Dr. Shambhu Kandel is a postdoctoral associate at Applied Research Center, FIU. Under the supervision of Dr. Yelena Katsenovich, he is working on the environmental remediation and waste management of radionuclides. The primary objective of this research is remediation of Tc-99 from off-gas condensate from the radioactive waste treatment plant in Hanford waste site.
Dr. Kandel received his second master of science (MS) and PhD degrees in chemistry from Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA and bachelor of science (major: chemistry, minor: biology) and first master of science (M.Sc) in chemistry from Tri-Chandra College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. In Nepal, he studied the heavy metal contamination in Bagmati River for his thesis. During his PhD research in FIU, Dr. Kandel systematically developed routes for synthesis of organometallic and coordination compounds of transition metals as well as a number of organic ligands and explored their antimicrobial, catalytic, extraction, and sensing applications. X-ray crystallography, NMR, UV-Visible spectrometer, Fluorimeter, and Infra-red, liquid scintillation analyzer and ICP-MS are the characterization tools which he has proficient hands-on experience. Dr. Kandel has published his researches in a number of peer-reviewed journals.
Besides the research career, he is highly passionate on teaching. He was an adjunct professor in Tri-Chandra College, dealing with organometallic chemistry for graduate level students.