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Biography

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

Keywords

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

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Research Output 1993 2019

A review on catalytic pyrolysis of microalgae to high-quality bio-oil with low oxygeneous and nitrogenous compounds

Li, F., Srivatsa, S. C. & Bhattacharya, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 108, p. 481-497 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Comparison of entrained flow CO2 gasification behaviour of three low-rank coals – Victorian brown coal, Beulah lignite, and Inner Mongolia lignite

Xu, T., Pisupati, S. V. & Bhattacharya, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Fuel. 249, p. 206-218 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Direct and two-step gasification behaviour of Victorian brown coals in an entrained flow reactor

Xu, T. & Bhattacharya, S., 1 Sep 2019, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 195, p. 1044-1055 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effects of char and volatiles extraction on the performance of dual bed pyrolysis gasification system

Qin, Z., Bhattacharya, S., Sharif, M. & Zhang, Z., 20 Jun 2019, In : Energy and Fuels. 33, 6, p. 4877-4889 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effects of gasification condition on the overall performance of methanol-electricity polygeneration system

Qin, Z., Bhattacharya, S., Tang, K. & Zhang, Z., 15 Mar 2019, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 184, p. 362-373 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review