A/Professor Andrew Hoadley

A/Professor Andrew Hoadley

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Room 208, 69, Clayton Campus

Andrew Hoadley is Associate Professor in the department of Chemical Engineering. He is passionate about designing processing plants for better environmental performance. He is particularly interested in assisting with the reduction in carbon footprint of chemical and energy systems. He is also an active researcher in the fields of dewatering, steam drying, and waste water treatment and related to these areas, he is interested in the upgrading of waste materials, industrial ecology and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of around 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Expertise

Carbon Sequestration.
Dewatering Processes.
Drying Processes.
Greenhouse Gases.
Multi-Objective Optimisation.
Process plant design.
Sustainability.
Waste Water Treatment.

Professional Membership

Corporate Membership, 1981.

Research Interests

Andrew Hoadley’s research interests include process modelling and optimization; particularly the use of multi-objective optimization to examine the trade-offs between environmental performance and inherent safety and economic performance. This leads into a general interest in sustainability associated with chemical end energy related industries.

Research Projects

Current projects

The application of glass fines to alternative energy

The project will develop novel applications for the utilization of waste glass fines. This will involve utilisaztion of glass fines in the storage of heat generated from solar collectors.

ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation

The Hub aims to develop advanced separation materials, innovative products and smart processes to reduce the energy consumption of separation processes which underpin Australian industry. The Hub focuses on the development, synthesis, characterisation and integration of advanced materials (membranes, adsorbents and resins), across scales to enable novel products. The intended research outcomes allow the majority of Australian industry to become more energy-efficient and cost-competitive in a global economy. The Hub also aims to develop a highly-trained, industry-ready workforce and advance Australia’s capability as a world-leading technology provider in manufacturing advanced separation materials and equipment.

A Novel Method for High Purity Formaldehyde Production from Carbon Oxides

Formaldehyde is a widely used feedstock for chemical industries, but it is currently not considered as a green chemical because it is produced in a long series of processes, using natural gas as the feed, which results in over 61% loss in energy. This project will investigate detailed reaction mechanism of a novel green chemistry route of producing formaldehyde via reduction of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in liquid phase. The molecular level investigation using spectroscopic and computational methods is aimed to provide the knowledge to maximise the yield and purity of the product, making it commercially viable. This innovative approach of producing formaldehyde is expected to significantly reduce the capital cost and energy losses.

Past projects

Low Cost Hybrid Capture Technology Development

Oxy-fuel combustion of Victorian brown coal

Lignite for sludge dewatering, drying and waste-water clean-up

Pre-Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture Technologies for Brown Coal Power Generation

ETIS grant administered by CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies.

Utilisation of lignite in dewatering of municipal sludge

Superheated steam drying of lignite

CRC Clean Power from Lignite

Superheated steam drying of lignite

Renewable energy from carbon dioxide: Process engineering to obtain bio-oil from algae.

This project will develop process engineering strategies for the capture of CO2 using algae with the subsequent creation of high value products. The products include bio-oil, purified water and live stock feed. Bioreactors harnessing green algae can absorb huge amounts of CO2 and NOx emissions. In an Australian context, this has particular relevance to the burning of brown coal for electricity – one of the cheapest yet most polluting of energy sources. Novel unit operations of pressure dewatering, continuous cell lysis, spray drying and supercritical CO2 extraction will be developed and employed as part of this project. Other examples of CO2 producing industries are smelters, formaldehyde production, mining, etc.

Research articles, papers & publications.

See Andrew Hoadley’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: October 25, 2017