Dr Woei Saw

Woei Saw
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Woei Saw is a senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide (UA). He has research and hands on experience in designing and operating pilot scale systems, and expertise relevant to thermal conversion technologies. He has been heavily involved in concentrated solar thermal (CST) research projects funded by ARENA. Currently, he is project managing one of the ARENA funded R&D projects, 'Integration of CST energy into the Bayer process'.

Prior to his position at UA, he held a research position at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as the project leader leading one of the four research programs, 'Thermal conversion of biomass to H2-rich syngas and liquid fuel', funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

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Dr Woei Saw

Dr Woei Saw is a senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide (UA). He has research and hands on experience in designing and operating pilot scale systems, and expertise relevant to thermal conversion technologies. He has been heavily involved in concentrated solar thermal (CST) research projects funded by ARENA. Currently, he is project managing one of the ARENA funded R&D projects, 'Integration of CST energy into the Bayer process'.

Prior to his position at UA, he held a research position at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as the project leader leading one of the four research programs, 'Thermal conversion of biomass to H2-rich syngas and liquid fuel', funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Dr Woei Saw is a senior research fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide (UA). He has research and hands-on experience in designing and operating pilot scale systems, and expertise relevant to thermal conversion technologies. Besides, he also has the experience in techno-economic feasibility study of integrating concentrated solar thermal (CST) into existing thermal conversion technologies. He currently investigates the potential pathways to harness solar radiation via CST for power generation, production of transportation fuel and mineral processing. In addition, he is the project manager for both the UA research projects under the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) and 'Integration of CST energy into the Bayer process'.

Prior to his position at the University of Adelaide, he held a research position at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as the project leader leading one of the four research programs, 'Thermal conversion of biomass to H2-rich syngas and liquid fuel', funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2013 - 2017 Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2009 - 2013 Research Fellow University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write and speak
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Malay Can read, write and speak

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
2004 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia BE Mechatronics

