Ph.D. research positions are available in the following areas:

  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition
  • Graphene - Fabrication and Applications
  • R.F. Plasma Polymerisation and thin films
  • Organic Semiconductors and Applications
  • Microwave Pyrolysis and waste treatment
  • Biomaterials for biomedical applications

Mohan Jacob is currently focusing on the development of sustainable, natural-resource-based environmentally friendly biomaterials and electronic and biomedical devices. He conceptualised this research area at JCU using essential oils or its constituents as a precursor for preparing polymer thin films using low-temperature plasma polymerization. He successfully demonstrated the fabrication of optically transparent polymer thin films over a variety of substrates including silicon and plastics; these approaches have been widely adopted.  Recently he developed graphene from non-conventional sustainable sources using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition.

He is also actively involved in non-destructive characterisation of various materials but primarily dielectric and superconducting materials. 

He published over 150 peer reviewed Journal papers and conference papers.  

  • BM5002: Professional Placement 2 Part 2 of 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • EE3001: Signal Processing 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • EE3300: Electronics 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • EE4500: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • Senior Member IEEE (www.ieee.org); Member, Institute of Engineers and Technologists; Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics;
  • Polymer Thin Films; Organic Electronics; Biomaterials; Graphene; Microwave Pyrolysis; Implantable Electronics; Dielectric Characterisation; Material Characterisation; Dielectric Resonators; Filters for Communication; Superconductors; Microwave Characterisation of Dielectric Materials
  • Electromagnetics; High Frequency Applications; Electronics; System Design; Filter; Oscillator; High Power Amplifier
  • 2018 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2017 to present - Associate Dean Research Education, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville/ Cairns/ Singapore)
  • 2017 to present - Adjunct Professor, Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology (India)
  • 2016 to present - Head, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2018 - Visiting Research Scientist, Toyo University (Japan)
  • 2009 to 2017 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Dean Research Education, College of Science, Technology and Engineering (Townsville)
  • 2015 - Visiting Professor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Director Research Training/ Post Graduate Liaison Officer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 - Visiting Research Fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • 2012 - Associate Dean Research Training, Faculty of Science and Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 - Visiting Research Fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • 2009 - Visiting Research Fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • 2008 - Visiting Research Fellow, University of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Australian Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 - Visiting Research Fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2000 - Visiting Research Fellow, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Napoli, Italy)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Visiting Research Associate, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - TropEco Research Excellence Award
  • 2015 - Reperio Innovation Award
  • 2013 - Primary Advisor (PhD Supervisor) of the Year Award 2013
  • 2010 - Research Excellence Group Award, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • 2006 - Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Group Award, James Cook University
  • 2006 - Dean’s Research Excellence Award,, FSEIT, James Cook University
  • 2005 - Highly Commended Dean’s Award, FSEIT, James Cook University
  • 2012 - Senior Member, IEEE
  • 2015 to 2016 - Vice Chair, IEEE Australia Council
  • 2015 - Vice Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section
  • 2013 to 2014 - Secretary, IEEE Australia Council
  • 2013 to 2014 - Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section
  • 2004 to 2013 - Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 163+ research outputs authored by Prof Mohan Jacob from 1998 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Applying new technologies to enhance biosecurity and cattle quality

Indicative Funding
$1,084,500 over 3 years (administered by Branir Pty Ltd & Trustee for Booloomani Unit Trust)
The vast natural environment of Northern Australia feeds the cattle industry; however, biosecurity threats have negatively impacted this. Conventional management of such threats such as weeds are not suited to such broad, harsh landscapes. The project will use an Internet of Things network with low-cost environmental sensors, drone mapping and big data analytics to develop and test data-driven, strategic pest management programs - ultimately improving both cattle industry and natural assets.
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Ron White, Stephanie Duce, Mohan Jacob and Karen Joyce (Research Infrastructure and College of Science & Engineering)
Biosecurity; Cattle; Drones; Weeds; Technology; Internet Of Things

Australian Grape and Wine Authority - Research Student Support

A low power flexible sensor network system for viticulture

Indicative Funding
$41,136 over 3 years
While many researchers are focusing on wireless sensor networks as the core component of on-farm sensor networks, these systems suffer from high maintenance due to the number of units required, each with their own batteries and charging systems. For viticulture, where sensor strings can be run down rows, I propose a wired system capable of driving 1000's of sensors from a single sensor master. There is a gap in the types of sensors currently available in viticulture research and routine that the proposed development would meet.
Daniel Whipp, Scott Mills and Mohan Jacob (College of Science & Engineering and Research Infrastructure)
Viticulture; microclimate; Sensor Network; wired

Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games - Accelerate Partnerships

