Ph.D. (Environmental Management) Best Doctoral Student Research Award (2013)
Montclair State University
Thesis: Green remediation of veterinary antibiotics in soil-water systems.
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar
M.S. (Environmental Science and Engineering) (2008)
University of Texas, San Antonio
Thesis: Novel colorimetric method overcoming phosphorus interference during trace arsenic analysis in soil solutions.
Chair/Advisor: Drs. Rupali Datta and Dibyendu Sarkar
M.S. (Environmental Science) (2005)
University of Pune
Thesis: Study the effect of paraquat (a herbicide) on bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers Chair/Advisor: Drs. Vikram Ghole and Satish Patil
B.S. (Microbiology) (2003)
University of Pune
Project: Hybridoma technology of antibody production
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Sneha Ogale
•Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant, 2009, $2390/1y (Direct): Biogeochemical fate of a veterinary antibiotic in soil-water systems. (PI).
•New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute Student Research Grant 2010, $ 5000/1y (Direct): Green Remediation of Tetracycline in Soil-Water Systems (PI, Co-PI Dr. Sarkar).
•Soil and groundwater quality and remediation
•Investigation of geochemical fate, transport, bioavailability, and remediation of emerging inorganic and organic contaminants in water, soils and sediments
•Application of Soil Chemistry, Plant Physiology, and Biochemistry in Environmental Remediation Problems
•Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry in Environmental Contamination Problems
•Development of sustainable, low cost, and novel green technologies for remediation of contaminated soil and water
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (2008-Aug 2013)
•Participated in a team (10 + members) working on fate, transport, bioavailability, and remediation of arsenic, antimony, chromium, lead, and emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals and hormones) in contaminated sites, and conducting empirical modeling and mechanistic studies to support the remedial investigation.
•Involved in several environmental quality and remediation projects for USEPA, USDA, USGS-NJWRRI, GSA, HUD, etc.
•Perform scientific environmental studies, typically in assessing environmental impacts and environmental sampling. Make soil and groundwater site investigations and risk-based corrective actions- Analyze test data; develop or prepare descriptive charts, figures or matrices; and prepare reports.
•Soil, sediment, and water sampling, monitoring, analytical analysis, data analysis, results interpretation, and report writing.
•Upkeep, troubleshooting, calibration, and maintenance of the analytical instrumentation
•Train undergraduate/graduate students to familiarize themselves with protocols and instrumentation
•Helped students and faculty members in developing new methods on various analytical instruments
•Helped PI’s to establish brand new research laboratories and greenhouse
•Oversee and train newer students to achieve chemical hygiene and chemical safety
•Maintain laboratory in compliance with NJDEP, MSDS, NEPA and USEPA permits and QA/QC protocols.
•Work with PIs/faculty/department chair on orders, purchasing, and billing
•University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX (2006-2008)
oGained hands on experience with lab practices, such as sample collection and analysis, data acquisition, record keeping, data analysis, and report writing.
oDesign and developed various experimental designs and protocols
oDeveloped new method for As speciation using HPLC-ICP-MS coupling
oCalibrated, maintained, and performed troubleshooting for the instruments
oSuccessfully trained graduate and undergraduate students on analytical instruments
oWriting standard operating procedure/protocol for analytical instruments
oPerformed analysis of water, sediments, and soil samples for RCRA 8
oPerformed plant digestion and various extractions for analysis of As, Pb, and TNT
oRoutine physico-chemical properties of water samples (pH, Ammonia, Phosphate, Nitrate, Sulfate, Alkalinity, Hardness, COD, BOD, heavy metals/metalloids, and Total fecal coliforms)
•Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State University
oTeaching Assistant for PHMS-210-002-Introduction to Marine Sciences (Spring 2009)
oTeaching Assistant for PHMS-210-001-Introduction to Marine Sciences (Fall 2008)
•Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio
oInstructor for ES 2023 001-Introduction to Environmental System II (Spring 2007)
oInstructor for ES 2013 002- Introduction to Environmental System I (Fall 2007)
Assistant Project Manager,
2008 to 2011
SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC, Montclair, NJ
•Involved in several remediation projects for Department of Defense, Department of Housing and Urban Development—Lead Technical Studies Program, and Navy
•Responsibilities included experimental design for the projects, new remedial design, and method development for analysis
•Assist with the technical/analytical aspects of projects.
