Professor Suresh Bhargava has been recognised at an international level by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).
Professor Bhargava was elected as a Foreign Fellow at a recent meeting of the Governing Council of the Academy.
The Academy bestows the rank of Fellowship on Indian and foreign nationals who have demonstrated their eminence and achieved outstanding accomplishments in engineering and technology.
Professor Bhargava is the Director of the RMIT University Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Research) in the College of Science, Engineering and Health.
Professor Bhargava is also the founding director of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-RMIT joint research centre in Hyderabad, India, which is jointly funded by the Government of India and RMIT.
Professor Bhargava receiving his award from Dr Baldev Raj, President of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Professor David Adams, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, and Vice-President, said that Fellowship of the Academy was a prestigious achievement and Professor Bhargava was the only one in Australia to have received this honour.
"It is a particularly impressive achievement as the INAE confers only up to 50 Fellowships on Indian and foreign nationals from academia, industry and government per year," he said.
"Professor Bhargava is one of RMIT’s most prolific publishers and his research output demonstrates his commitment to high quality industry-relevant research."
Professor Bhargava specialises in industrial chemistry, catalysis, gold nanoparticles, nanoscience and technology and their use in bio-applications and mercury sensing from industrial waste.
He has published more than 252 refereed journal papers, 100 conference papers and 72 confidential industrial reports, with more than 4200 citations.
Professor Bhargava also has six patents on different technologies developed in his group, five of them being licensed to industry or having been tested successfully at pilot plant level.
One of his joint papers, "Ionic liquids as designer solvents for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles," has achieved impressive readership results and has been downloaded more than 5000 times in the last two years.
Professor Bhargava has also won several prestigious national and international awards, including the Exxon Mobil Award, Ralph McIntosh Medal, Worley Parsons Award, R.K. Murphy Medal and A.G.R. Matthey Gold Medal.
He has been a consultant and advisor to government bodies and industries around the world, including BHP Billiton, Alcoa World Alumina, Rio Tinto and Mobile Exxon Industries.
The Indian National Academy of Engineering, established in 1987, is a peer body of distinguished engineers and technologists.
The Academy covers the entire engineering profession, with a specific focus on the promotion and advancement of engineering and technology, along with related sciences and disciplines, and their applications to problems of national importance.