Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit

Prof AK Mishra

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) Reserach Unit
Research Professor
Tel: 011 670 9702
E-mail: mishrak@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD Chemistry (University of Delhi, Delhi, India 2007)

NRF Rating

C2

Currently teaching

  • Nanoscience/Nanotechnology
  • Materials Science; Polymers
  • Composite/Nanocomposites
  • Water Research

Fields of academic interests

  • Synthesis of multifunctional nano-materials, nano-composites, biopolymer and/or petrochemical based biodegradable polymers and polymers based materials/composites for various applications, special attention to drug delivery.
  • Nanotechnology towards to the development of smart materials for various applications in the field of Materials Science/Polymer Science/Water Research/Bio-inorganic Chemistry.
  • Organometallic Chemistry/Bio-inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis in the area of Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Carbon nanotube and graphene based composite materials for technological applications.

Field of Specialisation

  • Nanoscience/Nanotechnology
  • Materials Science; Polymers
  • Composite/Nanocomposites
  • Water Research

Books

Member editorial board for:

  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, Academic Star Publisher, USA.
  • Jacobs Journal of Organic Chemistry, Jacobs Publisher, USA.
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE), Edinwilsen Press.
  • International Journal of Nano Studies & Technology (IJNST), SciDoc Publisher, USA.
  • Journal of Plastic and Polymer Technology (PAPT)Science and Engineering Publisher.
  • International Journal of nanoScience & Technology, Academic and Research Publications, India.
  • International Journal of Recent Advances in Science & Technology, Scientific Research Publisher.
  • Computational Chemistry: An Open Access, OMICS Group Incorporation Publisher, USA.
  • International Journal of Innovations in Electronic Engineering and System, EDUGAIT Press, IEES.
  • Member editorial board, American Journal of Nanoscience, Academic and Scientific Publisher, USA.
  • ISRN Inorganic Chemistry, Hindawi Publishing Corporation.

Editor of the Books:

  • Editor, Intelligent Nanomaterials, Wiley-Scrivener Publisher
  • Principal Editor, Nanocomposite for Waste Water Treatment (Pan Stanford Publisher
  • Principal Editor, Bentonite: Characteristics, uses and Implication for the Environments, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Principal Editor, Smart Materials for Waste Water Research (Wiley-Scrivener Publisher.
  • Principal Editor, “Sol-Gel Based Nanoceramic Materials”, Springer Publisher, Switzerland, 2016.
  • Principal Editor, “Smart Ceramics: Preparation, Properties and Applications”, Pan Stanford Publisher, Singapore, 2016.
  • “New Polymer Nanocomposite for Environmental Remediation'', Editors, Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Ajay Kumar Mishra, Elsevier Publisher, UK, 2018.

