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Dr. Anish Ghimire

Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering and Management

Dr. Anish Ghimire is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering and Management Program, at the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, School of Environment, Resources and Development.

  1. Ph.D. in Environmental Technology, from an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program, Environmental Technologies for Solids, Soil, and Sediments (ETeCoS3) awarded by the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy, University of Paris-Est, France, and UN-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands (2015).
  2. Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2012),
  3. Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering from Kathmandu University, Nepal (2009).
  1. Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes;
  2. Centralized and Decentralized Sanitation;
  3. Resource Recovery using Anaerobic Digestion, Dark Fermentation, and Photo Fermentation;
  4. Life Cycle Assessment;
  5. Climate Resilience Assessment of WASH systems.
  1. Flint, A.G., Howard, G., Nijhawan, A., Poudel, M., Geremew, A., Mulugeta, Y., Lo, Y.E., Ghimire, A., Baidya, M. and Sharma, S. (2024). Managing climate change challenges to water security: Community water governance in Ethiopia and Nepal. Geo: Geography and Environment.
  2. Poudel, P., Ghimire, A., Howard, G., Evans, B., Camargo-Valero, M. A., Mills, F., … & Dangol, S. (2023). Field-based methods for measuring greenhouse gases emissions from on-site sanitation systems: A systematic review of published literature. Heliyon.
  3. Shrestha, P. P., Ghimire, A., Dangi, M. B., & Urynowicz, M. A. (2023). Development of a Municipal Solid Waste Management Life Cycle Assessment Tool for Banepa Municipality, Nepal. Sustainability15(13), 9954.
  4. Swar, S.S., Boonnorat, J., Ghimire, A. (2023). Algae-Based Treatment of a Landfill Leachate pretreated by Coagulation-Flocculation. Journal of Environmental Management. 342: 118223
  5. Parajuli A, Khadka A, Sapkota L, Ghimire A. (2022) Effect of Hydraulic Retention Time and Organic-Loading Rate on Two-Staged, Semi-Continuous Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste during Start-Up. Fermentation (MDPI). 8(11):620.
  6. Bajracharya, S., Adhikari, A., Shrestha, P. P., & Ghimire, A. (2022). Life-cycle assessment of solid waste management in Dhulikhel Municipality, Nepal. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 40, 1-8.
  7. Nijhawan A, Howard G, Poudel M, Pregnolato M, Eunice Lo YT, Ghimire A, Baidya M, Geremew A, Flint A, Mulugeta Y. (2022) Assessing the Climate Resilience of Community-Managed Water Supplies in Ethiopia and Nepal. Water (MDPI). 14(8):1293.
  8. Pradhan, S.P., Joshi, P., Poudel, P., Ghimire, A., Chhetri, S., Maharjan, J., Khadgi, N., Poudel, M., Luitel, A., Pandey, B.P. and Shah, R.D.T. (2022). Long-term assessment of water quality of Kathmandu University Drinking Water Supply Centre, Nepal. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 8(2), pp.1-11.
  9. Dangol, S., Ghimire, A., Tuladhar, S., Khadka, A., Thapa, B. and Sapkota, L. (2022). Biohythane and organic acid production from food waste by two-stage anaerobic digestion: a review within biorefinery framework. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, pp.1-34.
  10. Khadka, A., Parajuli, A., Dangol, S., Thapa, B., Sapkota, L., Carmona-Martínez, A.A.& Ghimire, A. (2022). Effect of the Substrate to Inoculum Ratios on the Kinetics of Biogas Production during the Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste. Energies, 15, 834.
  11. Sharma, S., Baidya, M., Poudel, P., Panthi, S. R., Pote-Shrestha, R. R., Ghimire, A., & Pradhan, S. P. (2021). Drinking water status in Nepal: an overview in the context of climate change. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 11(6), 859-866.
  12. Howard, G., Nijhawan, A., Flint, A. G., Baidya, M., Pregnolato, M., Ghimire, A., … & Wondim, T. (2021). How tough is WASH? Developing an indicator framework for assessing climate resilience for water and sanitation services in low-and middle-income countries. npj Clean Water.
  13. Sekoai, P. T., Ghimire, A., Ezeokoli, O. T., Rao, S., Ngan, W. Y., Habimana, O., … & Hung, C. H. (2021). Valorization of volatile fatty acids from the dark fermentation waste Streams-A promising pathway for a biorefinery concept. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 143, 110971.
  14. Vaidya, B., Shrestha, S., & Ghimire, A. (2021). Water footprint assessment of food-water-energy systems at Kathmandu University, Nepal. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 3, 100044.
  15. Ghimire, A., Luongo, V., Frunzo, L., Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., (2021). Biohythane Production from food waste in a two-stage process- Assessing the energy recovery potential. Environmental Technology,43(14), pp. 1-7.
  16. Sekoai PT, Daramola MO, Mogwase B, Engelbrecht N, Yoro KO, du Preez SP, Mhlongo S, Ezeokoli OT, Ghimire A, Ayeni AO, Hlongwane GN. Revising the dark fermentative H2 research and development scenario–An overview of the recent advances and emerging technological approaches. Biomass and Bioenergy. 2020 Sep 1; 140:105673.
