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Akshat Tanksale

Akshat Tanksale

Senior Lecturer
+61 3 990 24388
Room 207, Building 69, Clayton Campus
PhD (Chemical Engineering), UQ (2008); Master of Engineering (Chemical), UQ (2004); Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), NIT, Raipur, India (2001)

The petroleum reserves are rapidly depleting and there is no clear alternative as yet. Many world economies will collapse if a solution is not found soon. Dr Akshat Tanksale believes that innovating new processes and designing novel heterogeneous catalysts at the nanoscale is the key for developing alternative fuels and chemicals.

Akshat is working in the field of catalysis and green chemistry to reduce our dependence on petroleum as a resource for fuels, chemicals and plastics production. His research is focused on developing catalysts and processes for converting lignocellulosic biomass into liquid fuels, hydrogen and value added chemicals.

This research is very challenging. Breakthrough research is required to achieve a long term sustainable solution. It involves a multi-disciplinary approach which spans across materials science and engineering, including nanomaterials, physical chemistry and chemical engineering principles. This research is extremely important in the current socio-economic environment where petroleum refining capacity is seeing a downward trend in Australia, limiting our access to petrochemicals.

Teaching Commitments:

  • CHE2162
  • CHE3165


  • F.L. Chan, A. Tanksale, Catalytic Steam Gasification of Pinewood and Eucalyptus Sawdust Using Reactive Flash Volatilization, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016, Volume 187, Pages 310-327
  • B Seemala, V Haritos, A Tanksale, Levulinic acid as a catalyst for the production of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural and furfural from lignocellulose biomass, ChemCatChem, 2016, Volume 8(3), Pages 640647
  • C.J. Hunt, A. Tanksale, V. Haritos, Biochemical characterization of a halotolerant feruloyl esterase from Actinomyces spp.: refolding and activity following thermal deactivation, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2016, Volume 100 (4), pp 1777-1787
  • A.M. Bahmanpour, A. Hoadley, A. Tanksale, Formaldehyde Production via Hydrogenation of Carbon Monoxide in Aqueous Phase, Green Chemistry, 2015, Volume 17(6), Pages 3500 - 3507
  • F.L. Chan, K. Umeki, A. Tanksale, Kinetic Study of Catalytic Steam Gasification of Biomass by Reactive Flash Volatilisation, ChemCatChem, 2015, Volume 7, Pages 1329 - 1337
  • A.M. Bahmanpour, A. Hoadley, A. Tanksale, Critical Review and Exergy Analysis of Formaldehyde Production Processes, Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 2014, Volume 30(6), Pages 583-604
  • F.L. Chan, A. Tanksale, Catalytic Steam Gasification of Cellulose Using Reactive Flash Volatilization", ChemCatChem, 2014, Volume 6(9), 2727 - 2739
  • F.L. Chan, A. Tanksale, Review of recent developments in Ni-based catalysts for Biomass Gasification, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2014, Volume 38, Pages 428-438
  • A. Shrotri, H. Kobayashi, A. Tanksale, A. Fukuoka,J.N. Beltramini, Transfer hydrogenation of cellulose based oligomers over carbon supported Ru catalyst in a fixed bed reactor, ChemCatChem, 2014, Volume 6(5), 1349-1356
  • F.L. Chan, A. Tanksale, Promoted Nickel Supported Catalyst for Reactive Flash Volatilisation of Cellulose to Produce Tar Free Synthesis Gas, Proceedings of CHEMECA 2013, Brisbane, Australia, page 1-8
  • A. Shrotri, L.K. Lambert, A. Tanksale, J.N. Beltramini, Mechanical depolymerisation of acidulated cellulose: Understanding the solubility of high molecular weight oligomers, Green Chemistry, 2013, Volume 15 (10), 2761-2768
  • M. Konarova, A. Tanksale, J.N. Beltramini, G.Q. Lu, Effects of nano-confinement on the hydrogen desorption properties of MgH2, Nano Energy, 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 98-104
