Dr. Mohit Somani Assistant Professor
School of Infrastructure

Research Interests

Landfill Reclamation and Rehabilitation; Sustainable Use of Surplus Masses; Characterization and Remediation of Contaminated Soils; Resource Recovery; Constructed Technosols




Contact Details

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  • mohitsomani@iitbbs.ac.in, msomani02@gmail.com

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 Degree Discipline Year School
  B.E. Civil Engineering 2013 RGPV University, Bhopal, India
  M.Tech. Environmental Geotechnology 2015 MNNIT Allahabad, Prayagraj, India
  Ph.D. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 2021 IIT Delhi, New Delhi, India


Dr. Mohit Somani currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Infrastructure at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. Prior to joining IIT Bhubaneswar, Dr. Somani worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Oslo. His primary reseach interests lie in the field of Environmental Geotechnics, with a specific focus on landfill reclamation and aftercare, as well as the identification and remediation of contaminated soils. Offlate, Dr. Somani has also commenced research on the identification of (neo)geomaterials. 


CE1P001 - Engineering Drawing
CE3L032 - Geoenvironmental Management


Assessing the reuse of waste materials as a biocover for methane degradation in landfills: A sustainable approach towards climate change mitigation (Funding agency: Estonian Research Council; Role: PI)

Recent Publications (International Journals)

1Somani, M., Harbottle, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2023). Identification and assessment of appropriate remediation management techniques for the recovery of soil-like material produced in landfill mining. Journal of Environmental Management, 348, 119300.
2Somani, M., Hölzle, I., Datta, M., & Ramana, G. V. (2023). An investigation on mobility of heavy metals for assessing the reusability of soil-like material reclaimed from mining of municipal solid waste dumpsites. Waste Management, 167, 113-121.
3Kriipsalu, M., Somani, M., Pehme, K., Tamm, O., Truu, J., Truu, M., & Orupold, K. (2023). Performance of biocover in controlling methane emissions from landfill: A decade of full-scale investigation. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 172, 486-495.
4Somani, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., Hölzle, I., Sundaram, R., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2022). Effect of depth of landfill on the characteristics of soil-like material of aged waste: A case study of Bhalswa dumpsite, India. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 24(5), 1902-1912.
5Somani, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., Sreekrishnan, T. R., & Hölzle, I. (2022). Factors affecting the intensity of color released in water extract by soil-like material obtained from mining of old MSW dumps. The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 48(1), 13-25.
6Hölzle, I., Somani, M., Ramana, G. V., & Datta, M. (2022). Heavy metals in soil-like material from landfills–Resource or contaminants?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 369, 133136.
7Orupõld, K., Somani, M., Kaczala, F., Hogland, M., Bhatnagar, A., Hogland, W., ... & Kriipsalu, M. (2022). Ecotoxicity Assessment of Fine Fractions Obtained from Landfill Mining. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 26(4), 04022030.
8Somani, M., & Srivastava, R. K. (2021). Regionalization of solid waste management: a proposal for divisional landfill in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 25(2), 05020006.
9Datta, M., Somani, M., Ramana, G. V., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2021). Feasibility of re-using soil-like material obtained from mining of old MSW dumps as an earth-fill and as compost. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 147, 477-487.
10Datta, M., Gupta, G., & Somani, M. (2021). Geoenvironmental considerations for bulk reuse of MSW residues from old dumps and WTE plants in geotechnical applications. Indian Geotechnical Journal, 51, 63-83.
11Somani, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2020). Contaminants in soil-like material recovered by landfill mining from five old dumps in India. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 137, 82-92.
12Somani, M., Srivastava, A. N., Gummadivalli, S. K., & Sharma, A. (2020). Indirect implications of COVID-19 towards sustainable environment: an investigation in Indian context. Bioresource Technology Reports, 11, 100491.
13Somani, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2019). Leachate characteristics of aged soil-like material from MSW dumps: sustainability of landfill mining. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 23(4), 04019014.
14Somani, M., Datta, M., Gupta, S. K., Sreekrishnan, T. R., & Ramana, G. V. (2019). Comprehensive assessment of the leachate quality and its pollution potential from six municipal waste dumpsites of India. Bioresource technology reports, 6, 198-206.
15Somani, M., Datta, M., Ramana, G. V., & Sreekrishnan, T. R. (2018). Investigations on fine fraction of aged municipal solid waste recovered through landfill mining: Case study of three dumpsites from India. Waste Management & Research, 36(8), 744-755.

Academic Honors & Awards

  • Distinction in Doctoral Research Award, IIT Delhi
  • Mrs. Prabha and Dr. R.N. Shahi Research Excellence Award in Geotechnical Engineering, IIT Delhi (Best Ph.D. Thesis Award)
  • Newton-Bhabha Fellowship, British Council
  • Mobilitas Post-doctoral Grant, Government of Estonia (European Union)
  • EMU-SIMP Scholarship, European Mineralogical Union, Italy
  • Visiting Research Scholarship, Campus France, Government of France
  • Editor’s choice paper; Journal of hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste (ASCE)
  • IGS-Smt. Indra Joshi Biennial Award, best paper on “Environmental Geotechnology” published through Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS)
  • ISWA-SWIS Scholarship, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
  • RETA (Research Excellence Travel Award), IIT Delhi
  • Best Presentation Award at 2nd YPG Online Conference, ISWA
  • Best Poster Presentation at Industry Day, IIT Delhi
  • ISWA Travel Award, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

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Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier)

Waste Management (Elsevier)

Process safety and Environmental Protection (Elsevier)

Indian Geotechnical Journal (Springer)

Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer)

Journal of Material Cycle and Waste Management (Springer)

Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer)

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (Taylor & Francis)

Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste (ASCE)

Urban Climate (Elsevier)

Environmental Quality Management (Wiley)

Detritus (CISA)

Advances in Civil Engineering (Hindawi)


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