Paul Medwell

Associate Professor Paul Medwell

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


Dr Paul Medwell is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He has over fifteen years of combustion research experience in the field of MILD (moderate or intense low oxygen dilution) combustion and also in the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic techniques for the measurement of flames and harsh reacting environments. Over the years Dr Medwell has expanded his research interests to include humanitarian engineering, solar energy, jet noise and sports engineering. He has published over 100 scientific articles, and regularly presents his findings to international audiences. In addition to his research work, Dr Medwell serves as an engineering consultant to industry.

Dr Medwell is the postgraduate coordinator (PGC) and Health & Safety Representative (HSR) for the School of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Combustion
    • MILD combustion
    • Nonpremixed flames
    • Spray combustion
    • High-pressure combustion
    • Smouldering combustion
  • Humanitarian Technology
  • Cookstoves
  • Laser Diagnostics
  • Sports Engineering
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2010 Senior Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Discovery International Award - Australian Research Council
    2017 Achievement Young Leaders Programme - Standards Australia
    2016 Award Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme - Universities Australia and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    2015 Award Australia-China Next Step Initiative - Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    2013 Award South Australian Tall Poppy Science Award - Australian Institute of Policy and Science
    2012 Award Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Australian Research Council
    2010 Award David Warren Travelling Fellowship - Combustion Institute, Australian and New Zealand Section
    2007 Award Demonstrator of the Year - School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide
    2005 Award Outstanding Research Paper - 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Honours, I)
    The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
  • Research Interests

