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Personal profile

Biography

A/Prof Akshat Tanksale completed his PhD at The University of Queensland in 2008 examining nanomaterials / chemical reaction engineering.  This was followed by a postdoctoral position at UQ examining the conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and chemicals and hydrogen storage.  Joining Monash University in 2011, A/Prof Tanksale leads the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group where his interest is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals using nanomaterials.

A/Prof Tanksale is the Chair of the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineers Committee (JVCEC) under the common umbrella of IChemE and Engineers Australia.

Research interest:

Petroleum reserves are rapidly depleting and there is no clear alternative as yet. A/Prof Akshat Tanksale believes that innovating new processes and designing novel heterogeneous catalysts at the nanoscale is the key for developing low carbon emission alternative fuels and chemicals.  As group leader of the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group at Monash University, he is working in the field of nanomaterials to reduce human resilience on conventional fossil fuels, like petroleum, which are diminishing in amount and are also responsible for climate change through carbon dioxide pollution.

This research is very challenging. There is no easy route to achieve a long term sustainable renewable energy source. It involves a multi-disciplinary approach to find a solution. Apart from the fundamental chemical engineering principles, his research involves breakthrough science in the fields of nanomaterials and applied chemistry. This research is hugely important in the current socio-economic environment where renewable energy has become one of the top priorities of the very existence of human-kind. If a long-term solution to the energy crisis and climate change problem is not solved then in the near term we face global economic slowdown, and in the long term the rise in global temperatures.

A/Prof Tanksale makes his contribution towards this field through the development of new chemical pathways for conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and green chemicals. His group also designs novel catalysts based on nanomaterials. These catalysts enable the selective conversion of biomass, providing faster reaction kinetics and higher yield of the products. 

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Caltex Award 2018 by The Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers
  • Finalist, Academic Sharp Brain competition at RACI Centenary Congress 2017
  • Young Engineer Fellow at the Convocation of Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) 2015
  • Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, 2012
  • Australia-India Science and Technology Award, 2010
  • Fellow of the Australia-Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program, 2010
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis, 2008

Monash teaching commitment

CHE2162: Mass and Energy Balances

CHE2166: Introduction to Process Simulation

 

Consulting

Completed consulting project on the "Kinetic Study of Rapid Liquid to Gas Reactions for Floatation Device" for MNA Pty Ltd (2013-2014)

Completed consulting project on the "Catalytic Reduction of Bayer Organics" for Rio Tinto Alcan (2010)

Completed consulting project on the "Effect of Biodiesel Blends on Engine Performance and Emissions" for SkillPro Pty Ltd (2010)

Community service

Monash University Representative on the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineers Committee (JVCEC) under the common umbrella of IChemE and Engineers Australia.

Keywords

  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Green Chemistry
  • Biorefinery
  • Catalysis
  • Hydrogen Production and Storage
  • Meso- and Micro-Porous Materials as Catalysts
  • Nanomaterials
  • Catalytic and Enzymatic Depolymerisation of Biomass
  • CO2 Valorisation

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Research Output 2006 2019

Synthesis and characterization of polylactide/rice husk hydrochar composite

Nizamuddin, S., Jadhav, A., Qureshi, S. S., Baloch, H. A., Siddiqui, M. T. H., Mubarak, N. M., Griffin, G., Madapusi, S., Tanksale, A. & Ahamed, M. I., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 11 p., 5445.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Advanced nanomaterials synthesis from pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization: a review

Nizamuddin, S., Siddiqui, M. T. H., Mubarak, N. M., Baloch, H. A., Mazari, S. A., Tunio, M. M., Griffin, G. J., Srinivasan, M. P., Tanksale, A. & Riaz, S., 2018, In : Current Organic Chemistry. 22, 5, p. 446-461 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Microwave assisted pretreatment of eucalyptus sawdust enhances enzymatic saccharification and maximizes fermentable sugar yield

Amini, N., Haritos, V. S. & Tanksale, A., 1 Nov 2018, In : Renewable Energy. 127, p. 653-660 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ultrasound-assisted conversion of cellulose into hydrogel and functional carbon material

Ching, T. W., Haritos, V. & Tanksale, A., 1 Apr 2018, In : Cellulose. 25, 4, p. 2629-2645 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Upgradation of chemical, fuel, thermal, and structural properties of rice husk through microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization

Nizamuddin, S., Siddiqui, M. T. H., Baloch, H. A., Mubarak, N. M., Griffin, G., Madapusi, S. & Tanksale, A., 1 Jun 2018, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25, 18, p. 17529-17539 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2009 2013

  • 2 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

IChemE (External organisation)

Akshat Tanksale (Member)
28 Nov 201315 Feb 2014

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Institute of Energy (External organisation)

Akshat Tanksale (Member)
1 Jan 20095 Apr 2013

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board