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Bill Hoyle

Bill Hoyle

Biography: Bill has directed the investigation of more than 30 major incidents including the inquiry into the 2005 BP Texas City Refinery fire and explosions that killed 15 and injured 180. He assembled a team of experts from Australia, the United Kingdom and France to help analyze the underlying causes of the BP incident. He designed CSB’s urgent recommendation that resulted in the formation of the highly-regarded Baker Panel, which studied the safety culture at BP’s oil refineries. He is currently working on CSB’s investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed eleven and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Bill helped establish the U.S. Chemical Safety Board in 1998. The agency conducts in-depth scientific and independent investigations of major workplace incidents that involve hazardous materials. He retired in 2008, but was brought back by the CSB to work on the Deepwater investigation. Prior to joining the CSB, Bill worked for 15 years in refinery operations and process safety for Amoco Oil Company.

Title: Are we learning from disasters? Lessons from Texas City, Buncefield and the Deepwater Horizon

Abstract: The 2005 fire and explosions at BP Texas City caused 15 deaths, 180 injuries and billions of dollars in financial damage. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Baker Panel produced in-depth investigation reports. These reports made recommendations to BP, the oil industry and federal government for urgently needed changes in process safety, regulatory oversight and safety culture. Similarly, major investigation reports and recommendations were issued after the massive explosion in 2005 at the Buncefield oil terminal in the UK.

In 2010, a fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico claimed the lives of 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The incident involved activities conducted by Transocean, BP and Halliburton. If the lessons of the Texas City and Buncefield incidents had been learned and acted upon, the Deepwater Horizon disaster might have been prevented.

This presentation will examine how the oil, chemical and many other sectors can learn valuable lessons on high reliability organizing and safety culture from the commercial aviation and nuclear power industry.

Professor Martyn Poliakoff

Professor Martyn Poliakoff

Biography: Professor Martyn Poliakoff began his academic career as an undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge, obtaining his B.A (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) under the supervision of J. J. Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. In 1972, he was appointed as a 1972-79 Research Officer in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Promotion to Senior Research Officer followed in 1973 and then to a tenured position in 1975. In 1979, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Promotion to Reader in Inorganic Chemistry and then to Professor of Chemistry followed in 1985 and 1991 respectively. In addition to his chair in Nottingham, Professor Poliakoff is an Honorary Professor of Chemistry at Moscow State University. From 1994-99, he held an EPSRC/Royal Academy of Engineering Clean Technology Fellowship at Nottingham. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2002), of the RSC (2002) and of the IChemE (2004) and awarded CBE for "Services to Sciences" in the 2007/8 New Year Honours. E-mails from prospective PhD students and postdocs are always welcome.

Title: Engineering a Better World through Green Chemistry

Abstract: Green Chemistry is 20 years old.[1] Green Chemistry[1] aims to find cleaner ways for making chemicals and materials, particularly by reducing the hazard associated with the processes and applications.[2] This lecture will illustrate how a combination of chemistry and engineering can be used to achieve this aim. It describes recent work in Nottingham where we have set up DICE (Driving Innovation in Chemistry & Engineering) a partnership between chemistry and chemical engineering across the university.[3] The lecture will include a number of examples of work within DICE, including the use of supercritical fluids (gases compressed until they are nearly as dense as liquids[4]) as a replacement for environmentally less acceptable solvents in organic reactions[5] and the development of self-optimizing reactors.[6] The lecture will also outline how members of DICE have harnessed YouTube to spread the message of chemistry across the world.[7]
[1] N. Asfaw, P. Licence, T. Engida, M. Poliakoff, Science 2007, 316, 1849.
[2] a)M. Poliakoff, P. Licence, Nature 2007, 450, 810; b)S. Y. Tang, R. A. Bourne, M. Poliakoff, R. L. Smith, Green Chemistry 2008, 10, 268
[4] M. Poliakoff, P. King, Nature 2001, 412, 125.
[5] a)E. J. Beckman, J. Supercrit. Fluids 2004, 28, 121; b)G. R. Akien, M. Poliakoff, Green Chemistry 2009, 11, 1083; c)J. G. Stevens, R. A. Bourne, M. Poliakoff, Green Chemistry 2009, 11, 409; d)R. A. Bourne, X. Han, M. Poliakoff, M. W. George, Angew. Chem. -Intl Ed. 2009, 48, 5322.
[6] a)A. J. Parrott, R. A. Bourne, G. R. Akien, D. J. Irvine, M. Poliakoff, Angew. Chem.-Int. Edit., 2011, 50, 3788; b) R. A. Bourne, R. A. Skilton, A. J. Parrott, D. J. Irvine, M. Poliakoff, Org. Process Res. Dev., 2011, 10.1021/op200109t.
[7] B.. Haran, M. Poliakoff, Science, 2011, 332, 1046.

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Biography: Dr. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos joined the Chemical Engineering Faculty of Tufts University as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention in January 1994. Her prior appointments were at MIT, Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, CA. Her research uses heterogeneous catalysis principles to solve problems in the production of clean and efficient energy. Specifically, she investigates properties of nanoscale metal oxides as catalysts and sorbents for fuel processing and the production of hydrogen for fuel cell applications. At Tufts, she directs the Nanocatalysis and Energy Laboratory. Since 2002, she has served as Editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

Title: Nanocatalysis for Sustainable Energy

Abstract: Production of clean, affordable and sustainable energy is a top priority in today's world and will remain a primary challenge to engineers and policy makers alike for the foreseeable future. Resources are currently stressed and geopolitical considerations are in a state of flux. New technologies for the utilization of both renewable and fossil fuels are needed to meet the ever growing demand for energy worldwide. Catalysis plays a central role in our quest for sustainable energy solutions, and new catalyst designs are emerging for fuel production and utilization processes, often enabled by recent advances in nanotechnology and in synthesis and characterization methods. The hope is that properly designed catalysts at the nanoscale, containing only trace amounts of precious metals will offer new economic solutions to the way we generate energy both now and in the future. Materials resource conservation and energy sustainability are in the end intricately intertwined.

