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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 158+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Mohan Jacob from 1998 onwards.

Current Funding

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

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 Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts - 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

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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.

  • 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)
  • Fabrication of Marine Antifouling Coating from Essential Oil Through Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Effect of Substrate Temperature on Pysical Properties of Nanoparticle Sn02 Thin Film Grown by PLD (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanostructures Developed from Non-conventional Resources. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Anomalous Transport in Organic and Soft Condensed Matter (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Fluid Modeling of Electron Transport in Gas-liquid Interfaces (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • High Penetration of Solar Photovoltaics into Low-voltage Distribution Networks: Developing Novel Ffeeder Voltage Control Strategies (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigations on Biochar Production from Biosolids via Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis and its Potential Applications (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Grid Connected Electric Vehicles and Peak Demand Management. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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