Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Membrane separation technology
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Resource and energy recovery from wastewater
  • Integrated urban water management

Available to supervise research students

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About Shobha Muthukumaran

Dr Shobha Muthukumaran is a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering with the College of Engineering and Science and Research Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities at Victoria University. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2010, she worked at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Shobha completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Shobha has over eighteen 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.

Her research work has made significant contributions and it has been widely highlighted in media articles. She has published more than 70 journal and conference publications, 3 book chapters and prepared several technical reports.

Shobha has been extensively involved in collaborative research projects and supervision of postgraduate students. Shobha is an active reviewer of many international journals focused on membrane separation technology, advanced oxidation processes 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry), The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • M Tech (Chemical Engineering), National Institute of Technology, India
  • B Tech (Chemical Engineering), Anna University, India
  • Master of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science, (Module 2), Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Victoria University, Australia

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Song, L., Zhu, B., Jegatheesan, V., Gray, S. R., Duke, M. C., & Muthukumaran, S. (190101). Effect of Hybrid Photocatalysis and Ceramic Membrane Filtration Process for Humic Acid Degradation (pp. 95-113). Springer International Publishing.

doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-75199-3_6

Year Citation
2018 Liyanaarachchi, S., Muthukumaran, S., Kaiser, J., Rogers, P., Shu, L., Shon, H. K., & Jegatheesan, V. (180515). Computing the effective diffusion coefficient of solutes in a multi-salts solutions during forward osmosis (FO) membrane filtration: Experiments and mathematical modelling. Journal of Environmental Management, 214 (215-223).

doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.03.002

2018 Myat, D. T., Roddick, F., Puspita, P., Skillman, L., Charrois, J., Kristiana, I., Uhl, W., Vasyukova, E., Roeszler, G., & Chan, A. (180401). Effect of oxidation with coagulation and ceramic microfiltration pre-treatment on reverse osmosis for desalination of recycled wastewater. Desalination, 431 (106-118).

doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.10.029

2018 Imran, H. M., Kala, J., Ng, A. WM., & Muthukumaran, S. (180401). An evaluation of the performance of a WRF multi-physics ensemble for heatwave events over the city of Melbourne in southeast Australia. Climate Dynamics, 50(7-8), (2553-2586).

doi: 10.1007/s00382-017-3758-y

2018 Song, L., Zhu, B., Jegatheesan, V., Gray, S., Duke, M., & Muthukumaran, S. (180201). Treatment of secondary effluent by sequential combination of photocatalytic oxidation with ceramic membrane filtration. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25(6), (5191-5202).

doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-9070-x

2017 Ibn, Abdul., Sanciolo, P., Gray, S., Duke, M., & Muthukumaran, S. (170101). Impact of ozonation and biological activated carbon filtration on ceramic membrane fouling. Water Research, 126 (308-318).

doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.09.012

2017 Jayasooriya, V. M., Ng, A. WM., Muthukumaran, S., & Perera, B. JC. (170101). Green infrastructure practices for improvement of urban air quality. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 21 (34-47).

doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2016.11.007

2016 Jayasooriya, V. M., Ng, A. WM., Muthukumaran, S., & Perera, B. JC. (161101). Optimal Sizing of Green Infrastructure Treatment Trains for Stormwater Management. Water Resources Management, 30(14), (5407-5420).

doi: 10.1007/s11269-016-1497-1

2016 Liyanaarachchi, S., Jegatheesan, V., Muthukumaran, S., Gray, S., & Shu, L. (160301). Mass balance for a novel RO/FO hybrid system in seawater desalination. Journal of Membrane Science, 501 (199-208).

doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.11.047

2016 Song, L., Zhu, B., Gray, S., Duke, M., & Muthukumaran, S. (160301). Hybrid processes combining photocatalysis and ceramic membrane filtration for degradation of humic acids in saline water. Membranes, 6(1),

doi: 10.3390/membranes6010018

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Characterisation of organic food waste as feedstock for digestion: assessment of input and output quality
From: Western Region Water Corporation
Investigators: Dr Marlene Cran
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Pilot Plant Evaluationof a Novel Bio-membrane Waste Water Treatment Process
From: Akvotek Grant, ARC - Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
Investigators: Prof Stephen Gray
For period: 2017-2020
$426,600