Sir William Wakeham

Sir William Wakeham

Biography: Born 25 September 1944, Sir William Wakeham is a British chemical engineer. From 2001 to 2009 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton and is now President-Elect of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and Vice-President and Honorary International Secretary of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Sir William received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Exeter University. He then served as a Research Associate at Brown University, and was then in 1971 appointed Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at Imperial College, London. He was successively Reader in 1979, Professor of Chemical Physics in 1985, and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1988.

His academic specialty is thermodynamics, particularly the thermophysical properties of fluids and intermolecular forces. In 1996 he was appointed Pro-Rector (Research) and subsequently also Deputy Rector and Pro-Rector (Resources) at Imperial College, holding these positions simultaneously, and overseeing the College's merger with a series of London medical schools.
He was knighted in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

Title: Thinking Outside the Pipe : Unlocking Potential, Delivering Chemical Engineering Futures

Abstract: In his presentation, Professor Wakeham will build upon his Presidential address. He will examine the ways in which the chemical engineering profession is addressing some of the key challenges facing humanity and argue that the profession must continually expand its boundaries. In particular, he will assess the role played by IChemE in a multi-disciplinary setting by widening its own boundaries. He will offer his thoughts on new strategies to inspire volunteer members to engage more fully with an institution that is committed to securing a sustainable future.

Mr Jim McIlvenny

Mr Jim McIlvenny

Biography: Jim McIlvenny is the Group Senior Vice President for Mega Projects and The Dow Chemical Company located at the Company's headquarters in Midland, Michigan in the United States. McIlvenny is responsible for leading Dow's key, large-scale investments designed to meet the growth opportunities of tomorrow, and to enhance the long-term profitability of Dow. In addition, McIlvenny is a member of Dow's Executive Leadership Committee and Strategy Board.

McIlvenny joined Dow in Australia in 1982, and has since held a number of positions in Chemical and Performance Products in the areas of technical service, sales, marketing, and business leadership. He has travelled extensively and has taken on business assignments in Australia, Japan, China and Michigan and Massachusetts in the U.S. In 1998, McIlvenny was named President and CEO of Hampshire Chemical Corporation, Dow's wholly-owned subsidiary. McIlvenny was Business Vice President of Specialty Polymers before moving to China.

Named President of Dow Greater China in 2004, McIlvenny became President of Dow Asia Pacific with broadened regional responsibilities in 2006, and in May 2009, was named Senior Vice President of Emerging Economies. During this time, McIlvenny was based in Shanghai, China and played a leading role in driving the expansion of Dow in Asia Pacific with focus on organizational development, customer relationship and building assets. Under his leadership, the company established the headquarters of Dow Greater China in Shanghai, and also developed the Shanghai Dow Center which has become a major business and R&D hub for Dow in Asia Pacific.

McIlvenny has been an active contributor in the development of a sustainable chemical industry in Asia Pacific through participation in leading sustainability organizations and development of joint partnerships in sustainable chemistry with governments and NGOs in Asia. He served as a board member of Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship, as well as a corporate advisory board member of China Europe International Business School.

In September 2009, he was named Senior Vice President for Performance Products, and had overall responsibility for a division that accounted for US$13 billion in sales. The businesses within this global division covered an extensive range of products for household, transportation, coating and personal care markets. McIlvenny was named to his current role in August 2010.
McIlvenny graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He is married with 3 children who are currently attending universities.

Title: Innovation & Engineering for A Better & Sustainable World - An Industry Perspective

Abstract: With over 96 percent of manufactured products enabled by chemistry, companies like Dow Chemical -- which combine the power of science, technology and engineering -- can collaborate with industries, governments, academia and civil society to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges and innovate and engineer for a better and sustainable world. Their innovation engine can focus on development and commercialization of alternative energy, water purification, crop productivity, building efficiency and many more solutions that improve lives while protecting the planet. McIlvenny will discuss how companies can do the innovation and engineering to drive technological development to enable the solutions necessary.

Mr Julian Segal

Mr Julian Segal

Biography: Julian Segal is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Caltex Australia Limited. Caltex is the only oil refining and fuel and convenience marketing company listed on the ASX. Julian joined the company in July 2009 and is based at its head office in Sydney.

Caltex Australia Limited is the leading fuel and convenience marketer in Australia, underpinned by an effective supply chain. The integrated business incorporates supply, refining, distribution and marketing.

Before joining Caltex Australia Limited, Julian was the Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot Limited. Prior to this, he held senior executive positions with Orica Limited in Australia and the United States, including Senior Vice President Marketing, Orica Mining Services, based in Denver, Colorado, and General Manager Australia/Asia for Orica Mining Services based in Sydney.

Julian is the Chairman of the Australian Institute of Petroleum and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

Title: Engineers - The Link Between Ideas and Action

Professor Mark J. Biggs

Professor Mark J. Biggs

Biography: Professor Mark J. Biggs, who received his PhD in 1996 from The University of Adelaide, holds the Chair of Chemical Engineering at The University of Adelaide where he is also the Head of School and Director of the Bio and Nanoengineering Faculty Research Group. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and a current member of the ARC College of Experts, the International Advisory Committee of the National Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Centre for Engineering Leadership & Management South Australia. Prof. Biggs returned to Australia to take up the Chair at Adelaide in December 2008 following 15 years in UK academia, most recently at The University of Edinburgh. He also held a visiting lectureship at the University of Stuttgart (2000-2007) and is a recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2007-2008). Professor Biggs is a pioneer and world-leader in molecular and mesoscale modeling of interfacial systems including nanoporous materials and bionanotechnology amongst others. His work has been reported in nearly 65 publications, including nearly 50 refereed articles and seven invited contributions, and more than 40 invited lectures and keynotes.

Title: Molecular Modelling in Chemical Engineering

Abstract: Molecular modelling has long played a role in the sciences. Increasing computational power and development of novel methods means it is also playing an increasing role in chemical and materials engineering. It is, for example, now routinely used by companies such as Unilever and P&G in the development of their personal care products. It is also being used by various traditional chemical engineering companies such as Dow Chemicals to design, for example, catalysts. In this keynote I will outline the basic classes of method that may be used and draw upon my own work of the past 15 years to exemplify their application. One example will be the use of molecular simulation to predict diffusion coefficients of nanoporous carbons on the basis of characteristics derived from adsorption data only - this is of particular relevance to, amongst many other things, the use of carbons (and other nanoporous materials) to capture CO2. A second example will be the elucidation of the adsorption of proteins at fluid/solid interfaces and the prediction of associated free energies of binding. This is particularly relevant to, amongst other things, the development of improved chromatographic materials for downstream processing of bio-pharmaceuticals.

