Dr Ashok Nanjundan

Adjunct Associate Professor

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


Ashok is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd., Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. His expertise in the synthesis of carbon-based nanostructured materials and polymers, particularly 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. Also, he worked as a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. In 2016, he won a UQ Early Career Researcher Award. He has co-authored 75 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 3800 times with an h-index of 31. His research field contributions have been acknowledged with invitations to present at international conferences and 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

  • Ramanujam, B. T. S, Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar and Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar (2020). Nanocellulose-based carbon as electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries. Nanocellulose based composites for electronics: micro and nano technologies. (pp. 295-312) edited by Yasir Beeran Pottathara and Sabu Thomas. Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-822350-5.00012-6

  • 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

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