•Sample prep and analysis, experimental design, prototype design, report writing, etc.
•Support in applicability of environmental regulations to specific industrial processes; preparation of various environmental remediation documents, writing research proposals, assessments and permit applications for regulatory approval.
oA new method to clean up chromium enriched stormwater in Naval shipyards; Phase-I study
oA new method to clean up chromium and metal enriched stormwater in Naval shipyards; Phase-II study
oA Novel Phytoremediation Method using Vetiver Grass to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase II – Field Study
Environmental Research Scientist
2005 to 2006
Bund Garden-Waste Water Treatment Plant, Pune, India
•Maintain laboratory in compliance with municipal and state regulations and perform QA/QC protocols.
•Collecting and testing water samples, designing and revamping production systems that are more environmentally friendly, and developing strategies for efficient waste disposal.
•Method validation and method development for analysis of water samples.
•Maintenance of treatment systems, reviewing, tabulating, and evaluating analytical results and field findings.
Environmental Research Chemist
2004 to 2005
Warje-Drinking Water Treatment Plant, Pune, India
•Collecting and testing water samples
•Perform QA/QC protocols.
•Method validation and method development for analysis of water samples.
•Developing strategies for efficient waste disposal.
•Report preparation and data management.
Journal Articles/Peer Reviewed Publications
1.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., Rakshit, S., and Datta, R. (2013). Effectiveness of drinking water treatments residuals as a sorbent to remove tetracycline from aqueous medium. Journal of Environmental Quality 42, 1449-1459 (doi:10.2134/jeq2013.03.0082).
2.Caporale, A., Punamiya, P., Pigna, M., Violante, A., and Sarkar, D. (2013). Effect of particle size on arsenic sorption in water treatment residuals in the presence of competing ions. Journal of Haz. Materials 15; 260:644-51.
3.Das, P., Sarkar, D., Makris, K.C., Punamiya, P., and Datta, R. (2013) Chaotropic effectiveness of urea in enhancing the extractability of 2,4,6 Trinitrotoluene from chemically variant soils. Chemosphere (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.06.028).
4.Rakshit, S., Sarkar, D., Punamiya, P., and Datta, R. (2013) Kinetics of Oxytetracycline Sorption on Magnetite, Int. Jour. of Env. Sci. and Technology, (DOI: 10.1007/s13762-013-0317-x)
5.Rakshit, S., Sarkar, D., Elzinga, E., Punamiya, P., and Datta, R. (2013) Mechanisms of ciprofloxacin removal by nano-sized magnetite, Journal of Hazardous material, 227; 211-216
6.Datta, R., Das, P., Smith, S., Punamiya, P., Ramanathan, D., Reddy, R., and Sarkar, D. (2013) Phytoremediation of tetracycline from aqueous media by vetiver grass [Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.)], Intern. Jour. of Phytoremediation, 15:343–351
7.Rakshit, S., Sarkar, D., Punamiya, P., and Datta, R. (2011) Antimony sorption at gibbsite-water interface, Chemosphere (2011) 84(4), 480-483
8.Wunderlich, S., Feldman, C., Latif, K., and Punamiya, P. (2011) Soil composition of community gardens: Are there quality concerns? Food and Environment: The Quest for a Sustainable Future. Wessex Institute of Technology Press, UK, pp. 95-101.
9.Punamiya, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D., D., Barber, S., Patel. M. and Das P. (2010) Symbiotic role of Glomus mosseae in phytoextraction of lead using vetiver grass. Journal of Hazardous material, (2010)177, 465-475.
10.Makris, K.C., Sarkar, D., Salazar, J., Punamiya, P. and Datta, R. (2010). Alternative amendment for soluble removal of phosphorus from poultry litter. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 17(1):195-202.
11.Makris, K.C., Quazi, S., Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D. and Datta, R. (2008). Fate of Arsenic in Swine waste of concentrated animal feeding operation. Journal of Environmental Quality (2008)37, 1626-1633
12.Makris, K.C., Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D. and Datta, R. (2008). Novel colorimetric method overcoming phosphorus interference during trace arsenic analysis in soil solutions. The Analyst (2008)133, 191-196.