Joseph Brewer

Joseph Brewer

Biography: Joseph Brewer, a native of Baytown, Texas, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with Exxon in Baytown as a Process Automation Operations Support Engineer, and later as a Project Manager. He joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1980 at Dow's Engineering & Construction Services Division in Houston, Texas.

He received his Masters of Business Administration in 1989 from the University of St. Thomas. He has served Dow as Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Design Section Manager, Engineering Manager for Eastern Division in Strongsville, Ohio, the Maintenance, Capital & Engineering Manager for Continental Operations in Midland, Michigan, and Dow Engineering Company Project Manager in Terneuzen, The Netherlands. Joseph also served Dow as the Director of Project Engineering & EPC Contract Services, as well as the President of Dow Engineering Company.

Joseph most recently served as the Program Director of the Olefins II Kuwait joint investment project between Dow and the Petrochemicals Industries Company of Kuwait (PIC) from 2003 to 2009, serving in this role in London - UK, Harlem - The Netherlands, and the Shuaiba Industrial complex in Kuwait. Since repatriating to the USA, Joseph has served in his current role as the Chief Implementation Officer for the Sadara Project joint venture with Saudi Aramco and is currently based in Houston, Texas.

Title: Implementing New Technologies for a Better World

Abstract: Advancements in technology have brought about fundamental changes to the way we live, work and communicate with each other. Implementing new technologies often times comes with specific, unique and practical challenges which reveal risks and consequences that can be anticipated. However, many of our institutions and organizations are neither prepared nor practiced in recognizing these distinctive risks and therefore often implement new technologies using methods consistent with relatively mature and commercially deployed technologies. 'Implementing' any new expansion or project is already challenging enough; the addition of new technology risks - if not managed properly - can derail even our best efforts, to the surprise of many stakeholders. Brewer will discuss a pragmatic approach to identifying and managing these risks unique to new technology deployments.

Markus Fietz

Markus Fietz

Biography: Markus Fietz is currently the Acting Chief of the Process Science and Engineering Division of CSIRO. The Division is home to over 250 research staff whose capabilities cover most aspects of processing in the minerals and related resource industries, including chemical engineering and extractive metallurgy. Markus has been R&D Manager (Chief Operating Officer) in the Division since 2003 and had responsibility for coordinating the research portfolio and research capability development. Markus has masters degrees in mechanical engineering (thermal system modelling and optimisation) and business administration (strategic business planning and general management), both from the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining CSIRO, he spent 15 years as a management consultant specialising in business planning and performance improvement in engineering and technology oriented organisations, the last of three of which were with IBM's Business Transformation Consulting Group.

Title: Rethinking Metal Production

Abstract: Environmental sustainability creates an imperative for the development of novel engineering approaches in metal production. The quest for such novel approaches is enabled by recent rapid advances in our ability to observe, measure, model and control critical aspects of process behaviour. These advances bring a step-change in the level of precision that engineers and metallurgists can bring to the design and operation of metal production processes, and open opportunities to investigate novel chemistries and processes. It could be said that we are entering an era of 'precision processing'. This presentation will use three short case studies - magnesium metal production, pyrometallurgical slag processing and aluminium smelting - to highlight the nature and potential of 'precision processing' and how it is leading to improved approaches to metal production.

Darryl Lloyd

Darryl Lloyd

Biography: Darryl Lloyd has twenty years experience in urban water. His economics and business management background led him to roles in capital works planning, business planning, marketing and product development. He spent a year in Fiji as a management consultant. Leading Sydney Water's Recycled Water Development team, Darryl informs recycling strategy and develops recycling projects.

Title: Recycled Water - Resource or Lunacy

Abstract: Most of us intuitively perceive that using water more than once is a good and noble cause. Some take this to zealous extremes and demand it of governments and utilities. Every recycled water scheme must be paid for by customers, either those directly benefiting from the water supplied or those benefiting from the social and environmental consequences of the recycled water scheme. Only when customers perceive this value and are willing to hand over their hard earned dollars can the recycled water be considered a resource. In all other instances it is lunacy.

Professor Tim Langrish

Professor Tim Langrish

Biography: Tim Langrish is a Professor at the University of Sydney, where he is also Head of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of process technology, particularly drying technology and particle processing and production. He has done research in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to drying problems involving spray drying and timber processing, and he has also produced optimized drying schedules for softwood and hardwood timber, in collaboration with timber processing companies and organizations. He has contributed to the chapter on solids drying in the latest edition of Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook. He graduated with honours in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 1985 and with a D.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1989. His current research interests in the area of spray drying include crystallization in drying and the use of proteins as surface-active coatings, which both have extensive applications in food technology.

Title: Future Trends in Food Engineering for Australia\

Abstract: The need for new functional foods to preserve the diversity of modern diets and advanced food preservation techniques to store and transport foods effectively to mitigate the effects of natural disasters is reviewed here, with an emphasis on process engineering fundamentals and how they can contribute to improving the current and future situation. Particular examples that involve drying processes and food rheology will be reviewed, showing how the structure, form and function of foods can be developed to minimize the use of synthetic additives and maximize the use of beneficial additives and intelligent structural enhancement. These processes include new coating techniques for fruit juices, crystallization-in-drying and new approaches to food rheology. Applications in the dairy and fruit industries will be outlined.

Dr Chris Hudson

Dr Chris Hudson

Biography: Chris Hudson has worked in the food sector for a period of 40 years. He held technology management positions with Davis Gelatine Australia; General Foods Corporation in Australia, USA, and Asia; and Goodman Fielder Ltd, where he was Director of Research and Development.
Over a 10 year period he held Board Directorships with the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Food Science Australia, Dairy R&D Corporation, NuMega Ingredients Pty Ltd and Meat and Livestock Australia. He was Chairman of the Australian Food Safety Centre of Excellence and is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
During the past 11 years Dr Hudson had strong associations with several universities, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong. He continues as an Honorary Fellow at University of Western Sydney.

