The Royal Australian Chemical Institute has recognised Professor Suresh Bhargava for his contributions in the field of applied sciences.
Professor Bhargava, Director of the RMIT University Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, was awarded the 2013 Applied Research Medal.
The medal is awarded annually to a RACI member who has contributed significantly towards the development of, or innovation through, applied research, or in industrial fields.
The work covers the period of 10 years preceding the award, with the major proportion of the work having been done in Australia or its Territories.
Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Science Engineering and Health, said Professor Bhargava was the only scientist from the Australian Technology Network of universities to receive the prestigious award.
The ATN brings together five of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the nation: RMIT, Curtin University, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney and Queensland University of Technology.
"RMIT is proud to be a member of the ATN, which is committed to forging partnerships with industry and government to deliver practical results through focused research," Professor Coloe said.
"Since joining RMIT in 1990, Professor Suresh Bhargava has become renowned for forming innovative and creative industrial partnerships.
"The quality, quantity and commercial outputs of his research, and his outstanding research leadership at RMIT, make him an extremely worthy recipient of this prestigious award."
A prominent scientist in the global alumina industry, Professor Bhargava's research in industrial chemistry has been instrumental in the development of technologies that advance Australian resource industries.
He has produced a high number of peer reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as Advanced Materials, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie (International) as well as many confidential reports to industry.
He is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, (London), as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
In 2013, he was elected as a Foreign Fellow to the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and was conferred the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) medal for his outstanding contribution to research in chemical sciences.
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