Neidhardt, H., Berner, Z.A., Freikowski, D., Biswas, A., Majumder, S., Winter, J., Gallert, C., Chatterjee, D. and Norra, S., 2014. Organic carbon induced mobilization of iron and manganese in a West Bengal aquifer and the muted response of groundwater arsenic concentrations. Chemical Geology, 367, 51-62.
  • Majumder, S., Nath, B., Sarkar, S., Chatterjee, D., Roman-Ross, G. and Hidalgo, M., 2014. Size-fractionation of groundwater arsenic in alluvial aquifers of West Bengal, India: The role of organic and inorganic colloids. Science of the Total Environment, 468-469, 804-812.
  • Bhowmick, S., Majumder, S. et al., 2013. Arsenic mobilization in the aquifers of three physiographic settings of West Bengal, India: Understanding geogenic and anthropogenic influences. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 262, 915-923.
  • Majumder, S., Nath, B., Sarkar, S., Islam, S.M., Bundschuh, J., Chatterjee, D. and Hidalgo, M., 2013. Application of natural citric acid sources and their role on arsenic removal from drinking water: A green chemistry approach. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 262, 1167-1175.
  • Neidhardt, H., Biswas, A., Freikowski, D., Majumder, S., Chatterjee, D. and Berner, Z.A., 2013. Sequence stratigraphic interpretation of sediments from the Bengal Delta Plain, West Bengal, India. Applied Geochemistry, 36, 70-82.
  • Biswas, A., Majumder, S., Neidhardt, H., Halder, D., Bhowmick, S., Mukherjee-Goswami, A., Kundu, A., Saha, D., Berner, Z. and Chatterjee, D., 2011. Groundwater chemistry and redox processes: Depth dependent arsenic release mechanism. Applied Geochemistry, 26 (4), 516-525.
  • Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S. et al., 2010. Assessment of arsenic exposure from groundwater and rice in Bengal Delta Region, West Bengal, India. Water Research, 44 (19), 5803-5812.

Chapters

  • Majumder, S., Sarkar, S. and Chatterjee, D., 2015. An insight into the spatio-vertical heterogeneity of dissolved arsenic in part of the bengal delta plain aquifer in west bengal (india). Safe and Sustainable Use of Arsenic-Contaminated Aquifers in the Gangetic Plain: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 161-177.
  • Bhattacharya, P., Jacks, G., Nath, B., Chatterjee, D., Biswas, A., Halder, D., Majumder, S., Bhowmick, S. and Ramanathan, A.L., 2010. Natural arsenic in coastal groundwaters in the bengal delta region in West Bengal, India. Management and Sustainable Development of Coastal Zone Environments. 146-160.
  • Majumder, S., Chatterjee, D., Biswas, A., Berner, Z. and Neidhardt, H., 2010. Factor analysis to explain as mobilization: A case study for an area in West Bengal, India. Water-Rock Interaction. 403-406.
  • Chatterjee, D., Biswasv, A., Majumder, S., Berner, Z. and Neidhardt, H., 2010. Geochemistry of arsenic in the deltaic environment: Shallow versus deeper aquifer levels. Water-Rock Interaction. 437-440.

