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BCIA PhD Top-up Scholarships
by David McManus, Research Investment Manager, BCIA

BCIA is helping to build the highly educated workforce needed to create new opportunities for Australia’s brown coal resource, through its 2013–2014 Round Research Scholarship programme. This programme currently supports ten PhD candidates at five universities, in Victoria and South Australia, as shown in the table below.

BCIA is providing scholarships of $10,000 per year to each of the ten PhD candidates in the 2013–2014 round, to help with living expenses and to support attendance at conferences overseas.

Each of the projects supported by BCIA is looking toward new, more environmentally friendly uses of brown coal, including more efficient combustion techniques, adaptation of CO
2 capture technologies to suit local conditions, and the creation of valuable new products from brown coal and fly-ash.

It is very exciting to see the diversity of ways that brown coal can be transformed into new products. These range from relatively simple to quite complex, from blending brown coal with fertiliser to help boost soil carbon levels, to producing industrial chemicals via gasification, to storing renewable energy in the form of hydrogen within beds of activated carbon. Fly-ash, a by-product of coal combustion that currently has no practical value, shows great promise as for use in concrete for construction.

It is a foregone conclusion that there can be no long-term future for brown coal in Australia if we do not make the effort to think creatively and actively develop new, low-emissions uses for this abundant resource. BCIA is therefore proud to support the development of new opportunities for Australian industry, and to help train the future leaders in this area.


2013–2014 Round PhD Scholarship Candidates
PhD Candidate
Host Institution
Project Topic
Manabendra Saha
The University of Adelaide
Experimental and computational study of solid fuels under MILD combustion
Anthony De Girolamo
Monash University
Developing advanced computer modelling program for the prediction of brown coal ash slagging / fouling propensity under oxy-fuel combustion mode
Baiqian Dai
Monash University
Coal blending combustion and gasification – the mixing of beneficiated brown coal and high-rank bituminous coal
Tao Xu
Monash University
Development of oxygen-blown entrained glow gasification for use with a range of Victorian brown coals
Biplob Saha
Monash University
Optimising fertiliser formulation utilising brown coal, biomass wastes, and conventional fertilisers
Hiep Lu
The University of Melbourne
The impact of impurities on the performance of cellulose acetate membranes for CO2 separation
Rahul Chowdrey
Federation University
Degradation of amine solvent by reactions with metal surfaces and fly ash during post-combustion capture of CO2
Adeel Ghayur
Federation University
Environmental management of new process streams from post-combustion capture of CO2 in the Latrobe Valley
Amandeep Oberoi
RMIT
Reversible electrochemical storage of hydrogen in activated carbons from Victorian brown coal and other precursors
Rahmat Dirgantara
RMIT
Development of brown coal geopolymer concrete




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