SENSOR-Q: Sensor data solutions

Indicative Funding
$499,729 over 2 years
The SENSOR-Q project brings together world leading technology from industry and academia - data management and analytics expertise from CoastalCOMS (CCOMS), telemetry solutions from Taggle Systems and sensor expertise from James Cook University (JCU), in order to develop a unique end-to-end water monitoring, analysis and management solution for Townsville City Council (TCC). The SENSOR-Q project combines a multi disciplinary collaborative team that aims to create an integrated data collection, storage, analysis and visualisation platform that can be implemented across a variety of applications and industry sectors, and so enable Queensland to more effectively participate in the big data economy.
Ian Atkinson, Mohan Jacob, Scott Mills, Nigel Sim and Thomas Dejovich in collaboration with C Manning (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, ScienceMob Inc., CoastalCOMS Pty Ltd, Taggle Systems and Townsville City Council)
Sensor Network; Water Quality; Cloud Computing; Terpene; Database Services; Polymer Thin Films

Smart Water Fund - Research Project

Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis of Biosolids

Indicative Funding
$133,000 over 4 years (administered by University of Melbourne)
This project will be a scoping study of the application of microwave energy for pyrolytic decomposition and chemical and nutrient recovery from biosolids and food processing waste streams. By using the collaborative expertise and facilities of a number of research institutions, the following objectives are embodied in this project: 1) Perform a detailed investigation of the existing knowledge in this area of study and thus formulate techniques to bridge the knowledge gap; 2) Perform microwave assisted characterization of biosolid materials; 3) Design and fabrication of a 3 kW microwave assisted pyrolysis system; 4) Perform a chemical and nutritional content study of the pyrolytic products; 5) Compare the operational economics and products of microwave-assisted pyrolysis with those of conventional high temperature pyrolytic processes.
Graham Brodie, Mohan Jacob, Phil Schneider, Christina Apnte, Allan Willliamson and Trevor Bird (The University of Melbourne, College of Science & Engineering, University of Auckland and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Microwave Pyrolysis; Nutrient Recovery; Biosolids

Innovative Research Universities - IRU-MRUN Collaborative Research Programme

Plasma assisted fabrication of nanofirous membranes for energy applications

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years
Development of highly stable proton conductive polymer electrolyte membranes will enable advances in energy conversion systems. This project focuses on developing innovative membranes for fuel cells and vanadium redox battery based on cheap electrospun nanofibrous modified with plasma. Nanofiberousmats containing proton conducting functionalities will be prepared by electrospinning of desired polymers followed by immobilising of ionic groups. Composite membranes with webbed morphologies will be obtained using plasma assisted crosslinking of nanofiberousmats followed by introducing additional polyelectrolyte layers. The adopted fabrication technique will be a versatile strategy for producing low cost and mechanically stable PEMs for numerous electrochemical applications.
Mohan Jacob and Ebrahim Abouzari-Loft in collaboration with Yadollah Abdollahi, Katia Bazaka, Mohamed Mahmoud Nasef and Arshad Ahmad (College of Science & Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka and University of Malaya)
conducting polymer; Charge Transport; nanofibers; Energy Absorbing Materials; Plasma Polymerisation

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering - Research Award

Irradiation of Polymer Thin Films to Develop Carbon Nano-Clusters

Indicative Funding
Using a 2014 AINSE grant we have substantiated that polymer thin film material properties can be tailored using I+ ion irradiation. Significant modification of the atomic and electronic structure of polymer films will occur as a result of high energy (MeV) ion irradiation. This project aims to improve typical polymer properties, such as glass transition temperature, interfacial bonding and elastic modulus. These properties will be altered especially if nanotube or carbon clusters are formed as a result of the high energy ion irradiation. At high energy densities (fluences of 1x10^14 and 1x10^156 ions/cm^2) the irradiated polymer will change its structure to hydrogenated amorphous carbon and can also lead to the formation of graphitic clusters. This research will assist in understanding the material's electronic and physical structures and can lead to the development of novel environmentally friendly electronic products.
Mohan Jacob (College of Science & Engineering)
Polymer Thin Films; Organic Semiconductor; ion irradiation; Conductivity

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanostructures Developed from Non-conventional Resources. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Modelling of Radiation Secondary Elecgtron Transport and Damage in Human Tissue. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Flexible Wired Sensor Network System for Vineyard Microclimate Monitoring (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Extensive Investigation of the Ir92 Flexisource, TG186 Report and Collapsed Cone Convolution/Superposition Algorithm for Use Brachytherapy. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Grid Connected Electric Vehicles and Peak Demand Management. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Tailoring the properties of PECVD deposited Terpinen-4ol thin films (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Effect of Substrate Temperature on Pysical Properties of Nanoparticle Sn02 Thin Film Grown by PLD (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)

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  • 1 collaboration
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