Journal articles

  • Majid Jahdi, Shivani B. Mishra, Edward N. Nxumalo, Sabelo D. Mhlanga, Ajay K. Mishra, “Smart pathways for the photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole drug using F-Pd co-doped TiO2 nanocomposites”, Applied Catalysis B, 267, 118716, 2020.
  • N. Moja, S. Mojaki, N. Bunekar, S.B. Mishra, T.-Y. Tsai, S.S. Hwang, AK Mishra, “Removal of heavy metal ions using the polypropylene/chitosan and clay nanocomposites”, Springer Nature Scientific Report, 10, 217 (1-14), 2020.
  • Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz, Amani A. Abdelghani, A.K. Mishra, “Optical and Biological Properties of Metal-Containing Macromolecules," Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 30, 3-41, 2020.
  • Seadimo C. Mojaki, Shivani B. Mishra Ajay K. Mishra, “Synthesis and characterization of TiC from Sol-gel derived titania and bio-char hybrid”, Materials Letters, 264, 127317, 2020.
  • Diseko Boikanyo, Shivani B. Mishra, Sekhar Ray, Sabelo D. Mhlanga, Ajay K. Mishra, “Structure-Activity relationships of Er3+ and MWCNT modified TiO2: The effect of Er3+ and MWCNT on the textural and opto-electronic properties of TiO2”, Journal of Physical Chemistry, C, 123 (51), 31246-31261, 2019.
  • Seadimo C. Mojaki, Shivani B. Mishra Ajay K. Mishra, “The impact of fluorination on microstructures and surface properties of SiC nanocomposites with SixCyFz composition”, ACS Omega, 4 (25), 20931-20936, 2019.
  • Ruma Perveen, Abu Nasar, AK Mishra, Inamuddin, “Optimization of MnO2-Graphene/polythioaniline (MnO2-G/PTA) hybrid nanocomposite for the application of biofuel cell bioanode”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 43, 15144-14154, 2018.
  • D Pathania, G Sharma, M Thakur, Ajay Mishra, “Tin (IV) phosphate/poly(gelatin-cl-alginate) nanocomposite: Photocatalysis and fabrication of potentiometric sensor for Pb(II)”, Materials Today Communications, 14, 282-293, 2018. 
  • SC Mojaki, AK Mishra, JP Mofokeng, Shivani B Mishra, “Influence of polysiloxane as nanofiller on the surface, optical and thermal properties of GG-g-PANI matrix”, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 114, 441-452, 2018.
  • Mehdi ahsanzadeh-Vadeqani, Reza Shoja Razavi, Masoud Barekat, Gholam Hossein Borhani, Ajay Kumar Mishra, “Preparation of yttria nanopowders for use in transparent ceramics by dry ball-milling technique”, Journal of European Ceramic Society, 37 (5), 2169, 2177, 2017.
  • S.H. Vaez, R.Sh. Razavi, M.R. Loghman-Estarki, A. Alhaji, S. Ghorbani, Ajay.K. Mishra, “Development of Magnesia-Yttria nanocomposite powder by new non-alkoxide sol-gel method”, Ceramic International, 43, 1217-1226, 2017.
  • G. Mamba and A.K. Mishra, “Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanocomposites: A new and exciting generation of visible light driven photocatalysts for environmental pollution remediation”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 198, 347-377, 2016.

GOOGLE SCHOLAR

https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=5Um1GE4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

ORICD

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3743-8669

 

WEB OF SCIENCE

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-4668-2015

 

SCOPUS

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Paper presentations

Associate and Guest Editor:

  • Guest Editor-Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (EMJEI)-Springer Publisher-Todate  
  • Guest Editor-Materials Today-Proceeding-Elsevier Publisher-Todate
  • Guest Editor, Scientific World Journal, Hindawi Publisher-Todate
  • Guest Editor, Current Environmental Engineering, Bentham Science Publisher, 2013-Todate
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Chinese Advanced Materials Society, Taylor & Francis Publisher, 2013-Todate.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Nanotech Chair: IEEE (South Africa chapter January 2016-Todate).
  • Fellow member, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Chartered Scientist, Royal Society of Chemistry, (CSci)
  • Member (30175889), American Chemical Society, USA
  • Finalist for NSTF award 2016
  • Winner of UNISA’s Excellence Research Award-C-rated researcher, 2016 & 2018.
  • Special recognition from “ICE MCMP 2015” at Boston, USA
  • Global Achiever's Conclave-Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman at House of Lords, UK, 2014
  • Special Recognition during Materials Science conference, San Antonio, USA, 2014
  • HIND RATAN AWARD at Ashoka Hotel, India, 2014
  • Guest Editor-Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (EMJEI)-Springer Publisher  
  • Guest Editor-Materials Today-Proceeding-Elsevier Publisher
  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, Academic Star Publisher, USA.
  • Jacobs Journal of Organic Chemistry, Jacobs Publisher, USA.
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE), Edinwilsen Press.
  • International Journal of Nano Studies & Technology (IJNST), SciDoc Publisher, USA.
  • Journal of Plastic and Polymer Technology (PAPT)Science and Engineering Publisher.
  • International Journal of nanoScience & Technology, Academic and Research Publications, India.
  • Principal Editor, Nanocomposite for Waste Water Treatment (Pan Stanford Publisher
  • Principal Editor, Smart Materials for Waste Water Research (Wiley-Scrivener Publisher.
  • Principal Editor, “Sol-Gel Based Nanoceramic Materials”, Springer Publisher, Switzerland, 2016.
  • Principal Editor, “Smart Ceramics: Preparation, Properties and Applications”, Pan Stanford Publisher, Singapore, 2016.
  • “New Polymer Nanocomposite for Environmental Remediation'', Editors, Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Ajay Kumar Mishra, Elsevier Publisher, UK, 2018.

