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Professor David Lewis

David Lewis
Professor
School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

I am an experienced Chartered Chemical Engineer with a strong background in leadership and proficient at motivating teams. My industry and academic careers have provided me the opportunity to work in the petroleum, mining, automation, hospitality and defence industries. I am proficient at managing risk and have wide industry knowledge. From 2012 to 2016 I was on leave without pay from the University of Adelaide managing a technology start-up company developing new commercial opportunities focused on production of sustainable oils from hydrothermal liquefaction using renewable feedstocks such as biomass and organic wastes. I continue to consult to the petroleum industry.

As an academic I teach Chemical Engineering undergraduate students and supervise postgraduate students on projects involving bioprocess technology R&D with a focusses on commercialisation, and have international recognition in the biomass processing industry. My academic focus is on leadership, education and mentoring, efficiency, quality and safety, and I am experienced in developing business opportunities for project executions. I currently serve as the Director of Research in the School of Chemical Engineering.

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Professor David Lewis

I am an experienced Chartered Chemical Engineer with a strong background in leadership and proficient at motivating teams. My industry and academic careers have provided me the opportunity to work in the petroleum, mining, automation, hospitality and defence industries. I am proficient at managing risk and have wide industry knowledge. From 2012 to 2016 I was on leave without pay from the University of Adelaide managing a technology start-up company developing new commercial opportunities focused on production of sustainable oils from hydrothermal liquefaction using renewable feedstocks such as biomass and organic wastes. I continue to consult to the petroleum industry.

As an academic I teach Chemical Engineering undergraduate students and supervise postgraduate students on projects involving bioprocess technology R&D with a focusses on commercialisation, and have international recognition in the biomass processing industry. My academic focus is on leadership, education and mentoring, efficiency, quality and safety, and I am experienced in developing business opportunities for project executions. I currently serve as the Director of Research in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

I manage the Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory and the theme of our research is low carbon solutions at the energy-water-environment nexus. Currently my research team is focussing on flow chemistry for hydrothermal liquefaction, in particular developing commercially relevant fully integrated sub-critical water technologies to provide sustainable solutions for managing waste streams and by-products that have significant organic content. This work encompasses fundamental and applied aspects of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and process control. The research aligns with the Petroleum and Municipal Waste Water industries both nationally and internationally.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Professor University of Adelaide
2014 - 2016 Chief Executive Officer Muradel Pty Ltd
2013 - 2013 Chief Technology Officer Muradel Pty Ltd
2012 - 2015 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2011 - 2012 Senior Process Engineer Muradel Pty Ltd
2008 - 2008 Visiting Researcher University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley
2008 - 2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
2005 - 2005 Visiting Researcher Lancaster University, Lancaster
2002 - 2007 Lecturer University of Adelaide
1997 - 1997 Higher Education Officer University of Adelaide
1996 - 1999 Electrical Fitter Mechanic Sage Automation
1994 - 1996 Service Technician All Bake Services Pty Ltd
1991 - 1992 Service Technician Caterquip Pty Ltd
1990 - 1991 Electrical Fitter Mechanic Electricity Trust of South Australia
1985 - 1990 Assistant Electrical Supervisor Adelaide Casino
1985 - 1985 Electrical Fitter Mechanic Plasteel Pty Ltd
1980 - 1985 Able Seaman Electrical Technical Weapons Royal Australian Navy

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1999 - 2003 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
1993 - 1998 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2001 BHERT Leadership and Career Development University of Melbourne
1999 Environmental Fluid Mechanics Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe Germany
1992 Matriculation Christies Beach High School
1991 Progammable Controllers I Technical and Further Education - Kingston
1989 Basic Electronics I Technical and Further Education - Regency Park
1987 S.A.A. Wiring Rules and Regulations B Technical and Further Education - Kingston
1983 Fremantle Class Patrol Craft ETP/ETW AN 40/60 HMAS Cerberus
1980 Electrical Fitter Mechanic Trade Course Technical and Further Education - New South Wales
1980 Apprentice Electrical Technical Weapons HMAS Nirimba
1976 School Leavers Certificate Christies Beach High School

