Dr Ashok Nanjundan

Adjunct Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Ashok is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Queensland and a Head Product Scientist at Graphene Manufacturing Group Australia. His expertise in the synthesis of carbon-based nanostructured materials and polymers, in particular, the implementation of such materials in emerging energy applications. Ashok has developed his research through his doctoral studies and over seven years of postdoctoral experience in Australia and internationally. Since receiving his Doctor of Engineering degree in 2010, he has been the recipient of four competitive national and international fellowships including the prestigious Marie-Curie fellowship at the French Atomic Energy Commission. Prior to joining UQ in February 2015, he was a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow at Kumamoto University, Japan and also worked as a Research Fellow at the Trinity College Dublin. In 2016, he won a UQ Early Career Researcher Award. He has co-authored 65 journal publications, many of which appeared in high-ranking journals in the field, e.g., ACS Nano, Advanced Energy Materials, Energy & Environmental Science and Chemical Communications. His works have been cited over 3000 times. His contributions in the research field have been acknowledged with invitations to present at international conferences and to contribute to review articles in leading journals. He has one US patent (granted) and two other patents.


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science, Bharathiar University
  • Master of Science, Bharathiar University
  • Doctor of Engineering, Pukyong National University


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Book Chapter

  • Gaddam, Rohit Ranganathan, Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok, Narayan, Ramanuj, Raju, K.V.S.N. and Zhao, X.S. (2019). Advanced carbon materials for electrochemical energy storage. Nanomaterials synthesis: design, fabrication and applications. (pp. 385-418) edited by Yasir Beeran Pottathara, Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Yves Grohens and Vanja Kokol. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-815751-0.00011-0

  • Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok and Baek, Jong-Beom (2018). Functionalized graphene-based, metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Carbon-based metal-free catalysts. (pp. 529-554) Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. doi: 10.1002/9783527811458.vol2-ch7

  • Jeon, In-Yup, Chang, Dong Wook, Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok and Baek, Jong-Beom (2011). Functionalization of carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes - polymer nanocomposites. (pp. 91-110) edited by Siva Yellampalli. Rijeka, Croatia: Intech. doi: 10.5772/18396

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision