Professor Peter Ashman

Acting Executive Dean
Professor Peter Ashman
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Professor Peter Ashman is Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and also leads the South Australian Coal Research Laboratory (SACRL). He is also a senior member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology (CET) and the School of Chemical Engineering’s Microalgae Engineering Research Group (MERG)

 

During 1999-2006, Prof Ashman was Key Researcher and Program Co-Leader with the Cooperative Centre for Clean Power from Lignite, leading a large group at the University of Adelaide focussing on the fluidised-bed gasification of Victorian and South Australian low-rank coals for the high-efficiency generation of electricity via Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and on fundamental research questions related to this technology. This work is continued by the South Australian Coal Research Laboratory (SACRL), based at the University of Adelaide’s Research Park at Thebarton.

 

SACRL, established in 2007, has a strong focus on the utilisation and performance of South Australian low-rank coals and other solids fuels, including biomass and waste fuels. SACRL includes a team of researchers with extensive industrial and research experience in the fields of combustion science and technology, particularly in relation to solids fuel combustion. The laboratory has facilities for the preparation, characterisation and handling of solid fuels and a range of laboratory-scale and semi-industrial equipment suitable for fundamental and applied research, process development, and process verification and troubleshooting. SACRL recently completed a program of work with Hybrid Energy Australia (a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed Strike Energy Limited) to successfully demonstrate fluidized-bed gasification technology associated with their FuturGas coal-to-liquids project based on their high-sodium, high-sulfur coal deposit located at Kingston in South Australia. Other recent research has investigated the pyrolysis of Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR), thermal processing (combustion and gasification) of winery biomass residues, and gasification of algae biomass, algae/coal blends and algae/wood blends.

Prof Ashman is also active in research leading to the commercial exploitation of microalgae for the production of renewable biofuels. With his colleagues, A/Prof David Lewis, Prof Michael Borowitzka (Murdoch University), and other partners from Australia, India and China, including SQC Pty Ltd, he has been involved in a large program of work to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a fully integrated process for biofuel production from microalgae in saline water. This research has led to the establishment of a joint venture company, Muradel Pty Ltd, which is responsible for the commercialisation and further development of this technology. As part of this work, he is investigating the thermal processing of algal biomass as part of an ARC Linkage project in collaboration with SQC Pty Ltd. He also collaborates with James Cook University, Monash University, Zhengzhou University (China) and Umea University (Sweden). This work is undertaken using SACRL’s fluid-bed combustion and gasification facilities at Thebarton and the entrained flow reactor at Moansh University.

Prof Ashman, with other colleagues in the Centre for Energy Technology, is also active in the developing field of solar gasification. This group has been assessing process options for the production of sythetic transport fuels using solar gasifiaction with both coal and biomass as feedstocks. They are also conducting experiments to assess the impact of intense solar radiation on the pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuels and planning larger-scale experiments which will make use of a unique 50kW solar simulator which is currently being constructed.

2009 Australia-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program. The Australia-Korea Foundation and the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Awarded to early to mid-career professionals working in public and private sector organisations in the fields of renewable energy, sustainability, clean coal, energy efficiency, solar power, wind power, geothermal power, and biofuels.

2007 Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Awarded for: the creative use of 'real-world', open-ended scenarios in Chemical Engineering to promote the development of not just skills in problem analysis, but the ability to perceive and to choose between multiple solutions.

2007 AaEe Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in Engineering. Awarded for: the creative use of 'real-world', open-ended scenarios in Chemical Engineering to promote the development of not just skills in problem analysis, but the ability to perceive and to choose between multiple solutions.

2005 ECMS Faculty Executive Dean’s Award and Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

2003 John A. Brodie Medal, Engineers Australia. Awarded for best chemical engineering paper at the CHEMECA 2003 conference. (The Agglomeration Behaviour of Lochiel Coal during Fluidised Bed Gasification” by D.P. McCullough, P.J. Mullinger and P.J. Ashman)

2000 David Warren Travelling Fellow, Combustion Institute, Australia/New Zealand Section. Awarded to the most outstanding young (< 35 yrs) section member presenting at the 28th International Symposium on Combustion.