Dr Hudson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Title: Food Security - The role to be played by the Australian Food Sector

Abstract:World population is projected to rise from the current level of ca 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. This presents a major challenge for global food security. Many expert bodies, including FAO and WHO, are stating that food production will need to double by 2050.

There are many issues in addition to population growth which will influence food security. These include the impact of climate change; availability of water resources; pressure on arable land available for agriculture; cost and availability of fertilizers; food wastage; food distribution capability; changing food demands as influenced by changing demographics and rising affluence.

The Australian food sector is a most important part of our economy, and is the largest overall manufacturing sector. However food manufacture is under threat, as we see with other manufacturing sectors at the present time. Food manufacturing is facing decreasing profit margins and hence lower levels of investment in innovation, science and technology. These factors will of course influence the role Australia will be able to play in regard to food security. The federal government has established a National Food Strategy which it is hoped will contribute to a pathway for the future.

Investment in food science and technology will be critical for the future as will investment in food process engineering. Issues and opportunities for science, technology and engineering will be examined in the presentation.

Mr Ross McCann

Mr Ross McCann

Biography Ross is currently Executive Chairman of Qenos, the sole manufacturer of polyethylene in Australia. Executive Chairman Qenos Pty Ltd; President, PACIA

He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Qenos.

Qenos was acquired by China National Chemical Company (ChemChina) in 2006. Qenos is now part of a joint venture with an operating group of ChemChina called "BlueStar" and two French companies acquired by ChemChina. Ross is a director of this joint venture Board.

Prior to Qenos, Ross was a member of the Executive Committee of WMC Resources with responsibility for major project management both within Australian and off shore. He began his career with ICI Australia and spent 25 years in management roles in operations, business development, project management and leading business units.

Ross is President of the Plastics & Chemicals Industry Association and was Director of the Australian Stem Cell Centre. In addition, Ross has recently been appointed to the Board of Sustainability Victoria.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame; He was also awarded the 2010 Chemeca.

Ross graduated from the University of New south Wales in Chemical Engineering (Hons). He is married to wife, Margaret, and has two daughters.

Professor Jens R. Rostrup-Nielsen

Professor Jens R. Rostrup-Nielsen

Biography: Jens Rostrup-Nielsen was educated as MSc. Chemical Eng. from the Technical University of Denmark.1965. He received the dr.techn. degree in 1975 (Steam Reforming Catalysts).

His professional carrier has been dominated by his function (1986-2006) as Executive Vice President (R&D) at the Danish company Haldor Topsøe A/S (catalysts and catalytic processes). His main field of research has been the steam reforming process and syngas conversion processes. He collaborated with David Trimm on the mechanism of carbon formation.

He is adjunct professor at the Technical University of Denmark and affiliate professor at KTH Stockholm and member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (president 1995-99), IVA, Sweden, and the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK).

He was chairing the Danish Research Policy Council 1987-91.
Dr. Jens Rostrup-Nielsen is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). He is the only representative from industry.

Title: Whisker Carbon in Perspective

Abstract : Whisker carbon is an important phenomena in the process industry. The mechanism is summarized. David Trimm played an important role in the pioneering role. Recent inputs from in situ high resolution electron microscopy and DFT calculations have lead to a better understanding of the mechanism and means for promotion for carbon free operation.

Associate Professor Martina Stenzel

Associate Professor Martina Stenzel

Biography: Martina Stenzel is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor for Polymer Science and Nanotechnology at the University of New South Wales. After completion of her chemistry studies at the University of Bayreuth and University of Stuttgart, Germany, she moved to Australia in 2000 and since then resides at UNSW. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional polymers with complex architectures such as glycopolymers and other polymers for biomedical applications, especially polymers with in-build metal complexes for the delivery of metal-based anti-cancer drugs. Her interest is the use of these well-defined polymers to create smart nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes. Martina Stenzel published more than 150 peer reviewed papers mainly on RAFT polymerization and 5 book chapters. She is currently the chair of the Polymer division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry. She received several awards including the RACI Polymer Division Sangster award and the Australian Academy of Science LeFevre memorial prize.

Title: Crosslinked Micelles as an Avenue to Smart Core-shell Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Abstract: Nanoparticles are widely proposed to increase the efficacy of drug administration. Self-assembled aggregates such as micelles and vesicles with their core-shell structure are considered advantageous since they can encapsulate high proportions of hydrophobic drugs in the core while maintaining water solubility. However, core-shell particles have often low stability against disassociation. Therefore, we aim at stabilizing the systems by crosslinking of these aggregates and test the behaviour of these stable core-shell nanoparticles in regards to drug loading, drug release and behaviour of these drug carriers in biological evaluation using cancer cell lines. Interestingly, by stabilizing micelles, responsive functional groups can be introduced that responds to changes in the environment. The micelles were in a collapsed state at blood pH value encapsulating the drug safely. However, at pH values between 5 and 6, the nanoparticle starts swelling, pushing out the drug in a fast and efficient manner. This pH responsive behaviour is especially useful considering that once nanoparticles are taken up by the cell they find themselves in an acidic environment of pH 5-5.5. Cell studies confirm that the particles are taken up efficiently by various cancer cell lines and, within 10 min, a substantial amount of drug is released. In summary, a smart nanoparticle system has been created that can encapsulate the drug as long as it circulates in the body, but is effectively swallowed by cancer cells, which subsequently sets off a drug release mechanism.

Dr Philippe Tanguy

Dr Philippe Tanguy

Biography: Dr Philippe A. Tanguy is the Vice President, R&D Programs, Partnerships and International Relations of the international oil company TOTAL in Paris. He obtained a Doctorate degree in Physics (Paris-Diderot University), a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Laval University, Quebec), and he worked as a post-doctoral fellow for General Electric Canada. Before joining TOTAL, Dr Tanguy had a prolific academic career in several Canadian universities, including Dalhousie University, Laval University and Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal.