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Williams, F., Lee, K., Orandi, S., Sims, S., & Lewis, D. (2017). Moringa oleifera functionalised sand – reuse with non-ionic surfactant dodecyl glucoside. Journal of Water and Health, 15(6), 863-872.
DOI Scopus1
2016 Forghani, A., & Lewis, D. (2016). Hydro-conversion of oleic acid in bio-oil to liquid hydrocarbons: an experimental and modeling investigation. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 91(3), 655-663.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Lee, A., Lewis, D., Kalaitzidis, T., & Ashman, P. (2016). Technical issues in the large-scale hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgal biomass to biocrude. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 38, 85-89.
DOI Scopus8
2015 Lee, A., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2015). Microalgal cell disruption by hydrodynamic cavitation for the production of biofuels. Journal of Applied Phycology, 27(5), 1881-1889.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9
2015 Erkelens, M., Ball, A., & Lewis, D. (2015). The application of activated carbon for the treatment and reuse of the aqueous phase derived from the hydrothermal liquefaction of a halophytic Tetraselmis sp. Bioresource Technology, 182, 378-382.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2015 Eboibi, B., Lewis, D., Ashman, P., & Chinnasamy, S. (2015). Influence of process conditions on pretreatment of microalgae for protein extraction and production of biocrude during hydrothermal liquefaction of pretreated Tetraselmis sp.. RSC Advances, 5(26), 20193-20207.
DOI Scopus11 WoS11
2015 Lane, D. J., Van Eyk, P. J., Ashman, P. J., Kwong, C. W., De Nys, R., Roberts, D. A., . . . Lewis, D. M. (2015). Release of Cl, S, P, K, and Na during thermal conversion of algal biomass. Energy and Fuels, 29(4), 2542-2554.
DOI Scopus14 WoS12
2015 Ward, A., Ball, A., & Lewis, D. (2015). Halophytic microalgae as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion. Algal Research, 7, 16-23.
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2015 Eboibi, B., Lewis, D., Ashman, P., & Chinnasamy, S. (2015). Integrating anaerobic digestion and hydrothermal liquefaction for renewable energy production: an experimental investigation. Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 34(6), 1662-1673.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2014 Eboibi, B., Lewis, D., Ashman, P., & Chinnasamy, S. (2014). Effect of operating conditions on yield and quality of biocrude during hydrothermal liquefaction of halophytic microalga Tetraselmis sp.. Bioresource Technology, 170, 20-29.
DOI Scopus39 WoS34 Europe PMC11
2014 Erkelens, M., Ward, A., Ball, A., & Lewis, D. (2014). Microalgae digestate effluent as a growth medium for Tetraselmis sp. in the production of biofuels. Bioresource Technology, 167, 81-86.
DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC5
2014 Erkelens, M., Ball, A., & Lewis, D. (2014). The influences of the recycle process on the bacterial community in a pilot scale microalgae raceway pond. Bioresource Technology, 157, 364-367.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC2
2014 Lane, D. J., Ashman, P. J., Zevenhoven, M., Hupa, M., Van Eyk, P. J., De Nys, R., . . . Lewis, D. M. (2014). Combustion behavior of algal biomass: carbon release, nitrogen release, and char reactivity. Energy and Fuels, 28(1), 41-51.
DOI Scopus20 WoS18
2014 Lane, D. J., Zevenhoven, M., Ashman, P. J., Van Eyk, P. J., Hupa, M., De Nys, R., & Lewis, D. M. (2014). Algal biomass: occurrence of the main inorganic elements and simulation of ash interactions with bed material. Energy and Fuels, 28(7), 4622-4632.
DOI Scopus15 WoS14
2014 Forghani, A., Jafarian, M., Pendleton, P., & Lewis, D. (2014). Mathematical modelling of a hydrocracking reactor for triglyceride conversion to biofuel: model establishment and validation. International Journal of Energy Research, 38(12), 1624-1634.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6
2014 Ward, A. J., Lewis, D. M., & Green, F. B. (2014). Anaerobic digestion of algae biomass: a review. Algal Research, 5(1), 204-214.
DOI Scopus144 WoS119
