Research

Current research activities (updated in July 2011)

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Biomass gasification and co-gasification of biomass and coal for bioenergy and liquid fuels S. Pang Chemical & Process Engineering 100 kW pilot scale dual fluidised bed gasifier, Lab scale gasifier, mathematical modelling
Biomass pyrolysis to densify biomass S. Pang Chemical & Process Engineering Lab scale pyrolysis reactor, Simultaneous DSC-TGA
Carbon footprints of timber structures   Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Life cycle assessment
Conceptual design of timber structures A. Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Preliminary advice to architects and design engineers
Demonstration timber structures A. Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Structural testing facilities
Development of gas cleaning system for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) syngas

S. Pang
W. Saw

Chemical and Process Engineering A lab scale gas cleaning system
Development of FT synthesis technology for transport fuels C. Williamson Chemical and Process Engineering a Micro-channel FT reactor
Earthquake resistance of timber structures S. Pampanin Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Earthquake shaking tools
Feasibility study of biomass to FT synthesis fuels S. Pang
J. Li
Chemical and Process Engineering Process design, equipment selection, exergy analysis, life cycle assessment, quantification of sustainability
Fire resistance of timber structures A. Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Fire modelling; structural analysis
Ionic liquid extraction of wood cellulose and natural composites S. Pang
M. Staiger
Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering Ionic liquids synthesis apparatus
Log quality and product performance J. Walker Forestry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Seedling selection; Acoustic technique and analysis; Nuclear magnetic resonance (IRL); X-ray diffraction
MDF processing

S. Pang
P. Jordan

Chemical and Process Engineering Lab-scale press; CFD modelling; Computer modelling of fibre drying and blending; Small-scale press tests
Pyrolysis of recycled plastics for liquid fuels S. Pang Chemical and Process Engineering Pilot scale of pyrolysis reactor
Wood-plastics composites S. Pang
M. Staiger
Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Twin extruder; Hot platen press; Instrument for stability and durability measurements
Wood properties on molecular scale C. Altaner Forestry, Chemistry, Biological Sciences Electron microscopy; Spectroscopy; Diffraction; Chromatography