Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar
Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar (Ashok) has responsibility for international strategy and relationships with India.
Prior to his current position, Ashok was the Associate Dean International (ADI) in the Faculty of Science from 2013 to 2017. During his ADI tenure, he helped to establish Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP), Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) and BSc Blended program involving partner institutions across India. He has served on a number of University of Melbourne management committees and scientific advisory boards of external scientific organizations.
Ashok has been working as an academic in the School of Chemistry since January 1996. He received PhD in 1989 from the University of Madras. He was a recipient of the Maxwell Fellowship of the French Academy of Sciences, CNRS “Poste-Rouge” Fellowship and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Ashok is a renowned sonochemist (http://sono.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/), with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of ultrasonics and sonochemistry. His team has developed a number of novel techniques to characterize acoustic cavitation bubbles and has made major contributions of applied sonochemistry to the Materials, Food and Dairy industries. His recent research involves the ultrasonic synthesis of functional nano- and biomaterials for energy production, environmental remediation and diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. He has received about $ 15 million research grants to support his research work that includes several industry projects. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, an international journal devoted to sonochemistry research with a Journal Impact Factor of 6.0). He has edited/co-edited several books and special issues for journals; published ~370 refereed papers (H-Index: 50) in high impact international journals and books; and delivered over 150 invited/keynote/plenary lectures at international conferences and academic institutions. Ashok received several prizes, awards and fellowships, including the Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) since 2007 and is the President of the Asia Oceania Sonochemical Society (AOSS).
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