2014 Erkelens, M., Ball, A., & Lewis, D. (2014). The influence of protozoa with a filtered and non-filtered seawater culture of Tetraselmis sp., and effects to the bacterial and algal communities over 10 days. Bioresource Technology, 173, 361-366.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
2014 Eboibi, B., Lewis, D., Ashman, P., & Chinnasamy, S. (2014). Hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae for biocrude production: improving the biocrude properties with vacuum distillation. Bioresource Technology, 174, 212-221.
DOI Scopus21 WoS21 Europe PMC2
2014 Nguyen, L. A. T., Ward, A. J., & Lewis, D. M. (2014). Utilisation of turbidity as an indicator for biochemical and chemical oxygen demand. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 4(C), 137-142.
DOI Scopus4
2014 Fon Sing, M., Isdepsky, A., Borowitzka, M., & Lewis, D. (2014). Pilot-scale continuous recycling of growth medium for the mass culture of a halotolerant Tetraselmis sp. in raceway ponds under increasing salinity: A novel protocol for commercial microalgal biomass production. Bioresource Technology, 161, 47-54.
DOI Scopus47 WoS37 Europe PMC12
2013 Orandi, S., & Lewis, D. (2013). Biosorption of heavy metals in a photo-rotating biological contactor - a batch process study. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 97(11), 5113-5123.
DOI Scopus5 WoS6 Europe PMC2
2013 Lee, A., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2013). Harvesting of marine microalgae by electroflocculation: the energetics, plant design, and economics. Applied Energy, 108, 45-53.
DOI Scopus49 WoS43
2013 Lee, A., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2013). Force and energy requirement for microalgal cell disruption: an atomic force microscope evaluation. Bioresource Technology, 128, 199-206.
DOI Scopus31 WoS30 Europe PMC14
2013 Orandi, S., & Lewis, D. (2013). Synthesising acid mine drainage to maintain and exploit indigenous mining micro-algae and microbial assemblies for biotreatment investigations. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20(2), 950-956.
DOI Scopus7 WoS4 Europe PMC2
2012 Doan, Q., Moheimani, N., Mastrangelo, A., & Lewis, D. (2012). Microalgal biomass for bioethanol fermentation: Implications for hypersaline systems with an industrial focus. Biomass and Bioenergy, 46, 79-88.
DOI Scopus26 WoS24
2012 Lee, K., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2012). Disruption of microalgal cells for the extraction of lipids for biofuels: Processes and specific energy requirements. Biomass & Bioenergy, 46, 89-101.
DOI Scopus135 WoS113
2012 Orandi, S., Lewis, D., & Moheimani, N. (2012). Biofilm establishment and heavy metal removal capacity of an indigenous mining algal-microbial consortium in a photo-rotating biological contactor. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 39(9), 1321-1331.
DOI Scopus22 WoS19 Europe PMC8
2012 Lewis, R., VanLeeuwen, J., Chow, C., Everson, A., & Lewis, D. (2012). Assessment of coagulated and non-coagulated ASB performance used to treat Pinus radiata sulfite pulp and paper mill effluent by resin fractionation and HPSEC techniques. Chemical Engineering Journal, 213, 109-117.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6
2012 Pahl, S., Lewis, D., King, K., & Chen, F. (2012). Heterotrophic growth and nutritional aspects of the diatom Cyclotella cryptica (Bacillariophyceae): effect of nitrogen source and concentration.. Journal of Applied Phycology, 24(2), 301-307.
DOI Scopus10 WoS10
2011 Yongabi, K., Lewis, D., & Harris, P. (2011). Indigenous plant based coagulants/disinfectants and sand filter media for surface water treatment in Bamenda, Cameroon. African Journal of Biotechnology, 10(43), 8625-8629.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2011 Yongabi, K., Lewis, D., & Harris, P. (2011). Application of phytodisinfectants in water purification in rural Cameroon. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 5(6), 628-635.
Scopus9 WoS8
2011 Kwei, C., Lewis, D., King, K., Donohue, W., & Neilan, B. (2011). Molecular classification of commercial spirulina strains and identification of their sulfolipid biosynthesis genes. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 21(4), 359-365.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
