Peter Ashman

Professor Peter Ashman

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


Professor Peter Ashman is Director (People & Infrastructure) of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and also a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. He is a senior member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology (CET), his current research interests are in the fields of clean energy, H2 production technologies, H2 utilisation, biomass, bioenergy and solar thermal energy. He co-leads the end-user working group as part of the Future Fuels CRC and was recently appointed as the Program Leader for the Cross-Cutting Technologies program within the newly established HILT CRC.

As part of the Future Fuels CRC his team undertook a detailed technical and economic assessment of existing and emerging processes for the production of both blue and green hydrogen. This work was undertaken with colleagues in the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at the University of Queensland and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.

Also with the Future Fuels CRC he is currently working to investigate and understand changes in performance when existing domestic and industrial combustion appliances and systems are fuelled using mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas. This work is vital to underpin the safe roll out of hydrogen blending projects across Australia. This work also considers the impact of various impurities associated with the production of biomethane from biogas.

Previously with the Centre for Energy Technology, he worked with colleagues here and with other university and industry collaborators, to develop and assess new approaches for the direct integration of solar thermal energy into various industrial processes including, with ARENA funding, the production of alumina.

With colleagues in the Centre for Energy Technology (CET), Prof Ashman previously worked on the development of new processes and technologies in the field of solar gasification. This group has been assessing process options for the production of synthetic transport fuels using solar gasification with coal, biomass and agricultural residues as feedstocks. They are also conducting experiments to assess the impact of intense solar radiation on the pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuels and the impact on ash formation and ash agglomeration mechanisms. They are planning larger-scale experiments making use of a unique 50kW solar simulator which is currently being constructed.

Within his discipline, Prof Ashman is chair of the Australian Board and sits on the governing Board of Trustees for the IChemE. He was recently elected as Chair of the Australia & New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers.

Professor Peter Ashman is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials and is seconded as Program Leader for the Cross-Cutting Technologies program within the HILT CRC. He is a senior member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology (CET) and his current research interests are in the fields of clean energy, H2 production technologies, H2 utilisation, biomass, bioenergy and solar thermal energy. He also co-leads the End-use Appliances working group as part of the Future Fuels CRC.

As part of the Future Fuels CRC his team undertook a detailed technical and economic assessment of existing and emerging processes for the production of both blue and green hydrogen. This work was undertaken with colleagues in the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at the University of Queensland and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.

Also with the Future Fuels CRC he is currently working to investigate and understand changes in performance when existing domestic and industrial combustion appliances and systems are fuelled using mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas. This work is vital to underpin the safe roll out of hydrogen blending projects across Australia. This work also considers the impact of various impurities associated with the production of biomethane from biogas.

Previously with the Centre for Energy Technology, he worked with colleagues here and with other university and industry collaborators, to develop and assess new approaches for the direct integration of solar thermal energy into various industrial processes including, with ARENA funding, the production of alumina.

With colleagues in the Centre for Energy Technology (CET), Prof Ashman previously worked on the development of new processes and technologies in the field of solar gasification. This group has been assessing process options for the production of synthetic transport fuels using solar gasification with coal, biomass and agricultural residues as feedstocks. They are also conducting experiments to assess the impact of intense solar radiation on the pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuels and the impact on ash formation and ash agglomeration mechanisms. They are planning larger-scale experiments making use of a unique 50kW solar simulator which is currently being constructed.

Within his discipline, Prof Ashman is Immediate Past Chair of the Australian National Board of the IChemE and currently is Chair of the Australia & New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing Director (People & Infrastructure), Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Head School of Chemical Engineering
    2017 - 2017 Deputy Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
    2016 - 2017 Acting Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
    2014 - ongoing Professor, School of Chemical Engineering University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2016 Head School of Chemical Engineering
    2010 - 2013 Associate Professor, School of Chemical Engineering University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2013 Deputy Head, School of Chemical Engineering University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2014 Co-Deputy Director, Centre for Energy Technology University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education)
    2000 University of Sydney, Sydney Australia PhD (Chemical Engineering)
    1992 University of Sydney, Sydney Australia Master of Engineering (Research)
    1990 University of Sydney, Sydney Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Hons.)
  • Research Interests

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Assessment of the effect of steam on alumina calcination Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Siyun Ning
    2020 Co-Supervisor Technical-economic assessment of dual fluidized bed gasification of non-woody biomass feedstock for poly-generation of fuels, power, heat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nguyet Ky Ngo
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Influence of Potassium and Sodium Salts, Calcium and Phosphorus on Agglomeration Behaviour of Biomass and Quartz Sand Under Combustion and Gasification Atmospheres Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zimeng He
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2021 - ongoing Chair ANZFChE Board Australia New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers Australia
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Board of Trustees (Governing Board) Institution of Chemical Engineers United Kingdom
    2020 - ongoing Chair Australian National Board Institution of Chemical Engineers Australia
    2020 - ongoing Board Member ANZFChE Board Australia New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135072
  • Email: peter.ashman@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134361
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 1
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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