Personal profile


Professor Sankar Bhattacharva has a strong background in industry and academia. Having started his career in India as a design and commissioning engineer for coal-fired power stations, he then worked in Thailand on the utilisation of agro-forestry residues for gaseous fuels production. Professor Bhattacharva came to Australia as a Principal Research Engineer with Lignite CRC and then as a Principal Process Engineer with Anglo Coal Australia. He then moved to France as a Senior Energy Analyst with the International Energy Agency in Paris managing their Cleaner Fossil Fuels program.

At Monash University, Professor Bhattacharva’s research area includes advanced coal and biomass utilisation for power and fuels production through gasification and combustion and biofuels including algae. He leads a group of 16 PhD students and two research fellows, and through his career has supervised 12 PhD students to completion.

He advises the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) on low-rank coal utilisation and Clean Coal Victoria. He also advises and contributes to the International Energy Agency’s flagship publications and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as an expert reviewer. He also acts as a reviewer on refereed journals including Jülich - Germany and the South Africa Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a Member of the American Chemical Society.

Research interests

Professor Bhattacharva’s research interests includes advanced coal and biomass utilisation for power and fuels production through gasification and combustion, and the production of biofuels utilising biomass algae.

His research group is currently investigating:

  • Entrained flow gasification - brown coal/biomass/algae/MSW and ash viscosity
  • Liquid fuels and chemicals from brown coal
  • Coal drying

Monash teaching commitment

ENE3048 - Energy and the environment
CHE5299 – Biorefinery Processes – MS level
CHE5188 - Advanced Reaction Engineering – MS level

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • Gasification
  • combustion
  • biofuels
  • catalysis
  • coal
  • biomass

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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