Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Mathu Indren is a biogas researcher; he has been focussing on low-cost methods for energy production via anaerobic digestion, as part of the Humanitarian and Development Solutions Initiative at the University of Adelaide. Mathu is passionate about renewable energy production, organic recycling and technologies that can benefit all of humanity. This stems from his time working overseas on organic farms in France and with an NGO in Mongolia. Prior his PhD studies, he worked as an air quality engineer and has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide.
My current research spans the fields of engineering and microbiology with the goal to produce renewable methane from agricultural wastes. My PhD project involves improving the process of methane production from chicken litter by using biochar (also known as charcoal) as a low-cost additive.
Date Position Institution name 2014 Project Development Officer The Independent Research Institute of Mongolia 2011 Environmental Engineer Pacific Environment (now ERM)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Invitation WEC Bursary Program Engineers Australia Australia — 2019 Award 3 Minute Thesis ECMS Finalist University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award Crawford Fund Agricultural Student Award Crawford Fund Australia — 2017 Invitation AC21 International Graduate School Academic Consortium 21 Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)
Year Citation 2020 Indren, M., Birzer, C., Kidd, S., & Medwell, P. (2020). Effect of total solids content on anaerobic digestion of poultry litter with biochar. Journal of Environmental Management, 255, 109744.
2020 Indren, M., Birzer, C., Kidd, S., Hall, T., & Medwell, P. (2020). Effects of biochar parent material and microbial pre-loading in biochar-amended high-solids anaerobic digestion. Bioresource Technology, 298, 10 pages.
Year Citation 2018 Indren, M., Birzer, C., Medwell, P., & Kidd, S. (2018). Biochar Addition in High-Solids Anaerobic Digestion of Poultry Litter. In 2018 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) (pp. 8 pages). San Jose, USA: IEEE.
2017 Cheruvu, N., Indren, M., Birzer, C., & Medwell, P. (2017). Biochar production and characterisation - a field study. In 2017 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 27 Dec 2017 Vol. 2017-January (pp. 1-5). San Jose: IEEE.
- 2018 Crawford Fund International Student Award
- 2019 Waite Research Institute Seed Funding
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