8.9 SPOTLIGHT

8.9 SPOTLIGHT

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MEMBERSHIP
Spotlight on BCIA Member

Monash University

Established in Melbourne in 1958, Monash is Australia's most internationalised university. It has eight campuses including one in Malaysia and one in South Africa, and a centre in Prato, Italy. Monash is an energetic and dynamic university, committed to quality education and research.

About the Faculty of Engineering



The Faculty of Engineering is one of the largest in Australia, renowned worldwide for the high quality of teaching and research, and the calibre of graduates.

Monash teaches students to take an innovative approach to both the development and the application of engineering technology. Monash academic staff are acknowledged leaders in their fields who provide a stimulating learning environment that extends well beyond lectures. Monash Engineering degrees are in high demand due to their reputation, wide range of double degree options, the industry-led student leadership program (LITE) and wide range of scholarships.

Recent graduates can now be found working for large industrial corporations, government departments, and in the banking and finance sector. Many have gone on to form their own companies. Alumni have a firm foundation of technical problem-solving skills and business-ready skills developed during their time at Monash.


About Chemical Engineering



Established in 1962, the Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the leading Chemical Engineering Departments in Australia – currently ranked equal first in Australia (ERA 2012) and 25th in the world for Chemical Engineering (2012 QS Discipline Rankings).

It has a long history of research on pyrolysis, gasification, combustion and liquefaction of brown coal, starting in the 1970’s with Prof Owen Potter’s invention of Steam Fluidised Bed Drying and continuing later on with the CRC for Clean Power from Lignite.

Academics and researchers are involved in some of the first-of-its-kind trials in Australia, including circulating fluidised bed combustion of brown coal (see article
page 5) and pressurised high-temperature Winkler and Transport Reactor gasification.

Several academics (including A/Prof Bhattacharya, A/Prof Hoadley and Dr Lian Zhang) who have considerable industry experience are now involved in fundamental research aimed at practical problems for the industry. The Department collaborates extensively with colleagues across Monash (eg. Prof Chaffee and Prof Patti in Chemistry) on a wide range of large, well structured, interdisciplinary research projects.

The Department’s mission is to create fundamental knowledge and pioneer technologies in the chemical engineering sciences.

Its outstanding academic staff, well-funded research programs, and unique facilities provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate research work leading to Masters or PhD degrees. Research within the Department of




Chemical Engineering at Monash University is focused on many aspects of clean and sustainable energy production from Victorian Brown Coal.

Brown coal contains a high fraction of water making combustion both inefficient and difficult. Significant research activities are underway to investigate improved methods for power and chemicals production from coal and biomass, including: advanced dewatering technologies, gasification processes, carbon capture technologies (both pre- and post- combustion), and chemical looping processes.

At any given time the Department has 15-20 postgraduate students and researchers working on coal-related research projects, as well as 6-10 final year undergraduate projects.

The Department’s other strength is in training the next generation of chemical engineers. There are approximately 400 undergraduate students in Melbourne and a further 300 at the Malaysian campus.

Monash is particularly proud that every Melbourne student has an industry expert lecturer in each semester of third and fourth year. This is an unprecedented level of direct industry teaching engagement which gives students the optimal blend of academic excellence and industrial relevance.


For more information, visit http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/chemical/

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Coal Research Facilities at Monash University



Entrained Flow Reactor

Chemisorption Unit

Steam Injected TGA
Ion Chromatographs

Gas Chromatographs

Tubular Furnace
High-Pressure DME Synthesis Reactor

Drop Tube Furnace



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