Dr. Dibyendu (Dibs) Sarkar

Building: Rocco 303
Phone: 201-216-8028
Fax: 210-216-8383
Email: dsarkar@stevens.edu

Sep  2003:  Professional  Geologist  (PG)  Certification,  Texas  Board  of  Professional Geoscientists.

Aug 1993 - Dec 1997: Graduate Studies for Ph.D. in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. [Ph.D. awarded: December, 1997; Concentration: Geochemistry]

Aug 1992 - Jun 1993: Graduate Studies in the Department of Geology, University of Maryland at College Park. [Transferred to UTK in August’93]

Jan 1989 - May 1991:  Master of Science Program in the Department of Geology, University of Calcutta,   India.   [M.Sc. Degree  awarded:  June, 1991;   Concentration: Geology]

Sep 1985 - Oct 1988: Bachelor of Science (Honors) Program at the University of Calcutta, India. [Major: Geology; Minors: Physics, Mathematics; B.Sc. (Honors) Degree awarded: October, 1988]



Soil and Water Chemistry, Environmental Quality and Remediation, Risk Assessment, Green Technology Development.

Research in my group reflects my firm belief in a holistic, multidisciplinary framework for developing a sustainable environment. My approach is from the angle of earth system sciences that requires the applications of geochemical, hydrological, and engineering principles in solving issues related to the environmental quality and its ultimate effect on ecosystem and human health. My students, postdocs, and I are engaged in research that can be broadly classified in the following categories:  

(1)   Application of Soil and Water Chemistry Principles in Environmental Contamination Characterization: 
Characterization and quantification of various physico-chemical processes that determine the behavior of inorganic and organic contaminants in soil, water, and sediments; the relevant processes and the interrelationships among them over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Long-term goals are to develop fundamental understanding of processes based on experimental and theoretical investigations, as well as to modify predictive capabilities of the expected system behavior, management, and control technologies. Includes geochemical modeling and spectroscopic evaluation of processes at liquid-solid-biota interface. 

(2) Application of Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, and Sustainability Principles in Green Technology Development: 
Evaluation of field, greenhouse, and experimental data (macroscopic and microscopic) to investigate human bioavailability, aqueous and solid phase speciation, dissolution, mineralization, precipitation and adsorption mechanisms of organic and inorganic chemicals in soil, water, and sediments. Development of “green” remediation technologies guided by sustainability principles. Emphasis on investigating environmental behavior, fate, and remediation of emerging contaminants that have not been studied extensively.

(3) Application of Soil and Water Chemistry, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Principles in Sustainable Environmental Remediation: 
In collaboration with plant scientists, evaluation of bioremediation and phytoremediation alternatives to cleanup environmental contaminants in soil and water. Employ biochemical and molecular biological techniques to study the mechanisms of organics and metals biodegradation and detoxification in plant systems. Identification and characterization of genes involved in metal detoxification pathways.

(4) Risk Assessment: 
Estimation of ecological and human health risk for environmental decision-making, especially those involving protective and clean-up standards for contaminants in the environment. 

Ongoing research projects include:

  1. Sustainable management of polluted road runoff using green best management practices (GBMP).
  2. Green technology development for nutrient and metal reduction in coastal waters.
  3. Removal of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals, explosive constituents) from domestic and industrial wastewater using accumulator plants in constructed wetlands setting.
  4. Energy generation (ethanol, biogas) from spent biomass utilized for phytoremediation of organic contaminants.
  5. Development of new varieties of biochars and their application in environmental remediation.
  6. Phytoremediation of soil-lead in residential properties and brownfield sites.
  7. Application of advanced oxidation processes for removal of metals, organics, and emerging contaminants in groundwater.
  8. Carcinogenicity of soil-borne arsenic. 

A detailed list of ongoing and completed research projects can be obtained from my Resume/CV.