Issues related to the use of third pipe in supplying treated wastewater and stormwater.
From: City West Water
Investigators: Prof Bodiyabaduge Perera, Ms Anne Ng
For period: 2013-2016
$50,000
Demonstration of robust water recycling
From: Australian Water Recycling
Investigators: Dr Mikel Duke, Prof Stephen Gray, Dr Jianhua Zhang
For period: 2013-2014
$243,308

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Shobha has completed co-supervision 2 PhD students one each at RMIT, Australia, 2018 and Deakin University, Australia 2014. Shobha is currently co-supervising 1 PhD student at RMIT, Australia and will start co-supervise 1 PhD student at Deakin University, Australia.

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Muthukumaran teaches the following units at Victoria University:

  • NEC4101 Environmental Engineering 1 (Unit coordinator and Lecturer)
  • NEF4207 Engineering Applications (Unit coordinator and Lecturer)
  • NEC3201 Hydraulic Engineering (Lecturer)
  • NEF4101 & NEF4201 Research Project 1 & 2 (Lecturer)

She has previously taught the following units at VU:

  • VAC3031 Civil Engineering Design 1 (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer)
  • VAC4032 Civil Engineering Design 2 (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer)
  • VAC4081 Environmental Engineering 1 (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer)
  • VAC4082 Environmental Engineering 2 (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer)
  • NEF4102 & NEF4202 Capstone Projects (Lecturer).

Shobha Muthukumaran has previously taught the following units at Deakin University:

  • SEN740 Water Treatment processes (Postgraduate level- Unit Chair and Lecturer)
  • SEN741 Wastewater Treatment Processes and Membrane Technology (Postgraduate level- Lecturer)
  • SEV710 Risk and Environmental Sustainability (Postgraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEN704 Principles of Bioprocessing (Postgraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEV314 Industrial pollution control (Undergraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEV328 Water and Wastewater Treatment (Undergraduate level- Lecturer)
  • SEV318 Environmental Impact Assessment (Undergraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEV430 Engineering Audits and Quality Management System (Undergraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEV313 Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management (Undergraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer)
  • SEV216 Bioprocessing (Undergraduate level- Unit chair and Lecturer).

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2013 - Jun 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Lectruer
Victoria University
Nov 2006 - Aug 2010
Research Academic
Deakin University
Jan 2006 - Oct 2006
Research Assistant
The University of Melbourne
Jun 2001 - Dec 2005
PhD Candidate
The University of Melbourne
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2013 -
Jun 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Aug 2010 -
Jun 2013
Lectruer
Victoria University
Nov 2006 -
Aug 2010
Research Academic
Deakin University
Jan 2006 -
Oct 2006
Research Assistant
The University of Melbourne
Jun 2001 -
Dec 2005
PhD Candidate
The University of Melbourne
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Sep 1990 - Jun 1999
Environmental Engineer
TamilNadu Pollution Control Board, Government of TamilNadu, India
Sep 1990 - Jun 1999
Part Time Trainer, Environmental Training Institute (ETI)
TamilNadu Pollution Control Board, Government of TamilNadu, India
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Sep 1990 - Jun 1999
Environmental Engineer
TamilNadu Pollution Control Board, Government of TamilNadu, India
Sep 1990 - Jun 1999
Part Time Trainer, Environmental Training Institute (ETI)
TamilNadu Pollution Control Board, Government of TamilNadu, India

Awards

Year Award
2011

Vice Chancellor’s Citation Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research Team category) - Victoria University

2011

Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research Team category). - Victoria University

2011

Teaching Time Release Award - Victoria University

2008

Travel Scholarship - Deakin University

2006

The David Hay Postgraduate Writing-up Awards - The University of Melbourne

2001

Australian Postgraduate Award - Australian Government

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Media appearances

24th August 2005

Method to milk protein (The Weekly Times)

A group of Melbourne University researchers may have found a way to speed up the process of extracting proteins form the milk.

11th July 2005

Ultrasonic edge sounds sweet for dairy industry

University of Melbourne researchers are developing ultrasound technology that could transform the Australian diary industry by overcoming many current difficulties in dairy processing.