A/Professor Akshat Tanksale

A/Professor Akshat Tanksale

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Room 360, 20 Exhibition Walk, Building 94, Clayton Campus

A/Professor 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 nano-materials. He is currently the Theme Leader for the Carbon Capture, Conversion and Utilisation theme of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership. A/Prof Tanksale is the immediate past Chair on the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineers Committee (JVCEC) under the common umbrella of IChemE and Engineers Australia.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Nanomaterials/ Chemical Reaction Engineering., The University of Queensland.
  • Graduate certificate in higher education., Monash University.
  • Graduate certificate in technology and innovation management, The University of Queensland.
  • Master of Engineering, Chemical Engineering., The University of Queensland.
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering., National Institute of Technology Raipur.

Expertise

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.

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).
  • Professional Membership
  • IChemE (External organisation), 28 Nov 2013 – 15 Feb 2014.
  • Australian Institute of Energy (External organisation), 1 Jan 2009 – 5 Apr 2013.

Community service

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

Research Interests

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. 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.

Research Projects

Current projects

A Novel Method for High Purity Formaldehyde Production from Carbon Oxides.

Formaldehyde is a widely used feedstock for chemical industries, but it is currently not considered as a green chemical because it is produced in a long series of processes, using natural gas as the feed, which results in over 61% loss in energy. This project will investigate detailed reaction mechanism of a novel green chemistry route of producing formaldehyde via reduction of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in liquid phase. The molecular level investigation using spectroscopic and computational methods is aimed to provide the knowledge to maximise the yield and purity of the product, making it commercially viable. This innovative approach of producing formaldehyde is expected to significantly reduce the capital cost and energy losses.

BioProcessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI).

BAMI will develop: 1) functional materials to maximize the value of forest resources 2) green chemistry & energy solutions for bioprocessing industries. Lignocellulosic streams will be converted into a complement of marketable materials, chemicals and energy products. Examples include new polymers and composites, smart packaging, chemical intermediates, fuel, green energy and nanocellulose and cellulosic fibre applications. These will drive advances in chemical engineering, materials and green chemistry for the full conversion of lignocellulosics. BAMI will complement research developments with short courses and a problem-based Masters in BioProcess Engineering to keep industry workers up to date with evolving science and technology.

Past projects

Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Dimethyl Ether (BioDME).

Bench-scale facility for the production of graphene from indigenous natural graphite.

Research articles, papers & publications.

See Akshat Tanksale’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Teaching Commitments

  • CHE3165 - Separation Processes
  • CHE2162 - Material and Energy Balances
  • CHE2166 - Introduction to Process Simulation
Last modified: 24/09/2020