Yung Ngothai

Associate Professor Yung Ngothai

Deputy Head of School

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


Yung Ngothai received both B.Eng degree (1991) and PhD (1998) in Chemical Engineering from RMIT University, Australia. She held a visiting lectureship position at NgeeAnn Polytechnic in Singapore from 1997 to 2001. Upon returning to Australia, she became the first female academic to be appointed as a lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide (December 2001) and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. She is currently a deputy head of School of Chemical Engineering and also is one of the pioneer members of the Adelaide Education Academy.
Her research interests are in the areas of mineral science and minerals processing, geothermal energy – fluid-rock interactions, and biodiesel production from wastes.

Many of her research projects have received financial support by industry partners such as Geodynamics, Petratherm, United Water, Advanced Plastic Recycling, South Australian Museum and Department of State Development (DSD).

Research Interests

  • Experimental study in fluid-rock interaction in EGS reservoirs
  • Recovery of valuable minerals and metals from brines
  • Minerals Science - Kinetics and Transformation of Mineral Deposits
  • Nanotechnology and Materials Engineering - Biomaterials for Biomedical Applications and Recycled Plastics Composites
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2016 Visiting Scientist Eindhoven University of Technology
    2013 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2012 Visiting Scientist University of Utah
    2011 - 2012 Visiting Professor Chonnam National University
    2009 - 2009 Visiting Scientist Cornell University
    2009 - 2009 Visiting Scientist University of Utah
    2009 - 2009 Visiting Scientist National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba
    2008 - 2012 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2006 Visiting Scientist East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai
    2006 - 2006 Visiting Scientist Texas A&M University, College Station
    2006 - 2006 Visiting Scientist Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
    2001 - 2007 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1998 - 1999 Visiting Industrial Engineer Dupont
    1997 - 2001 Visiting Lecturer Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award International MicroNano Conference Best Poster MicroNano Confernce Best Poster Netherlands 500 Euros
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Vietnamese Can read, write and speak
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1997 RMIT Australia PhD
    1987 - 1990 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical - IIA)
  TITLE FUNDING BODY PERFIOD AMOUNT ($)
1

The Australian Copper-Uranium Transformation Research Hub

(S. Grano*, N. Cook, D. Ottaway, J. Payne, S. Wilson, Y. Ngothai, D. Lancaster, P. Ashman, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, P. Medwell, A. Pring, J. Brugger, A. Hooker, P. Hayes, Y. Peng, J. Vaughan, E. Jak, N. Spooner, and S. Simons)

ARC (Industrial Transformation Resaerch Hubs) 2015 - 2019 6.5M
2

Uranium transport and deposition in Iron Oxide Copper Gold Deposits

(Y. Ngothai*, A. Pring, J. Brugger, and B. Etschmann)

IMER 2012 - 2013 30K
3

Multi- purpose facility for enhanced complex ore beneficiation and waste material recycling

(J. Addai-Mensah*, W. Skinner, M. Zanin, Y. Ngothai*, and S. Grano)

ARC-LIEF 2012 150K
4

Developing world-class trace element micro-analytical imaging facilities for South Australia through key analytical infrastructure advances

(M. Hand*, N. Cook, Y. Ngothai, M. Tester, D. Giles, J. Terlet, A. Pring, T. Baker, & J. Kirby)

Premier’s Science and Research Fund (Round 8) 2011 - 2013  320K
5

Fluid-rock interactions in geothermal reservoirs (Y. Ngothai*, A. Pring*, B.K. O’Neill, & J. Brugger)

SACGER 2011 - 2012 250K
6

Rock-water interactions of EGS reservoir in Pootana Basin, South Australia

(Y. Ngothai*, B.K. O’Neill, A. Pring, J. Brugger, N. Yanagisawa)

PETRATHERM 2010 37.5K
7

Chemical Stimulation for Enhanced Geothermal System

(Y. Ngothai*)

PIRSA 2009 6K
8

Geochemistry, Corrosion and Scaling in Hot Dry Rock Energy Extraction Systems

(Y. Ngothai*, B.K. O’Neill, A. Pring, J. Brugger)

AGEG Tied Grant 4.1 2008-2009 100K
9

Development of design guidelines for recycled plastic material and structural components

(Y. Ngothai* and R. Serecano)

ARC-LP 2006-2009 258K
10

Production of nano-emulsions by phase inversion temperature technique

(Y. Ngothai* and Q. D. Nguyen)

ECMS Small Research Grants Scheme 2006 14K
11

Superparamagnetic Nanomaterials for Medical Diagnosis Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

(Y. Ngothai*)

ECMS Small Research Grants Scheme 2005 3K
12

Alternative carbon sources for biological nitrogen removal of carbon limited wastewater

(Y. Ngothai* and B. O’Neill)

