Professor Suresh Bhargava


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Professor Suresh Bhargava


  • B.Sc., MSc. (India Meerut University)
  • Ph.D. (Exon) 1982, PhD Supervisor - Prof E W Abel / Examined by Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson (Nobel Laureate), DSc(RU),

Honours and awards

  • Fellow - The Royal Society of Chemistry London
  • Fellow - Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Industrial Consultant/Research collaborator of Alcoa World Alumina, BHP- Billiton
  • ICSOBA Elected Executive Member (international Committee of Study of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium) at Viena Congress, 2002
  • Honoris Causa D.Sc. conferred by Rajasthan University, India, presented by President of India in 2009
  • RACI’s most coveted award, the RK Murphy Medal for Industrial Chemistry 2008
  • Highest research excellence award of RMIT, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award 2006
  • AGR Matthey Gold medal for outstanding contribution: Field applied gold chemistry 2005
  • RMIT Research Excellence/ Innovation/ Teaching Awards consecutive years 2002-2006
  • Selected for the prestigious Japanese JSPS Professional Fellow 1999-2000
  • Scientific and Technical Advisor for SIR India University UNDP Professor 1999
  • Selected by DST, New Delhi as a NIR expect under CP-STIO program
  • ARC Industrial Fellow 1998-2000
  • Golden West Medal for outstanding and innovative industrial research 1998
  • Quality Research Commendation Award 1998
  • CSIRO Award for outstanding contribution to the CSIRO Student Research Scheme 1997

Research areas

Since 1990 Prof Bhargava’s research has been in the industrial/Chemical Engineering area, with emphasis on how large industrial companies and processes can become more efficient and cleaner to the environment. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the environment during the design, construction, operation, and processes of large scale industrial plants.

  • Major breakthrough in alumina technology research
  • Three Industry related Patents and over 180 peer reviewed papers in prestigious journals, books & conferences:
  • Significant research funding from ARC and Industries (more than $14 million in the last 10 years)
  • A strong record of national, international and industrial research collaboration
  • Establishment of world-class research infrastructure at RMIT University
  • Integration of Industrial research into teaching & learning (introduced 2 new elective subjects in the Honours program)
  • 100% completion and employment of research students (mainly in chemical Engineering/Industrial positions, e.g. Alcoa World Aluminium, BHP, CSIRO)
  • Successfully introduced industrial-based learning
  • Significant contribution to solutions to industrial environmental problems


  • Alcoa World Alumina
  • BHP Billiton
  • Ceramic Fuels Cells
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India
  • Monash University, Australia
  • National Chemical Laboratory, India
  • National Center of Cell Sciences, India
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • St Vincent Hospital
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Rio Tinto Ltd
  • Centre of Converging Technology, Rajasthan University India

Current research group 2009

Research Fellows

  • Dr. James Tardio
  • Dr. Samuel Ippolito
  • Dr. Anthony O'Mullane
  • Dr. Vipul Bansal
  • Dr. Steven Priver
  • Dr. Frank Antolasic
  • Dr. Kshudiram Mantri
  • Dr. Neda Mirzadeh
  • Dr. Alireza Abbaspourrad
  • Dr. P.R. SelvaKannan

Current Ph.D. students

  • Gopa Kar
  • Hailey Reynolds
  • Ylias Sabri
  • Jackie Dong
  • Andrew Pearson
  • Jarrod Newnham
  • Jos Campbell
  • Emma Goethals
  • Andrew Basile
  • Vivian Li
  • Blake Plowman
  • Rahul Ram
  • Fiona Charalambous
  • Rasesh Parikh
  • Rajesh Ramanathan
  • Nicola Nola
  • Ilija Najodovski

Honours students

  • Thomas Clayton
  • Daniel JasonTorrez
  • Manika Mahajan

Selected publications

Total International Peer-reviewed Publications = 136 (plus 151 Confidential Industrial Reports and Conference Proceedings) Total citations > 1800

  • S.K. Bhargava, J. Tardio, J. Prasad, K. Foger, D.B. Akolekar, S.C. Grocott, Wet oxidation and catalytic wet oxidation, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2006, 45, 1221-1258. (Twice awarded “Hot paper” in Chemical Engineering 2007/08, cited >67 times in the last two years).
  • S.K. Bhargava, A.R. Hind, A. McKinnon, At the solid /liquid interface: FTIR/ATR- the tool of choice, Advances in Colloids and Interfacial Sciences, 2001, 93, 91-114. [cited > 56 times]
  • S.K. Bhargava, T. Cheung, K. Foger, M. Hobday, Adsorption of NO on Cu exchanged zeolites, an FTIR study: Effects of Cu levels, NO pressure, and catalyst pretreatment.Journal of Catalysis 1996, 158, 301-310. [cited > 97 times]
  • Hind, A. R.; Bhargava, S. K.; Grocott, S. C., The surface chemistry of Bayer process solids: A review. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 1999, 146, (1-3), 359-374. [cited 56 times]
  • Akolekar, D. B.; Hind, A. R.; Bhargava, S. K., Synthesis of macro-, meso-, and microporous carbons from natural and synthetic sources, and their application as adsorbents for the removal of quaternary ammonium compounds from aqueous solution. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 1998, 199, (1), 92-98. [cited 41 times].
  • E.W. Able, S.K. Bhargava, K.G. Orrell, The Stereodynamics of Metal-Complexes of Sulfur-Containing, Selenium-Containing, and Tellurium-Containing Ligands, Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, 1984, 32, 1-118. [cited > 315 times].
  • V. Bansal, H. Jani, J. Du Plessis, P.J. Coloe, S.K. Bhargava, Galvanic replacement reaction on metal films: A one step approach to create metallic surfaces for catalysis, Advanced Materials 2008, 20, 717-723.
    [This work demonstrated for the first time that galvanic replacement reactions can be conducted on bulk surfaces, thus opening avenues for catalysis and sensing applications; The work was included in ChemInform® database by FIZ CHEMIE Society Berlin, which is providing first-rate chemical data for scientific communities since 1830 – DOI: 10.1002/chin.200817012.]
  • S.K. Bhargava, J. M. Booth, S. Agrawal, P. Coloe, G. Kar, Gold nanoparticles formation during bromoaurate reduction by amino acids, Langmuir, 2005, 21 (13), 5949-5956. [cited > 25 times].
  • M.A. Bennett, S.K. Bhargava, K.D. Griffiths, Coupling of Cyclometalated Phenylphosphanes in Dinuclear Gold (II) Complexes, Adgewandte Chemie- International Edition in English, 1987, 26 (3), 260-261 [cited > 44 times]
  • Martin A. Bennetta, Suresh K. Bhargavab, Nedaossadat Mirzadehb, Steven H. Privérb, Jörg Waglera and Anthony C. Willis.a.Synthesis and interconversions of digold(I), tetragold(I), digold(II), gold(I)-gold(III) and digold(III) complexes of fluorine-substituted aryl carbanions. Dalton Transactions 2009 36 p 7537-7551 (Hot paper of the year).