General Information

I am a professor of environmental engineering at Stevens Institute Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey and founding director of the Sustainability Management graduate program in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering. Between 2008 and 2015, I was professor of environmental geochemistry and founding director of the environmental management PhD program at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. Prior to that, I served as assistant (2000-04), associate professor (2004-08) and associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I graduated with a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Tennessee (Fall 1997) and worked as a postdoctoral scientist in soil and water chemistry at the University of Florida (1998-00). Thus far, I have advised/advising 12 PhD students and 18 MS students, and have trained/training 15 postdoctoral research associates. I have so far published 120+ journal articles, 15+ book chapters, and 225+ technical abstracts and conference proceedings. I have authored/edited 3 books including one of the first textbooks in environmental management (http://www.amazon.com/Integrated-Approach-Environmental-Management/dp/1118744357), and have so far generated more than $8 million in grant funding as PI or Co-I to support the research activities of my group. According to Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=h1qTjQ4AAAAJ&hl=en), as of Summer 2018, my publications have been cited 3300+ times, with an h-index of 30+ and i-10 index of 70+. I am a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and the founding principal of SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC, an environmental R&D startup based in NJ. I am an adjunct professor at Michigan Technological University and University of Massachusetts at Boston. I am the founding editor-in-chief of Current Pollution Reports (Springer), technical editor of International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (Springer), and associate editor of GeoHealth (Wiley-AGU). I serve as a reviewer for many journals, and in panels of several grant funding agencies, including NIH and NSF. 



Please see my Resume/CV


Institutional Service

Please see my Resume/CV


Professional Service

Seleted services shown below. For more information, please see my Resume/CV.

Editor-in-Chief: Current Pollution Reports (A new journal in Springer’s acclaimed Current Reports Series, first issue published in March 2015), 2015 -

Technical Editor: International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2009 -

Associate Editor: GeoHealth, 2017 -

Associate Editor: Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2011 - 2017

Associate Editor: Environmental Geosciences, 2001 - 2016

Associate Editor:Geosphere, 2005 – 2016

Editorial Board Member: Environmental Pollution, 2005 –

Editorial Board Member: Chemosphere, 2006 – 2009

Guest Editor (Special Issues): Environmental Geosciences – Issue #1: Environmental Analyses and Modeling (V. 10, No. 4, December 2003); Issue #2: Nutrients and Environmental Quality (V. 11, No. 1, March 2004); Issue#3: Environmental Biogeochemistry (V. 11, No. 2, June 2004)

Reviewer of:

Journals: More than 60 journals in Geology, Soil Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering.

Book: McGraw-Hill, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer American Chemical Society.

Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health (Panel);  U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey – NationalInstitute of Water Resources, Texas Institute of Water Research, U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom and others

Academic: External reviewer of PhD dissertations, promotion and tenure packages, departments and program assessments of universities, both within and outside the US.

Symposium chair, Oral and Poster Session chair, Theme Session chair in many national and international conferences.

Board of Directors, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Hudson Delaware Chapter, 2010 – 2014.

Vice President, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Hudson Delaware Chapter, 2011-12

President, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Hudson Delaware Chapter, 2012 – 13.

Member of Advisory Board:

Association of Environmental Health and Sciences, 2017-

University Transportation Research Center, Region II, 2016-

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 2017- 

Consulting Service

Consultant in the environmental industry (both private and not-for-profit organizations) in the area of environmental quality, remediation, and compliance.

Consultant in academic institutions

- as program development expert, external reviewer of academic programs/departments, etc. 

- participant/lead in panel discussions, lectures, seminars, etc.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Founding member and Chief Scientific Officer of SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC. Founded in 2007, SIROM is an environmental R&D company based in New Jersey, involved in green technology development (Notable sponsors: US Department of Defense, US Department of Housing and Urban Development), environmental consulting, and fee-for-service laboratory chemical analysis of environmental samples.


Honors & Awards

Selected Awards chronologically listed. For more information, see my Resume/CV.

Outstanding  Researcher  of  Environmental  Geosciences  Award,  2015  American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Outstanding Service Award, 2015 Montclair State University.

Outstanding Research Grant Success Award, 2013 Montclair State University.

Fellow, 2011 Geological Society of America.

Outstanding   Teacher  of  Environmental   Geosciences   Award,   2008  American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

President’s  Distinguished  Achievement  Award  for  Research  Excellence,  2006 University of Texas at San Antonio.

Early Career Award in Research, 2005 Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy.

Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2004 Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin.

Top 40 Under 40 San Antonio Rising Star Award, 2004 San Antonio Business Journal.

Faculty Research Award, 2001, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Based on G.A. O’Connor and D. Sarkar, 1999,Rule 62-640.500(4), Florida Administrative Code was implemented. Ref: Drew, M (2000), “Implementation of Rule 62-640.500(4), Florida Administrative Code.” Program Guidance Memo, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. DOM-00-05.

Based on G.A. O’Connor, D. Sarkar, and J.B Sartain, 1998, Rule 62-610.865, Florida Administrative Code was modified. Ref: Drew, M (2000), “Blending of concentrate with reclaimed water.” Program Guidance Memo, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. DOM-00-04.

