About

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 the Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and he is also the Associate Dean Research Education for the College of Science and Engineering. 

Mohan 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 180 peer reviewed Journal papers and conference papers.  

Teaching
  • EE3001: Signal Processing 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • EE3300: Electronics 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • EE4500: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • EE5300: Non-Conventional Electronics (Level 5; TSV)
  • EG1000: Engineering 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • EG5311: Research Project 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8101: Research Planning in Tropical Environments and Societies (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8102: Research Project in Tropical Environments and Societies (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Senior Member IEEE (www.ieee.org); Member, Institute of Engineers and Technologists; Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics;
Research
  • 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
Teaching
  • Electromagnetics; High Frequency Applications; Electronics; System Design; Filter; Oscillator; High Power Amplifier
Experience
  • 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)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 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
Memberships
  • 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
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 174+ 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)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Ron White, Stephanie Duce, Mohan Jacob and Karen Joyce (Research Infrastructure and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Biosecurity; Cattle; Drones; Weeds; Technology; Internet Of Things

Department of Industry - Communities Environment Program

Decompose plastic waste using a microwave technology

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 1 year
Summary
The objective of the Resource Recovery Project at JCU is to develop technologies to convert waste materials into various value-added byproducts. We have a laboratory scale pyrolysis system to decompose plastic waste using microwave technology. The current microwave source is old, and needs to be replaced with high power and long life microwave source which can process materials faster and more effectively. This source will help to build a prototype system for waste processing and contribute to the circular economy. The funding will be used to procure a new microwave source, which will be used in conjunction with the existing chamber. Developed methodologies will help to develop byproducts from plastic waste and hence reducing the plastic waste.
Investigators
Mohan Jacob (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
microwave pryolysis; Landfill; plastic waste; Biochar; Waste Processing Plants; Plastics

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Development of Customised Hospital Waste Processing Technology

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 1 year, in partnership with Medalfield Pty Ltd ($52,695)
Summary
Phase 1 aims to use microwave pyrolysis technology to process a mix medical waste supplied by Medafield Pty Ltd, and study the pyrolysis conditions and resulting byproducts (syngas, bio-oil and biochar) material analysis using the different analytical tools. Phase 2 of this project will focus on the optimisation of the material properties especially to increase the value of the byproducts of particular interest. We will also undertake the biological characterisation of the samples to better understand the hazardous nature of the syngas and the biochar.
Investigators
Mohan Jacob in collaboration with Elsa Antunes (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Microwave Pyrolysis; landfill; hospital waste; Biochar; bio-oil; biodegradable waste

Australian Grape and Wine Authority - Research Student Support

A low power flexible sensor network system for viticulture

Indicative Funding
$41,136 over 4 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
Daniel Whipp, Scott Mills and Mohan Jacob (College of Science & Engineering and Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Viticulture; microclimate; Sensor Network; wired
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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.

Current
  • Development and Implementation of Plasma Polymer Thin Films for Enhanced Biocompatibility in Medical Implants (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Plasma-based synthesis and surface modification of graphene (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Development of Organic Solar Cell and Encapsulation Layers (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Graphene based supercapacitors from renewable sources (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Modelling of Radiation Secondary Elecgtron Transport and Damage in Human Tissue. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Energy production from biomass using microwave pyrolysis (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An Extensive Investigation of the Ir92 Flexisource, TG186 Report and Collapsed Cone Convolution/Superposition Algorithm for Use Brachytherapy. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigation of Cerium Stabilized Zirconia for Biomedical Applications and Feasibility of Binder Jet Processing of these Bio-ceramics (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Design and Development of a Smart Automated Machine Learning Tool for User Assistance. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Bio-Oil Production from Biomass Wastes by Microwave assisted Pyrolysis and Conventional Pyrolysis (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • A Flexible Wired Sensor Network System for Vineyard Microclimate Monitoring (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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