2010 Pahl, S., Lewis, D., Chen, F., & King, K. (2010). Growth dynamics and the proximate biochemical composition and fatty acid profile of the heterotrophically grown diatom Cyclotella cryptica. Journal of Applied Phycology, 22(2), 165-171.
DOI Scopus14 WoS14
2010 Lewis, D., Lambert, M., Burch, M., & Brookes, J. (2010). Field measurements of mean velocity characteristics of a large-diameter swirling jet. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136(9), 642-650.
DOI Scopus1 WoS2
2010 Lee, A., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2010). Energy requirements and economic analysis of a full-scale microbial flocculation system for microalgal harvesting. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 88(8), 988-996.
DOI Scopus39 WoS34
2010 Pahl, S., Lewis, D., Chen, F., & King, K. (2010). Heterotrophic growth and nutritional aspects of the diatom Cyclotella cryptica (Bacillariophyceae): Effect of some environmental factors. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, 109(3), 235-239.
DOI Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC7
2009 Yongabi, K., Harris, P., Lewis, D., & Agho, M. (2009). Preliminary study on the effect of anaerobically digested cow dung slurry on the antimicrobial activity of three medicinal plants. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 3(4), 168-174.
WoS2
2009 Reid, N., Hill, S., & Lewis, D. (2009). Biogeochemical expression of buried gold mineralization in semi-arid northern Australia: penetration of transported cover at the Titania Gold Prospect, Tanami Desert, Australia. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 9(Part 3), 267-273.
DOI Scopus17 WoS15
2009 Wang, H., Lewis, D., Newcombe, G., Brookes, J., & Ho, L. (2009). Separated adsorption and bacterial degradation of microcystins in GAC filtration. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 3(1-4), 236-243.
DOI Scopus3
2009 Yongabi, K., Harris, P., & Lewis, D. (2009). Poultry faeces management with a simple low cost plastic digester. African Journal of Biotechnology, 8(8), 1560-1566.
Scopus8 WoS5
2009 Lee, A., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2009). Microbial flocculation, a potentially low-cost harvesting technique for marine microalgae for the production of biodiesel. Journal of Applied Phycology, 21(5), 559-567.
DOI Scopus155 WoS123
2009 Lewis, D., Ashman, P., & Borowitzka, M. (2009). Algae biofuel project leads world. Australasian Biotechnology, 19(4), 22.
2008 Wittholz, M., O'Neill, B., Colby, C., & Lewis, D. (2008). Estimating the cost of desalination plants using a cost database. Desalination, 229(1-3), 10-20.
DOI Scopus67 WoS62
2008 Reid, N., Hill, S., & Lewis, D. (2008). Spinifex biogeochemical expressions of buried gold mineralisation: The great mineral exploration penetrator of transported regolith. Applied Geochemistry, 23(1), 76-84.
DOI Scopus31 WoS27
2007 Wang, H., Ho, L., Lewis, D., Brookes, J., & Newcombe, G. (2007). Discriminating and assessing adsorption and biodegradation removal mechanisms during granular activated carbon filtration of microcystin toxins. Water Research, 41(18), 4262-4270.
DOI Scopus87 WoS73 Europe PMC27
2004 Lewis, D., Brookes, J., & Lambert, M. (2004). Numerical models for management of anabaena circinalis. Journal of Applied Phycology, 16(6), 457-468.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9
2004 Nguyen, K., Lewis, D., Jolly, M., & Robinson, J. (2004). Determination of soluble aluminium concentration in alkaline humic water using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Water Research, 38(19), 4039-4044.
DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC2
2003 Lewis, D., Elliott, J., Brookes, J., Irish, A., Lambert, M., & Reynolds, C. (2003). Modelling the effects of artificial mixing and copper sulphate dosing on phytoplankton in an Australian reservior. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management, 8(1), 31-40.
DOI Scopus11
2002 Lewis, D., Elliott, J., Lambert, M., & Reynolds, C. (2002). The simulation of an Australian reservoir using a phytoplankton community model: PROTECH. Ecological Modelling, 150(1-2), 107-116.
DOI Scopus28 WoS24