  17. Capson-Tojo, G., Batstone, D. J., Grassino, M., Vlaeminck, S. E., Puyol, D., Verstraete, W., Kleerebezem, R., Oehmen, A., Ghimire, A., Pikaar, I., Lema, J. M., Hülsen. T. 2020. Purple phototrophic bacteria for resource recovery: Challenges and opportunities. Biotechnology Advances. 2020 (43(1) 107567.
  18. Luongo, V., Grazia, P., Ghimire, A., Pirozzi, F., Fabbricino, M. (2019). Repeated-Batch Fermentation of Cheese Whey for Semi-Continuous Lactic Acid Production Using Mixed Cultures at Uncontrolled pH. Sustainability. 2019, 11, 3330.
  19. Sekoai, P. T., Naphtaly, C., Ouma, M., Petrus, S., Modisha, P., Engelbrecht, N.,.., Ghimire, A. (2019). Application of nanoparticles in biofuels: An overview. 237, 380-397.
  20. Thapa, B., Khatiwada, N. R., Ghimire, A., Adhikari, B., & Badaila, R. (2019). Study on Kinetics of Pollutants Removal in Guheshwori Wastewater Treatment Plant, Kathmandu. Journal of Water Pollution and Control, 2(1), 8. (non-indexed, UK)
  21. Boonnorat, J., Techkarnjanaruk, S., Hond R., Ghimire, A., Angthong, S., Rojviroon T., Phanwilai S. 2018. Enhanced micropollutant biodegradation and assessment of nitrous oxide concentration reduction in wastewater treated by acclimatized sludge bioaugmentation. Science of the Total Environment 637–638:771–779.
  22. Ghimire, A., Trably, E., Frunzo, L. Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G. Cazier, E.A., Escudié, R. 2018. Effect of moisture content on biohydrogen and lactic acid production during dark fermentation of organic waste biomass. Bioresource Tecnology 248, Part A: 180-186.
  23. Ghimire, A., Kumar, G., Periyasamy, S., Shobana, S., Saratale, G. D., Kim, H.W., Luongo, V. Esposito, G. Munoz, R. 2017. Bio-hythane production from microalgae biomass: key challenges and potential opportunities for algal bio-refineries. Bioresource Technology 241:525-536.
  24. Ghimire, A., Luongo, V., Frunzo, L., Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., 2017. Continuous biohydrogen production by thermophilic dark fermentation of cheese whey: use of buffalo manure as buffering agent. J. Hydrogen Energy 42 (8): 4861–4869.
  25. Luongo, V., Ghimire, A., Frunzo, L., Fabbricino, M., D’Antonio, G., Pirozzi, F., Esposito, G., 2016. Photofermentative Production of Hydrogen and Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate from Dark Fermentation Products. Bioresource Technology 228: 171 – 175
  26. Ghimire, A., Valentino, S., Frunzo, L., Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., 2016. Concomitant biohydrogen and poly-β-hydroxybutyrate production from dark fermentation effluents by adapted Rhodobacter sphaeroides and mixed photofermentative cultures. Bioresource Technology 217: 157-164
  27. Kumar, G., Mudhoo A., Sivagurunathan, P., Nagarajan, D., Ghimre, A., Lay, C.-H., Chiu-Yue Lin, C.-Y., Lee, D.-J., Chang, J.-S. 2016. Recent insights into the cell immobilization technology applied for dark fermentative hydrogen production. Bioresource Technology 219:725-737.
  28. Ghimire, A., Sposito, F., Frunzo, L., Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., 2016. Effects of operational parameters on dark fermentative hydrogen production from biodegradable complex waste biomass. Waste Management 50: 55-64.
  29. Ghimire, A., Valentino, S., Frunzo, L., Trably, E., Escudié, R., Pirozzi, F., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., 2015. Biohydrogen production from food waste by coupling semi-continuous dark-photofermentation and residue post-treatment to anaerobic digestion: A synergy for energy recovery. J. Hydrogen Energy 1–11.
  30. Ghimire, A., Frunzo, L., Pirozzi, F., Trably, E., Escudie, R., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., 2015. A review on dark fermentative biohydrogen production from organic biomass: Process parameters and use of by-products. Applied Energy 144, 73–95.
  31. Ghimire, A., Frunzo, L., Pontoni, L., Lens, P.N.L., Esposito, G., Pirozzi, F., 2015. Dark fermentation of complex waste biomass for biohydrogen production by pretreated thermophilic anaerobic digestate. Journal of Environmental. Management 152, 43–48.
  32. Ghimire, A., Sen, R., Annachhatre, A.P., 2015. Biosolid Management Options in Cassava Starch Industries of Thailand: Present Practice and Future Possibilities. Procedia Chemistry 14, 66–75 (SJR- 0.6).
  33. Ghimire, A., Frunzo, L., Salzano, E., Panico, A., Lens, P.N.L., Pirozzi, F., 2015. Biomass Enrichment and Scale-up Implications for Dark Fermentation Hydrogen Production with Mixed Cultures. Eng. Trans. 43, 391–396
  1. 2017, Chinese Academy of Science, President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) (awarded but not pursued)
  2. 2017, Nepal Bidhya Bhusan KA (For highest academic achievement, awarded from the President of Nepal)
  3. 2017, Young Researcher Fellowship (YRF) for short-term research (6 months), Center of Research for Environment, Energy and Water (CREEW), NepaL,
  4. 2016, Best PhD Thesis 2016 awarded by the Environmental and Sanitary Engineering Association of Italy (GITISA),
  5. 2012 – 2015, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Fellow (Italy, France and the Netherlands)
  6. 2012, Professor Chongrak Polprasert Award for Outstanding candidate in Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand,
  7. 2010 – 2012, HM Queen (Thailand) Scholarship for Masters Study in Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand