Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj is an Associate Professor, an Associate Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Division at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol). Dr Tota-Maharaj is a Chartered Engineer and a corporate member of the Society of Environmental Engineers, UK, a professional engineer through the Society of Professional Engineers, UK, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
He is the author/co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He is on the Journal Editorial Board for (i) International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (IJWREE); (ii) Water Journal (WJ); (iii) International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems (SWES), (iv) International Water Technology Journal (IWTJ). He is a Journal Technical Review Member for (i) Science of the Total Environment, (ii) Chemosphere and (iii) The West Indian Journal of Engineering.
His areas of expertise include: Wastewater Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells with bioelectricity production; Performance of granular-bed anaerobic baffled reactor (GRABBR) treating municipal and industrial wastewater and generating biogas; Developing Novel Photocatalytic Concrete for Depollution of Contaminants and Impurities within Urban Cities; Applications of Solar Photo-Fenton (Advanced Oxidation Processes) for the degradation of contaminants in municipal wastewater; Ultrasonic treatment for microbiological control of water systems; Forward osmosis and osmotic processes for water and wastewater treatment; Membrane bioreactors (MBR) and combining membrane processes such as nanofiltration and ultrafiltration for municipal and wastewater treatment; Renewable Energy in Water and Wastewater Treatment Applications; Green Infrastructure (permeable pavements, engineered wetlands).
In addition to his UWE Bristol post, Kiran also maintains professional affiliations with the University of Trinidad & Tobago, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) and Florida Atlantic University.