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Dr Shobha Muthukumaran

PhD (UniMelb), MPBL (Aalborg University), Grad Cert in Tertiary Ed (VicMelb), MTech (NITT, India), BTech (Anna University, India)

Senior Lecturer

Dr Shobha Muthukumaran is a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering with the College of Engineering and Science. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2010, she worked at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Shobha has over seventeen years of teaching and research experience in the fields of water and environmental engineering. Her research focuses on the area of wastewater processing, membrane separation process, advanced oxidation processes and integrated urban water management.

Shobha has been involved in collaborative research projects and supervision of postgraduate students. She has published a significant number of book chapters and journal/conference research articles and an active reviewer of many international journals focused on membrane separation technology and wastewater treatment. In recognition of her research efforts, Shobha was awarded both Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award and Citation For Excellence In Research & Research Training (Research Team Category) and teaching time relief award for two and half years as part of Victoria University’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN) to conduct water management research.

Before commencing an academic career, Shobha spent more than nine years in Industry with position in Pollution Control Board, India.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Ibn Abdul Hamid K., Sanciolo P., Gray S., Duke M., Muthukumaran S. (2017) 'Impact of ozonation and biological activated carbon filtration on ceramic membrane fouling', Water Research, 126, 308-318

Song L., Zhu B., Stephen Gray S., Duke M., Muthukumaran S. (2017) 'Performance of photocatalytic-ceramic membrane integrated system for the treatment of secondary effluent', Membranes, 7(2), 20

Jayasooriya V., Ng A.W.M., Muthukumaran S., and Perera B.J.C. (2017) 'Green Infrastructure Practices for Improvement of Urban Air Quality', Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 21, 34-47

Liyanaarachchi S., Jegatheesan V., Muthukumaran S., Gray S., Shu L. (2016) ‘Mass balance for a novel RO/FO hybrid system in seawater desalination', Journal of Membrane Science, 501, 199-208

Jayasooriya V., Ng A.W.M., Muthukumaran S. and Perera B.J.C. (2016) 'Selection and Sizing of Green Infrastructure Treatment Trains for Stormwater Management', Water Resources Management 30 (14), 5407-5420

Book chapters

Muthukumaran, S. Subramaniam, C. and Baskaran, K. (2013) 'Reduction of sodium strengths in wastewater streams from food and beverage industries, Solutions to Environmental Challenges through Innovations in Resaerch', Asiatech Publishers, Inc, New Delhi, India, ISBN 81-87680-31-8, Chapter 13, p 271-291, 2013.

Pandey, S.R. Jegatheesan, V. Baskaran, K. Muthukumaran, S. (2013) 'Pre-treatment technologies for reverse osmosis (RO) during water recovery, Solutions to Environmental Challenges through Innovations in Resaerch', Asiatech Publishers, Inc, New Delhi, India, ISBN 81-87680-31-8, Chapter 13, p 143-194, 2013.

Refereed conference publications and presentations

Imran H. M., Kala J. Ng A.W.M., Muthukumaran S. 'An investigation of the effectiveness of green and cool roofs in mitigating the urban heat island over the city of Melbourne in southeast Australia' AMOS-ICSHMO 2018, 05 – 09 February 2018 UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, Australia.

Liyanaarachchi S., Muthukumaran  S., Shon H., Shu L., Roddick F. and Jegatheesan V. 'Evaluating the performance flat sheet and hollow fiber forward osmosis membranes applied for pre-treatment sludge/RO concentrate as feed/draw solutions', CESE Conference, 11 - 15 November 2017, Kunming, China 

Liyanaarachchi S., Muthukumaran  S., Shon H., Shu L., Roddick F. and Jegatheesan V. 'Fouling behavior of flat sheet forward osmosis membranes applied for sludge/RO concentrate as feed/draw solutions' CESE Conference, 11 - 15 November 2017, Kunming, China 

Song L., Zhu B., Jegatheesan V., Gray S., Duke M. and Muthukumaran S. 'A hybrid photocatalysis and ceramic membrane filtration process for humic acid degradation: Effect of pore size and transmembrane pressure' EDS, Desalination for the Environment Clean Water and Energy, Rome, Italy, 22–26 May 2016

Liyanaarachchi S., Roddick F., Muthukumaran S., Shu L. and Jegatheesan V.  'A novel approach for waste management in desalination', Ozwater 2016, Melbourne, Australia 10-12 May 2016

View Dr Shobha Muthukumaran’s publications in VU Research Repository

View Dr Shobha Muthukumaran’s Google Scholar Profile

Teaching responsibilities

Unit coordinator and Lecturer:

Lecturer:

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Completions

2 PhD students and 1 Masters Student

About 20 Honours students and intern students

Current supervision

3 PhD students (VU) and 1 PhD student (RMIT) as an external supervisor

Research grants

Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Prof. Stephen Gray, Prof. Mikel Duke, Prof. Peter Scales, Synergistic effects of ozonation and biological activated carbon filtration on ceramic membrane fouling in treating secondary effluent – (2013) - VU-CRGS grant ($26, 077)

Prof. Chris Perera, Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Dr Anne Ng and Prof. Stephen Gray, City West Water, Stormwater into third pipe, - (2013) City West Water ($50,000)

Prof. Stephen Gray, Prof. Mikel Duke, Dr Jianhua Zhang, Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, The University of Melbourne, Australian Antarctica Division, Veolia Water, Tas Water, AECOM, Demonstration of robust water recycling- (2013) ($363,550)

Prof. Mikel Duke, Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Dr Bo Zhu, City West Water, RMIT, Water Quality Research Australia, Resilient desalination pre-treatment of saline secondary effluent by ceramic membranes (2012) NCEDA ($153,400)

A/P. Jega V. Jegatheesan (Deakin), Dr Li Shu (Deakin), Prof. Bas Baskaran (Deakin), Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Dr Michael Tan (Deakin), Dr Subrat Das (Deakin), Development of a research road map in Desalination (2012) Engineering Collaborative Research funding application, Deakin University ($10,000)

Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Prof. Stephen Gray, Deakin University, Coliban Water, A novel forward osmosis process for high water recovery inland water desalination – (2012) - Faculty of Health Engineering and Science Collaborative Research Grant Scheme ($14, 987)

Dr Anne Ng, Dr Shobha Muthukumaran, Yarra Valley Water, Estimation of water end use breakdown in the educational sectors – (2012) - Faculty of Health Engineering and Science Collaborative Research Grant Scheme ($14, 661)

Professional memberships

  • Australian Water Association

Industry experience

Environmental Engineer for more than 9 years in Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, India

Appearances in the media

Many media articles have highlighted Dr Muthukumaran research outcomes. A few of them are listed below:

  • ASA’s World Wide Press, Ultrasound in the Dairy, July 2008
  • Uninews, Ultrasonic edge sounds sweet for dairy industry, Vol. 14, No. 12, By Elaine Mulcahy, July 2005
  • Weekly Times (VIC), Method to milk protein, By Megan McNaught, 24 August 2005

Areas of expertise

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Membrane separation technology
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Water recycling
  • Integrated urban water management

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4859