Dr Tanguy initiated and led a dozen of major international scientific events in process engineering, including the organizing committee and chairmanship of the 8th World Conference of Chemical Engineering, which gathered over 2700 participants in Montreal in August 2009. He is the author of over 300 articles in computational mathematics and chemical engineering focusing on non-Newtonian fluid processes, multiphase flow and energy, and he has filed 11 patents with industrial partners. He supervised 96 postgraduate researchers including 28 PhD students. In 2003, Dr Tanguy received the prestigious NAMF Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for his landmark contribution in the field of mixing.

Dr Tanguy is a fellow of the Academy of Engineering of Canada, a founding member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Morocco and a member of its Program Directorate; and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Title: Environmental Footprint of Energy Production: An Update

Abstract: The present energy system mainly based on fossil resources will not be able to cope with the strong demand by emerging economies. The most likely and preferred scenario is to boost the inclusion of complementary energies in the energy mix coupled with a bold and proactive promotion of energy efficiency. There will not be a unique solution for every country. Many different solutions will coexist adapted to the local context, ie. availability of resources, carbon emission framework, water management regulations, and economical incentives. Process engineering innovations will be needed to establish solutions that are sustainable on the long term.

Professor Xungai Wang

Professor Xungai Wang

Biography: Professor Wang is the Director of Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation (CMFI) at Deakin University ( The Centre is Deakin's largest multidisciplinary research group working on a range of materials, including metallic materials, fibrous materials, and composite materials. In the 2011 national report on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the Centre's research is ranked in the highest rating band of 5.

Professor Xungai Wang holds a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xian Polytechnic University, a PhD in Fibre Science and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Before joining Deakin University in 1998, he was a Lecturer in the School of Fibre Science and Technology and then a Senior Lecturer in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW. Professor Wang's research interests are primarily in fibre science and technology, as well as in the application of new materials and technologies to fibres and textiles.

He is the 2005 recipient of Fiber Society (based in US) Distinguished Achievement Award, the only researcher in Australia to have received this award to date.

In 2006, he was named the Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest Honour that Deakin University can bestow on a member of staff, in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contribution to research at Deakin University.

Between 2008 and 2010, Professor Wang was a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Fiber Society, and serves on the editorial advisory committee of 4 international research journals.

In 2010, Deakin was granted a $37 million grant under the federal government's Education Investment Fund (EIF), to establish the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), in collaboration with CSIRO MSE and Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing.

Title: Protein Fibre Powders and Applications

Abstract: Materials research at Deakin achieved the highest score of 5 in the 2011 national report on Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). This presentation will briefly introduce our research into different fibrous materials. It will then discuss the production, characterisation, and applications of ultra-fine powders from protein fibres such as silk, wool and cashmere guard hair. Combinations of media and non media milling techniques have been used to produce the protein fibre powders. New application examples of these fine powders are discussed. These applications include composite scaffolds with enhanced biomechanical properties, permeable membranes, and metal ion absorption.

Professor Paul Webley

Professor Paul Webley

Biography: Paul Webley is currently Professor and Director of the Adsorption Engineering Laboratory at Monash University and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and spent several years at Air Products and Chemicals Inc, as a senior research engineering specializing in adsorption systems. His group has produced over 120 publications and several patents on many different aspects of adsorption engineering. The recent focus has been on development and testing of materials and processes for capture of CO2 from a range of pre- and post combustion gases.

Title: Adsorption Technology for CO2 Capture – Progress and Future Prospects

Abstract: Removal of trace CO2 by adsorption processes has been practiced for well over 50 years and is well established technology. Only recently however has consideration been given to removal of bulk CO2 from gas streams using adsorption. This is motivated by the successful development of other adsorption based bulk gas separation applications such as H2PSA and Oxygen Vacuum Swing Adsorption (VSA) in which it is common to adsorb more than half of the inlet gas stream. In this presentation we will track the development of bulk CO2 capture from process streams over the last 20 years and show how progress has been made towards a commercial process based on existing and new adsorbents. We present our pilot and demonstration scale work on CO2 capture from flue gas and other process gas streams and identify engineering obstacles to commercialisation. We also describe the developments of this technology and indicate what the future holds for adsorption based CO2 capture.

Professor Hugh Durrent-Whyte

Professor Hugh Durrent-Whyte

Biography: Hugh Durrant-Whyte received the B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of London, U.K., in 1983, and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Systems Engineering, from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 1985 and 1986, respectively. From 1987 to 1995, he was a University Lecturer in Engineering Science, the University of Oxford, U.K. From 1995-2010 he was Professor of Mechatronic Engineering at University of Sydney where he led the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He is currently CEO of NICTA. His research focuses data fusion, perception and navigation as applied to robotics and sensor networks. His work in applications includes automation in cargo handling, surface and underground mining, defence, unmanned flight vehicles and autonomous sub-sea vehicles. He has published over 350 research papers and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Title: Fifteen Years of Field Robotics in Australia

Abstract: Australia is a large, sparsely populated, resource rich country a long way from anywhere; and is consequently the ideal place to do field robotics. The past decade has seen substantial technical development and investment in large scale field robotics, especially in civilian applications such as cargo handling, mining, agriculture and marine environments; applications which are of central importance to the Australian economy. This talk will describe a number of technical advances in the areas of navigation, perception, machine learning, large platform control, and systems engineering that have enabled substantial progress in the "science" of field robotics and which have led to significant commercial applications. The talk will also aim to look forward to the next decade, especially focusing on the development of machine learning methods for real-time operation of robots in large-scale unstructured field environments and where the opportunities for future commercial developments will come from.

Professor David Wood

Professor David Wood

Biography: After 14 years as Head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, David was appointed as Dean of Engineering. During his time at the University he supervised many postgraduate students, many having moved to become very eminent chemical engineers in Australia and elsewhere. He is now an Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University.

Since retiring, David has worked as a consultant for the Federal Government and a number of chemical engineering companies. He has also pursued his interests in chemical engineering education, particularly in China and his work as a Shepherd assisted Tianjin University to gain IChemE accreditation for its chemical engineering course, the first in China. He is an Honorary Professor at Tianjin University.

