Abhijit Chatterjee

Abhijit Chatterjee
Associate Professor

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POST DOCTORAL FELLOW (2009 - 2010) at National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Dept of Space, Govt of India

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Address: Chemical Sciences
Unified Academic Campus
Bose Institute
EN-80, Sector V
Bidhan Nagar
Kolkata - 700 091, India
E-Mail: abhijit[at]jcbose.ac.in
Phone: +91-33-25693312


We are engaged in carrying out field measurements of atmospheric aerosols at different aerodynamic diameter over different atmospheric environments in eastern India. Aerosols are chemically analyzed to find the major chemical composition and the major sources of aerosols. We investigate the factors that control the temporal variations over a long-term scale as well as short-term scale. We also study the role of aerosols in attenuating the incoming solar radiation through the measurement of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD). Investigation is also made on the potential of aerosols to get activated to cloud condensation nuclei over different seasonal scales. In addition to the local emissions and sources, we also find out the contributions of the long-distant source regions and how they play role in the loading of aerosols over eastern Himalaya. We also study the role of various aerosol constituents on the acidity of precipitation over different regions in eastern India.

Other than the aerosols, several carbonaceous gaseous compounds like volatile organic compounds or VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs are also investigated. We have studied the relative role of the meteorology and the local emissions on the atmospheric abundance of these compounds.  

We have been studying on the Greenhouse gases over eastern Himalaya. How they vary on the temporal scale and how the long-distant regions affect their abundance over this part of Himalaya. We are also studying the exchange of Greenhouse gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere over eastern Himalayan high altitude conifer forest. Our preliminary results have shown that the eastern Himalayan conifer forest acts as the large sink of the CO2. 

I am acting as the Principal Investigator for a national network project National Carbonaceous Aerosols Program (NCAP) sponsored by MoEFCC, Govt of India

As a Principal Investigator of a DST funded project, my group is also working on the relative role of the anthropogenic and biogenic aerosols on the cloud condensation nuclei activity over eastern Himalaya. 

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Govt. of India has launched National Clean Air Program (later renamed as National Clean Air Mission) in January 2019 with the vision to combat air pollution in India, building action plans and strategies. The aim is to reduce the air pollution by 20-30 % in 2024 with respect to 2017 (as base year). The major activities include identification and quantification of major natural and anthropogenic sources, emission inventories followed by building action plans to mitigate air pollution for major polluted cities (122 as of now) in different states in India.

I am working as the Nodal Scientist and Knowledge Partner for the state of West Bengal under this national mission.


Complete List of Publications (Yearwise)

(The papers corresponded by Dr Abhijit Chatterjee have been marked by * after his name)

1.      Chatterjee, A*., 2022. Sources of poor air quality and long-term variability over Kolkata. In Asian Atmospheric Pollution (pp. 453-481). Elsevier. (Book)

2.      Sharma, S.K., Mukherjee, S., Choudhary, N., Rai, A., Ghosh, A., Chatterjee, A., Vijayan, N., and Mandal, T.K., 2021. Seasonal variation and sources of carbonaceous species and elements of PM2.5 and PM10 over the eastern Himalaya. Environmental Sciences and Pollution Research, Vol. 28 (October), 51642-51656. IF: 4.224

3.      Dutta, M. and Chatterjee, A*., 2021. Assessment of the relative influences of long-range transport, fossil fuel and biomass burning from aerosol pollution under restricted anthropogenic emissions: A national scenario in India. Atmospheric Environment255, p.118423. IF-4.798

4.      Chatterjee, A*., Mukherjee, S., Dutta, M., Ghosh, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Roy, A., 2021. High rise in carbonaceous aerosols under very low anthropogenic emissions over eastern Himalaya, India: Impact of lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak. Atmospheric Environment244, p.117947. IF-4.798

5.      Ghosh, A., Patel, A., Rastogi, N., Sharma, S.K., Mandal, T.K. and Chatterjee, A*., 2021. Size-segregated aerosols over a high altitude Himalayan and a tropical urban metropolis in Eastern India: Chemical characterization, light absorption, role of meteorology and long range transport. Atmospheric Environment254, p.118398. IF-4.798

