Philip van Eyk

Dr Philip van Eyk

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


Dr Philip van Eyk is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of Learning and Teaching in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. His teaching interests include Process Design, Chemical Reactor Engineering, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Separation Process Engineering. His research interests directly compliment his teaching and mostly involve the incorporation of core chemical engineering principles to novel uses of renewable energy outside of power generation, and production of sustainable chemicals and replacements for fossil fuels. Most recently, Philip has established the Microbrewery at Waite Campus. The Microbrewery is used for teaching process engineers about the beer brewing process. The small scale plant also is being used to perform research into the effects of ingredients and process variables on sensory aspects of the resultant beers, and providing a facility for development of recipes for industrial partners.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Beer brewing process and the effects of ingredients and process variables on resultant beer sensory analysis

Hydrothermal processing of wastewater sludges, algal biomass and agricultural residues using:

  • Hydrothermal carbonisation, and
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction.

Utilisation of concentrated solar thermal energy in high temperature processes including: 

  • Gasification of solid fuels, and 
  • Calcination of minerals.

Combustion and gasification of low-rank coal and biomass to produce electricity, syngas or liquefied fuels.

Ash related problems with thermal utilisation of brown coal and biomass.

Mathematical modelling of sequential processes in solid fuel combustion and gasification.

$956,700
Novel diagnostics capabilities in reacting, particle-laden flows.
Masri, A.; Dally, B.; Brear, M.; Kook, S.; Dunn, M.; Yang, Y.; Chan, Q.; Nathan, G.; Gordon, R.; Medwell, P.; Cleary, M.; Alwahabi, Z.; van Eyk, P.; Talei, M.; Hawkes, E.
ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities - LE180100203 (2018).

$65,000
Establishing new, leading interdisciplinary capability and solutions for secure, affordable and sustainable energy.
Maier, H.; Nathan, G.; Ashman, P.; Burton, R.; Cavagnaro, T.; Riddell, G.; Dally, B.; Binenbaum, E.; Adamson, D.; Lewis, M.; Simpson, A.; Saw, W.; van Eyk, P.; Packer, J.
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Fund (2017)

$60,000
Biodigesters: converting waste products from industry and rural communities, into byproducts for profit and quality of life.
Birzer, C.; Medwell, P.; Kidd, S.; Drew, G.; Cavagnaro, T.; Hutchinson, M.; van Eyk, P.; Moore, V.; Umberger, W.
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Fund (2017)

$4,490,752    
Integrating concentrating solar thermal energy into the Bayer alumina process
Nathan, G.; Saw, W.; Alwahabi, Z.; Arjomandi, M.; Ashman, P.; Dally, B.; Hawkes, E.; Hinkley, J.; Steinfeld, A.; Taylor, R.; Tian, Z.; van Eyk, P.; Yeoh, G.; Chatfield, R.; Abraham, J.; Harrison, I.; Haywood, R.; Lovegrove, K.; Stein, W.; Stephenson, I.
ARENA Emerging Renewables Program (2016)

$55,000
New Solutions for Air Quality and Old Development Challenges: Biochar Technology
Birzer, C.H.; Cavagnaro, T.; Kidd, S.; Kwong, P.; Medwell, P.R.; van Eyk, P.J.; Umberger, W.
University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Fund (2016)

$273,856
Solar Gasification - using renewable energy to produce lower-carbon, high value liquid transport fuels using low grade carbonaceous feedstocks
van Eyk, P.J.
ARENA Fellowship (2012)

Courses I am currently teaching:

Semester 1

CHEM ENG 2010 Process Design II

CHEM ENG 3034/7051 Chemical Reactor Engineering

Winter School

CHEM ENG 4074/7074 Brewery Engineering

Semester 2

CHEM ENG 2014 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 3033/7052 Separation Process Engineering

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Thermal Energy Storage ("Heat-bank") Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amirhossein Banaei
    2021 Co-Supervisor iPhD Project: Upscaling Atomic Layer Etching from the Bench to Full Fabrication Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xiting Zhou
    2021 Co-Supervisor Design of Semiconductor Based Photo-/Electro-Catalyst Materials for Water Splitting Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sijia Fu
    2020 Principal Supervisor Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Plastic as an Alternative Recycling Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chye Yi Leow
    2019 Principal Supervisor Effect on Reaction Kinetics of Aluminium Hydroxide Calcination from the Variations in Steam Conditions and Heating Rate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tse Chuen Tsai
    2019 Co-Supervisor Environmental Implications of Aqueous Phase Product from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Municipal Wastewater Sludge Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Robran Kim Cock
    2018 Principal Supervisor In-situ Solids Separation During Large Scale Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Carbonaceous Feedstocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Brailey Scott
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Effect of Catalysts on Kinetics of Hydrothermal Processing of Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andres Chacon Parra
    2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Quantification of feedstock characteristics before and during hydrothermal liquefaction under subcritical conditions of water Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sylvia Yawa Elikplim Edifor
    2018 - 2020 Co-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
    2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Reaction Kinetics for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Reem Obeid
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Hydrothermal Carbonisation of Novel Biomasses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Benjamin Keiller
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Small-Scale Batch-Fed Biomass Gasification and Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Kirch
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Hydrothermal liquefaction of biosolids Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jasim Mohammed Jasim Al-Juboori
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Initiation of smouldering combustion in biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Houzhi Wang
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Thermochemical Fuel Behaviour of Micro- and Macroalgal Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel James Lane
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Lowering the Barriers to Developing Thermal Renewable Energy Technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ashok Athreya Kaniyal
    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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136081
  • Email: philip.vaneyk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor First Floor
  • Room: N114
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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