Philip van Eyk

Dr Philip van Eyk

Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Philip van Eyk is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at the University of Adelaide. His teaching interests include Kinetics and Reactor Design, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Combustion Processes. 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 replacements for fossil fuels.

Currently, Dr van Eyk is involved with two major research projects. Firstly, Dr van Eyk acts as the overall project manager, and key researcher, for an ARC Linkage project (LP150101241) which aims to provide the experimental data and modelling tools required to aid in the scale up of continuous hydrothermal liquefaction reactors for biocrude oil production. Secondly, Dr van Eyk is performing key research on process modelling and chemical kinetics experiments for an ARENA funded project which aims to add concentrated solar thermal energy to the Bayer Alumina process. During this period Dr van Eyk has also contributed a substantial proportion of his time to the School of Chemical Engineering teaching program.

Dr van Eyk's PhD was on the use of in-situ laser induced fluorescence to provide mechanistic insights into the release of sodium during the combustion of brown coal particles. From 2008-2012, Dr van Eyk was a Research Associate in the School Chemical Engineering, performing design, commissioning and experimental campaigns of small laboratory scale to pilot scale solid fuel combustion and gasification systems for an industrial research project. The project with Strike Energy Ltd aimed at proving technologies to convert South Australian brown coals into liquid fuels using circulating fluidised bed gasification and Fischer Tropsch Synthesis. From 2012-2015, Dr van Eyk undertook a fellowship funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which involved experimental campaigns in Adelaide and in ETH Zurich, model development and techno-economic studies to determine the technical feasibility of incorporating solar energy into solid fuel gasification systems for liquid fuel production via Fischer Tropsch Synthesis.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

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 (2020):

Semester 1

CHEM ENG 3034/7051 Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice

Semester 2

CHEM ENG 2014 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 3033/7052 Separation Processes
CHEM ENG 4054 Research Project

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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 of Catalysts on Kinetics of Hydrothermal Processing of Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andres Chacon Parra
    2019 Co-Supervisor Quantification of feedstock characteristics before and during Hydrothermal Liquefaction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sylvia Yawa Elikplim Edifor
    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
    2017 Principal Supervisor Hydroliquefaction of Biomass: Solid-oil Attachment in Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Arafat Hossain
    2016 Principal Supervisor Process Modelling Investigation of the Calcination of Aluminium Hydroxide using Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed Naufal
    2016 Principal Supervisor Hydrothermal Liquefaction for Biofuel Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jasim Mohammed Jasim Al-Juboori
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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 Mr Benjamin Geoffrey Keiller
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Small-Scale Batch-Fed Biomass Gasification and Combustion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Kirch
    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: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136081
  • Email: philip.vaneyk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor N1
  • Room: N113
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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