David chaired the only World Congress of Chemical Engineering that has been held in Australia; Melbourne 2001. This Congress was considered to completely change the style and standard for chemical engineering congresses and it was awarded the 'Meeting of the Year' for a conference of more than 500 delegates by the Meetings Industry Association of Australia. It was at this congress that the World Chemical Engineering Council was founded.

In recent years David has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Surrey in the UK. He has also been awarded a number of medals by the IChemE.
Currently he is the President of the World Chemical Engineering Council and also President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Title: International Chemical Engineering Education for a Better World

Abstract: The longest continuous chemical engineering education program in the World celebrates its centenary this year in the UK. In 1911 Battersea Polytechnic produced its first chemical engineering graduate and eventually Battersea Poly. became the University of Surrey which continues to produce chemical engineering graduates in this centenary year.
Following the Industrial revolution in the UK there were a number of attempts to develop what we now know as chemical engineering courses but it wasn't until 1901/02 when the lecture notes of Davis were published as 'A Handbook of Chemical Engineering' that the new engineering discipline spawned chemical engineering degree courses which were designed to create a better World in the 20th Century.
As we move further into the 21st Century we continue to look at 'Engineering a Better World' and we should ask what is the role of chemical engineering education for this better World?
Chemical Engineering as a Discipline is truly international and yet whilst in the USA, the UK, Australia and parts of Europe, chemical engineering education has "partly moved with the times" this is not the case for many other parts of the World.
China is now only moving towards the standards of chemical engineering education that we have enjoyed for the latter part of the 20th Century and in many parts of Africa and The Middle East the standards of chemical engineering education, where it is taught, are well below what is required for a better World.
The paper explores chemical engineering programs in a number of countries and asks how they are contributing to 'Engineering a Better World'.

Professor Aibing Yu

Professor Aibing Yu

Federation Fellow and Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales

Biography: Professor Aibing Yu specialized in process metallurgy, obtaining BEng in 1982 and MEng in 1985 from Northeastern University, PhD in 1990 from the University of Wollongong, and DSc in 2007 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Since 1992, he has been with UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering. Currently he is Scientia Professor and ARC Federation Fellow, directing a world-class research facility "Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS)". He is a world-leading scientist in particle/powder technology and process engineering, has authored >550 publications (including >300 papers collected in the Web of Science), and delivered many invited plenary/keynote presentations at many international conferences. Currently he is on the editorial board of >10 learned journals including Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Powder Technology, Granular Matter, and ISIJ International. He is a recipient of various prestigious awards including Josef Kapitan Award from the Iron and Steel Society, Ian Wark Medal and Lecture from Australian Academy of Science, ExxonMobile Award from Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers, and NSW Scientist of Year 2010 in the category of engineering, mathematics and computer science. He is an elected Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and Australian Academy of Science (AAS).

Title: Modelling the multiphase flow in an ironmaking blast furnace

Abstract: An ironmaking blast furnace is a complex multiphase flow reactor involving gas, powder, liquid and solid phases. Understanding the flow behaviour of these phases is of paramount importance to the control and optimization of the process. Mathematical modelling, often coupled with physical modelling, plays an important role in this development. This talk will present an overview of work in this area in the past 20 years or so in SIMPAS, covering the formulation, validation and application of mathematical models for gas-solid, gas-liquid, gas-powder and multiphase flows. The need for further developments is also discussed.

Professor Dongke Zhang

Professor Dongke Zhang

Biography: Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE is a Winthrop Professor, Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering and Inaugural Director of Centre for Energy at The University of Western Australia, and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and John Curtin Distinguished Professor. He was named one of the top 100 Australia's most influential engineers by Engineers Australia in 2011.

A contemporary scientist and a "can-do" engineer, Professor Zhang has conceptualised, trialed, and succeeded in his theories and practice in developing a modern University - industry relationship. He believes that the true value of academic research is best measured by its practical use. Knowledge belongs to the society and technology belongs to the industry. He works closely with the industry to rapidly disseminate his knowledge to the society and industry. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability and the "dare to push the limits" attitude in successfully transforming his scientific imaginations into commercial realities through persistent strategic fundamental research, tactical applied research and technological innovations.

He loves swimming, red wine and walking backwards for he believes "if you want to live longer, you walk backwards".

Title: Basic Science versus Technological Innovation: Creating Win-Win in Academy - Industry Linkage

Abstract: In memory of his beloved mentor, Professor David Trimm, the speaker will share and discuss his provocative views on scientific research and technology development, the role of universities in research and development and in tertiary education, and the academy - industry linkage, based his analysis of the historical evolution of university, science and engineering science, illustrated by his own successful and unsuccessful experiences in R&D and business.

Journal Special Issues

The Organizing Committee is very pleased to be able to announce that a number of international journals have agreed to publish special issues of papers derived from those presented at Chemeca 2010. Contributions to these special issues will be by invitation only based on the quality of the contribution to Chemeca 2011.

To date, the following top-rated international journals have all agreed to host special issues:

  • Advanced Powder Technology (The Society of Powder Technology Japan; Elsevier)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering (John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design (IChemE)
  • Desalination and Water Treatment
  • Journal of Nanoparticle Research on "Nanotechnology on Energy and Environment"
  • Elsevier Journal of Food Engineering

We are also in discussions with the editors of other highly-rated international journals in the nanotechnology, and engineering education fields and hope to be able to announce further partnerships soon.

Chem-E-Car Universities Competition

The Challenge!? …

… to design and build a small car (it must fit within a shoebox) that is powered by a chemical reaction. You car must be able to carry a certain load of water and then stop closest to a specified distance. Closest car is the winner! So what's the catch? You will only find out one hour before the competition the size of the load and the distance to be travelled.

An important part of chemical engineering is the ability to control a chemical reaction. Another key skill for chemical engineers is to design a chemical process which is safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective and which can be delivered on time and on budget. If you can conquer Chem-E-Car then you are well on your way to Chemical Engineering greatness!
Chem-E-Car is a fun, interactive and open-ended learning experience for undergraduate chemical engineering students. The competition is about working as a team to design a relatively complex chemical process to a tight schedule and with a fixed budget. The effectiveness of the car is strongly dependent on its mechanical robustness and so success relies on more than theory. The competition will test your ability to design a working chemical reactor that must operate under real conditions, and which often requiring contestants to be flexible and fast-thinking. Do you have what it takes??