6.      Jain, S., Sharma, S.K., Srivastava, M.K., Chatterjee, A., Vijayan, N., Tripathy, S.S., Kumari, K.M., Mandal, T.K., and Sharma, C., 2021. Chemical characterization, source apportionment and transport pathways of PM2.5 and PM10 over Indo Gangetic Plain of India. Urban Climate, Vol.36,100805 (March). IF: 5.731

7.      Rai, A., Mukherjee, S., Choudhary, N., Ghosh, A., Chatterjee, A., Mandal, T.K., Sharma, S.K. and Kotnala, R.K., 2021. Seasonal Transport Pathway and Sources of Carbonaceous Aerosols at an Urban Site of Eastern Himalaya. Aerosol Science and Engineering5(3), pp.318-343.  IF-1.06

8.      Chatterjee, A*., 2020. Use of hypochlorite solution as disinfectant during COVID-19 outbreak in India: from the perspective of human health and atmospheric chemistry. Aerosol and Air Quality Research20(7), pp.1516-1519. IF-3.063

9.      Chatterjee, A*., Dutta, M., Ghosh, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Roy, A., 2020. Relative role of black carbon and sea-salt aerosols as cloud condensation nuclei over a high altitude urban atmosphere in eastern Himalaya. Science of The Total Environment742, p.140468. IF- 7.963

10.  Bhattacharyya, T.,Chatterjee, A., Das, S. K., Singh, S., and Ghosh, S.    K., 2020. Study of fair weather surface atmospheric electric field at high altitude station in Eastern Himalayas. Atmospheric Research. 239. 104909. 10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.104909. IF-5.4

11.  Rai, A., Mukherjee, S., Chatterjee, A., Choudhary, N., Kotnala, G., Mandal, T.K. and Sharma, S.K., 2020. Seasonal variation of OC, EC, and WSOC of PM 10 and Their CWT analysis over the Eastern Himalaya. Aerosol Science and Engineering4(1), pp.26-40. IF-1.06

12.  Ghosh, A., Roy, A., Das, S.K., Ghosh, S.K., Raha, S. and Chatterjee, A*., 2020. Identification of most preferable reaction pathways for chloride depletion from size segregated sea-salt aerosols: A study over high altitude Himalaya, tropical urban metropolis and tropical coastal mangrove forest in eastern India. Chemosphere245, p.125673. IF-7.086

13.  Sharma, S.K., Choudhary, N., Kotnala, G., Das, D., Mukherjee, S., Ghosh, A., Vijayan, N., Rai, A., Chatterjee, A. and Mandal, T.K., 2020. Wintertime carbonaceous species and trace metals in PM10 in Darjeeling: a high altitude town in the eastern Himalayas. Urban Climate34, p.100668. IF-5.731

14.  Ray, D., Ghosh, A., Chatterjee, A*., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2019. Size-specific PAHs and associated health risks over a tropical urban metropolis: role of long-range transport and meteorology. Aerosol and Air Quality Research19(11), pp.2446-2463. IF- 3.063

15.  Sarkar, C., Roy, A., Chatterjee, A*., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2019a. Factors controlling the long-term (2009–2015) trend of PM2.5 and black carbon aerosols at eastern Himalaya, India. Science of The Total Environment656, pp.280-296. IF- 7.963

16.  Ghosh, S., Roy, A., Chatterjee, A. and Sikdar, S.R., 2019. Effect of regional wind circulation and meteorological factors on long-range migration of mustard aphids over indo-gangetic plain. Scientific Reports9(1), pp.1-7. IF-4.30

17.  Ghosh, A., Roy, A., Chatterjee, A*., Das, S.K., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2019. Impact of biomass burning plumes on the size-segregated aerosol chemistry over an urban atmosphere at Indo-Gangetic Plain. Aerosol and Air Quality Research19(1), pp.163-180. IF- 3.063

18.  Priyadharshini, B., Verma, S., Chatterjee, A., Sharma, S.K. and Mandal, T.K., 2019. Chemical characterization of fine atmospheric particles of water-soluble ions and carbonaceous species in a tropical urban atmosphere over the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plain. Aerosol and air quality research19(1), pp.129-147. IF- 3.063

