Mohan Yellishetty, an Associate Professor at Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering, has nearly three decades of research and academic experience in Australia, India, and the US. Recognised as a leading authority in sustainable mineral resources, A/Prof Yellishetty’s research spans critical minerals, mine rehabilitation and closure, waste utlisation, and more. He co-founded the Critical Minerals Consortium and the Australia-India Critical Minerals Research Hub, and is the Convenor of the Critical Minerals National Industry Group, Australia-India Chamber of Commerce.
What are you working on right now?
Over the last 5 years, my focus has been on creating a community of practice centred on critical minerals, known as the Australia-India Critical Minerals Research Hub (AICMRH). Spearheaded by Monash University and IIT Hyderabad, the Hub promotes collaboration among leading academics, researchers, and industry experts in Australia and India to improve critical mineral exploration and extraction methodologies.
What gets you excited about work?
Since co-founding the Critical Minerals Consortium at Monash University in 2019, I’ve cultivated robust partnerships within the critical minerals sector, fostering extensive collaboration within a multilateral framework. My vision extends to the establishment of a ‘comprehensive community of practice’ by uniting research, industry, and government stakeholders under the proposed Indo-Pacific Critical Minerals Research Consortium. This consortium aims to build a collaborative network across India, Japan, Korea, the UK, the US, Indonesia, and Malaysia, leveraging collective expertise and resources for impactful research and policy initiatives in the critical minerals sector.
What’s the best part of your work?