Chemical Engineering

    Research areas

  • 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

Biography

Dr 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, Dr 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.

Dr Tanksale is the Vice-Chair and Monash University Representative on 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. Dr 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.

Dr 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. 

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.

Activities

  1. IChemE (External organisation)

    Activity: Industry and Government EngagementMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

  2. Australian Institute of Energy (External organisation)

    Activity: Industry and Government EngagementMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

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