19.  Jain, S., Sharma, S.K., Srivastava, M.K., Chatterjee, A., Singh, R.K., Saxena, M. and Mandal, T.K., 2019. Source apportionment of PM10 over three tropical urban atmospheres at indo-gangetic plain of India: an approach using different receptor models. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology76(1), pp.114-128. IF-2.80

20.  Roy, A., Chatterjee, A*., Ghosh, A., Das, S.K., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2019. Below-cloud scavenging of size-segregated aerosols and its effect on rainwater acidity and nutrient deposition: A long-term (2009–2018) and real-time observation over eastern Himalaya. Science of The Total Environment674, pp.223-233. IF- 7.963

21.  Chatterjee, A*., Devara, P.C., Balasubramanian, R. and Jaffe, D.A., 2019. Aerosol Climate Change Connection (AC3) special issue: An overview. Aerosol and Air Quality Research19(1), pp.1-4. IF- 3.063

22.  Sarkar, C., Venkataraman, C., Yadav, S., Phuleria, H.C. and Chatterjee, A., 2019b. Origin and properties of soluble brown carbon in freshly emitted and aged ambient aerosols over an urban site in India. Environmental Pollution254, p.113077. IF-8.07

23.  Chatterjee, A*., Roy, A., Chakraborty, S., Karipot, A.K., Sarkar, C., Singh, S., Ghosh, S.K., Mitra, A. and Raha, S., 2018. Biosphere atmosphere exchange of CO2, H2O vapour and energy during spring over a high altitude Himalayan forest in eastern India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research18(10), pp.2704-2719. IF- 3.063

24.  Sen, A., Karapurkar, S.G., Saxena, M., Shenoy, D.M., Chatterjee, A., Choudhuri, A.K., Das, T., Khan, A.H., Kuniyal, J.C., Pal, S. and Singh, D.P., 2018. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of PM 10 over Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP), adjoining regions and Indo-Himalayan Range (IHR) during a winter 2014 campaign. Environmental Science and Pollution Research25(26), pp.26279-26296. IF- 4.224

25.  Ray, D., Bhattacharya, T.S., Chatterjee, A., Singha, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2018. Hygroscopic coating of sulfuric acid shields oxidant attack on the atmospheric pollutant benzo (a) pyrene bound to model soot particles. Scientific Reports8(1), pp.1-8. IF-4.30

26.  Roy, A., Chatterjee, A*., Sarkar, C., Das, S.K., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2017. A study on aerosol-cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activation over eastern Himalaya in India. Atmospheric Research189, pp.69-81. IF-5.4

27.  Sarkar, C., Chatterjee, A*., Majumdar, D., Roy, A., Srivastava, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2017. How the atmosphere over eastern Himalaya, India is polluted with carbonyl compounds? Temporal variability and identification of sources. Aerosol and Air Quality Research17(9), pp.2206-2223. IF- 3.063

28.  Ganesan, A.L., Rigby, M., Lunt, M.F., Parker, R.J., Boesch, H., Goulding, N., Umezawa, T., Zahn, A., Chatterjee, A., Prinn, R.G. and Tiwari, Y.K., 2017. Atmospheric observations show accurate reporting and little growth in India’s methane emissions. Nature Communications8(1), pp.1-7. IF-14.92

29.  Ray, D., Chatterjee, A*., Majumdar, D., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2017. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons over a tropical urban and a high altitude Himalayan Station in India: temporal variation and source apportionment. Atmospheric Research197, pp.331-341. IF-5.4

30.  Sen, A., Abdelmaksoud, A.S., Ahammed, Y.N., Banerjee, T., Bhat, M.A., Chatterjee, A., Choudhuri, A.K., Das, T., Dhir, A., Dhyani, P.P. and Gadi, R., 2017. Variations in particulate matter over Indo-Gangetic Plains and Indo-Himalayan Range during four field campaigns in winter monsoon and summer monsoon: role of pollution pathways. Atmospheric Environment154, pp.200-224. IF-4.798

31.  Sen, A., Ahammed, Y.N., Banerjee, T., Chatterjee, A., Choudhuri, A.K., Das, T., Deb, N.C., Dhir, A., Goel, S., Khan, A.H. and Mandal, T.K., 2016. Spatial variability in ambient atmospheric fine and coarse mode aerosols over Indo-Gangetic plains, India and adjoining oceans during the onset of summer monsoons, 2014. Atmospheric Pollution Research7(3), pp.521-532. IF-4.352