Research Interests

Chemical Engineering, Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Power

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Davis, D., Müller, F., Saw, W., Steinfeld, A. & Nathan, G. (2017). Solar-driven alumina calcination for CO₂ mitigation and improved product quality. Green Chemistry, 19, 13, 2992-3005.
10.1039/C7GC00585G
2017 Saw, W., Guo, P., van Eyk, P., Nathan, G. & van Eyk, P. (2017). Approaches to accommodate resource variability in the modelling of solar driven gasification processes for liquid fuels synthesis. Solar Energy, 156, 1-12.
10.1016/j.solener.2017.05.085
2017 Nathan, G., Jafarian, M., Dally, B., Saw, W., Ashman, P., Hu, E. & Steinfeld, A. (2017). Solar thermal hybrids for combustion power plant: A growing opportunity. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, -.
10.1016/j.pecs.2017.08.002
2017 Guo, P., Saw, W., Van Eyk, P., Stechel, E., De Nys, R., Ashman, P. & Nathan, G. (2017). Gasification reactivity and physicochemical properties of the chars from raw and torrefied wood, grape marc, and macroalgae. Energy and Fuels, 31, 3, 2246-2259.
10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b02215
2017 Guo, P., Saw, W., Van Eyk, P., Stechel, E., Ashman, P. & Nathan, G. (2017). System optimization for Fischer-Tropsch liquid fuels production via solar hybridized dual fluidized bed gasification of solid fuels. Energy and Fuels, 31, 2, 2033-2043.
10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01755
2016 Hongrapipat, J., Pang, S. & Saw, W. (2016). Removal of NH3 and H2S from producer gas in a dual fluidised bed steam gasifier by optimisation of operation conditions and application of bed materials. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 6, 1, 105-113.
10.1007/s13399-015-0167-5
2015 Lim, M., Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2015). Effect of fluidizing velocity on gas bypass and solid fraction in a dual fluidized bed gasifier and a cold model. Particuology, 18, 58-65.
10.1016/j.partic.2014.05.007
2015 Kueh, K., Nathan, G. & Saw, W. (2015). Storage capacities required for a solar thermal plant to avoid unscheduled reductions in output. Solar Energy, 118, 209-221.
10.1016/j.solener.2015.04.040
2015 Hongrapipat, J., Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2015). Co-gasification of blended lignite and wood pellets in a dual fluidized bed steam gasifier: The influence of lignite to fuel ratio on NH3 and H2S concentrations in the producer gas. Fuel, 139, 494-501.
10.1016/j.fuel.2014.09.030
2015 Lim, M., Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2015). Estimation of Solids Circulation Rate from Risers at High Solids-to-Gas Density Ratios. Chemical Engineering Communications, 202, 3, 356-360.
10.1080/00986445.2013.838162
2015 Guo, P., Van Eyk, P. J., Saw, W. L., Ashman, P. J., Nathan, G. J. & Stechel, E. B. (2015). Performance assessment of Fischer-Tropsch liquid fuels production by solar hybridized dual fluidized bed gasification of lignite. Energy & Fuels, 29, 4, 2738-2751.
10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b00007
2014 Mwandila, G., Pang, S. & Saw, W. (2014). Semiempirical determination of overall volumetric molar transfer coefficient for the scrubbing of gaseous tars in biodiesel. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 11, 4424-4428.
10.1021/ie401823r
2014 Hongrapipat, J., Yip, A., Marshall, A., Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2014). Investigation of simultaneous removal of ammonia and hydrogen sulphide from producer gas in biomass gasification by titanomagnetite. Fuel, 135, 235-242.
10.1016/j.fuel.2014.06.037
2013 Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2013). Co-gasification of blended lignite and wood pellets in a 100 kW dual fluidised bed steam gasifier: the influence of lignite ratio on producer gas composition and tar content. Fuel, 112, 117-124.
10.1016/j.fuel.2013.05.019
2012 Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2012). Influence of mean gas residence time in the bubbling fluidised bed on the performance of a 100-kW dual fluidised bed steam gasifier. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 2, 3, 197-205.
10.1007/s13399-012-0036-4
2012 Hongrapipat, J., Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2012). Removal of ammonia from producer gas in biomass gasification: integration of gasification optimisation and hot catalytic gas cleaning. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 2, 4, 327-348.
10.1007/s13399-012-0047-1
2012 Saw, W. & Pang, S. (2012). The influence of calcite loading on producer gas composition and tar concentration of radiata pine pellets in a dual fluidised bed steam gasifier. Fuel, 102, 445-452.
10.1016/j.fuel.2012.07.013
2012 Saw, W., McKinnon, H., Gilmour, I. & Pang, S. (2012). Production of hydrogen-rich syngas from steam gasification of blend of biosolids and wood using a dual fluidised bed gasifier. Fuel, 93, 1, 473-478.
10.1016/j.fuel.2011.08.047
2010 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P., Alwahabi, Z. & Hupa, M. (2010). Simultaneous measurement of the surface temperature and the release of atomic sodium from a burning black liquor droplet. Combustion and Flame, 157, 4, 769-777.
10.1016/j.combustflame.2009.12.016
2010 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P. & Hupa, M. (2010). Influence of droplet size on the release of atomic sodium from a burning black liquor droplet in a flat flame. Fuel, 89, 8, 1840-1848.
