Dr Santanu Majumder PhD

Dr Santanu Majumder

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow

In today’s world, there are many pollutants emerging frequently that may threaten the environmental as well as public health. Dr Santanu Majumder’s research focuses on developing analytical methods to detect potentially hazardous environmental pollutants, from toxic trace elements to engineered nanoparticles, impacting various sectors – from natural water resources to agrochemical industries. His research involves lab and field based data to interpret the chemistry, mobilization, health hazards and remedial measures of these hazardous substances to ensure a safer and sustainable planet.


2010-2013 Ph.D Environmental Analytical Chemistry. University of Girona, Spain.

2005-2007 MSc in Chemistry (Specialisation - Analytical Chemistry). University of Kalyani, India.


Dr Santanu Majumder’s research investigates the role of metal based engineered nanoparticles used in agricultural industries (Phytonanotechnology). As an environmental analytical chemist, he is particularly interested in understanding how these potentially toxic substances could get into our food and impact environmental and public health. His previous research (in India, USA, and Mexico) explored the toxic trace metal(loid)s, such as arsenic, their speciation, mobilization and how they could contaminate natural water resources. 

He holds a PhD in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from University of Girona, Spain (2013) and has previously worked as a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the Texas A&M University, USA (2017-2019). Dr Majumder has also worked as a Full-Time Faculty Member in the Department of Ecological Engineering and Environmental Management, University of Kalyani, India (2014-2016).


Nath B., Majumder S., Sen J., Rahman M. M. A risk analysis of COVID-19 infections in Kolkata metropolitan city: A GIS-based study. GeoHealth, 5, e2020GH000368. DOI https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GH000368.

Das A., Majumder S., Barman S., Chatterjee D., Mukhopadhyay S., Ghosh P., Pal C.N., Saha G. Influence of basin-wide geomorphology on arsenic distribution in Nadia district. Environmental Research, 192, 110314.

Knappett P.S.K., Li Y., Loza I., Hernandez H., Aviles M., Haaf D., Majumder S., Huang Y., Lynch B., Pina V., Wang J., Winkel L., Mahlknecht J., Datta S., Thurston W., Terrell D., Nordstrom D.K. Rising arsenic concentrations from dewatering a geothermally influenced aquifer in Central Mexico. Water Research, 185, 116257.

Majumder S., Margui E., Roman-Ross G., Chatterjee D., Hidalgo M. Hollow Fiber Liquid Phase
Microextraction (HF-LPME) combined with Total Reflection X-ray Spectrometry (TXRF) for the determination of trace level inorganic arsenic species in waters. Talanta, 217, 121005.

Neidhardt H., Schöckle D., Schleinitz A., Eiche E., Berner Z., Tram P.T.K., Lan V.M., Viet P.H., Biswas A., Majumder S., Chatterjee D., Oelmann Y., Berg M. Biogeochemical Phosphorus cycling in Aquifer Ecosystems – Insights from South East 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., Chatterjee D. Optimization of laboratory arsenic analysis for groundwaters of West Bengal, India and possible water testing strategy. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 98, 440-452. IF – 2.826.

Biswas J.K., Bera B., Chanda R., Sarkar S.K., Majumdar J., Majumder S., Hazra S. Nutrient modeling of an urban lake using best subset method. International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, 15, 1867-1878, DOI: 10.1007/s13762-017-1540-7.

*Majumder S., Nath B., Datta S., Sarkar S., Neidhardt H., Berner Z., Hidalgo M., Chatterjee D., Chatterjee D. 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., Hidalgo M. 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.

Neidhardt H., Berner Z. A., Freikowski D., Biswas A., Majumder S., Winter J., Gallert C., Chatterjee D., Norra S. 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. IF – 4.015. Citation – 78.

Bhowmick S., Nath B., Halder D., Biswas A., Majumder S., Kundu A. K., Saha D., Mondal P., Chakraborty S., Nriagu J., Bhattacharya P., Roman-Ross G., Guha Mazumder D., Chatterjee D., Chatterjee D. 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., Hidalgo M. Application of natural citric acid sources and their role on removal of arsenic from drinking water: a green chemistry approach. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 262, 1167-1175.

Neidhardt H., Biswas A., Freikowski D., Majumder S., Chatterjee D., Berner Z. Reconstructing the sedimentation history of the Bengal Delta Plain by means of geochemical and stable isotopic data. Applied Geochemistry, 36, 70-82.

Biswas A., Majumder S., Neidhardt H., Halder D., Bhowmick S., Mukherjee – Goswami A., Kundu A., Saha D., Berner, Z., Chatterjee, D. (2011) Groundwater chemistry and redox processes: depth dependent arsenic release mechanism. Applied Geochemistry, 26, 516-525.

Chatterjee D., Halder D., Majumder S., Biswas A., Nath B., Bhattacharya P., Bhowmick S., Mukherjee-Goswami A., Saha D., Hazra R., Maity P. B., Chatterjee D., Mukherjee A., Bundschuh J. (2010) Assessment of arsenic exposure from groundwater and rice in Bengal Delta region, West Bengal, India. Water Research, 44, 5803-5812.

Lawson M., Ballentine C. J., Polya D. A., Boyce A. J., Mondal D., Chatterjee D., Majumder, S., 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, 441-444.

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