$375,000 Resolving flame stabilisation mechanisms in the transition to MILD combustion
P.R. Medwell
Australian Research Council: Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2012)
$320,000 Resolving the mechanics of turbulent noise production
C.J. Doolan; L.A. Brooks; P.R. Medwell
Australian Research Council: Discovery Project (2012)
$30,000 Reuse Residual Heat & Energy Harvesting
P.R. Medwell; C.H. Birzer
Electrolux Australia (2012)
$200,000 Supercontinuum fibre laser consortium for the chemical and materials sciences
T.W. Kee; E.J. Bieske; G.F. Metha; T.A. Smith; P.R. Medwell; K.P. Ghiggino
Australian Research Council: Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (2013)
$400,000 Controlled radiation facility to investigate turbulence-radiation-chemistry interactions in highflux solar reactors
G.J. Nathan; A.R. Masri; E.R. Hawkes; Z.T. Alwahabi; B.B. Dally; P.J. Ashman; P.R. Medwell; M.J. Dunn; R. Taylor
Australian Research Council: Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (2013)
$5,500 Windows on Science
P.R. Medwell
United States Air Force, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (2013)
$11,000 Design and Build a Model Gas Turbine Combustor
P.R. Medwell; D. Bey; J. Dean; J. Francis; A. Trainor
Santos (2013)
$30,000 Development of Optical Methods to Measure Volatilised Metals in Hot Gases
P.R. Medwell, G. Metha, T. Kee, D. Lancaster, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, P. Ashman, Z. Alwahabi, S. Grano
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Fund (2013)
$1,083,000 Tools for design and scale-up of solar thermochemical reactors
E.R. Hawkes, G.J. Nathan, R.W. Grout, B.B. Dally, P.R. Medwell, Z.T. Alwahabi, R.A. Taylor, G.H. Yeoh
Australian Renewable Energy Agency: Solar Energy Collaboration (2013)
$40,000 Tools for combustion research
P.R. Medwell, Z.F. Tian
University of Adelaide, Strategic Research Initiative (2014)
$20,000 Towards the application of MILD combustion to gas turbines
P.R. Medwell
United States Air Force, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (2014)
$2,480 Next Step Initiative - Young Scientists Exchange Program
P.R. Medwell
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2015)
$90,000 Towards the application of MILD combustion to gas turbines
P.R. Medwell
United States Air Force, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (2015)
$30,000 Establishment of a Humanitarian Technology Research Group Research Facility
C.H. Birzer, P.R. Medwell, P.J. Ashman, K. Davey, C. Thomas
University of Adelaide, Research Support Scheme (2015)
$158,100 Gas Pipeline blowdown: Characteristics of natural gas pipeline blowdown in remote areas
N.L. Smith, A. Mimani, A.C. Zander, P.J. Ashman, C.H. Birzer, P.R. Medwell, T. Lau, B.S. Cazzolato
Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (2015)
$25,000 Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme
G.J. Nathan, P.R. Medwell, M. Jafarian, W. Saw, A. Chinnici
Universities Australia and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2016)
$20,000 New Solutions for Air Quality and Old Development Challenges: Biochar Technology
C.H. Birzer, T. Cavagnaro, S. Kidd, P. Kwong, P.R. Medwell, P.J. van Eyk, W. Umberger
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Research Fund (2016)
$90,000 Towards the application of MILD combustion to gas turbines
P.R. Medwell
United States Air Force, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (2016)
$60,000 Biodigesters: converting waste products from industry and rural communities, into byproducts for profit and quality of life
C.H. Birzer, M. Hutchinson, P.J. van Eyk, V. Moore, W. Umberger, G. Drew, T. Cavagnaro, P.R. Medwell, S. Kidd
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Research Fund (2017)
$367,000 Advanced Experimental and Modelling Study to Better Predict Spray Flames
P.R. Medwell, B.B. Dally, H.G. Pitsch
Australian Research Council: Discovery Project (2017)
$80,000 Suitability of belt materials for CO2 pellet cleaning
P.R. Medwell, C.H. Birzer
Cold Logic Pty Ltd, for Australian Meat Processor Corporation (2018)
$956,700 Novel diagnostics capabilities in reacting, particle-laden flows
A.R. Masri, B.B. Dally, M.J. Brear, S. Kook, M.J. Dunn, Y. Yang, Q.N. Chan, G.J. Nathan, R.L. Gordon, P.R. Medwell, M.J. Cleary, Z.T. Alwahabi, P.J. van Eyk, M. Talei, E.R. Hawkes
Australian Research Council: Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (2018)
$520,000 Adaptation of carbon free fuels to high temperature industrial processes
B.B. Dally, G.J. Nathan, P.R. Medwell, H.G. Pitsch
Australian Research Council: Discovery Project (2019)
  • Sports Engineering 2
  • Sports Engineering 3
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Principal Supervisor Parameters affecting biodigester performance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mathu Indren
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Soot Evolution in Complex Reacting Flows Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amir Rowhani
    2016 Principal Supervisor Top-lit up-draft cook stove development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Kirch
    2015 Co-Supervisor Aerodynamic Noise Mitigation Through Active Flow Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Tyler James Schembri
    2014 Principal Supervisor CFD Investigation of the Suitability of Actuators to Control a hypersonic Vehicle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Warrick Alan Miller
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Soot evolution in acoustically forced laminar non-premixed jet flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kae Ken Foo
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Initiation of smouldering combustion in biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Houzhi Wang
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Flame Stabilisation in the Transition to MILD Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael John Evans
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor MILD Combustion of Prevaporised Liquid Fuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jingjing Ye
    2012 - 2016 Co-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
    2012 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Parametric Study of Soot in Turbulent Non-Premixed Jet Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Saleh Mahmoud
    2009 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Development of Instantaneous Temperature Imaging in Sooty Flames Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shaun Chan
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - ongoing External Supervisor Effects of Air Flow Modi cations on Biomass Cookstoves University of California, Berkeley Doctorate Kathleen Lask
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Humanitarian Engineering Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member CS-062 Solid Fuel Burning Appliances Standards Australia Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member WS-040-01 Sustainable non-sewered sanitation systems Standards Australia Australia
    2015 - ongoing Representative International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 285 ISO Australia
    2015 - ongoing Chair EE-003 Clean Cookstoves Standards Australia Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Humanitarian Engineering Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135920
  • Email: paul.medwell@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 2
  • Room: 2 05
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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