Books

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2010 Lee, K., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2010). An assessment of large scale microalgal harvesting methods for the production of biodiesel. In Proceedings of Chemeca 2010 (pp. 1-14). Adelaide: Engineers Australia.
2010 Kwei, C., Lewis, D., King, K., Donohue, W., & Neilan, B. (2010). The Selective Extraction of Sulfoquinovosyldiacylglyceride from Spirulina. In Proceedings of Chemeca 2010 (pp. 1-10). Australia: Engineers Australia.
2010 Pahl, S., Lewis, D., & Ashman, P. (2010). Microalgal lipids as a source of biodiesel. In Proceedings of Chemeca 2010 (pp. 1-8). Australia: Engineers Australia.
2007 Roberts, M., King, K., Lewis, D., & Desai, D. (2007). Rigorous screening of a cyanobacterium for production of PHB in a closed photo-bioreactor. In Martin Rhodes (Ed.), Proceedings of CHEMECA 2007 (pp. 231-240). CDROM: Engineers Australia.
2007 Victory, K., Lewis, D., Thomas, C., & King, K. (2007). Isolation and analysis of pharmacologically-active compounds of Microcystis flos-aquae. In Martin Rhodes (Ed.), Proceedings of CHEMECA 2007 (pp. 79-85). CDROM: Engineers Australia.
2006 Reid, N., Hill, S., Lewis, D., & Worrall, L. (2006). Geobotanical and biogeochemical associations of SNAPPY GUM (Eucalyptus Brevifolia): Tanami region, W.A.. In D. R. W. Fitzpatrick, & D. R. P. Shand (Eds.), Regolith 2006 - Consolidation and dispersion of ideas (pp. 288-290). Bentley WA: CRC-LEME.
2006 Wang, H., Lewis, D., Newcombe, G., Brookes, J., & Ho, L. (2006). Separated absorption and bacterial degradation of microcystins in GAC filtration. In B. R. Young, D. A. Patterson, & X. D. Chen (Eds.), Proceedings of Chemeca 2006 (pp. CDROM1-CDROM5). CDROM: University of Auckland.
2005 Victory, K., Lewis, D., Thomas, C., Kumar, J., & King, K. (2005). Analysis and classification of antimicrobial metabolites produced by microalgae and cyanobacteria. In C. Grant (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (pp. CD ROM 1-CD ROM 10). CD ROM: IChemE.
2005 Lewis, D., Porter, D., & Victory, K. (2005). Secondary metabolites form Scytonema ocellatum as selective antifungal agents to inhibit the growth of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola). In C. Grant (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (Glascow 2005) (pp. CD ROM 1-CD ROM 7). CD ROM: IChemE.
2005 Amos, S., Lewis, D., Sweeney, D., & Kaeding, U. (2005). Optimisation of chemical dosing for microalgae removal via DAFF treatment. In M. Hardin (Ed.), Proceedings of Chemeca 2005 (pp. CD ROM 1-CD ROM 6). CD ROM: The Institution of Engineers Australia.
2005 Amos, S., Van Heeswijck, T., & Lewis, D. (2005). Influence of coagulant does and pH on surface charge of Microcystis - implications for coagulation. In M. Hardin (Ed.), Proceedings of Chemeca 2005 (pp. CD ROM 1-CD ROM 6). CD ROM: The Institution of Engineers Australia.
2005 Reid, N., Hill, S., & Lewis, D. (2005). Tanami geobotany and biogeochemistry: towards its characterisation, role in regolith evolution and implications for mineral exploration. In Regolith 2005: Ten years of CRC LEME: proceedings of the CRC LEME Regional Regolith Symposia (pp. 256-259). Canberra: CRC LEME.
2003 Pahl, S., Lewis, D., Chen, F., & Schwarz, M. (2003). Advantages of heterotrophically grown microalgae for aquaculture - economic and environmental. In M. J. Mowlaei, A. Rose, & J. Lamborn (Eds.), Environmental Sustainability Through Multidisciplinary Integration (pp. 285-294). Australia: Environmental Engineering Research Event.
2003 Pahl, S., Schwarz, M., Chen, F., & Lewis, D. (2003). Experimental technique used to determine the nutritional content of microalgae. In Q. D. Nguyen, P. J. Ashman, K. Quast, & N. Swain (Eds.), Products and Processes for the 21st Century - Proceedings of CHEMECA 2003 (pp. CDROM 1-CDROM 9). CDROM: The Institution of Engineers.
2002 Lewis, D. (2002). Artificial mixing and algal growth. In Third Postgraduate Student Conference, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment; Reynella, Australia (pp. 135-140). South Australia: Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment.
2001 Lewis, D., Antenucci, J., Brookes, J., & Lambert, M. (2001). Numerical simulation of surface mixers used for artificial mixing in reservoirs. In Proceedings Environmental Engineering Research Event 2001[electronic resource]. on line: Environmental Engineering Research Event.
2001 Lewis, D., Antenucci, J., Brookes, J., & Lambert, M. (2001). Numerical simulation of surface mixers used for destratification of reservoirs. In F. Ghassemi, D. Post, M. Sivapalan, & R. Vertessy (Eds.), Proceedings of MODISM 2001 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 311-316). CANBERRA, ACT 0200: THE MODELLING & SIMULATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND.
2000 Lewis, D. (2000). Turbulent transport of phytoplankton in artificially destratified reservoirs. In Second Postgraduate Student Conference Vol. Daylesford, Australia, October 2000 (pp. pp.17-pp.22). Daylesford, Vic.: Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2014 Orandi, S., Erkelens, M., Ball, A. S., & Lewis, D. M. (2014). An Investigation On Community Dynamics Of Acidophilic Micro-Algae Exploited For Phyto-Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage. Poster session presented at the meeting of ISAP2014. Sydney.