10.1016/j.fuel.2010.04.002
2010 Saw, W., Hupa, M., Nathan, G. & Ashman, P. (2010). Influence of stoichiometry on the release of atomic sodium from a burning black liquor droplet in a flat flame with and without boron. Fuel, 89, 9, 2608-2616.
10.1016/j.fuel.2009.11.023
2009 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P. & Alwahabi, Z. (2009). Assessment of the release of atomic Na from a burning black liquor droplet using quantitative PLIF. Combustion and Flame, 156, 7, 1471-1479.
10.1016/j.combustflame.2009.03.012
2009 Saw, W., Forssen, M., Hupa, M., Nathan, G. & Ashman, P. (2009). The influence of boron on the emission of sodium during black liquor combustion under oxidative conditions. Appita Journal, 62, 3, 219-225.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 Coventry, J., Arjomandi, M., Asselineau, C., Chinnici, A., Corsi, C., Davis, D. ... Saw, W. (2017). Development of ASTRI high-temperature solar receivers. SOLARPACES 2016: International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
10.1063/1.4984354
2016 Hinkley, J., McNaughton, R., Pye, J., Saw, W. & Stechel, E. (2016). The challenges and opportunities for integration of solar syngas production with liquid fuel synthesis. 21st International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES). V. Rajpaul & C. Richter (Eds.) Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA.
10.1063/1.4949205
2015 Guo, P., Saw, W., Van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Nathan, G. & Stechel, E. (2015). Fischer-tropsch liquid Fuel Production by Co-gasification of Coal and Biomass in a Solar Hybrid Dual Fluidized Bed Gasifier. International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES). Z. Wang (Ed.) Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA.
10.1016/j.egypro.2015.03.147
2015 Saw, W., Kaniyal, A., Van Eyk, P., Nathan, G. & Ashman, P. (2015). Solar Hybridized Coal-to-liquids via Gasification in Australia: Techno-economic Assessment. International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES). Z. Wang (Ed.) Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA.
10.1016/j.egypro.2015.03.158
2012 Saw, W., Hongrapipat, J. & Pang, S. (2012). Effect of steam to biomass ratio and calcite bed material on the performance of a 100kwth dual fluidised bed gasifier. Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering. Wellington, New Zealand.
2009 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P., Alwahabi, Z. & Hupa, M. (2009). Surface temperature measurement of a burning black liquor droplet using two-colour optical pyrometry. Australian Combustion Symposium. Brisbane.
2009 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P. & Hupa, M. (2009). Influence of droplet size on the release of atomic sodium during the combustion of black liquor. Australian Combustion Symposium. Brisbane.
2008 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P. & Alwahabi, Z. (2008). Assessment of the release of high concentration Na using quantitative PLIF. Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion. P. O'Neill (Ed.) Western Australia.
2007 Saw, W., Hupa, M., Ashman, P., Nathan, G., Forssen, M. & Alwahabi, Z. (2007). Insight into the fate of atomic sodium from black liquor combustion in a flat flame using equilibrium calculations. Australian Combustion Symposium. A. R. Masri, K. Sendt, P. F. Nelson & P. Yaroshchyk (Eds.) Sydney, Australia.
2007 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Ashman, P., Alwahabi, Z., Forssen, M. & Hupa, M. (2007). Assessment of the release of sodium from a burning liquor droplet using planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and smelt analysis. International Chemical Recovery Conference. Andrew Jones (Ed.) Quebec City, Canada.
2006 Saw, W., Nathan, G., Alwahabi, Z., Ashman, P., Forssen, M. & Hupa, M. (2006). Preliminary investigation on the release rate of atomic sodium from combustion of black liquor. Bioenergy Australia. Caroline Lemerle (Ed.) Fremantle, WA.
Date Project Investigators Funding Body Amount
2016-2017 Design tools for complex solar hybrid thermochemical processes Nathan, Graham; Dally, Bassam; Pitsch, Heinz; Medwell, Paul; Jafarian, Mehdi; Saw, Woei Lean; Chinnici, Alfonso; Universities Australia - DAAD - Australia Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme $25,000
2016-2020 Integrating concentrating solar thermal energy into the Bayer alumina process; Nathan, Graham; Saw, Woei Lean; Alwahabi, Zeyad; Arjomandi, Maziar; Ashman, Peter; Dally, Bassam; Hawkes, Evatt; Hinkley, Jim; Steinfeld, A; Taylor, Robert; Tian, Zhao Feng; van Eyk, Philip Joseph; Yeoh, Guan Heng; Chatfield, Ray; Abraham, John; Harrison, Ian; Haywood, Ross; Lovegrove, Keith; Stein, Wes; Stephenson, Ian; ARENA: Emerging Renewables Program: $4,490,752
2017-2018 Potential for reduction in the cost and carbon emissions
for energy
Jafarian, Mehdi; Saw, Woei Lean; Nathan, Graham Department of Industry, Innovation and Science $110,215

Current PhD students

  • Miss Gule Li (Ellena)
  • Mr Dominic Davis
  • Miss Zimeng He
  • Mr Ahmed Naufal

PhD completions

  • Dr Peijun Guo (The University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Janjira Hongrapipat (University of Canterbury)

 

 

Position
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone
83131182
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Engineering North
Room Number
1 04
Org Unit
School of Chemical Engineering

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