Where and when?
The 2011 Chem-E-Car competition is to be held as part of the 2011 Chemeca conference, 18-21 September 2011 at the Hilton Sydney. The schedule for the competition will be forwarded to participants at the beginning of June 2011.

Where can I find out more?
See the competition rules, which include some previous examples of cars that have worked quite well.

How do I participate?
Register your interest before the 2nd May 2011 by sending an e-mail to Francois Aguey-Zinsou ( Once done, please download the registration form and submit it before the 4th July 2011.

For further information, please contact one of the following people:

  • Francois Aguey-Zinsou (
  • Marjorie Valix (
  • Matt Harding (

Hydrogen Car High Schools Competition

One of the biggest issues facing the world today is the decreasing supply of crude oil and environmental issues associated with fossil fuels. Although huge resources of crude oil are available, these are available only in deep wells that are expensive to access and extract. This has led to significant research in alternative and renewable energy resources with hydrogen as the main energy vector replacing oil, gas and coal.

The Challenge!? …

…to determine the amount of hydrogen gas that is necessary to run the chem-e car within a given time frame. You will be judged based on how closely you are able to operate the car within the given time

The Hydrogen Economy is a possible future energy source. Hydrogen is used in a fuel cell to generate electricity that could be used to drive electric vehicles and other mechanical devices. The process essentially involves capturing electrical energy (e.g., from solar energy) and storing it in a chemical form - hydrogen. When hydrogen gas is used as fuel its main chemical product is water. The use of hydrogen can therefore address many of the environmental issues associated with fossil fuels including the greenhouse gas effect.

The Hydrogen-fuelled-car competition is a fun, interactive and open-ended learning experience for high School students. The competition is about working as a team to effectively produce and use hydrogen as a clean fuel. The competition will test your ability to operate novel technologies under real conditions. Do you have what it takes??

Where and when?
The 2011 Chem-E-Car competition is to be held as part of the 2011 Chemeca conference, 18-21 September 2011 at the Hilton Sydney. The schedule for the competition will be forwarded to participants at the beginning of June 2011.

Where can I find out more?
See the competition rules, which include, the details of a workshop organized to help you with the operation of hydrogen fuelled cars.

How do I participate?
Register your interest before the 27th May 2011 by sending an e-mail to Marjorie Valix ( Once done, please download the registration form and submit it before the 6th June 2011.


2011 Awards of Excellence in Chemical Engineering

These awards provide a showcase for outstanding achievement in the field of Chemical Engineering. The Engineers Australia Chemical College, IChemE in Australia, SCENZ (now SCENZ - IChemE in New Zealand) and RACI, in partnership with corporate sponsors, have instituted these awards to encourage and recognise excellence and to highlight the contribution made by Australian and New Zealand Chemical Engineers to the community.

The Chemeca Medal
This is the most prestigious award in the chemical engineering profession in Australia and New Zealand. It is awarded to a prominent Australian or New Zealand Chemical Engineer who has made an outstanding contribution, through achievement or service, to the practice of Chemical Engineering in its widest sense and who continues to serve the profession. The recipient of the Award is invited to present a plenary lecture at the annual CHEMECA conference.

Caltex Teaching Award ($5,000 and Certificate)
Recognises outstanding achievements in the teaching of chemical engineers.

The ExxonMobil Award ($5,000 and Certificate)
Recognises significant ongoing contributions to Chemical Engineering through innovations or a series of related publications over a number of years.

The Fluor Award ($5,000 and Certificate)
Recognises exceptional management and leadership talent that has directly resulted in a sustained corporate success over a significant period. It can include both line management and project management and can apply to either private or public sectors.

The Freehills Award ($5000 and Certificate)
Recognises innovation in product design or development, or service delivery by a Chemical Engineer from Australia or New Zealand.

The Rio Tinto Award ($5,000 and Certificate)
Recognises outstanding applied Chemical Engineering.

The Uhde Shedden Medal and Prize ($4,000)
Recognises practical services to the profession and to the practice of chemical engineering in Australia or New Zealand. Achievements may be in technical, marketing or management fields. Nominations can be made either by individuals themselves or by nomination from others. A candidate must be a member of Engineers Australia, IChemE, SCENZ or RACI and must be under 40 years of age.

The WorleyParsons Award ($5,000 and Certificate)
Recognises personal commitment and leadership by a chemical engineer in the area of safety and/or the environment. Applicants will have demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or commitment to safety or the environment during design, construction or operation of process plant.

The following will also be presented as well as the Excellence Awards:

David Trimm Catalysis Award
A new award will be introduced in Chemeca 2011. The "David Trimm Catalysis Award" for best catalysis student paper submitted to Chemeca (Certificate and monetary award of $1000). Click here for further information.

Graeme Jameson Award
The Graeme Jameson Award will be presented for best Particle Technology Student, as decided by the Particle Technology Society.

Chemeca 2011 Best Student Paper Award ($1,000 and Certificate)

Industry Session

The Australian and New Zealand annual Chemical Engineering Conference, CHEMECA 2011, will be held this year in Sydney, September 18 - 21, at the Hilton Hotel. The hosts, Engineers Australia (EA), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Society of Chemical Engineers New Zealand (SCENZ), represent over 100,000 professional engineers and chemists working worldwide.

Chemeca-2011 is expected to attract 500 or more participants. The organizing committee recognizes the vital importance of Industry participation, participation which we aim to increase substantially. As a start, there will be a dedicated Industry Session on Tuesday 20th September [preceding the Conference Dinner], and which we will expand as justified.

We then invite, solicit actively papers from the wider process industries [including Minerals, Food, Materials, Energy and Fuels, Iron and Steel, Chemicals and allied Industries, Process Design and Management, Control and Safety and other related Industries] to inform the conference, and through the conference, other industries, governments, academia and the community generally, of our industries' exciting achievements and present and future developments.

