The fundamental and applied aspects of acoustic cavitation (Sonochemistry, Sonoluminescence)
Prof Muthupandian Ashokkumar obtained his Bachelor of Science (1982) and Master (1984) degrees from Madurai- Kamaraj University. In 1989 he obtained his PhD from University of Madras, India.
Ashokkumar is a professor in the School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne. Within the school, he the group leader of the Sonochemistry research group.
The group has been exploring various industrial applications of ultrasound. In collaboration with Food Science Australia, they have also been investigating the use of ultrasound in food processing applications. The sonochemistry research group has also been exploring the use of ultrasound for synthesising targeted drug delivery agents. In addition, they use ultrasound to generate efficient catalytic materials for wastewater treatment using alternative energy resources such as solar energy.
Ashokkumar is receiver of a number of awards including Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry.
Ashokkumar is also a member of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) Built Environment research group.