Krithika Ravi

Krithika Ravi

Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden.

M. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

Assistant Professor

Office : Block 2,BT:321


Research Interests

  • Biodegradation and conversion of plastics to platform chemicals
  • Microbial valorization of biomass components to value added products
  • Upgradation of Kraft lignin processes


  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (May 2022- Present)

  • Assistant Professor, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Padur, India (June 2021- May 2022)

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (2015- 2019).

  • M.Tech., Pulp and Paper Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India (2013- 2015).

  • B.Tech., Biotechnology, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Anna University, Chennai, India (2009 - 2013).

Awards & Recognitions

  • Awarded as the ‘basta doktorandpresentation vid Ekmandagarna 2019’ with a prize of 50,000 SEK (Swedish krona) as travel scholarship.

  • Awarded as ‘the best science slam speaker’ during an alumni event, held at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (Sep 2018).

  • Obtained “Spathaspora Hagerdaliae” award for excellent research in renewable resources with a prize of 20,000 SEK (May 2018).

  • Obtained DAAD scholarship under IIT Master Sandwich Program and worked at Technische University, Dresden(Oct. 2014 - March 2015).

  • Life Member in the ‘Society of Biological Chemists (India)’.

Recent publications


Google Scholar:

  • Garcia-Hidalgo J, Brink DP, Ravi K, Paul CJ, Liden G, Gorwa-Grauslund MF (2020). Vanillin production in Pseudomonas: whole-genome sequencing of Pseudomonas sp. 9.1 and re-annotation of PseudomonasputidacalA as a vanillin reductase.Applied and Environmental Microbiology 02442-19 doi:10.1128/AEM.02442-19.

  • Abdelaziz OY, Ravi K, Mittermeier F, Meier S, Riisager A, Liden G, Hulteberg CP (2019) Oxidative Depolymerization of Kraft Lignin for Microbial Conversion. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01605

  • Abdelaziz OY, Ravi K, Nobel M, Tuna P, Turner C, Hulteberg CP (2019) Membrane filtration of alkali-depolymerised kraft lignin for biological conversion. Bioresource Technology Reports:100250 doi:

  • Ravi K, Garcia-Hidalgo J, Brink DP, Skyvell M, Gorwa-Grauslund MF, Liden G (2019) Physiological characterization and sequence analysis of a syringate-consuming Actinobacterium. Bioresource Technology 285:121327 doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2019.121327

  • Garcia-Hidalgo J, Ravi K, Kure L-L, Liden G, Gorwa-Grauslund MF (2019) Identification of the two-component guaiacol demethylase system from Rhodococcus rhodochrous and expression in Pseudomonas putida EM42 for guaiacol assimilation. AMB Express 9(1):34 doi:10.1186/s13568-019-0759-8

  • Brink DP, Ravi K, Liden G, Gorwa-Grauslund MF (2019) Mapping the diversity of microbial lignin catabolism: experiences from the eLignin Database. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol doi:10.1007/s00253-019-09692-4

  • Ravi K, Abdelaziz OY, Nobel M, Garcia-Hidalgo J, Gorwa-Grauslund MF, Hulteberg CP, Liden G (2019) Bacterial conversion of depolymerized Kraft lignin. Biotechnology for Biofuels 12(1):56 doi:10.1186/s13068-019-1397-8

  • Ravi K, Garcia-Hidalgo J, Nobel M, Gorwa-Grauslund MF, Liden G (2018) Biological conversion of aromatic monolignol compounds by a Pseudomonas isolate from sediments of the Baltic Sea. AMB Express 8(1):32 doi:10.1186/s13568-018-0563-x

  • Ravi K, Garcia-Hidalgo J, Gorwa-Grauslund MF, Liden G (2017) Conversion of lignin model compounds by Pseudomonas putida KT2440 and isolates from compost. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 101(12):5059-5070 doi:10.1007/s00253-017-8211-y

  • Abdelaziz OY, Brink DP, Prothmann J, Ravi K, Sun M, Garcia-Hidalgo J, Sandahl M, Hulteberg CP, Turner C, Liden G, Gorwa-Grauslund MF (2016) Biological valorization of low molecular weight lignin. Biotechnol Adv 34(8):1318-1346. doi:10.1016/j.biotechadv.2016.10.001

  • Ravi K, Schrinner T, Grossmann H, Ray A, Tandon R (2016) Improving Adsorption Deinking by Identifying the Optimum Balance between Polymer Beads and Deinking Chemistry. BioResources 11(1):1664-1671.