 

Projects

  • Nanomaterials for the waste management
  • Nanophosphor synthesis and use of photocatalysis for dyes removal
  • Removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water using nanocatalysts on carboncoated supports
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites and membrane technology for waste water treatment
  • Schiff-base and thiohydrazide compounds: Metal complexes, synthesis, characterization and application
  • Synthesis, characterization and properties of phosphorylated carbonanotube/polystyrene Nanocomposite
  • Polymer-fly ash Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Characterization and Application in water treatment
  • Fabrication of polymer composites and their application towards the removal of metals (Arsenic) from water
  • Biodegradable Polymer composites: Synthesis, Properties and Application in water purification
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of novel Phosphorylated multiwalled Carbonanotubes/Polyvinylchloride Nanocomposites

Other

Short biography:

 

Prof. Ajay Kumar Mishra is currently working as Professor at Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, Florida Science Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof Mishra recently recognised as “Fellow member” and “Chartered Scientist” by Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.  He is also working as “Adjunct Professor” at Jiangsu University, China. Prof. Mishra has pursued PhD in Chemistry from Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. In 2006, he moved to the University of Free State, South Africa for Postdoctoral studies in the area of composites/nanocomposites. Later in 2009 Prof. Mishra has joined Department of Applied Chemistry as Senior Lecturer where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Prof. Mishra is currently group leader of the research area for the composites/nanocomposites, water research and bio-inorganic chemistry. He has hosted several visiting researchers/scientists/postdocs in his group. Prof. Mishra has also developed a number of collaborations worldwide. His research contribution includes many publications in international journals. He has delivered a number of including Plenary/Keynote/Invited Lectures. For his outstanding research profile, he was awarded a number of awards. Prof. Mishra also served as Associate Editor as well as member of the editorial board of many international journals. He has edited several books by the renowned publishers. He has been reviewing a number of international journals and member of a number of scientific societies.

Research Grant and Funding:

 

  • Water Research Commission (WRC) Grant, South Africa.
  • NRF-Keynote Conference Grant, South Africa.
  • SA-Taiwan Bilateral joint Project NRF South Africa.
  • CPRR NRF Grant for year from National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.
  • Eskom Project Grant from ESKOM South Africa.
  • NRF-Rated Re-rated Researcher Grant, South Africa.
  • FRC/URC Research Grant from University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa.
  • Centre of Excellence for strong Materials Grant from School of Chemistry, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  • India-SA Joint Project Grant from National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.
  • Centre for Nanomaterials Science Grant from University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa.
  • C2 Rated researcher by NRF, South Africa
  • Assessments of Research Funding; Research proposal & Panel Chair/Member
  • Panel/Assessor of Global Promotion Committees
  • Research chair/coordinator and workshop manager
  • Plenary/Keynote/Invited Speaker & Panel Chair of conferences
  • Examiners of National/International Universities for Master and PhD students
  • Member: Organizing committee of many international conferences/Congresses/workshops
  • Hosted/Hosting several workshop and joint research programme.
  • Established worldwide collaborations.
  • Hosted/Hosting several established researchers and postdoc in the research group.