13.Datta, R., Sarkar, D., Punamiya, P., and Nagar, R. (2007). Response to letter to the editor re: Datta et al., 2006 (Boyce et al.). Sci Total Environ.388 (2007)376-378.
Technical Abstracts/ Paper-Presentations at Professional Meetings:
1.Panchoor, D., Punamiya, P., Therapong, C., Datta, R. and Sarkar, D. (2006). Effect of Arsenical Pesticides on Antioxidant Enzymes in Rice: A Comparative Greenhouse Study using Organic and Inorganic Arsenical Pesticides. Agronomy Abstracts.
2.Punamiya, P., Makris, K.C., Datta, R. and Sarkar, D (2007) Low-Level Colorimetric Determination of Arsenic in the Presence of Phosphorus in Soil Solutions. Agronomy Abstracts.
3.Das, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D., Makris, K.C., Ovuegbe, E., and Punamiya, P. (2007) Chemically-Catalyzed Uptake of 2, 4, 6-Trinitrotoluene by Vetiver Grass (Vetiveria Zizanioides) In Soil. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program, V.39, No.6.
4.Patel, M., Datta, R., Punamiya, P. and Sarkar, D (2007) Arsenic Distribution and Localization in the Fronds of the Hyperaccumulator Fern Pteris vittata. Agronomy Abstracts.
5.Quazi, S., Makris, K.C., Sarkar, D., Datta, R. and Punamiya, P. (2007) Geochemical fate of arsenic in swine litter AGU, Abstract 88(52).
6.Punamiya, P., Patel. M., Datta, R. and Sarkar, D. (2008) Phytoextraction of lead in soil using lead-accumulating grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) in the presence of beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. American Association of Petroleum Geologists
7.Punamiya, P., Datta, R., Patel. M., Sarkar, D. and Das P. (2008) Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on Cadmium uptake by Brassica juncea: An Incubation study. Agronomy Abstracts.
8.Das, P., Makris, K.C., Sarkar, D., Datta, R. and Punamiya, P. (2008) TNT adsorption in chemically variant soils: Preliminary studies. Agronomy Abstracts.
9.Patel, M., Datta, R., Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D. and Sahi, S. (2008) Antioxidative responses and arsenic localization in the arsenic-hyperaccumulator Chinese brake fern (Pteris vittata L.)Agronomy Abstracts.
10.Das, P., Makris, K.C., Datta, R., Sarkar, D. and Punamiya, P. (2008) Urea-Catalyzed Extractability of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene from Contaminated Soils. American Association of Petroleum Geologists
11.Barber, S., Patel, M., Datta, R., Sarkar, D. & Punamiya, P. (2008) Effect of Glomus mosseae on lead uptake by the Vetiveria Zizanioides. American Association of Petroleum Geologists
12.Punamiya, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D., Barber, S., Patel. M. and Das P. (2008) Symbiotic role of Glomus mosseae in lead phytoextraction using vetiver grass. Geological Society of America Abstracts
13.Punamiya, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D. and Das P. (2008) Effect of Cadmium on antioxidant enzymes in the presence of beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: An Incubation study using Brassica juncea (Indian mustard) Geological Society of America Abstracts
14.Punamiya, P., Makris, K.C., Sarkar, D. and Datta, R. (2008). An alternative, inexpensive to determine arsenic in water and soil extracts in presence of phosphorus (Third Passaic River symposium held at Montclair State University, Montclair NJ.)
15.Punamiya, P., Barber, S., Das, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2009) Phytoextraction of lead using a metal-accumulating grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) in the presence of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus, Glomus mosseae, HDC-SETAC meeting (awarded 2nd place in graduate student poster competition)
16.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., Datta, R., and Makris, K.C. (2009) Rapid and inexpensive arsenic determination method in water and soil extracts in the presence of phosphorus, NJWEA, 94th annual meeting
17.Das, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D., Punamiya, P., and Makris, K.C. (2009)Chemically enhanced phytoextraction of 2, 4, 6 trinitrotoluene (TNT) by Vetiver grass from a low organic matter containing soil, HDC-SETAC meeting (awarded 1st place in graduate student poster competition)
18.Punamiya, P., S., Sarkar, D., Das, P., and Datta, R. (2009) Oxytetracycline Adsorption and Desorption by Drinking Water Treatment Residuals: Preliminary Results. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts.