Conferences

  • Chatterjee, D., Kundu, A.K., Barman, S., Biswas, U., Majumder, S. and Bhattacharya, P., 2016. Arsenic in the bengal delta plain: Geochemical complications and potential mitigation option. Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability - Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, AS 2016, 47-49.
  • Majumder, S., Datta, S., Nath, B., Neidhardt, H., Berner, Z., Hidalgo, M. and Chatterjee, D., 2016. Monsoonal influence on arsenic mobilization in groundwater: Geochemical and hydrogeological perspectives. Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability - Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, AS 2016, 50-51.
  • Majumder, S., Sarkar, S., Chatterjee, D., Roman-Ross, G. and Hidalgo, M., 2013. Role of colloidal particles as scavengers of groundwater arsenic: a case study from rural Bengal. PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WATER-ROCK INTERACTION, WRI 14, 7, 546-549.
  • Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S. et al., 2013. Groundwater arsenic in the fluvial Bengal plains: geochemistry and mitigation. PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WATER-ROCK INTERACTION, WRI 14, 7, 143-146.
  • Majumder, S., Datta, S., Nath, B., Berner, Z., Sarkar, S. and Chatterjee, D., 2012. Monsoonal influence on stable isotope signature and arsenic distribution in groundwaters of rural West Bengal: A spatio-temporal study. Understanding the Geological and Medical Interface of Arsenic, As 2012 - 4th International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 69-70.
  • Majumder, S., Nath, B., Sarkar, S., Islam, S.M. and Chatterjee, D., 2012. Removal of arsenic from drinking water using non-hazardous natural citrate sources. Understanding the Geological and Medical Interface of Arsenic, As 2012 - 4th International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 312-313.
  • Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S., Biswas, A., Sarkar, S., Kundu, A.K., Mukherjee, A., Bhowmick, S., Roman-Ross, G., Neidhardt, H. and Berner, Z., 2012. Spatial heterogeneity of arsenic in a deltaic groundwater environment of West Bengal, India. Understanding the Geological and Medical Interface of Arsenic, As 2012 - 4th International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 65-66.
  • Chatterjee, D., Biswas, A., Bhowmick, S., Halder, D., Hazra, R., Majumder, S., Mukherjee-Goswami, A., Saha, D., Nath, B. and Bhattacharya, P., 2010. Geochemistry of arsenic in Bengal Delta Plain (West Bengal, India). Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases, As 2010 - 3rd International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 125-126.
  • Biswas, A., Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S., Berner, Z. and Neidhardt, H., 2010. Redox zoning in arsenic-rich groundwater, West Bengal, India. Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases, As 2010 - 3rd International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 59-60.
  • Majumder, S., Chatterjee, D., Biswas, A., Berner, Z. and Neidhardt, H., 2010. Factor analysis to explain As mobilization: A case study for an area in West Bengal, India. Water-Rock Interaction - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, WRI-13, 403-406.
  • Chatterjee, D., Biswas, A., Majumder, S., Berner, Z. and Neidhardt, H., 2010. Geochemistry of arsenic in the deltaic environment: Shallow versus deeper aquifer levels. Water-Rock Interaction - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, WRI-13, 437-440.
  • Neidhardt, H., Berner, Z., Biswas, A., Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S. and Freikowski, D., 2010. Temporal and spatial variations of geogenic arsenic in an aquifer in West Bengal, India. Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases, As 2010 - 3rd International Congress: Arsenic in the Environment, 85-86.
  • Lawson, M., Ballentine, C.J., Polya, D.A., Zhou, Z., Smith, K., Boyce, A.J., Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S. and Biswas, A., 2009. Isotopic investigation into the role of surface waters in promoting arsenic release in Bengali groundwaters. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 73 (13), A730.
  • Lawson, M., Ballentine, C.J., Polya, D.A., Boyce, A.J., Mondal, D., Chatterjee, D., Majumder, S. and Biswas, A., 2008. The geochemical and isotopic composition of ground waters in West Bengal: Tracing ground-surface water interaction and its role in arsenic release. Mineralogical Magazine, 72 (1), 441-444.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Forensic Science

Grants

  • Training on Field Flow Fractionation to investigate the Size Effect of Engineered Nanomaterials used in Phytonanotechnology (NERC Discipline Hopping (UKRI), 12 Dec 2021). Completed
  • PhytoENM - Applying novel analytical methods to elucidate bio-nano interactions at individual cell level in plants (European Commission, 12 Oct 2021). Completed

Qualifications

  • PhD in Environmental Analytical Chemistry (University of Girona, Spain, 2013)

Honours

  • Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow (European Commission, 2021)
  • Fulbright Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowship (United States India Educations Foundation (USIEF), 2016)
  • Gian Maria Zuppi Scholarship (University of Venice, Italy, 2013)
  • Best Poster Award (As2012 International Congress, Cairns, Australia, 2012)
  • Best Poster Award (ICOBTE International Conference, Florence, Italy, 2011)
  • DST-SERC International Travel Grant (Govt. of India, 2010)
  • Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Scholarship (European Commission, 2010)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (DAAD Doctoral Scholarship (Offered), 2010)

Memberships

  • 1. International Society for Trace Element Biogeochemistry (ISTEB), Member,
  • 2. International Association of Geochemists (IAGC), Member,
  • 3. American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member,
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Member,