Coffee Cup Society Award, 1995 and 1997,  Department of Geological  Sciences, University of Tennessee as the graduate student with highest GPA.



Professor and Director, Sustainability Management Program, Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering Department, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, Spring 2016 –

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies Department, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Summer 2008 – Fall 2015 AND Founding Director, Environmental Management PhD Program, Montclair State University, Spring 2009 – Summer 2015

Principal and Chief Scientific Officer, SIROM Scientific Solutions, LLC, 2007 – present

Assistant and Associate  Professor,   Earth  and  Environmental Science  Department - Environmental Science Program, University of Texas at San Antonio, Fall  2000 – Spring 2008 AND Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, College of Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio, Spring 2006 – Spring 2008.

Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, Department of. Soil and Water Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, Spring 1998 – Summer 2000.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Fall 1993 - Fall 1997.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology, University of Maryland, Fall 1992 – Spring 1993.

Research Fellow, Center for Study of Man and Environment, Calcutta, India, Spring 1992


Professional Societies

Member of the following professional societies:

Soil Science Society of America, 1996 - present;

American Society of Agronomy, 1996 – present;

Geological Society of America, 1996 - present;

Division  of  Environmental  Geosciences,  American  Association  of Petroleum Geologists, 1996 – present;

American Geophysical Union, 1997 – present;

Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin, 2005 – present,

American MENSA, 2015 - present.


Grants, Contracts & Funds

Selected grants chronologically listed. External funding in excess of $8 million since 1999. For more information, see my Resume/CV.

Water   Environment   Research   Foundation   Grant,   1999,   $311,935/2y   (Total): Biogeochemistry of phosphorus in land applied sewage sludges, commercial fertilizers, and animal manures: Phase-I: Greenhouse Studies (Joint-PI; PI - Dr. G.A O’Connor, University of Florida).

Water Research Resources Center – U.S. Geological Survey Research Grant, 2000, $57,380/y (Total):Phosphorus contamination potential of groundwater associated with land application  of  domestic and/or animal  waste  products  (PI;  Joint  PI  -  Dr.  G.A.  O’Connor, University of Florida).

Advanced Research Program - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2001, $98,000/2y  (Direct): Geochemical  speciation  and  human bioavailability of arsenic in pesticide-applied soils: Phase-I: In-Vitro Studies (PI).

United    States    Environmental    Protection    Agency,    2002,    $391,473/2y (Total):Biogeochemistry of arsenic in contaminated soils of Superfund sites (PI; Co-PI: Dr. Rupali Datta, University of Texas at San Antonio)

National Institute of Health - SCORE, 2004-07, $414,550  (Total):Novel Remediation Methods to Lower Human Health Risk from Exposure to Arsenic-Enriched Soils (PI; Co- PI – Dr. Rupali Datta, University of Texas at San Antonio).

San  Antonio  Life  Sciences  Institute  -  REF,  2004-05,  $199,990  (Direct):  A  multi- disciplinary approach to reduce human bioavailability and carcinogenicity of soil arsenic (PI; Joint PI - Dr. Bandana Chatterjee, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Co-PI: Dr. Rupali Datta, University of Texas at San Antonio)

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Lead Technical Studies Program, 2004 - 2006, $372,767 (Total):A novel phytoremediation method using vetiver grass tocleanup lead-based paint-contaminated soils (PI; Co-PI - Dr. Rupali Datta)

Department of Defense, Phase-I, 2006-2007, $100,000 (Total):A new method to clean up chromium enriched stormwater in Naval shipyards (PI; Co-PI – Dr. Rupali Datta) 

Department of Defense, Phase-II, 2008-2010, $750,000 (Total):A new method to clean up metal enriched stormwater in Naval shipyards (PI; Co-PI – Dr. Rupali Datta)

National Science Foundation, 2010-2014, $390,320 (Total):REU Site: Transdisciplinary environmental science research on forest lakes in Northwest New Jersey (Co-PI; PI – Dr. Kirk Barrett, Montclair State University)

Housing and Urban Development – Lead Technical Studies Program, 2011-2014, $499,694 (Total): A Novel Phytoremediation Method using Vetiver Grass to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase II – Field Study (PI; Joint-PI – Dr. Rupali Datta, Michigan Technological University)