We would now like to have from you short executive style summaries [around 200 - 400 words], preferably by 30 June 2011, to allow us to structure and incorporate attractively the industry contributions. We will look for the full papers [we suggest 2 - 6 pages] by 31 July 2011 for assessment not by academic requirements, but by expected interest and effectiveness. We do not prescribe topics: no doubt we will see accounts of innovation and innovation methodology; best practice in eg, production, risk and hazards, occupational health, waste and environmental management; efficient and sustainable use of materials; identifying and meeting the challenges of this decade: amongst many others.

To submit your executive summary, or if you have any questions, please contact by phone or email:

Vincent Gomes: 02-9351-4868;
Gary Bowman: 02-9857-2372;
Rolf Prince: 02-9351-2354;


Executive summary due: 30 June 2011
Brief paper due: 31 July 2011
Conference duration: 18-21 September 2011
Industry Sessions: 20 September 2011

Professor Vicki Chen

Vicki Chen is a Professor and Director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. After graduating with a B.S. In chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota on the topic of surfactant self-assembly. Her research interests include membrane bioreactors, membrane fouling/cleaning, desalination, nanocomposite membranes, biocatalytic membranes, and hollow fibre module design with particular focus on applications in the water treatment areas. She currently leads a team for the CRC for Polymers developing new low fouling membrane technology. Recently, she has also been working on gas separation membranes targeted for carbon dioxide removal from natural gas and flue gases with the CO2CRC. She is currently a board member of the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia and Membrane Society of Australasia.

Title: Challenges and Opportunities in Membrane Fouling Control

Abstract: Fouling remains a dominant limitation of membrane filtration processes. We highlight the emerging understanding of the fouling process and their consequences for future strategies for polymer membrane modifications and operational strategies to control fouling. In addition, often-neglected impacts of cleaning on long-term membrane performance are discussed in relations to membrane ageing and residual deposition. Constraints and opportunities for future implementation in membrane systems are outlined from the perspectives of water and wastewater treatment applications.

Associate Professor Lianzhou Wang

Biography: Lianzhou Wang is currently an Associate Professor in School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. A/Prof. Wang's research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials for use in clean energy conversion/storage systems including visible light photocatalytsts, and rechargeable lithium batteries. A/Prof. Wang has contributed more than 120 original journal publications, 4 book chapters, 11 patents and over 80 presentations including > 30 keynote/invited talks, which have been cited over 1800 times with a h-index of 24. He has won several prestigious Fellowships/awards including STA Fellowship of Japan, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship of Germany, ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship of Australia, UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008 and the Runner-up of the inaugural Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2010 for outstanding researchers under 40 years old (Engineering & Technology category) across Australian Universities.

Title: Designing Layered Transition Metal Oxides for Solar Energy Conversion

Abstract: The increasing concerns over the climate change and exhausting fossil fuels have seen great effort being directed toward the development of new energy generation /conversion systems. Innovative materials for energy conversion hold the key for renewable energy production. The ability to design these nanomaterials with tailored structures and functionalised properties is an important challenge that researchers strive to meet. Aimed at developing new nanostructures for efficient photocatalytic energy conversion, we have recently developed the synthesis, band-gap modification, and self-assembly of several types of transition metal oxides including layered titanate, clays, tantalates and niobate-based pervoskites. The exfoliation of these layered structures led to the formation of colloidal suspensions containing exfoliated nanosheets. These unique nanosheets can be structural modified into ideal two-dimensional building blocks for new nano-architecture fabrication. The self-assembly and flocculation of nanosheets led to multilayer ultrathin films and restacked nanoporous structures, which exhibited excellent visible light photocatalytic performances.

Associate Professor Per Zetterlund

Biography: Per B. Zetterlund graduated from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1994 with a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, and obtained his Ph.D. in the School of Chemistry at Leeds University (UK) in 1998. He carried out postdoctoral research at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) and became Assistant Professor at Osaka City University (Osaka, Japan) in 1999. In 2003, he moved to Kobe University (Kobe, Japan), where he was promoted to A/ Prof in 2005.
A/ Prof Zetterlund joined CAMD at UNSW in April 2009. Current research focuses on controlled/living radical polymerization in aqueous and CO2-based dispersed systems for synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles, as well as the concept of nanoreactors (compartmentalization). A/ Prof Zetterlund has over 100 peer-reviewed publications (incl. two book chapters), and is a member of the IUPAC Macromolecular Division (IV) Subcommittee on Modeling of Polymerization Kinetics and Processes, and The International Polymer and Colloid Group.

Title: Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization in Nanoreactors

Abstract: Compartmentalization refers to the physical confinement of reactants within discrete confined spaces, so called nanoreactors (Zetterlund 2011). In the field of radical polymerization, by nanoreactors one normally refers to monomer droplets, monomer-swollen micelles or polymer particles with diameters lower than approximately 200 nm during polymerization in dispersed systems (emulsion, miniemulsion etc.; Zetterlund et al., 2008). Compartmentalization effects in radical polymerization become significant if some fraction of droplets/particles contain a sufficiently low number of the relevant reactant(s). The concept of compartmentalization and the use of nanoreactors are also being exploited in other areas of chemistry (Monteiro 2010).
The last two decades have seen the development of a range of techniques of controlled/living radical polymerization (CLRP), which enable precise polymer synthesis, good control over molecular weight distributions (MWDs) and makes various complex polymer architectures accessible (Zetterlund et al. 2008). CLRP systems based on the so called persistent radical effect can be influenced by compartmentalization via (a) the segregation effect and (b) the confined space effect (Fig. 1; Zetterlund and Okubo 2006; Zetterlund 2011). The segregation effect refers to two species located in separate particles being unable to react. The confined space effect refers to two species located in the same particle reacting at a higher rate in a small particle than in a large particle. In CLRP, the segregation effect can lead to a lower rate of bimolecular termination between propagating radicals, and thus higher end-functionality. The confined space effect may result in a higher rate of deactivation, and thus better control over the MWD.
This presentation will provide a brief overview of compartmentalization effects in CLRP in dispersed systems, and outline how such effects can be exploited to improve both the end-functionality and the level of control over the MWD.