19.Das, P., Punamiya, P., Datta, R., Sarkar, D., and Makris, K.C. (2009) Enhanced Uptake and Biotransformation of 2, 4, 6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) by Vetiver Grass (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) from Soil. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts.
20.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., Datta, R., and Das, P., (2009) Sorption of Oxytetracycline on Drinking Water Treatment Residuals: Preliminary Results. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts
21.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2009) Aluminum Based Drinking Water Treatments Residuals as a Novel Sorbent to Immobilize Oxytetracycline: Effects of Solution Properties. ACS Abstracts
22.Rakshit, S., Sarkar, D., and Punamiya, P. (2009) Oxytetracycline sorption on Magnetite. ACS Abstracts
23.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2010) Interaction and effect of solution chemistry on sorption of oxytetracycline on Fe-based drinking-water treatment residuals. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings.
24.Datta, R., Smith, S., Das, P., Punamiya, P., Ramanathan, D., and Sarkar, D. (2010) Uptake of Tetracycline from Hydroponic Systems by Vetiver Grass. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings
25.Rakshit, S., Punamiya, P., Datta, R., and Sarkar, D. (2010) Sorption of oxytetracycline on magnetite-water interface. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
26.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2011) Green Remediation of Tetracyclines in Soil-Water Systems. New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute Symposium
27.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2011) Sorption of Tetracycline of Al-based Drinking Water Treatment Residuals: Preliminary Results. CSAM Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium
28.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2011) Evaluate the potential of Al-based drinking-water treatment residuals as a “green” sorbent for tetracycline: A comprehensive batch sorption study. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings- poster presentation
29.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2011) Aluminum-Based Drinking-Water Treatment Residuals: A “Green” Sorbent For Tetracyclines. Geological Society of America Abstracts
30.Rakshit, S., Sarkar, D., Elzinga, E., Punamiya, P., and Datta, R. (2011) Ciprofloxacin Adsorption On Magnetite-Water Interface. Geological Society of America Abstracts
31.Das, P., Datta, R., Punamiya, P., and Sarkar, D. (2011) Phytoremediation potential of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides l.) for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) from soil: urea-catalyzed uptake and nitroreductase enzyme mediated transformation. Geological Society of America Abstracts
32.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2012). Using Drinking Water Treatment Residuals to Immobilize Tetracyclines in Manures and Manure-Amended Soils: Greenhouse Study. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts
33.Sidhu, V., Sarkar, D., Fonti, V., Punamiya, P., Das, P., and Datta, R. (2012) Field Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) and Camelina (Camelina sativa) have Potential for Sustainable Stabilization of Copper. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts
34.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2012). Drinking water treatment residuals as a "green" sorbent for veterinary antibiotics: Results from an incubation study. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings (awarded 1st place in graduate student oral presentation competition)
35.Ciapha, M., Rakshit, S., Deng, Y., Punamiya, P., Landa, E., and Sarkar, D. (2012) Sorption of Toxic Metals from Polluted Urban Stormwater Runoff using Two Recycled Waste-Based Sorbents - Water Treatment Residuals and Tire Rubber. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings
36.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2013) Effective low-cost sorbent for immobilization and stabilization of tetracyclines in manure and manure amended soils: A greenhouse column study. HDC-SETAC Conference Proceedings- poster presentation (awarded 3rd t place in graduate student poster presentation competition)
37.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2013). Remediation of Tetracyclines in Manure and Manure Amended Soils: A Long-Term Greenhouse Column Study. Soil Science Society of America Abstracts
38.Punamiya, P., Kaur, K., Deng, Y., and Sarkar, D.(2013). Potential Removal of Arsenic Via Oxidation and Adsorption on Iron Precipitates using an Environment-Friendly Oxidant, Ferrate (VI). International Conference on Medical Geology 2013.