32.  Sharma, S.K., Mandal, T.K., Srivastava, M.K., Chatterjee, A., Jain, S., Saxena, M., Singh, B.P., Sharma, A., Adak, A. and K Ghosh, S. 2016. Spatio-temporal variation in chemical characteristics of PM10 over Indo Gangetic Plain of India. Environmental Science and Pollution Research23(18), pp.18809-18822. IF-4.224

33.  Tyagi, S., Tiwari, S., Mishra, A., Chatterjee, A., &Bisht, D. S. 2016. Chemical Characteristics of Precipitation during Winter Season over Delhi: Source Identification of Measured Species. Earth Science India, 9.

34.  Roy, A., Chatterjee, A*., Tiwari, S., Sarkar, C., Das, S.K., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2016. Precipitation chemistry over urban, rural and high altitude Himalayan stations in eastern India. Atmospheric Research181, pp.44-53. IF- 5.4

35.  Das, S.K., Chatterjee, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2015. Fog-induced changes in optical and physical properties of transported aerosols over Sundarban, India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research15(4), pp.1201-1212. IF-3.063

36.  Das, S.K., Chatterjee, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2015. An integrated campaign for investigation of winter-time continental haze over Indo-Gangetic Basin and its radiative effects. Science of the Total Environment533, pp.370-382.IF- 7.963

37.  Sarkar, C., Chatterjee, A*., Singh, A.K., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2015. Characterization of black carbon aerosols over Darjeeling-A high altitude Himalayan station in eastern India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research15(2), pp.465-478. IF-3.063

38.  Sharma, S.K., Mandal, T.K., Shenoy, D.M., Bardhan, P., Srivastava, M.K., Chatterjee, A., Saxena, M., Singh, B.P. and Ghosh, S.K., 2015. Variation of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of PM10 at urban sites of Indo Gangetic Plain (IGP) of India. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology95(5), pp.661-669. IF- 2.15

39.  Adak, A., Chatterjee, A*., Singh, A.K., Sarkar, C., Ghosh, S. and Raha, S., 2014. Atmospheric fine mode particulates at eastern Himalaya, India: role of meteorology, long-range transport and local anthropogenic sources. Aerosol and Air Quality Research14(1), pp.440-450.IF-3.063

40.  Sen, A., Ahammed, Y.N., Arya, B.C., Banerjee, T., ReshmaBegam, G., Baruah, B.P., Chatterjee, A., Choudhuri, A.K., Dhir, A., Das, T. and Dhyani, P.P., 2014. Atmospheric fine and coarse mode aerosols at different environments of India and the Bay of Bengal during winter-2014: implications of a coordinated campaign. MapanJournal of Metrology Society of India29(4), pp.273-284. IF-1.00

41.  Sarkar, C., Chatterjee, A*., Majumdar, D., Ghosh, S.K., Srivastava, A. and Raha, S., 2014. Volatile organic compounds over Eastern Himalaya, India: temporal variation and source characterization using Positive Matrix Factorization. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions14(23), pp.32133-32175. IF-6.13

42.  Chatterjee, A*., Sarkar, C., Adak, A., Mukherjee, U., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha, S., 2013. Ambient air quality during Diwali Festival over Kolkata-a mega-city in India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research13(3), pp.1133-1144. IF-3.063


43.  Ganesan, A.L., Chatterjee, A., Prinn, R.G., Harth, C.M., Salameh, P.K., Manning, A.J., Hall, B.D., Mühle, J., Meredith, L.K., Weiss, R.F. and O'Doherty, S., 2013. The variability of methane, nitrous oxide and sulfur hexafluoride in Northeast India. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics13(21), pp.10633-10644. IF-6.13

44.  Chatterjee, A., Ghosh, S.K., Adak, A., Singh, A.K., Devara, P.C. and Raha, S., 2012. Effect of dust and anthropogenic aerosols on columnar aerosol optical properties over Darjeeling (2200 m asl), eastern Himalayas, India. PloS one7(7), p.e40286. IF- 3.24

