Musthafa O. Mavukkandy


Ph.D. Student, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
M.Tech. Environmental Engineering and Management, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India
MSc. Environmental Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India
BSc Chemistry, Kannur University, Kannur, India


Musthafa completed his doctoral degree under the guidance of  Prof. Arafat. His research focused on synthesizing, characterizing, and testing novel membranes with incorporated nano-materials. These membranes were used in membrane distillation, reverse osmosis, and MBR applications.

Musthafa received his Bachelor in Chemistry (2009) from Kannur University and then completed his Master in Environmental Technology (2011) from Cochin University of Science and Technology. During his MSc, he has worked on the evaluation and redesign of river water quality monitoring networks through a multivariate statistical approach under the supervision of Prof. S. Karmakar (IIT Bombay). After completing his MSc, he pursued an MTech in Environmental Engineering and Management at Pondicherry University. As an MTech student, he synthesized gold, silver, platinum monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles through a biomimetic approach under the guidance of Dr. Tasneem Abbasi and Prof. S.A Abbasi.


M.R Bilad, E Guillen-Burrieza, M.O Mavukkandy, F.A Al Marzooqi, H.A Arafat, 2015. “Shrinkage, defect and membrane distillation performance of composite PVDF membranes”, Desalination 376, 62-72. DOI:10.1016/j.desal.2015.08.015

Muhammad Ro’il Bilad, Elena Guillen-Burrieza, Musthafa Mavukkandy, Faisal Al Marzooqi and Hassan Arafat. “Effect of Membrane Support on PVDF Membrane Properties and Performance in Membrane Distillation”, 2014 North American Membrane Society Meeting. May 31 – June 4, 2014, Houston, TX, USA

O.M. Musthafa, S. Karmakar and P.S. Harikumar, 2014. “Assessment and rationalization of water quality monitoring network: a multivariate statistical approach to Kabbini River (India)”, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. doi:10.1007/s11356-014-3000-y

Karmakar, Subhankar and O. M. Musthafa, 2012. “Lakes and reservoir: pollution”, Chap. in- Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, Ed. Sven Gorgenson, Taylor and Francis, New York, DOI: 10.1081/E-EEM-120047215

O.M. Musthafa, S. Karmakar and P.S. Harikumar, “Evaluation of River Water Quality Monitoring Network: A Multivariate Statistical Approach to Kabbini River Catchment (India)”, 2012, IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2012, International Water Association, Busan, Korea.

N. Thomas, M. Mavukkandy, E. Farrell, H. A. Arafat, S. Chakraborty, Feedstock Availability, Composition, New Potential Resources for Biohydrogen, Bio-Methane, Bio-Butanol Production via Biotechnological Routes, in Sustainable Biofuels Development: An Inevitable Option to Strengthening Energy Security, A. Chandel and R. Sukumaran (Editors), Springer Publishing Group. In press, due for publishing early 2016.

Poster Presentations

Musthafa. O. Mavukkandy, Muhammad. R. Bilad, Hassan. A. Arafat. Effect of fumed silica on PVDF membrane formation by phase inversion and application in wastewater filtration, Poster at Euromembrane, Germany (September 2015)

M.O. Mavukkandy, M.R. Bilad, A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, H. A. Arafat. Leaching of PVP from PVDF/PVP blending membrane: implication on membrane structure and fouling in membrane bioreactors, Poster at  Euromembrane, Germany (September 2015)

M.R Bilad, E Guillen-Burrieza, M.O Mavukkandy, F.A Al Marzooqi, H.A Arafat. Shrinkage, defect and membrane distillation performance of composite PVDF membrane, Poster at MDES 2015, Singapore (July 2015)


Supervised by Prof. Suzana Nunes, Head, Nanostructured Polymeric Membrane Laboratory, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (July-August, 2015)