Graham Nathan

Professor Graham Nathan

Director Centre for Energy Technology

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


Gus Nathan is the founding Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology. He has led the centre in developing its vision, identifying priorities and devising and implementing a strategic plan. Under his leadership the Centre has identified novel approaches with strong potential to make a breakthrough in the delivery of low-cost, clean energy technologies and has engaged with partners spanning industry, international research institutions and government agencies.

Professor Nathan is an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher who specialises in thermal energy engineering in systems supplied by solar, geothermal and the combustion of fossil and bio-fuels, but also works with hydrogen, wind and wave power. His recent work has focussed on novel approaches to integrate and optimise these different energy sources. He has played a leading role in the development of six patented technologies. He was principal leader of the Chief Design Team for the award winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch and was co-inventor of the patented combustor that was subsequently also used in the torch and Stadium flame for the Athens Games. He has also jointly led the development of low NOx “Gyrotherm” burner being commercialised by partner FCT Combustion in rotary cement kilns and in the development of a technology to enhance the capture of ultra-fine particles and mercury in partnership with Indigo Technologies. A current focus is the development of novel hybrid power systems that combine solar energy with combustion or gasification, with one patent pending in this field.

These technology developments are underpinned by the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic methods in complex turbulent reacting flows. In partnership with other leading researchers in the CET, he has worked to establish a leading laser diagnostics facility at Adelaide. This facility specialises in providing new understanding and data for model development and validation in turbulent systems of relevance to energy systems, notably in turbulent reacting flows with particles including soot and with combined radiation and convective heat transfer.

He has published widely in the above fields, jointly authoring some 100 papers in international journals and 150 in peer reviewed conferences. His publications on technology include 8 patents (filed or granted) and 50 consultant’s reports. He is presently on the editorial board of Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. of Exp. Therm. Fluid Sci., and of J. Combustion and formerly for Proc. Comb. Inst. He has also worked widely with industries including power generation, cement, lime, steel, glass and aluminum and has consulted to organisations including Western Mining Ltd, Adelaide Brighton Ltd, British Steel plc, LKAB, Flinders Power, Queensland Electricity Commission and BHP. He has lectured both in University Degree courses and to Industrial Combustion Courses and presented seminars and invited lectures nationally and internationally.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Heat and Mass Transport in Particle-Laden Flows Under Conditions of Solar Receiver Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiaopeng Bi
    2019 Principal Supervisor Development of Novel Bubble Receiver Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Reza Abdollahi
    2019 Co-Supervisor Integrating Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy into the Bayer Alumina Process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Muhammad Mujahid Rafique
    2019 Co-Supervisor Assessing the Performance within Solar Expanding Vortex Receiver by Experimental and Numerical Methods Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Jin Tung Ang
    2019 Co-Supervisor chemical looping for hydrogen production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bo Yang
    2018 Co-Supervisor Hydrodynamics of a Solar Hybridised Dual Fluidised-Bed Gasifier Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shanguang Ping
    2018 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Gas-Particle Flows in Solar Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yining Tang
    2018 Co-Supervisor Numerical Study of Particle-laden Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xinchen Zhang
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Soot Evolution in Complex Reacting Flows Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amir Rowhani
    2017 Principal Supervisor Temperature measurement of a turbulent particle laden flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Elliott William Lewis
    2014 Principal Supervisor Heat Transfer in Particle Latent Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kimberley Chare Yiing Kueh
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Application of Chemical Looping for Solar Thermal Energy Storage Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mahyar Silakhori
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Liquid Chemical Looping Gasification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammad Mohsen Sarafraz
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Characterising the Performance of Vortex-Based Solar Thermal Particle Receiver-Reactors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dominic Michael Walldorf Davis
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Large Scale Flow Characteristics of Multiple Annular Impinging Jets within a Cylindrical Chamber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shen Long
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Techno-Economic Analysis of Hybrid Concentrating Solar Power Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jin Han Lim
    2014 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Influence of Wind on the Heat Losses from Solar Cavity Receivers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Leok Lee
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Soot evolution in acoustically forced laminar non-premixed jet flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kae Ken Foo
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Study on Configuration and Operation Strategies of Solar Aided Power Generation Plant Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiyun Qin
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Application of Rotating Fluidized Bed to Solar Gasification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Zhao Joe Lu
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Mitigating Particle Deposition on the Glass Window of a Fluidised Bed Solar Receiver Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Md Shahabuddin Ahmmad
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Simulating High Flux Solar Radiation and Assessing its Influence on a Sooty Flame Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xue Dong
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Assessment of Fischer-Tropsch Liquid Fuels Production via Solar Hybridized Dual Fluidized Bed Gasification of Solid Fuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Peijun Guo
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Development and Application of Planar Laser Thermometry in Sooting Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dahe Gu
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor MILD Combustion of Solid Fuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Manabendra Saha
    2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Numerical Study of Precessing Jet Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Xiao Chen
    2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Application of Concentrated Solar Radiation to Chemical Looping Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mehdi Jafarian
    2010 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Lowering the Barriers to Developing Thermal Renewable Energy Technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ashok Athreya Kaniyal
    2010 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Parametric Study of Soot in Turbulent Non-Premixed Jet Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Saleh Mahmoud
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor A technical and economic assessment of geothermal aided power generation Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Jiyun Qin
    2008 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Mass Loading and Stokes Number Effects in Steady and Unsteady Particle-laden Jets Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Richard Foreman
    2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Development of Instantaneous Temperature Imaging in Sooty Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shaun Chan
    2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Optical Diagnostics of Metals in High Temperature Environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Li-Jen Hsu
    2005 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Aerodynamics of Fibrous Particles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Guo Qi
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Assessment of the Temporal Release of Atomic Sodium During a Burning Black Liquor Droplet Using Quantitative Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Woei Saw
    2005 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Parallel Jet MILD Combustion Burner System in a Laboratory-Scale Furnace Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr George Szego
    2004 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Quantitative in-situ Measurements of Sodium Release During the Combustion of Brown Coal using Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Philip van Eyk
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Study of Large-Scale Coherent Structures in the Near Field and Transition Regions of a Mechanically Oscillated Planar Jet Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Michael Riese
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Density on the Near Field of a naturally Occurring Oscillating Jet Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Grant England
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Physical Modelling of Mixing Between Rectangular Jets Present in Tangentially Fired Brown Coal Boilers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Alessio Scarsella
    2002 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Study Of A Naturally Oscillating Triangular-Jet Flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Soon Lee
    2002 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Sooting Behaviour of Turbulent Non Pre-Mixed Jet Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Nader Qamar
    2002 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Influence of Jet Precession on Particle Distributions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Cristian Birzer
    2002 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Use of Concentrated Solar Energy to Thermally Decompose Limestone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Richard Craig
    2001 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Experimental Investigations of the Influence of Reynolds Number and Boundary Conditions on a Plane Air Jet Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ravinesh Deo
    1999 - 2003 Co-Supervisor A Mie Scattering Investigation of the Zones of Soot Formation in Precessing Jet Flames Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Ms Lilia Stamatova
    1999 - 2004 Principal Supervisor The flow within and in the near external field of a fluidic precessing jet nozzle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chong Wong
    1997 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Planar Laser Polarisation Spectroscopy Imaging in Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Julie-Ann Reppel
  • Position: Director Centre for Energy Technology
  • Phone: 83135822
  • Email: graham.nathan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 1
  • Room: 1 35
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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