Clean Energy


Research Projects

Research will be conducted in a team-based approach. Research in The Academy will be truly multi-disciplinary which will allow discoveries to be made at the interface of disciplines.

The Academy’s intention is to organise research into classes of problems that seeks to address a key research-theme or sector-goal.

Eight key research themes have been identified:

Research ThemesProject NumberMonash University SupervisorIIT-Bombay SupervisorProject TitleProject Status
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
IMURA0073Ranjith PathegamaDeepankar ChoudhuryTo study the effects of mining induced subsidence, changes in
deformation of coal and interburden rock strata and water flow
Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0133Paul Webley
Sankar Bhattacharya
Anuradda GaneshGasification Characteristics of High Ash Lignites for Power Generation
or Co-production of Chemicals
Candidate Required
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture,Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0435Nikhil Medhekar
Laure Bourgeois
Sankara Sarma V TatipartiAtomistic Simulations of Nanoscale
Precipitate Interfaces inStructural Materials
Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0337Andrew Hoadley
Sankar Bhattacharya
Lian Zhang
Also includes an external supervisor from JSW
Somnath Basu
Also includes an external supervisor from JSW
Investigations on valorisation of top gas in blast furnace iron makingCandidate Required
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
IMURA0336Ranjith Pathegama
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
T N Singh
Hemant Kumar Singh
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Geological effects on the propagation of ground vibrations produced by
blasting
Candidate Required
Clean Energy,Nano TechnologyIMURA0353Christopher McNeilDinesh KabraInfluence of Packing of Organic Semiconductor on Photoinduced Charge
Generation and Transport Properties
Candidate Required
Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0372David TurnerRamaswamy MurugavelFunctional Coordination Networks and Cages for Molecular ApplicationsCandidate Required
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0734Boon Mian TeoSumit SaxenaDevelopment of Stimuli Responsive Materials for Energy ApplicationsCandidate Required
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture ,Infrastructure Engineering and Clean EnergyIMURA0482Professor Y Ahmet Sekerciogulu, Also includes an external supervisor from CISCOProfessor D ManjunathDeterministic Wireless Mesh SystemsCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0405Akshat Thaksale
Also includes an external supervisor from SABIC
Sanjay MahajaniStudies on catalyst deactivation during methane conversionsCandidate Required
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0447Prof. Wei ShenProf. Dipti GuptaPrinted energy storage devicesCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0710Ariel Leibman
Monash Co Supervisor: Rajab Khalilpour
Trupti Mishra
IITB Co Supervisor: Anupama Kowli
Issues facing large scale deployment of solar energy in IndiaCandidate Required
Clean Energy,Rare EarthsIMURA0369Professor Glen .B.Deacon Co. Supervisor: Prof Peter .C. Junk , Dr D.R.TurnerMain Supervisor: Professor Harkesh B. SinghThe Chemistry of Lanthanum/Nickel AlloyCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0615Tanja JunkersAnil KumarDesign synthesis and application of novel hole transport layersCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0632David W. LuptonDebabrata MaitiDirecting group assisted alkane synthesis leading to liquid fuel
formation
Candidate Required
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0640Nikhil MedhekarAmartya Mukhopadhyay
Co-supervisor: M. Aslam
Role of layered 2D layered materials (graphene, MoS2) and shape memory
alloy as buffer interlayers for improving cyclic stability of
electrode materials for Li and Na-ion batteries
Candidate Required
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0642Akshat Tanksale
Co-supervisor: Xiwang Zhang
Aswani YellaPhotoelectrochemical water splitting using monolithic photoanode/high
photovoltage perovskite solar cell tandem devices
Candidate Required
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Infrastructure Engineering, Clean EnergyIMURA0643Ranjith PGV. Vishal
Co Supervisor: T. N. Singh
Numerical and experimental investigations of complex fracturing in
shale
Candidate Allotted
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0650Nikhil MedhekarAjay Singh PanwarSimulation of interfacial properties of gas hydrates for <span
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Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0782Philip Wai Hong ChanPrasenjit GhoshGold Complexes of N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligands Derived from Bicyclic
and Tricyclic Rings having Restricted Rotation Along the Bond
Containing Chiral Auxiliary in Asymmetric Catalysis
Candidate Required
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0668Raman SinghSumit SaxenaDevelopment of graphene-based composite materials for supercapacitorsCandidate Required
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0683Ranjith PGV. VishalCO2 enhanced geothermal systems: THMC investigationCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0695David LuptonDebabrata MaitiSynthesis of biologically relevant heterocycles via Aliphatic C-H
Activation
Candidate Required
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0713Mark ThompsonRajneesh BhardwajCFD analysis of vortex induced vibration of a cylinderCandidate Required
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0718Laurence BrassartAparna SinghMicrostructure-property relationships of conductive polymers and