Department of Interior – Office of Surface Mining, 2012-2015, $199,945 (Total):Low- cost green technology to improve water quality in mining impacted ecosystems. Phase-I: Model development and optimization (Joint PI; PI – Dr. Xingmao Ma, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Co-PI – Drs. Yang Deng and Rupali Datta)

DuPont Corporation – Research Opportunity in Remediation Science and Engineering Program, 2012-2015, $ 344,286 (Total):Remediation of mixed contaminant plumes using ferrate (PI; Co-PI – Dr. Yang Deng)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Program (via NJ Sea Grant Consortium), 2014-2016, $139,995 (Direct):A green technology for nutrient and metal reduction in NJ coastal waters (PI; Co-PI – Drs. Yang Deng and Kirk Barrett)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Nonpoint Source Program, 2014-2016, $144,710 (Total):Reducing Copper Loads form Stamp Sand Deposits in the Keewenaw Peninsula with Permeable Reactive Barriers (Co-PI; PI – Dr. Alex Mayer, Michigan Technological University)

US Department of Transportation (via Region 2 University Transportation Research Center), 2015-2016, $80,000 (Total):Development of new, effective, and low-cost media for sustainable management of polluted road stormwater in highly urbanized areas (PI; Joint PI – Dr. Kirk Barrett, Manhattan College; Co-PI - Dr. Yang Deng)

National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation, 2015-2016, $168,245 (Total): Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometer for elemental concentration and speciation analysis (Co-PI; PI – Dr. Xiaona Li, Montclair State University)

Department of Defense – Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization, 2015-2018, $2,650,434 (Total):Net Zero technologies for the Army’s Industrial Munitions Base (Co-PI; PI – Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Stevens Institute of Technology).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Program (via NJ Sea Grant Consortium), 2018-2020, $215,815 (Total):Green retrofit of stormwater BMPs for pollution prevention in urban coastal communities in New Jersey (PI).

Housing and Urban Development – Lead Technical Studies Program, 2018-2021, $578,564 (Total): A Novel Phytoremediation Method using Vetiver Grass to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase III – Demonstration Study (Joint PI; PI – Dr.   Rupali Datta, Michigan Technological University).

Patents & Inventions

Filter Media for Treating Contaminated Water (Dibyendu Sarkar, Rupali Datta, Ramesh Attinti)

United States 62/014.942

Provisional patent filed by Montclair State University


Selected Publications
  1. D. Sarkar. Since 1999, I have published more than 110 journal articles >90% of which are with my 30 PhD and masters students and 15 post-doctoral associates. A detailed list of the journal articles can be obtained from Resume/CV, or my Google Scholar profile.  Google Scholar Profile  .
  1. D. Sarkar, R. Datta, A. Mukherjee, R. Hannigan. (Nov 2015). An Integrated Approach to Environmental Management, ISBN# 978-1-118-74435-2., Wiley. First ever textbook in Environmental Management. 624 pp.  Amazon  .
  2. D. Sarkar, R. Datta, R. Hannigan. (Oct 2007). Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry, ISBN# 978-0-08-046522-7, Elevier. 778 pp.  Amazon  .
  3. G.A. O'Connor, D. Sarkar, D.A. Graetz, H.A. Elliott. (2002). Characterizing forms, solubility, bioavailabilities, and mineralization rates of phosphorus in biosolids, commercial fertilizers, and manures, IWA Publishing. 164 pp.
Book Chapters
  1. D. Sarkar. So far I have published 15 refereed book chapters. A list of those chapters can be obtained from my Resume/CV.
Conference Proceedings
  1. D. Sarkar. Since 1996, I have published more than 200 conference proceedings and technical abstracts that were presented in numerous international, national, and regional scientific conferences. A complete list of the abstracts/proceedings can be obtained from my Resume/CV.
  1. D. Sarkar. (Dec 1997). Adsorption of mercury onto variable charge surfaces. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Tennessee. Advisor: Dr. Michael Essington.,.
  2. D. Sarkar. (May 1991). Geology of the area around Kunchia, Purulia District, West Bengal, India, with observations on gold prospecting. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Calcutta. Advisor: Dr. Anil K. Ghosh. ,.
  • EN 800 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering
  • EN 900 Thesis in Environmental Engineering
  • EN 960 Research in Environmental Engineering
  • SM 501 Seminar in Sustainability Management
  • SM 510 Perspective in Enviornmental Management
  • SM 690 Project in Sustainability Management
  • SM 900 Thesis in Sustainability Management
  • SM 800 Special Problems in Sustainability Management