Report for External Bodies

Industry:

2016 to 2018 [Category 1]

Lead Investigator: G. Nathan. Partner investigator: D.M. Lewis (2016/17).

Title: Commercial scale production of biocrude by hydrothermal liquefaction

Type: Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant – LP150101241, Funding: 2015 - $296,634; 2016 - $299,930; 2017 - $294,101.

Industry Partner: Muradel Pty Ltd, Funding $441,505

2015 to 2017 [Category 1]

Lead Investigator: B. Hankamer. Partner investigators: D.M. Lewis and G. Henderson.

Title: Model guided design of advanced microalgae production systems

Type: Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant – LP150101147, Funding: 2015 - $258,559; 2016 - $226,342; 2017 - $113,510.

Industry Partner: Muradel Pty Ltd and Kellogg, Brown and Root, Funding $150,000

2014 to 2015 [Category 2]

Lead Investigator: D.M. Lewis

Title: The integration of renewable energy into a biofuels production plant

Type: Bio Innovation SA - Project No: BioSA/1202, Funding $150,000

Shareholders: Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd, Murdoch University, SQC Pty Ltd

2013 to 2014 [Category 2]

Lead Investigator: D.M. Lewis

Title: Advancing Established and Integrated Marine Microalgae Biofuel to Commercialisation

Type: Australian Renewable Energy Agency Advanced Biofuels Investment Readiness Program, Funding Agreement Q00150, Funding 2013/14 $4,398,000

Industry funding: SQC Pty Ltd $2,000,000

Shareholders: Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd, Murdoch University, SQC Pty Ltd

Academic:

2011 to 2014 [Category 1]

Lead Investigator: D.M. Lewis. Chief Investigators: P.J. Ashman and S. Clarke

Title: Energy from microalgae – industrial scale development and downstream processing of co-products

Type: Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant – LP100200616, Funding: 2011 - $279,454; 2012 - $381,307; 2013 - $249,239

Industry Partner: SQC Pty Ltd, Funding $450,000

2009 to 2011 [Category 2]

Chief Investigators: M.A. Borowitzka, D.M. Lewis and Ashman, P.J.

Title: A fully integrated process for biodiesel production from microalgae in saline water

Type: Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate (Project RDG-07-26), Funding: 2009 - $700,000, 2010 - $700,000, 2011 - $800,000,

Industry Partner: SQC Pty Ltd, Funding $500,000

I currently teach the following subjects:

CE 4051 Water and Wastewater Engineering

CE7035 Water and Wastewater Treatment

CE4034 Professional Practice IV

Previously I have taught:

Introductory Process Fluid Mechanics

Environmental Engineering

Process Control & Instrumentation

Introduction to Biochemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Laboratory Projects

Process Design and Plant Engineering

Professional Practice III

Biochemical Engineering

Research Projects

Plant Design Projects

Wastewater Engineering & Design

Environmental Modelling

Wastewater Treatment

 

 

