Sayantan Sarkar

Assistant Professor
Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: sayantan.sarkar [at]
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Research Interest:

    1. Chemical characterization, mass balance and atmospheric transport of fine mode aerosol. 2. Aerosol source apportionment using receptor modeling approaches, especially to distinguish local-scale urban emissions from regionally transported plumes. 3. Measurement of atmospheric black carbon and other light absorbing species using chemical and optical approaches; Reconstruction of historical atmospheric black carbon. 4. Distribution and sources of tropospheric halocarbons and other VOCs.

Academic Background:
  1. B.Sc. (Chemistry), Asutosh College (University of Calcutta), 2004
  2. M.Sc. (Chemistry), Sikkim Manipal University, 2007
  3. Ph.D. (Environmental Science), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2012

  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Global Change Programme, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (2012 - 2013)
  2. Research Affiliate, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, USA (2013 - 2015)
  3. Adjunct Research Scientist , Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, State University of New York – Albany, New York, USA (2013 - 2015)
  4. Research Fellow, NUS Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2015 - 2017)
  5. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )

Awards and Honors:
  1. Sat Paul Mittal Fellowship in Environmental Sciences from Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population & Development (IAPPD) (2008)

Selected Publications:
  1. Sarkar, S; Ahmed, T; Swami, K; Judd, C D; Bari, A; Dutkiewicz, V A and Husain, L. 2015. "History of atmospheric deposition of trace elements in lake sediments, ~1880 to 2007." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres , 120, 5658-5669
  2. Sarkar, S and Khillare, P S. 2011. "Association of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metallic species in a tropical urban atmosphere – Delhi, India." Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, 68, 107-126
  3. Sarkar, S; Khillare, P S; Jyethi, D S; Hasan, A and Parween, M. 2010. "Chemical speciation of respirable suspended particulate matter during a major firework festival in India." Journal of Hazardous Materials , 184, 321-330