substrates for organic solar cells ­ Experimental characterisation
and micromechanics-based modelling.
Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0747Douglas MacFarlane
Monash Co-supervisor: Mega Kar
Sagar MitraNano-MgMn2O4 spinel cathode and ionic liquid compatibility study for
Magnesium ion battery development
Candidate Required
dvanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0757Laurence BrassartAmartya MukhopadhyayUnderstanding the integrity/stability of ´alloying
reaction´ based anode materials for Na-ion batteries via in-situ
investigations and mathematical modelling
Candidate Required
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0758Ranjith PGV. Vishal
IITB Co-supervisor: T. N. Singh
Investigation of induced seismicity in CO2 enhanced oil recoveryCandidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0774Reza RazzaghiZakir Hussain Rather
IITB Co-supervisor: Suryanarayana Doolla
Secure and Stable Grid Integration of large-scale Solar PV powerCandidate Required
Humanities and Social Sciences, Clean EnergyHSS0771Robert ThomsonPriya JadhavIndia’s Renewable Energy PolicyCandidate Required
Humanities and Social Sciences, Clean EnergyHSS0770Robert Thomson
Monash Co-supervisor: Dharmalingam Arunachalam
Priya JadhavThe value, implementation and uptake of distributed generation
solutions in light of poor quality grid supply in low usage rural
areas: the impact of technical, political and social factors
Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0783Joel HooperPrasenjit GhoshSynthesis and Utility of the Nickel Complexes of N/O-functionalized
N-heterocyclic Carbene Complexes in Cross-Coupling Reactions and in
Enantioselective Cyclopropanation Reactions
Candidate Required
Clean EnergyIMURA0494Sankar BhattacharyaSanjay MahajaniGasification characteristics of and chemicals production from low-rank
solid fuels
Candidate Allotted
Kareemulla Dudekula
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0490Qiaoliang BaoSagar MitraAdvanced Electrode Materials by 2D Layered Materials ExfoliationCandidate Allotted
ManasRanjan Panda
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Infrastructure Engineering, Clean EnergyIMURA0385Andrew HoadleyKaren HapgoodAgent-based modeling of multi-scale systems for sustainability
assessment.
Candidate Allotted
Neeraj Hanumante
Clean EnergyIMURA0509Antonio PattiAmit AroraIntegrated Biorefinery Concept from Pomegranate Processing WasteCandidate Allotted
Sachin Talekar
Infrastructure Engineering, Clean Energy, WaterIMURA0350Mohan Yellishetty
also includes an external supervisor from JSW also
A.K.DikshitBuilding Artificial Soils from Industrial Waste Products for Mine
Rehabilitation
Candidate Allotted
Shashibhushan Biliangadi
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0630Nikhil MedhekarSaurabh LodhaExperimental and modeling studies of metal/2D layered semiconductor
interfaces
Candidate Allotted
Abin Varghese
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture,Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0399Nikhil Medhekar
Also includes Co-Supervisor: Laure Bourgeois
Sankara Sarma V TatipartiNanostructure Stabilization in Energy MaterialsCandidate Allotted
Alhad Parashtekar
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0612Douglas R. MacFarlaneSagar MitraA highly efficient polysulfide-metal oxide composite electrode as
polar host for lithium-sulphur batteries
Candidate Allotted
Arnab Ghosh
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0221(A)Andrew Hoadley
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Anuradda Ganesh
Sanjay Mahajani
Santanu Bhandopadhyay
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Techno-economic evaluations of Biomass gasification with carbon
capture for syngas feedstock to ammonia production
Candidate Allotted
Pratham Arora
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0667Rico TaborShobha ShuklaPatterning of photoresponsive smart materialsCandidate Allotted
Ashish Sharma
Clean EnergyIMURA0057Ranjith PathegamaD. ChandrasekharamA numerical study of creation of optimal fracture networks for heat
extraction from engineered geothermal reservoirs
Candidate Allotted
Singh Banambar
Clean EnergyIMURA0609Behrooz BahraniZakir Hussain Rather
Co-Supervisor: Suryanarayana Doolla
Intelligent operation and control of microgrid at ultra-high
penetration of renewable energy
Candidate Allotted
Chitaranjan Phurailatpam
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0216Wenlong Cheng
Also includes an external supervisor
Atul SrivastavaExperimental investigation of the process of nanoparticle preparation
by Laser ablation
Candidate Allotted
Kaushik Choudhury
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0717Ranjith PGV. VishalPermeability and strength of methane-hydrate bearing reservoir rocksCandidate Allotted
David Stephen Lall
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0639Sunita ChauhanArpita Sinha
Co-supervisor:Leena Vachhani
Multi-robot coordination and motion planning for automatic cleaning of
solar photovoltaic panels
Candidate Allotted
Elias Eliot
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0305John Beardall
Madhu Chetty
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Pramod Wangikar
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Enhanced and desirable lipid synthesis in algae for efficient Biofuel
production
Candidate Allotted
Akhila George
Clean EnergyIMURA0257Samuel AdelojuPrakash C GhoshDevelopment of microbial fuel cells with improved performanceCandidate Allotted
Jayesh Sonawane
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
IMURA0074Ranjith Pathegama
Also includes an external supervisor from BHPB
D.N. Singh
Also includes an external supervisor from BHPB
Investigation of permeability of fractured,steep and deep rock