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-Supervisor In-situ Solids Separation During Large Scale Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Carbonaceous Feedstocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Brailey Scott
2017 Co-Supervisor Modelling of continuous hydrothermal processes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Reem Obeid
2017 Co-Supervisor Hydroliquefaction of Biomass: Solid-oil Attachment in Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Arafat Hossain
2017 Principal Supervisor Elucidation of Reaction Pathways for the Hydrothermal Liquidification of Biosolids in a Sub-Critical Water Reactor Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Sylvia Yawa Elikplim Edifor
2016 Co-Supervisor Hydrothermal Liquefaction for Biofuel Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jasim Mohammed Jasim Al-Juboori
2010 Principal Supervisor Determination of the Fermentation Potential of Marine Microalgal Biomas for Acetone Butanol and Ethanol Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Quang Cong Doan

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Predictive Modelling and Experimental Studies on Taste-Taint as Geosmin (GSM) and 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) in Farmed Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Priyantha Indrajith Hathurusingha Arachchige
2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Quantitative FR 13 failure Modelling of UV Irradiation for Portable Water Production - Demonstrated with Escherichia coli Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nadiya Abdul Halim
2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Investigation into the closed loop systems developed for microalgal biofuels. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mason Erkelens
2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Thermochemical Fuel Behaviour of Micro- and Macroalgal Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel James Lane
2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Catalytic Hydro-cracking of Bio-oil to Bio-fuel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amir Ahmad Forghani
2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Direct Conversion of Microalgae Biomass to Biocrude with Hydrothermal Liquefaction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Blessing Elo-Oghene Eboibi
2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The anaerobic digestion of halophytic microalgae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew James Ward
2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor A Sustainable Low-Cost Phytodisinfectant-Sand Filter Alternative for Water Purification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kenneth Anchang Yongabi
2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Downstream processing of marine microalgae for the commercial scale production of biofuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kwong Shui Andrew Lee
2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Investigation of Algal-microbial Biofilms for Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Sanaz Orandi
2008 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Culturing and Harvesting Marine Microalgae for the Large-Scale Production of Biodiesel Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Suraj Sathe
2008 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Screening and Selection of a Cyanobacteria for Production of Poly-B-Hydroxybutyrate in a Closed Photobioreactor Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Michael Roberts
2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Predictive Modelling of Eutrophication and Algal Bloom Formation in Tropical Lakes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohd Yusoff Ishak
2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Spatial and Temporal Features of Hydrodynamics and Biogeochemistry in Myponga Reservoir, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Wai Chan
2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Elucidation and Isolation of Specific Bioactive Compound in Cyanobacteria Isolates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chee Kwei
2007 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Physical Characteristics of Pleurochrysis Carterae in Relation to Harvesting Potential for Biodiesel Productions Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Ms Marjan Rahbari
2007 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Optimisation and Scale-up of a Biotechnological Process for Production of L(+)- Lactic Acid from Waste Potato Starch by Rhizopus arrhizus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jan Zhang
2007 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Microbial Flocculation for Large Scale Harvesting of Marine Microalgae for the Production of Biodiesel Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Kwong Shui Andrew Lee
2007 - 2014 Co-Supervisor AN INVESTIGATION INTO MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF INTEGRATED BIOSYSTEMS FOR OPERATIONAL CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Khalid Shamim
2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Phyto-exploration in Arid Subtropical, Arid Mediterranean and Tropical Savanna Environments: Biogeochemical Mechanisms and Implications for Mineral Exploration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nathan Reid
2006 - 2008 Principal Supervisor life Cycle Assessment Comparison of Pepfactant and Chemical Surfactant Production Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Miss Huai Huang
2006 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Adsorption and Biological Filtration of Microcystins Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Miss Haixiang Wang
2005 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Experimental Field Studies and Predictive Modelling of PCB and PCDD/F Levels in Australian Farmed Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel Phua
2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Removal of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol from Drinking Water Through Biologically Active Sand Filters Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Bridget McDowall
2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Isolation and Characterisation of Antimicrobial Compounds Synthesised by Cyanobacteria Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kyleigh Victory
2003 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Heterotrophic Production of the Mircoalgae Cyclotella cryptica; Feed for Aquaculture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Stephen Pahl

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 - ongoing Member Rotary International Australia
1996 - ongoing Member Institute of Chemical Engineers Australia

Industry Partnerships

Date Engagement Type Partner Name
2017 - ongoing Consultant Southern Oil Refining
Position
Professor
Phone
83135503
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Engineering North, floor N2
Room Number
N2 12b
Org Unit
School of Chemical Engineering

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