David Lewis

Professor David Lewis

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


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 focus 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.

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.

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  • 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

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

 

 

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  • 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
    2014 Principal Supervisor The Efficacy of Moringa Oleifera as a practical application for sustainable water treatment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Frances Elizabeth Williams
  • 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 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Seawater Systems for Sustainable Development: Evaluation of a Marine Microalgal Strain as Biomass Feedstock for Hypersaline Bioethanol Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Quang Cong Doan
    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
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135503
  • Email: david.lewis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor N2
  • Room: N2 12b
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering

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