39.Punamiya, P., Sarkar, D., and Datta, R. (2013). Effect of Solution Properties on Tetracycline Removal by Iron-Based Drinking Water Treatment Residuals. International Conference on Medical Geology 2013
40.Caporale, A., Sarkar, D., Punamiya, P., Violante, A., and Datta, R. (2013). Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on growth of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides l.) and its arsenic uptake from soil and water systems. International Conference on Medical Geology 2013.
•Mentored 7 High School students from Montclair High School-Weston Scholar Program (2009)
•Mentored 4 High School students from Montclair High School-Weston Scholar Program (2010)
•Helped 2 Master Students, Ciapha Morris and Khadija Latif for MS thesis at MSU
•Helped a PhD student, Antonio Caporale, visiting scholar from University of Naples Federico II, Italy for one specific aim of his PhD research
•Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), HAZWOPER ,29 CFR 1910.120 (40 Hr training)
•Refresher Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR 1910.120 (8 Hr)
•Hazard communication general laboratory safety course
•Safety training for working with radioactive materials
Honors and Awards
•Awarded doctoral student research award by College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University for outstanding doctoral research (2011).
•Inducted by Phi-Kappa-Phi, a collegiate honor society, for academic excellence (2011).
•Inducted by Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), the honor society of graduate and professional student for academic excellence (2010)
•Awarded student research grant by New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI), federally-funded program of research under U. S. Geological Survey (2010)
•Awarded graduate student research grant by Geological Society of America (GSA)(2009)
•Awarded graduate assistantship at the Montclair State University 2008-present
•Awarded graduate scholarship at the University of Texas, San Antonio 2006-2008
•Awarded 3rd Prize in graduate Student Poster Presentation Competition, 2013. Annual Meeting of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.
•Awarded 1st Prize in graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition, 2012. Annual Meeting of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.
•Awarded 2nd Prize in Student Oral Presentation Competition, 2010. Annual Meeting of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.
•Awarded 2nd prize in graduate student poster competition during Annual Meeting of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology held in NY, 2009.
•Qualified in the State Eligibility Test (SET) (necessary qualification for lecturer in universities and colleges) conducted by University of Pune, India.
•Won 1st prize in intra-college student poster competition on Hybridoma Technology of Antibody Production, 2002 Pune University, India.
•Soil Science Society of America
•American Society of Agronomy
•Crop Science Society of America
•Geological Society of America
•American Association of Petroleum Geologists
•Society for Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
•American Chemical Society
•Academic Journal Reviewer for International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology (IJEST)
•Academic Journal Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ)
•Student Board Member of Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology-HDC-SETAC (2009-2011)
•Judged Student poster and oral competition for Science fair held in 2012 in New Jersey
•Judged Student poster competition for Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (LRIG) Mid Atlantic Chapter, 16th Annual meeting held in 2010.
•Judged Student poster competition for Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (LRIG) Mid Atlantic Chapter, 15th Annual meeting held in 2009.
•Judged in 2008 AAPG Annual Convention for Oral Session on Integrated Approaches to Environmental Site Characterization and Remediation (DEG).
Fate and Transport of Organic and Inorganic Contamiants
Green Remediation Technology for Emerging Environmental Contaminants
Develop an innovative, environmentally friendly and technically viable ferrate(VI)-driven remediation alterative to address multiple persistent contaminants of concern (COCs) in groundwater plumes. As the first step to realizing that goal, a 2.5-year, two-phase research plan has been proposed. In Phase I (Yr 1: Proof-of-Concept), lab-scale shaker table tests will be conducted to demonstrate the technical feasibility of ferrate(VI) induced removal of selected individual and mixed pollutants via oxidation and subsequent adsorption, to compare its performance with current oxidation remediation technologies, and to estimate its natural oxidant demand during remediation. Based on the results obtained from the Phase-I study we will work on technology development in Phase II (Yrs 2 & 2.5). Scaled up pilot tests will be performed to design, optimize and demonstrate an in-situ ferrate(VI)-based remediation method for mixed organic and inorganic contaminants in groundwater, plus the hydraulic characteristics. Information obtained from these tests will be used to establish kinetics and equilibrium models for optimization of performance parameters.