 

Research funding (2003-2013):

Chronological order - updated June 2013

  1. Syngas from carbonaceous feedstocks using concentrated solar radiation; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), GJ Nathan (Node 4 Leader & CI); A project under Node 4 of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative, Australian Solar Institute (Category 1); $560,000 (UoA share); 2013-16.
  2. The establishment of a national facility for the transportation of alternative energy fluids while identifying priority scenarios for future research; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), GJ Nathan (CI); Energy Pipelines CRC - RP3-04B (Category 4); $255,700; 2013-15.
  3. Gasification of Algae: Swedish-Australian Research platform (GASAR); P Piotrowska (Lead CI) - Umeå Uni., D Boström, PJ Ashman (CI), S Bhattacharya, F Gentili, R de Nys; Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education; 110,000 SEK (~$17,000); 2013.
  4. Controlled radiation facility to investigate turbulence-radiation-chemistry interactions in high-flux solar reactors; GJ Nathan (Lead CI), PJ Ashman (CI) and 8 other CI's from USyd, UNSW and UoA (Chem Eng & Mech Eng); ARC LIEF (LE130100127); $400,000; 2013.
  5. Assessing the techno-economic potential for concentrated solar energy to provide low-carbon commercial fuels by solar gasification of Australian coals; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), GJ Nathan, JJ Pincus & A Steinfeld; Energy Pipelines CRC - RP3-06 (Category 4); $41,800; 2012-13.
  6. Contribution to UoA process safety staff member salary - to lead RP4 work at UoA; PJ Ashman (Sole CI); Energy Pipelines CRC - RP4-05; $125,000; 2012-13.
  7. Establishment of a chair and associated activities in process safety and integrity management; PJ Ashman (Sole CI); Safework SA OHSW Commissioned Research Grants Programme; $125,000; 2011-12.
  8. An evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of the direct use of solar energy in the gasification of carbonaceous fuels and in minerals processing in Australia; PJ Ashman (Lead CI) & GJ Nathan; IMER Strategic Research Initiative Funding; $67,500; 2011-12.
  9. Feasibility report on future energy media (CH's, H2, H2/CH4 blends, NH3, liquid metal hydrates etc); PJ Ashman (Lead CI) & GJ Nathan; Energy Pipelines CRC - RP3-04A; $101,247; 2010-11.\
  10. Corrosion of new energy fluids - potential impact of H2/CH4 and CO2 sequestration mixtures on pipelines regarding corrosion; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), RR Dickinson, GJ Nathan and VM Linton; Energy Pipelines CRC - RP3-03; $10,000; 2010.
  11. Energy from microalgae: industrial scale development and downstream processing of co-products; DM Lewis (Lead CI), SR Clarke & PJ Ashman (CI); ARC Linkage Projects (LP100200616); $460,000; 2010-13.
  12. Seed project for the direct use of geothermal energy in thermal processing at low-to-medium temperatures; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), GJ Nathan, BB Dally & A Kosminski; Australian Geothermal Energy Group, Technical Interest Group Project; $20,000; 2009.
  13. Combustion and gasification of Kingston coal; PJ Ashman (Sole CI); ARI Research contract with Hybrid Energy Australia Pty Ltd (Category 3 funding); $837,086; 2008-11.
  14. A fully integrated process for biodiesel production from microalage in saline water; MA Borowitzka (Lead CI), PJ Ashman (CI) & DM Lewis (CI); Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate (Project RDG-07-26); $2,080,000; 2008-11.
  15. Preliminary assessment of the impact of geo-fluid properties on power cycle design; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), E Gamboa (CI) and GJ Nathan (CI); Australian Geothermal Energy Group, Technical Interest Group Project; $12,335; 2008.
  16. The development of a geothermal power plant preliminary cost estimator - Stage I: basic estimates; GJ Nathan (Lead CI) and PJ Ashman (CI); Australian Geothermal Energy Group, Technical Interest Group Project; $15,654; 2008.
  17. State-of-the-Art in Power Cycles for Geothermal Applications and Bottoming Cycles; E Doroodchi (Lead CI), GJ Nathan (CI) and PJ Ashman (CI); Australian Geothermal Energy Group, Technical Interest Group Project; $11,500; 2008.
  18. Assessment of process options for utilization of Automotive Shredder Residue; PJ Ashman (Lead CI), A Kosminski (CI), GJ Nathan (CI); ARI Research contract (Category 3 funding); $137,389; 2007.
  19. Quantification of heat release, NOx emissions and soot from high temperature gaseous flames; GJ Nathan (Lead CI), PJ Ashman (CI), SJ Hill (PI, FCT-Combustion Pty Ltd.); ARC Linkage Projects (LP0349112); $81,599; 2003-06.
  20. CRC for Clean Power from Lignite - Various Projects; PJ Ashman (Key Researcher & Program Co-Leader), PJ Mullinger (Key Researcher and Program Co-Leader) and QD Nguyen (Key Researcher); CRC Program (Category 4 funding); $3,571,582; 2000-2006.
  21. Integrated Combustion Research Facility for Biomass Derived Fuels; J Soria (Lead CI), PJ Ashman (CI) and 8 other CI's from Monash University and University of Adelaide (Chem Eng & Mech Eng); ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LE0453629); $322,077; 2004.
  22. Fast Pyrolysis of Mallee Eucalypts for the Profitable Mitigation of Dryland Salinity; PJ Ashman (Lead CI) and QD Nguyen (AI); Faculty of ECMS - Small Grants Scheme; $10,000; 2004.

