Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj is Reader in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water and Environmental Engineering) at Aston Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering School, Department of Civil Engineering, Aston University Birmingham. He was previously Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of the West of England. Dr Tota-Maharaj is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a corporate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) a Fellow of the Institute of Water (FIWATER) a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (M.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 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He is on the Journal Editorial Board for (i) Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management; (ii) The Institute of Water Journal; (iii) International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; (iv) Nature Environment and Pollution Technology; (v) Water Journal (WJ); (vi) International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems; (vii) International Water Technology Journal. He is a Journal Technical Review Member for (i) Science of the Tota-Environment; (ii) Chemosphere; and (iii) The West Indian Journal of Engineering.
Dr Tota-Maharaj’s 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).
Kiran also maintains professional affiliations and collaborations with the University of Trinidad & Tobago, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus), University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), Florida Atlantic University and University of South Florida.