Dr Richard Muhlack

Lecturer in Fermentation-Process Engineering
Dr Richard Muhlack
  Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
  Email richard.muhlack@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 6771
  Location Floor/Room 1 06b ,  Wine Science Laboratory ,   Waite

Biography & Research Interests

Dr Richard Muhlack has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and 16+ years of wine sector experience in various industry and research roles across process analysis and simulation, cleaner production and energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, waste treatment and environmental management. In 2007 his research was the subject of an Econsearch report commissioned by GWRDC "Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Hero Project". In 2008 Dr Muhlack was awarded a DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award (GWRDC Award).

In January 2014 Dr Muhlack transitioned from industry-based R&D (with the Hardy Wine Company across 1999-2008 and then AWRI from 2008-2014) to the University of Adelaide and now holds an academic position within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, where he is working to pursue research and technical development projects in the following areas:

  • Kinetic modelling of fermentation, extraction, adsorption processes during food and wine production
  • Industrial Process Simulation and Optimisation
  • Process efficiency and techno-economics
  • CFD modelling and design of food and beverage process equipment
  • Instrumentation and process automation
  • Image analysis
  • Energy and Water Efficiency
  • Biofuels
  • Refrigeration, HEX networks and Cleaner Production
  • Winery Engineering
  • Winery Wastewater Treatment

Please contact Richard Muhlack to discuss opportunities for research collaboration.

 

PhD - Chemical Engineering University of Adelaide, Australia
Thesis: "Development of alternative bentonite treatments for heat-unstable white wine"

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with First Class Honours University of Adelaide, Australia

 

2008 DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award Winner
(GWRDC Award)

2004 Roger Pysden Memorial Fellowship

 

Book Chapters

Stockley, C.S. Varela, C. Coulter, A. Dry, P.R. Francis, I.L. Muhlack, R. Pretorius, I.S. Controlling the highs and the lows of alcohol in wine. Peeters, A.S. (eds). Wine: Types, production and health. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, N.Y. : 281-299 ; 2012

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Marshall, J. A., Morton, B. J., Muhlack, R., Chittleborough, D., & Kwong, C. W. (2017). Recovery of phosphate from calcium-containing aqueous solution resulting from biochar-induced calcium phosphate precipitation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 27-35
Muhlack, RA., O'Neill, B.K., Waters, E.J., Colby, C.B. (2016) Optimal conditions for controlling haze-forming wine protein with bentonite treatment: investigation of matrix effects and interactions using a factorial design, Food and Bioprocess Technology, 9(6), 936-843
Marangon, M., van Sluyter, S.C., Robinson, E.M.C., Muhlack, R., Holt, H., Haynes, P.A., Godden, P.W., Smith, P.A., Waters, E.J. (2012) Degradation of white wine haze proteins by Aspergillopepsin I and II during juice flash pasteurization. Food chemistry, Volume 135, Issue 3, 1157-1165
Muhlack R.A.; Waters, E. J.; O'Neill, B. K.; Lim, A.; Colby, C. B. (2007) An alternative method for purification of a major grape protein responsible for haze formation in white wine. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering 2(1), 70-74
Muhlack R.A.; Nordestgaard, S.; Waters, E. J.; O'Neill, B. K.; Lim, A.; Colby, C. B. (2006) In-line dosing for bentonite fining of wine or juice: contact time, clarification, product recovery & sensory effects. Australian Journal of Grape Wine Research 12(3), 221-234
Waters, E.J.; Alexander, G.; Muhlack, R.; Pocock, K.; Colby, C.; O'Neill. B.K.; Høj, P.B.; Jones, P. (2005) Preventing protein haze in bottled white wine. Australian Journal of Grape Wine Research 11(2), 215-225