slopes with high groundwater pressures

Student completed
Kunal Kumar Singh
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0620Jie ZhangArindam SarkarElectrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide on transition metal oxidesCandidate Allotted
Madhurima Barman
Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0391Doug Mac FarlaneSagar MitraElectrolyte development based on ionic liquids for eco-friendlyCandidate Allotted
MANOHAR CHINNAREDDY VENKATESWARLU
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0135Bradley LadewigManoj NeergatElectrocatalysts for low temperature fuel cellsCandidate Allotted
Nalajala Naresh
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research and Clean EnergyIMURA0300John Beardall
Sankar Bhattacharyya
Also includes an external supervisor from JSW
Pramod WangikarInvestigations on CO2 sequestration with algae under dry and hot
ambient conditions
Candidate Allotted
Prachi Varshney
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture, Clean EnergyIMURA0646Akshat TanksaleS. Srinivas
Co-supervisor: Prakash C. Ghosh, Manaswita Bose
Development of flexible reformer-based fuel cell technology for
small-scale power generation
Candidate Allotted
Prashant Gupta
Clean EnergyIMURA0301Sankar Bhattacharya
Also includes an external supervisor from JSW
A K SureshInvestigations on CCP-enhanced carbon dioxide uptake in aqueous media
during flue gas scrubbing
Candidate Allotted
Raghavendra Ragipani
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0221(B)Andrew Hoadley
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Anuradda Ganesh
Sanjay Mahajani
Santanu Bhandopadhyay
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Techno-economic evaluations of coal and Biomass pyrolysis with carbon
capture for syngas feedstock to ammonia production
Candidate Allotted
Ishan Sharma
Clean Energy,Biotechnology and Stem Cell ResearchIMURA0453Main Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Patti Co- Supervisor: Dr. Douglas MacfarlaneMain Supervisor: Amit AroraBiobased chemicals production from macroalgaeCandidate Allotted
Shivali Banerjee
Clean EnergyIMURA0145Brian FalzonShashikanth SuryanarayanaSmall Wind Turbine TechnologyCandidate Allotted
Jasvipul Singh Chawla
Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0387Wei ShenDipti GuptaInkjet printed organic electronic devicesCandidate Allotted
Sivakumar Ganesan
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0159Malin PremaratneSubhabrata Dhar
R Vijaya – External Supervisor from IIT-Kanpur
Photonic crystal antenna design and fabricationStudent completed
Sreenivas Reddy
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0666Antonio PattiAmit AroraHigh Quality Protein Extraction From Plant Based SourcesCandidate Allotted
Subramoni Hariharan
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0286Wenlong ChengAnuradda Ganesh
Prakash C Ghosh
Investigation of Thermal Properties of NanofluidsCandidate Allotted
Sushrut Bhanushali
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0295Mainak Majumder
Tam Sridhar
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Arup Bhattacharyya
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Exploring the Surfactant-like Properties of Graphene/ Graphene-Oxide
for Thermal Engineering of Emulsions
Candidate Alloted
Tanesh Dinesh Gamot
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
