Overview of Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate research with Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering gives engineering and science graduates the opportunity to work towards the research-oriented degrees of Master of Engineering Science (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy, in diverse areas of chemical engineering.

The department has a substantial and ongoing commitment to advanced training and research, and has been very successful in generating funds in support of these activities.

Chemical Engineering is home to the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), and is actively involved with the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies.

Research activities

Research activities are aimed at improving techniques and at understanding the phenomena in the fields of fluid dynamics, kinetics, thermodynamics, control and reactor design for organic and inorganic processes, adsorption process design and materials development, and hydrometallurgical processes.

A great deal of work is currently occurring in a broad range of fields:

  • chemical reactor engineering
  • coal conversion processes
  • transport phenomena
  • particulate systems
  • pulp and paper technology
  • minerals engineering and extractive metallurgy
  • biochemical engineering and food processing
  • environmental protection engineering
  • polymer process engineering
  • process synthesis, design and optimisation
  • development of innovative cyclic adsorption processes, design and synthesis of adsorbent materials using nanotemplating techniques.

Find out more about the specific details of these research activities, and the research interests of specific members of staff.