Industry Research Grant by United Water International Pty Ltd 2005-2007 18K
13

Rheology of Nanoparticles Dispersion

(Y. Ngothai*)

ECMS Small Research Grants Scheme 2004 10K
  • Introduction to Process Engineering (Level I) : 2015 - current: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 140 students
  • Principles of Process Engineering (Level II) : 2014 - current: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 90 students
  • Process Engineering Thermodynamics (Level II) : 2012 - current: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 100 students
  • Materials I (Level I) : 2017: Course coordinator and lecturer (50%); Class size: ~ 240 students
  • Introduction to Process Simulation (Level II) : 2009 - 2013: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 90 students
  • Process Engineering I (Level I): 2008:  Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~120 students
  • Pinch Analysis (Postgraduate by course work): 2007: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 7 students
  • Materials III (Level III): 2005-2008: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 45 students
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering (Level IV): 2004: Course coordinator - Rheology; Class size: ~ 62 students
  • Chemical Engineering Research Projects (Level IV): 2004: Course coordinator ; Class size: 62 students
  • Chemical Engineering Projects IV (Level IV): 2002- 2004: Course coordinator ; Class size: ~ 50 students
  • Chemical Engineering Projects II (N) (Level II): 2003-2004: Course coordinator and contributing lecturer; Class size: ~ 50 students
  • Chemical Process Principles II (Level II): 2005- 2008: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 60 students
  • Process Systems (Level I): 2002- 2007: Course coordinator and sole lecturer; Class size: ~ 100 students

 

 

 

 

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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 Ozone and Hyrdogen Peroxide on Oxidative Degradation of Chitosan for Medical Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Edy Purwanto
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Red Mud Minimisation and Management for the Alumina Industry by the Carbonation Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Cuong Phuoc Tran
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Optimization of the production of biodiesel from recycled grease trap waste Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nam Nghiep Tran
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Axial Compressive Behavior of FRP-Concrete-Steel Double-Skin Tubular Columns Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Butje Alfonsius Louk Fanggi
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Scavenging of Uranium in Experimental and Natural Samples Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kan Li
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Hydrothermal studies on mineral replacement reactions in the gold-silver-tellurium and copper-iron-sulfur systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jing Zhao
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor XAS Studies of Metal Speciation in Hydrothermal Fluids Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuan Tian
    2009 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Slurry Pump Gland Seal Three Body Wear and the Influence of Particle Properties Including Hardness, Size, Fracture Toughness and Shape Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Nigel Ridgway
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Development of Biocomposite Scaffolds and Injectable Biocement for Bone Regeneration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Fan Wu
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Environmental Effects on Recycled Plastics Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Kan Li
    2008 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Fluid-Rock Interaction Studies on an Enhanced Geothermal System in the Cooper Basin, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gideon Kuncoro
    2008 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Synthesis of Polyol from Rice Bran Oil (RBO) through Epoxidation and Hydroxylation Reactions Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Edy Purwanto
    2008 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Effect of Electrolytes on Formation and Stability of n-Dodecane Nanoemulsions by the PIT Method Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Jeffrey Liew
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor The Alkoxylation of Biodiesel and its Impact on Fuel Properties Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Paul Smith
    2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Mechanisms and Kinetics of Pseudomorphic Mineral Replacement Reactions and Their Applications in Materials Syntheses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Fang Xia
    2005 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Flow and Displacement of Viscoplastic Fluids in Eccentric Annuli Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thana Deawwanich
    2005 - 2010 Co-Supervisor A Molecular Dynamics Study of Flow Regimes with Effects of Wall Properties in 2-D Nano-Couette Flows Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David To
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Optimisation of the Production of Commingled Recycled Plastic Materials Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Handoko Putra
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Investigation of Potato Starch and Sonicated Return Activated Sludge as Alternative Carbon Sources for Biological Nitrogen Removal Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Gideon Kuncoro
    2004 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Diagnosis Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Yunyu Shi
    2004 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Microencapsulation of Protein with EUDRAGIT S 100 Polymer Master of Applied Science Master Full Time Miss Dan Li
    2003 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Kinetic Studies of Some Solid-State Reactions of Metal Sulfides Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Haipeng Wang
    2003 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Hydroxyapatite Formed on Titanium via a Self-Assembled Monolayer and its In-Vitro Behaviour Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Dapeng Liu
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2007 - 2007 Chair Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC), South Australia Branch Australia
    2003 - 2013 Member Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC), South Australia Branch Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2007 - 2014 Member Society of Plastics Engineers Australia
    2003 - ongoing Member Institution of Chemical Engineers Australia
    2003 - 2010 Member The Americian Society of Rheology Australia
    2002 - 2012 Member The Australian Society of Rheology Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2003 - 2013 Consultancies Australia
  • Position: Deputy Head of School
  • Phone: 83135445
  • Email: yung.ngothai@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 14
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering

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