IMURA0222Andrew Hoadley
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Anuradda Ganesh
Santanu Bhandopadhyay
Also includes an external supervisor from ORICA
Techno-economic evaluations of solar (or other advanced technologies)
for splitting water for hydrogen and oxygen feedstock to ammonia and
nitric acid production
Candidate Allotted
Sonal Thengane
Infrastructure Engineering,Clean Energy,WaterIMURA0348Mohan YellishettyT.N.SinghFly ash utilisation in haul road construction in open cast coal mines:
A geo environmental and hydrogeological investigation
Candidate Allotted
Tushar Gupta
Clean Energy, NanotechnologyIMURA0696Christopher McNeilDinesh KabraMicro-structural and Micro Spectroscopic Investigation of
Bulk-heterojunciton Organic Solar Cells
Candidate Allotted
Urvashi Bothra
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture
Infrastructure Engineering
Clean Energy
IMURA0098Ranjith PathegamaT.N SinghNumerical Simulation of CO2 sequestration and recovery of CH4 from
coal seams
Student completed
Vikram Vishal
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0136Bradley LadewigManoj NeergatNovel polymer composite membranes for the direct methanol fuel cellCandidate Allotted
Wasim Feroze
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0304Dieter Bulach
Ross Coppel
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Sanjeeva Srivastava
Santosh Noronha
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Generating Live gene expression tools for use in algal molecular
manipulation
Candidate Allotted
Anbarasu Karthikaichamy
Clean Energy
Nanotechnology
IMURA0669Jie ZhangSumit SaxenaEvaluation of organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites for applications
in electrodes for supercapacitors
Candidate Alloted
Charu Lakshmi
Clean Energy, Nanotechnology, BiotechnologyIMURA0744Antonio Patti
Monash Co-supervisor: Kellie Tuck
Amit AroraBioactives and Natural Dyes From Food and Agricultural Waste SourcesCandidate Alloted
Kusumika Sinha Roy
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture,Clean EnergyIMURA0401Huanting WangA.K Suresh
IITB Co-Supervisor: Sanjay Mahajani and Santosh J Gharpure
Development of NEW heterogeneous catalyst for SELECTIVE production OF
PROPANEDIOL from GLYCEROL
Candidate Allotted
Mohammad Khan
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture,clean energyIMURA0403Alan Chafee
Also includes an external supervisor from SABIC
A.K.Suresh
Co-supervisor : Debabrata Maiti
Develop a microkinetic model framework for heterogeneously catalyzed
reaction ­ Direct Aromatization of Methane
Candidate Allotted
Ponsubbiah Soundrapandian Nadar
Clean Energy, Nanotechnology, BiotechnologyIMURA0745Warren Batchelor
Monash Co-supervisor: Antonio Patti
Amit AroraCellulose nanofibers recovery from fruits wasteCandidate Alloted
Poornima VB
Clean EnergyIMURA0749Douglas MacFarlane Monash
Co-supervisor: Maria Forsyth
Sagar MitraSolid-State Lithium ­ Sulfur Battery operating at low temperature
based on polymer-solid ion conductor composite electrolyte and sulfur
cathode
Candidate Alloted
Preetham Permude
Clean EnergyIMURA0367David W. LuptonDebabrata MaitiMetal Mediated Synthesis of Nitroalkanes, Nitroolefins and
Nitroaromatics
Candidate Alloted
Dutta Uttam
Clean EnergyIMURA0414David W. LuptonDebabrata MaitiSynthesis of Bioactive Heterocycles Through Multiple C-H Bond