Technical & Trade Journal Papers

Muhlack, R., Forsyth, K., Scrimgeour, N., Godden, P., There's gotta be a buck in those organic by-products. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, Issue (599), 80-82 Pages, 2013
Muhlack, R., Scrimgeour, N., Wilkes, E., Godden, P., Johnson, D., Optimising fermentation through simulation. Wine & Viticulture Journal, Volume 28, Issue (6), 40-43 Pages, 2013
Muhlack, R., It's time to power up, Wine Business Magazine (WBM), August 2013, pg 39-41
Robinson, E., Scrimgeour, N., Marangon, M., Muhlack, R., Smith, P., Godden, P. Proctase as a bentonite alternative - what's the latest?. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker 590 : 50-52 ; 2013
Robinson, E., Scrimgeour, N., Marangon, M., Muhlack, R., Smith, P., Godden, P., Johnson, D., Beyond Bentonite, Wine and Vine Journal, 27(6), 2012, pg 24-30
Muhlack, R (2012) Reduce vintage costs and improve process control with new ferment simulation tool. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, Issue (582), 62-65
Varela, C. Chambers, P.J. Coulter, A. Dry, P.R. Francis, I.L. Gawel, R. Muhlack, R. Henschke, P.A. Stockley, C.S. Herderich, M.J. Pretorius, I.S. (2011) Controlling the highs and lows of alcohol in wine. Practical Winery and Vineyard, Volume 31, Issue 1, 6-18
Coulter, A. Stockley, C. Varela, C. Francis, L. Chambers, P. Henschke, P. Dry, P. Gawel, R. Muhlack, R. Reducing alcohol levels in wine. AWRI Technical Review (186) 11-15 ; 2010.
Godden, P., Muhlack, R. (2010) Trends in the composition of Australian wine, 1984-2008. Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker, Issue (558), 47-61
Muhlack, R., Smith, P., Pretorius, I. (2009) Engineering renewable energy resources for a carbon constrained world. Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker November 2009 , 82-84
Muhlack, R.A., Smith, P.A, Wells, S., Pender, D., Pretorius, I.S. (2009) The Climate is Right for Change. Wine Business Monthly August : 60-62
Muhlack, R (2008) Necessity the mother of invention: Being smarter with energy and water. Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal Nov/Dec : 59-60.
Muhlack, R. (2008) Engineering Fermentation. Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker 536: 83-90.
Muhlack, R. (2008) Engineering Process Control of Wine Fermentation. AWRI Technical Review 175 : 11-15.
Muhlack R.A.; Waters, E. J.; O'Neill, B. K.; Lim, A.; Colby, C. B. (2004) Factors affecting bentonite performance. AWRI Technical Review 152: 11-14, 59

Invited Conference Presentations

*Muhlack., R.A., Forsyth, K.K., Nordestgaard, S., Scrimgeour, N., Godden, P.W., Creating value from by-products - an industry review and insights into practical case studies, Plenary presentation - 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13-18th July 2013
*Muhlack, R Automated Fermentation management, Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Seminar - Efficiency and Sustainability in the Winery, Adelaide Australia, 21-22 Nov 2012
*Muhlack, R. Renewable energy options for the wine industry: Planning for business sustainability, Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference, Adelaide Australia, 23rd Sept 2009
*Muhlack, R. (2008) Filling the potholes in the environmental research landscape. Proceedings - Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Seminar - Footprints, food miles and furphies, 10 Sept 2008.

Refereed Conference Presentations

*Muhlack, R. Engineering cost reductions through predictive simulation of wine fermentation, Crush 2011 Grape and Wine Science Symposium, Adelaide Australia 28-30th September 2011
O'Neill,B., Van Heeswijck,T. B., Muhlack, R., Models for predicting wine fermentation kinetics, Proceedings of the 39th Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference, Chemeca 2011, Sydney Australia 18th Sept 2011
van Eyk, P.J., Muhlack, R.A., Ashman, P.J. (2009) Gasification of Grape Marc in a Circulating Fluidised Bed. Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, Brisbane, Australia
*Muhlack R.A.; Lloyd, F.; Waters, E. J.; Lim, A.; O'Neill, B. K.; Colby, C. B. (2005) Development of advanced technologies for the prevention of protein haze formation in white wine. Proceedings of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture 56th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA.
*Muhlack R.A.; Waters, E. J.; O'Neill, B. K.; Lim, A.; Colby, C. B. (2004) New insights into the adsorption of haze-forming proteins by bentonite during winemaking. Proceedings of the 32nd Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference, Chemeca 2004 Sustainable Processes.

Industry Conference Presentations

*Muhlack, R.A., The Ferment Simulator, W21 - Practical applications of rapid analytical measurement tools for grapes and wine, 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13-18th July 2013
*Muhlack, R.A., Bentonites aren't bentonites, W24 - Heat and cold stability, 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13-18th July 2013
*Muhlack, R. Are there opportunities in your winery? W05 - Winemaking Process Improvement Opportunities. 14th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Adelaide Australia 3-8 July 2010
*Muhlack, R. Energy Efficiency Strategies. W05 - Winemaking Process Improvement Opportunities. 14th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Adelaide Australia 3-8 July 2010
*Muhlack, R. (2009) Energy Efficient Options for the Future - Adjusting to a Carbon Constrained Economy. Winery Engineering Association National Conference, 24 June 2009
*Muhlack, R. (2008) Engineering Fermentation. Winery Engineering Association National Conference, 18 June 2008.
Nordestgaard S., Muhlack R., O'Neill B., Waters E.J, Colby C.B. (2007) Heat stabilisation with in-line bentonite dosing. Proceedings - W06: Process Improvement for Profitability, 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

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