Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering research is at the forefront to address societal needs, sustainable use of finite resources, and climate change. Our chemical engineering capability is responding to the grand challenges of the 21st century: tackling climate change, resource efficiency, and digitalisation focussing on water, energy, food and nutrition, health and wellbeing.

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Our chemical engineering research is conducted in extensive laboratories located in the Engineering North Building. Our capability spans the following areas:

  • Industrial waste management and valorisation, energy, sustainability, biofuels, biochar, activated carbon, reactor engineering, process design, flow-sheeting and optimisation
  • Feedstocks,chemical demand, stakeholder life cycle assessment (LCA), chemical process system engineering, combustion, food waste valorisation, value supply chains
  • Resource recovery and recycling ofspent lithium-ion battery
  • Air and water treatment, nanotechnologyand catalysis, greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Reaction engineering and kinetics, mathematical and process-based modelling, scale up/down.
  • Sustainable process design & optimisation, process intensification
  • Materials processing, energy & sustainability, environment
  • Scale-up, process integration, low carbon processing, techno-economic evaluation
  • Hydrogen/hydrogen carrier production, utilisation, fuels, supply chains, waste management, elements of business development
  • Low carbon emissions, Environmental LCA, analytical methodology.

Our Chemical Engineering discipline achieved the highest ranking (5; well above world standard) as evaluated by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

  • Research impact

    We’re making an impact through the following research projects and breakthroughs.

    • Commercialisation of Renewable Crude Oil Production, funded by the Australian Research Council.
    • Concentrated solar thermal,funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
    • Commercialisation of biochar and activated carbon production, funded by the Government of South Australia
    • Using biochar to increase soil water holding capacity, organic matter, and carbon content, funded by Australian Government.
    • Green fertilisers and clean hydrogen, Roseworthy Solar Farm, University of Adelaide.
    • Process simulation and techno-economic analysis of various hydrogen production technologies, funded by the Future Fuels CRC.
    • Greenremediation of water by smart micro-reactors, funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • Consulting services

    We advise on, contribute to and lead, projects relating to:

    • Research programs for national and state research-and-development schemes, such as Cooperative Research Centres and the Premier’s Science and Research Fund
    • Process optimisation and innovation
  • Our researchers

    Our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.

  • Fields of Research codes

    Our Chemical Engineering research strength covers the following Fields of Research (FoR)Codes: Chemical engineering design (400403), Chemical and thermal processes in energy and combustion(400402), Reaction engineering (excl. nuclear reactions; 400408), Separation technologies(400409), Wastewater treatment processes(400410), Water treatment processes(400411).

Higher degrees by research

Whether you intend to work in research or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career. Find out more about studying a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Higher degrees by research