Srini is a Professor of Chemical Engineering. His research interests are nanoscale engineering, biomass conversion and environmental remediation. He has credentials from Madras University (BTech), Univ of California, Davis (MS and PhD) and has had previous affiliations with CTC Technologies, Inc., Univ of Texas, El Paso and Natl Univ of Singapore.
Srini’s research expertise includes nano-scale engineering for energy and environment, molecular assembly, polymer composites and hybrids, dense gas/hydrothermal processing, and surface functionalization and immobilization. Specifically, areas of interest are in processing and application of nano-structured materials encompassing semiconductor oxides, and organic/polymeric nano-hybrids with preference towards environmentally benign methods of processing. His group has demonstrated applications of these materials in organic/molecular electronics, tribology, non-volatile memory devices, chemical sensing, photocatalysis, and adsorbents for remediation and energy storage. In addition to contributing to over 150 publications, Srini holds patents in materials processing, conversion, and applications in molecular electronics and remediation.
After completing his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at AC College of Technology, University of Madras, India, Srini obtained his Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of California, Davis, USA. He returned to academia to the University of Texas at El Paso after a stint with CTC Technologies, Inc., in California. Prior to joining RMIT in August 2015, he was a faculty member at the National University of Singapore.
Recent research grants
- An environmentally benign process for organic modification and preservation of oxide-free silicon surface. Funding Agency: Academic Research Fund (Ministry of Education, Singapore). SGD $63,000. 2012-14.
- Molecular engineering of membrane materials and fabrication for the separation of Acetone butanol ethanol (ABE) broths produced from non-food biomass. Funding agency: ASTAR SERC, Singapore. SGD $945,069. 2009-12. (co-PI)
- Development and Application of Hydrothermal Oxidation Technology for Waste to Energy Conversion. Funding agency: NEA (National Environment Agency), Singapore. SGD $1,097,000. 2010-13. (co-PI).
- 9 M Eng and 18 PhD students graduated.
- Hydrothermal conversion of biomass waste to activated carbon with high porosity: A review. A. Jain et al., Chemical Engineering Journal (accepted).
- Application of organophosphic acids by one-Step supercritical CO2 on 1D and 2D semiconductors: Towards enhanced electrical and sensing performances. B. Bhartia et al., ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces (in press).
- Supercritical fluid immobilization of horseradish peroxidase on high surface area mesoporous activated carbon. A. Jain et al., Journal of Supercritical Fluids (in press).
- Deposition of zwitterionic polymer brushes in a dense gas medium. S.R. Puniredd et al., J. Colloid and Interface Science, 448 (2015) 156-162.
- Photocatalysis in a packed bed: degradation of organic dyes by immobilized silver nanoparticles. R. Zhou and M.P. Srinivasan, J. Env. Chem. Engg, 3 (2015) 609-616.
- Tuning hydrochar properties for enhanced mesopore development in activated carbon by hydrothermal carbonization. A. Jain et al., Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 203 (2015) 178-185.
- Enhanced luminescence and charge separation in polythiophene-grafted, gold nanoparticle-decorated, 1-D ZnO nanorods. S. Jayaraman et al., RSC Advances, 4 (2014) 11288-11294.
- Activated carbons derived from coconut shells as high energy density cathode material for Li-ion capacitors. A. Jain et al., Nature - Scientific Reports, 3:3002 (2013).
- Hierarchically build hetero superstructure arrays with structurally controlled material compositions. V. Suresh et al., ACS Nano, 7 (2013) 7513-7523.
Recent patent disclosures
- Process for high surface area mesoporous activated carbons from waste biomass. SG PRV #10201407219Q.
- Anti-poisoning catalytic system fabricated by nanoparticles and ultrathin films. US PA #62/124,678.
- Stable organic monolyaers on oxide and oxide-free Si/Ge in supercritical medium: a new route to molecular electronics. US PA #62/117,744.
- Ph.D. (1989) - Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
Minors: Materials Science, Solid-State Electronics
Thesis Title: On-Line Diagnostics in Langmuir-Blodgett Film Deposition
- M.S. (1985) - Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis.