  • A. Shrotri, A. Tanksale, J.N. Beltramini, H. Gurav, C.V. Satyanarayana, Converion of Cellulose to Polyols over Promoted Nickel Catalysts, Catalysis Science & Technology, 2012, 2(9), 1852-1858
  • M. Konarova, A. Tanksale, J.N. Beltramini, G.Q. Lu, Porous MgH2/C composite with fast hydrogen storage kinetics, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 37, Issue 10, May 2012, Pages 8370-8378
  • R. Marschall, A. Mukherji, A. Tanksale, C. Sun, S.C. Smith, L. Wang and G.Q. Lu, Preparation of new sulfur-doped and sulfur/nitrogen co-doped CsTaWO6 photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water under visible light, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21, 8871-8879
  • A. Mukherji, R. Marschall, A. Tanksale, C. Sun, S.C. Smith, G.Q. Lu, L. Wang, N-doped CsTaWO6 as a New Photocatalyst for Hydrogen Production from Water Splitting under Solar Irradiation, Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21, 126
  • A. Tanksale, J. N. Beltramini, G. Q. Lu, A Review of Catalytic Hydrogen Production Processes from Biomass, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2010, 14, 166
  • Chun-Hui Zhou, Jorge N. Beltramini, Chun-Xiang Lin, Zhi-Ping Xu, G. Q. (Max) Lu and A. Tanksale, Selective oxidation of biorenewable glycerol with molecular oxygen over Cu-containing layered double hydroxide-based catalysts, Catalysis Science and Technology, 2011, 1, 111
  • A. Tanksale, C. H. Zhou, J. N. Beltramini, G. Q. Lu, Hydrogen production by aqueous phase reforming of sorbitol using bimetallic NiPt catalysts: metal support interaction, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 2009, 65, 83
  • J. N. Beltramini, A. Tanksale, Improved performance of naphtha reforming process by the use of metal zeolite composite catalysts, Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, 2008, 174, 1235
  • A. Tanksale, J. N. Beltramini, J. A. Dumesic, G. Q. Lu, Effect of Pt and Pd Promoter on Ni Supported Catalysts - A TPR/TPO/TPD and Microcalorimetry Study, Journal of Catalysis, 2008, 258, 366
  • A. Tanksale, Y Wong, J. N. Beltramini, G. Q. Lu, Hydrogen Generation from Liquid Phase Catalytic Reforming of Sugar Solutions Using Metal-Supported Catalysts, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 32, 2007, 717
  • A. Tanksale, Y Wong, J. N. Beltramini, G. Q. Lu, Effect of Promoter on Mesoporous Supports for Increased Hydrogen Production from Sugar Reforming, Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, IEEE cat. No. 06EX1411C, 2006, 540
  • A. Tanksale, J. N. Beltramini, G. Q. Lu, Reaction Mechanisms for Renewable Hydrogen from Liquid Phase Reforming of Sugar Compounds, Developments in Chemical Engineering and Minerals processing, 14, 2006, 9


Current PhD Students
Pratik Gholkar (IITB-Monash Academy Main Superivor)
Negin Amini (Main Supervisor)
Tigabwa Ahmed (Main Supervisor)
Sheryl Moh (Main Supervisor)
Teck Ching (Main Supervisor)
Cameron Hunt (Main Supervisor)
Graduate PhD Students
Dr Abhijit Shrotri, UQ (External Supervisor)
Dr Frank Chan (Main Supervisor)
Dr Asyraf Mohd Kassim (Associate Supervisor)
Alimohammad Bahmanpour (Main Supervisor)

Community Service:

Monash University Representative on the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineers Committee (JVCEC) under the common umbrella of IChemE and Engineers Australia.

Professional Association:

Member, IChemE
Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Energy
Member, ARC Nanotechnology Network
Member, ARNAM

Research Interests:

  • Green Chemistry
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Nanomaterials
  • Enzymatic Depolymerisation of Biomass
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Hydrogen Production and Storage
  • Photocatalysis for Water Splitting and Purification