45.  Chatterjee, A*., Dutta, C., Jana, T.K. and Sen, S., 2012. Fine mode aerosol chemistry over a tropical urban atmosphere: characterization of ionic and carbonaceous species. Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry69(2), pp.83-100. IF-2.15

46.  Chatterjee, A*., Jayaraman, A., Rao, T.N. and Raha, S., 2010. In-cloud and below-cloud scavenging of aerosol ionic species over a tropical rural atmosphere in India. Journal of atmospheric chemistry66(1), pp.27-40. IF-2.15

47.  Chatterjee, A., Adak, A., Singh, A.K., Srivastava, M.K., Ghosh, S.K., Tiwari, S., Devara, P.C. and Raha, S., 2010. Aerosol chemistry over a high altitude station at northeastern Himalayas, India. PloS one5(6), p.e11122. IF- 3.24

48.  Dutta, C., Chatterjee, A., T. K. Jana, A. K. Mukherjee, and S. Sen., 2010. Contribution from the primary and secondary sources to the atmospheric formaldehyde in Kolkata,India. Science of the Total Environment,408, pp.4744-4748. IF-7.963

49.  Dutta, C., Som, D., Chatterjee, A., Mukherjee, A.K., Jana, T.K. and Sen, S., 2009. Mixing ratios of carbonyls and BTEX in ambient air of Kolkata, India and their associated health risk. Environmental monitoring and assessment148(1), pp.97-107. IF- 2.51

50.  Som, D., Dutta, C., Chatterjee, A., Mallick, D., Jana, T.K. and Sen, S., 2007. Studies on commuters' exposure to BTEX in passenger cars in Kolkata, India. Science of the Total Environment372(2-3), pp.426-432. IF-7.963

51.  Chatterjee, A., Dutta, C., Sen, S., Ghosh, K., Biswas, N., Ganguly, D. and Jana, T.K., 2006. Formation, transformation, and removal of aerosol over a tropical mangrove forest. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres111(D24). IF-4.26

52.  Biswas, H., Chatterjee, A., Mukhopadhya,S .K., De, T. K., Sen, S., and Jana,T. K.,2005. Estimation of ammonia exchange at the land–ocean boundary condition of Sundarban mangrove, northeast coast of Bay of Bengal, India. Atmospheric Environment, 39, pp.4489-4499. IF-4.798

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  • Faculty Fellow in Bose Institute, 2010
  • Assistant Professor in Bose Institute, 2014
  • Associate Professor in Bose Institute, 2018
  • Nodal Scientist (West Bengal) for National Clean Air Mission, Govt of India, 2019
  • Member, Editorial Board of International Journal, , 2018
  • Member, Editorial Board of International Journal, ,
  • Scientific Advisor as a Nodal Faculty, Institute of Repute (Bose Institute) for mitigating air pollution over three polluted cities in West Bengal;Kolkata, Howrah and Barrackpore, 2021


1. Taught integrated M.Sc-PhD students for Space Science in Bose Institute for 2010-2013

2. Teaching Atmospheric Science for the students under PhD course work in Bose Institute


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profile image Monami Dutta Senior Research Fellow(I) Environmental Science Section Centenary monamidutta2509@gmail.com
profile image Sauryadeep Mukherjee Senior Research Fellow Environmental Science Section Centenary sauryadeep@jcbose.ac.in
profile image Soumen Raul Junior Research Fellow Environmental Science Section Unified soumenraul2@gmail.com



Dr Chirantan Sarkar - Ph.D student (2010-2016) - Ph.D. degree awarded in the year of 2016. He worked as a Research Associate during 2016-2017 and as a Post-doc Fellow at IIT, Bombay during 2017-2019

Dr Arindam Roy - PhD student (2014-2020) - PhD degree awarded in the year of 2020. He is working as a Post-Doc Fellow in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Miss Durba Das (2019-2020): Worked as Project Associate under Intramural Project


Mr. Abhinandan Ghosh: Submitted thesis on August 2021. (Physico-chemical properties of size-segregated aerosols over different atmospheric environments in eastern India)

Mrs Monami Dutta: Working as Senior Research Fellow ( India's air quality and future prediction)

Mr Saurayadeep Mukherjee: Working as Senior Research Fellow (Carbonaceous aerosols over high altitude Himalayan and tropical rural atmosphere in India)

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