Publication List (2004-2014):

Chronological Order - Updated May 2014 (Citations updated Feb 2014)

Book Chapters:

  1. Pahl, S.L., Lee, A.K., Kalaitzidis, T., Ashman, P.J., Sathe, S., and Lewis, D.M. Harvesting, Thickening and Dewatering Microalgal Biomass, Editors: M.A. Borowitzka and N.R. Moheimani, Algae for Biofuels and Bioenergy, pp. 165-186, Springer, 2013, ISBN: 978-94-007-5478-2.

Refereed Journal Papers:

1.   Lane, D.J., Ashman, P.J., Zevenhoven, M., Hupa, M., van Eyk, P.J., de Nys, R., Karlström, O. and Lewis, D.M. Combustion Behaviour of Algal Biomass - Carbon Release, Nitrogen Release and Char Reactivity. Energy & Fuels, v28, pp. 41-51, 2014. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 2.319; Scopus Cites: 0}

2.   Nathan, G.J., Battye, D.L., and Ashman, P.J. Economic evaluation of a novel fuel-saver hybrid combining a solar receiver with a combustor for a solar power tower. Applied Energy, v113, pp. 1235-1243, 2014. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact Factor: 5.106; Scopus Cites: 0}

3.   Afsharvahid, S., Alvarado, P.N., Ashman, P.J. and Dally, B.B. The effect of surface reactions on the prediction of NOx conversion efficiency in a porous burner. Combustion and Flame, v160, pp. 2169-2181, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 0}.

