The University of Melbourne
The CO2CRC laboratories at the University of Melbourne are the centre of some of Australia’s leading research into carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies.
CO2CRC staff in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are involved in capture and separation technology. Their work is focussed around establishing the viability of each capture separation technology
Key Research Projects
The CO2CRC is undertaking research into existing and new capture technologies, at University of Melbourne researchers are focussing their work on two areas:
Enhanced Solvent-Based Systems
This project is evaluating solvent and solvent-hybrid systems to establish their cost effectiveness in the removal of CO2 from a range of applications.
Researchers are testing and evaluating solvent absorption systems for CO2 removal, equipment comparisons, impurity tolerance and heat-integration studies of CO2 recovery systems. Membrane contactors are under investigation for both solvent absorption and desorption. They are also developing geopolymers as cost-effective construction materials that are more resistant to solvent degradation.
Project Leader: Professor Geoff Stevens
Key researchers: Dr Gabe da Silva, Dr John Provis, Dr Laura Gordon. Dr Kathryn Smith, Dr Clare Anderson, Dr Ash Khan, Miss Wendy Tao,
Innovative Membrane Systems
This project is evaluating gas separation systems to establish their cost-effectiveness in the removal of CO2 from both pre and post combustion flue gases as well as natural gas.
This program is looking at the design and performance testing of a range of membranes covering a range of physical and chemical conditions such as elevated temperatures, gas separation, gas-liquid separation and separation in hot, moist gas streams. Research exchanges are also taking place with Japan and the United States.
Project Leader: Associate Professor Sandra Kentish
Key researchers: Associate Professor Greg Qiao, Dr Paul Gurr, Dr Colin Scholes
Energy Technology Innovation Strategy Brown Coal Research & Development Scheme (ETIS)
The University of Melbourne team is also involved in work sponsored by the Victorian Government‘s ETIS Program. This work involves trialling the solvent and membrane technologies developed in the laboratory, on real flue gas streams. CO2CRC projects under ETIS are focussed on pre-combustion capture in collaboration with HRL Technology and on post-combustion capture in collaboration with International Power.
The University of Melbourne is also involved in a number of initiatives across faculties and schools that are related to science and policy for climate adaptation.
The Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC) – a Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council – provides the underlying science for carbon capture technology.
The PFPC brings together staff and students in the School of Chemistry, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. It explores interfacial science and engineering for the processing of particulate fluids and advanced materials.
Researchers are focusing on the interfacial behaviour of particulate fluids and advanced materials with research programs in areas such as separation science. They are currently working to provide innovative solutions to interfacial science and engineering problems faced by industries.
The Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) is an access point for industry, government and community groups seeking to work with leading researchers on innovative solutions in the following areas: new energy resources; developing new ways to harness renewable energy; more efficient ways to use energy; secure energy waste and frame optimal laws and regulation to achieve energy outcomes.
The MEI presents research opportunities in bio-energy, solar, wind and geothermal power; nuclear and cell options; and carbon capture and storage. It also engages in energy efficiency for urban planning, architecture, transport and distributed systems, and reliable energy transmission. Economic and policy questions constitute a significant plank of the Energy Institute’s research program and include: market regulation and demand, carbon trading, system modelling, climate change feedbacks and social justice implications of energy policy.
The MEI brings together the work of over 150 researchers providing international leadership in energy research and delivering solutions to meet our future energy needs.
The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) mission is to progress sustainability as a societal goal in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. MSSI achieve this by being a portal to sustainability-related research at the University of Melbourne, and a platform to facilitate multidisciplinary multi-institutional research.
- Facilitating: Bringing people together for research to progress sustainability as a societal goal.
- Transforming: proactively developing vision and proposals, and reactively responding to opportunities, to provide solutions to create a sustainable society.
- Transcending: working across traditional intellectual and organizational boundaries, working strategically with other research providers, companies, NGOs and government.
- Value-adding: working with other institutions, within and outside the University of Melbourne, to ensure we add value and do not duplicate or work at cross purposes to them.
Domains & Themes
Society evolves through socially-driven processes that respond to and accommodate trends and pressures. In our role of representing and facilitating this research we use a matrix of two domains and six themes that cut across the domains.
MSSI’s approach to facilitating sustainable solutions is distinctive in four respects: we have a strong solutions orientation to contribute to transformation; we place people and values central to creating integrated social, economic and technological solutions for sustainability; we encourage engagement with community, industry, policy makers and other research providers to generate best-possible outcomes, and we are regional, committed to Victoria, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The University of Melbourne is one of the world’s most outstanding research-led universities. The University’s impact on Australia’s research activity is enhanced by its location on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD in Parkville, where many of the nation’s leading independent biomedical research institutes are located. The University has extensive links with industry through collaborative projects and the commercialisation of its innovative research.
The Melbourne School of Engineering attracts students and staff of outstanding ability from across the world. The School is acknowledged internationally for excellence in research and teaching.
Engineering has been taught continuously at the University of Melbourne since 1861, following the creation of the School of Engineering in November 1860. Today, the Melbourne School of Engineering is a dynamic and exciting school which attracts high-achieving students and top-class academics from around the world. Our academic staff bring an international perspective to curricula and policy development. Most have completed their undergraduate or postgraduate studies at the world's leading universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, London, Beijing, Tsinghua, California, Cornell, Hong Kong, Gent, Madras, Harbin and Tokyo.
We provide excellent graduate study options for engineers and scientists. Select from coursework or research and then decide between the acquisition of further technical knowledge in your chosen field or a move towards engineering/technical management.
The School boasts 13 major research centres of international standing, including two ARC Special Research Centres funded by the Australian Research Council and seven Co-operative Research Centres (CRC), that represent joint ventures between universities, industry and government bodies in Australia.
The Melbourne School of Engineering has a strong tradition of industry collaborations and has current partnerships with organisations such as Google, Ford and Microsoft.
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has one of the largest chemical engineering programs in Australia. More than 60 higher degree research students are currently undertaking research with the Department’s world leading research groups.
Staff have won many international awards recognising excellence and innovation in research and education including the Prime Minister’s Award for Science, the Victoria Proze and the Frank Morton Medal for innovation and excellence in chemical engineering education. The major research activities in the Department are in the fields of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and associated rheology application, extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, separation processes, biochemical engineering, polymer science ands environmental engineering.
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