Thesis Title: Drop Break-up in Double Emulsion Systems
- B.Tech. (1983) - Chemical Engineering, University of Madras, Madras, India.
Specialization: Environmental Engineering
- 2015-present: Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
- 1993-2015: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore.
- 2000-2001: Visiting Scientist, CPIMA (Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies), University of California at Davis and Stanford University, USA
- 1998, 2001: Visiting Scientist, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Japan, with JSPS Fellowship (Japan Society for Promotion of Science)
- 1991-93: Research Scientist, Materials Research Institute, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, USA
- Areas of research: thin films, molecular assembly, molecular optics and photochromic materials
- 1989-91: Manager, West Coast, CTC Technologies, Inc., California/Arizona, USA.
- Zahoor, M.,Nizamuddin, A.,Madapusi, S.,Giustozzi, F. (2021). Sustainable asphalt rejuvenation using waste cooking oil: A comprehensive review In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 278, 1 - 19
- Zahoor, M.,Nizamuddin, N.,Madapusi, S.,Giustozzi, F. (2021). Recycling asphalt using waste bio-oil: A review of the production processes, properties and future perspectives In: Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 147, 1135 - 1159
- Hedayati Marzbali, M.,Paz-Ferreiro, J.,Kundu, S.,Ramezani, D.,Halder, P.,Patel, S.,White, T.,Madapusi, S.,Shah, K. (2021). Investigations into distribution and characterisation of products formed during hydrothermal carbonisation of paunch waste In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9, 1 - 11
- Baloch, H.,Siddiqui, M.,Nizamuddin, S.,Riaz, S.,Haris, M.,Mubarak, N.,Griffin, G.,Madapusi, S. (2021). Effect of solvent on hydro-solvothermal co liquefaction of sugarcane bagasse and polyethylene for bio-oil production in ethanol�water system In: Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 148, 1060 - 1069
- Baloch, H.,Nizamuddin, S.,Siddiqui, M.,Madapusi, S. (2021). Catalytic upgradation of bio-oil over metal supported activated carbon catalysts in sub-supercritical ethanol In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9, 1 - 11
- Siddiqui, M.,Baloch, H.,Nizamuddin, S.,Mubarak, N.,Mazari, S.,Griffin, G.,Madapusi, S. (2021). Dual-application of novel magnetic carbon nanocomposites as catalytic liquefaction for bio-oil synthesis and multi-heavy metal adsorption In: Renewable Energy, 172, 1103 - 1119
- Faris, N.,White, J.,Magazowski, F.,Fischmann, A.,Jones, L.,Tardio, J.,Madapusi, S.,Grocott, S.,Bhargava, S. (2021). An investigation into potential pathways for nickel and cobalt loss during impurity removal from synthetic nickel laterite pressure acid leach solutions via partial neutralisation In: Hydrometallurgy, 202, 1 - 13
- Baloch, H.,Nizamuddin, S.,Siddiqui, M.,Mubarak, N.,Mazari, S.,Griffin, G.,Madapusi, S. (2020). Co-liquefaction of synthetic polyethylene and polyethylene bags with sugarcane bagasse under supercritical conditions: A comparative study In: Renewable Energy, 162, 2397 - 2407
- Siddiqui, M.,Baloch, H.,Nizamuddin, S.,Haris, M.,Mubarak, N.,Czajka, M.,Khalid, M.,Griffin, G.,Madapusi, S. (2019). Synthesis of novel magnetic carbon nano-composite from waste biomass: A comparative study of industrially adoptable hydro/solvothermal co-precipitation route In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 8, 1 - 11
12 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions
- Understanding Nickel and Cobalt Reactions and Speciation during Neutralisation. Funded by: Clean TeQ Limited from (2019 to 2020)
- Hybrid photocatalytic nanomaterials for water purification. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2018 from (2018 to 2021)
- A Novel Mineral Looping Tar Removal Process For Biomass Gasification (Administrated by University of Newcastle). Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grant 2016 from (2018 to 2019)
- Development of cladding panels for construction. Funded by: Innovation Connections Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2018)