Professor M Akbar Rhamdhani is currently the Director of the Transport Innovation Centre as well as the Director of Fluid and Process Dynamics (FPD) Group at Swinburne. Akbar is a Professor in Extractive Metallurgy and Metals Recycling. Akbar obtained his PhD from McMaster University Canada in Materials Science and Engineering. He has been a teaching-research academic at Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) and the University of Queensland, before joining Swinburne. Akbar was a Visiting Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium and Visiting Scientist at CSIRO. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia.
Akbar's research focuses on advanced metal/material refining and impurities removal (e.g. in steel, aluminium, magnesium, silicon, nickel, and minerals); development of new processes for metal production; thermodynamics and kinetics of high temperature metal and chemical processes; and physical chemistry of interface. Akbar's current research projects include: Thermodynamic behaviour of valuable elements during e-waste processing; Oxidation behaviour of rare-earth elements in end-of-life magnet; Recycling and recovery of metals from Alkaline and Lithium Ion Batteries; Recycling and production of metals using hydrogen; Solar thermal energy for minerals processing (solar metallurgy); and Extra-terrestrial minerals processing (astro metallurgy).