Activation

Candidate Alloted
Sandeep Y. Pimparkar
Clean EnergyIMURA0493G B Deacon,
Co-Supervisor : David Turner
M.S. BalakrishnaThorium chemistry – a new FrontierCandidate Alloted
Shalini R
Infrastructure Engineering, Clean EnergyIMURA0751Ariel Liebman
Monash Co-supervisor: Roger Dargaville
Rangan BanerjeeModelling Energy Transitions in India and AustraliaCandidate Alloted
SUBHADIP BHATTACHARYA
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture,Clean Energy,Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research.IMURA0364Mohan Yellishetty
Shankar Bhattacharya
also includes an external supervisor from JSW also
Yogendra ShastriRobust design and operation of thermochemical processing of municipal
solid waste
Candidate Allotted
Vibhuti Chhabra
Clean Energy and NanotechnologyIMURA0475Professor Doug MacFarlane Co Supervisor: Maria ForsythMain Supervisor: Professor Sagar MitraRoom Temperature Sodium Sulphur Battery for Large Scale StorageCandidate Allotted
Ajit Kumar
Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0468(A)Xiwang Zhang
Co Supervisor: Gita Pendharkar
Siddhartha Prakash Duttagupta,
Co Supervisor : Sankara Sarma V Tatiparti,
Arindam Sarkar
Nano-confined multi-component metal hydride systems for hydrogen
buffer for stable fuel cell operation
Candidate Allotted
Arif Ibrahim
Clean Energy
Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research
IMURA0303John Beardall
Madhu Chetty
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Sanjeeva Srivastava
Santosh Noronha
Also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
Strategies to control grazer growth in algal culturesCandidate Allotted
Pranali
Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture,Clean Energy,Water and NanotechnologyIMURA0468Main Supervisor: Associate Professor Xiwang Zhang ,Co- Supervisor: Dr Gita PendharkarMain Supervisor: Siddhartha Prakash Duttagupta, Co- Supervisor: Arindam Sarkar,Sanjay MahajaniArtifical Leaf for Hydrogen Generation from Waste waterCandidate Allotted
Uzma Bano Memon
Clean Energy,Nano TechnologyIMURA0354Christopher McNeilDinesh KabraOrganic Semiconductor Based Photovoltaic DevicesCandidate Alloted
Naresh Chandrasekaran
Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture
Clean Energy
IMURA0200Ranjith PathegamaT.N SinghNumerical and experimental study of rocks under very high temperature
conditions: Underground coal gasification.
Candidate Alloted
Nikhil Sirdesai
Clean Energy,NonotechnologyIMURA0376Akshat Tanksale
also includes an external supervisor from JSW also
Yogendra ShastriCatalytic Conversion of Algal Biomass into Tar Free Synthesis Gas by
Reaction Flash Volatilisation
Candidate Alloted
Pratik Gholkar
Clean Energy,NanotechnologyIMURA0379Douglas R. MacFarlaneSagar Mitra
also includes an external supervisor from Reliance
High Energy Density Lithium – Ionic Liquids BatteriesCandidate Alloted
Sowmiya Thievaprakasam
Clean Energy,Biotechnology and Stem Cell ResearchIMURA0381Doug McFarlane
Co supervisor Tam Sridhar
Santosh Noronha
One Supervisor from Reliance Industries Ltd
Solvent assisted cellulose depolymerizationCandidate Alloted
Vasudha Kotia