4.   Alghurabie, I.K., Hasan, B.O., Jackson, B., Kosminski, A. & Ashman P.J. Fluidised bed gasification of Kingston coal and marine microalgae in a spouted bed reactor.Chemical Engineering Research & Design, v91, pp. 1614-1624, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 1.223; Scopus Cites: 1}

5.   Aisyah, L., Ashman, P.J. & Kwong, C.W. Performance of coal fly-ash based oxygen carrier for the chemical looping combustion of synthesis gas. Applied Energy, v109, pp. 44-50, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact Factor: 5.106; Scopus Cites: 2}

6.   Lee, A.L., Lewis, D.M. and Ashman, P.J. Harvesting of marine microalgae by electroflocculation: the energetics, plant design, and economics. Applied Energy, v108, pp. 45-53, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact Factor: 5.106; Scopus Cites: 4}

7.   Huang, H.B., Kwong, C.W., Aisyah, L., Ashman, P.J., and Leung, Y.C.  Chemical looping combustion of biomass-derived syngas using ceria-supported oxygen carriers. Bioresource Technology, v140, pp. 385-391, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact Factor: 5.352; Scopus Cites: 0}

8.   Kaniyal, A.A., van Eyk, P.J., Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J. and Pincus, J.J. Polygeneration of liquid fuels and electricity by the atmospheric pressure hybrid solar gasification of coal.  Energy & Fuels, v27, pp. 3538-3555, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 2.319; Scopus Cites: 3}

9.  Lee, A.L., Lewis, D.M. and Ashman, P.J.  Force and energy requirement for microbial cell disruption: An atomic force microscope evaluation. Bioresource Technology, v128, pp. 199-206, 2013. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact Factor: 5.352; Scopus Cites: 4}

10.Lee, A.L., Lewis, D.M. and Ashman, P.J.  Disruption of microalgal cells for the extraction of lipids for biofuels: Processes and specific energy requirements.  Biomass & Bioenergy, v46, pp. 89-101, 2012. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 3.840; Scopus Cites: 9}

11. Hasan, B.O, Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J., Craig, R., and Kelso, R.  The effects of temperature and hydrodynamics on crystallization fouling under cross flow conditions.  Applied Thermal Engineering, v36, pp. 210-218, 2012. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 1.826; Scopus Cites: 4}.

12. Hasan, B.O, Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J., Craig, R.A. and Kelso, R.  The use of turbulence generators for mitigating crystallization fouling under cross flow conditions.  Desalination, v288, pp. 108-117, 2012. {ERA: Ranked B; Impact factor: 1.851; Scopus Cites: 1}

13. van Eyk, P.J., Kosminski, A., and Ashman, P.J.  Control of Agglomeration and Defliudisation during Fluidised Bed Combustion of South Australian Low-rank Coals. Energy & Fuels, v26, pp. 118-129, 2012. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 2.319; Scopus Cites: 1}

14. van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J. and Nathan, G.J. Mechanisms and kinetics of sodium release from brown coal char particles during combustion. Combustion and Flame, v158, pp. 2512-2523, 2011. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 3}.

15. McCullough, D.P., van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., and Mullinger, P.J.  Investigation of Agglomeration and Defluidisation during Spouted-bed Gasification of High-Sodium, High-Sulphur South Australian Lignite. Energy & Fuels, v25, pp. 2772-2781, 2011. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 2.319; Scopus Cites: 8}

16. van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. and Nathan, G.J. The release of water-bound and organic sodium from Loy Yang coal during the combustion of single particles in a flat flame. Combustion and Flame, v158, pp. 1181-1192, 2011. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 8}.

17. Lee, A.L., Lewis, D.M. and Ashman, P.J. Energy requirements and economic analysis of a full-scale microbial flocculation system for microalgal harvesting. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, v88, pp. 988-996, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 1.223; Scopus Cites: 16}

18. Dally, B.D., Shim, S.H., Craig, R.A., Ashman, P.J., and Szegö, G. On the Burning of Sawdust in a MILD Combustion Furnace. Energy & Fuels, v24, pp. 3462-3470, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 2.319; Scopus Cites: 7}

19. Saw, W.L., Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J., and Hupa, M. Influence of droplet size on the release of atomic sodium from a burning black liquor droplet in a flat flame. Fuel, v89, pp. 1840-1848, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 3.179; Scopus Cites: 0}

20. Saw, W.L., Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. and Hupa, M., Simultaneous measurement of the surface temperature and the release of atomic sodium from a black liquor droplet. Combustion and Flame, v157, pp. 769-777, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 3}

