Sampa Chakrabarti, PhD, is Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Calcutta, West Bengal. She obtained her BSc (Chemistry), BTech, MTech, and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Calcutta, India. Before pursuing her PhD on the application of chemical engineering for environmental remediation, she worked in reputed engineering consultancy organizations in India for 11 years. Dr. Chakrabarti has published more than 60 research papers in reputed journals and conferences and has over 1500 citations. Her research interests are light and ultrasound assisted advanced oxidation processes for environmental remediation and sonochemical synthesis of nanoparticles with several applications, including synthesis of smart surfaces. Her particular interest lies in using sunlight for environmental remediation. She has also worked as a visiting researcher at State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA and Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA. She holds an Indian patent for the value added product from solid waste. Another patent application has been filed on a solar reactor. She published a book entitled Solar Photocatalysis for Environmental Remediation with TERI, New Delhi in 2018. She has also published several scientific articles in little magazines in simple Bengali to popularize science among common people.
This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of garbage larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?
It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!