21. Dickinson, R.R., Battye, D.L., Linton, V.M., Ashman, P.J., and Nathan, G.J. Alternative energy carriers for remote renewable energy sources using existing CNG infrastructure. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, v35, pp. 1321-1329, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 3.945; Scopus Cites: 9}

22. Saw, W.L., Hupa, M., Nathan, G.J. and Ashman, P.J. Influence of stoichiometry on the release of atomic sodium from a burning black liquor droplet in a flat flame with and without boron. Fuel, v89, pp.2608-2616, 2010. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 3.179; Scopus Cites: 0}

23. Saw, W.L., Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J. and Alwahabi, Z.T.  Assessment of the release of atomic Na from a burning black liquor droplet using quantitative PLIF.  Combustion and Flame, v156, pp. 1471-1479, 2009. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 6}

24. Saw, W.L., Forssén, M., Hupa, M., Nathan, G.J. and Ashman, P.J.  The influence of boron on the emission of sodium during black liquor combustion under oxidative conditions.  Appita Journal, v62, pp. 219-225, 2009. {ERA: Ranked C; Impact factor: 0.437; Scopus Cites: 2}

25. Battye, D.L. and Ashman, P.J. The Stoichiometry and Kinetics of Carbon Combustion at Low Temperature – A Surface Complex Approach. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, v32, pp. 1981-1988, 2009. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 3.256; Scopus Cites: 0}

26. van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. and Nathan, G.J. Simultaneous measurements of the release of atomic sodium, particle diameter and particle temperature for a single burning coal particle. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, v32, pp. 2099-2106, 2009. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 3.256; Scopus Cites: 9}

27. Lee, A.K., Lewis, D.L. and Ashman, P.J.  Microbial flocculation, a potentially low-cost harvesting technique for marine microalgae for the production of biodiesel. Journal of Applied Phycology, v21, pp. 559-567, 2009. {ERA: Ranked C; Impact factor: 1.018; Scopus Cites: 57}

28. van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. and Nathan, G.J.  Quantitative measurement of atomic sodium in the plume of a single burning coal particle.  Combustion and Flame, v155, pp. 529-537, 2008. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 12}

29. Phua, S.T.G., Ashman, P.J. and Daughtry, B.J.  Levels of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) in Fillets of Farmed Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii).  Chemosphere, v73, pp. 915-922, 2008. {ERA: Ranked A, Impact factor: 3.253; Scopus Cites: 6}

30. Afsharvahid, S., Ashman, P.J. and Dally, B.B. Investigation of NOx conversion characteristics in a porous medium. Combustion and Flame, v152, pp. 604-615, 2008. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 2.923; Scopus Cites: 8}

31. Langman, A.S., Nathan, G.J., Mi, J. and Ashman, P.J. The Influence of Geometric Nozzle Profile on the Global Properties of a Turbulent Diffusion Flame. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, v31, pp. 1599-1607, 2007. {ERA: Ranked A; Impact factor: 3.256; Scopus Cites: 10}

32. Ross, D., Noda, R., Horio, M., Kosminski, A., Ashman, P. and Mullinger, P.  Axial gas profiles in a bubbling fluidised bed biomass gasifier. Fuel, v86, pp. 1417-1429, 2007. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 3.179; Scopus Cites: 19}

33. Ballantyne, T.R., Ashman, P.J. and Mullinger, P.J.  A New Method for Determining the Conversion of Low-ash Coals Using Synthetic Ash as a Tracer.  Fuel, v84, pp. 1980-1985, 2005. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 3.179; Scopus Cites: 8}

34. Ashman, P.J. and Mullinger, P.J. Research Issues in Combustion and Gasification of Lignite. Fuel, v84, pp. 1195-1205, 2005. {ERA: Ranked A*; Impact factor: 3.179; Scopus Cites: 8}

 

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