IMER Staff

Stephen Grano

Professor Stephen Grano

Executive Director

An internationally-recognised metallurgical engineer with nearly 30 years of research experience, Professor Grano brings depth and knowledge to the Institute as IMER Executive Director. As the 2009 Science Excellence Award winner for Research Commercialisation, Professor Grano is experienced in forging industry partnerships at national and international levels. In previous roles he led the AMIRA P260 Project, the largest floatation project in the word which provided a total demonstrated value to industry of $436m. Professor Grano leads IMER in the development of national and international specific research priority areas which answer the global challenges with a dedicated team of world-class researchers, centre and program leaders.

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Chris Matthews

Dr Chris Matthews

IMER Manager

Dr Matthews was previously a research officer and project manager with the SA Centre for Geothermal Energy Research (SACGER) at the University of Adelaide, and also the geoscience business development manager for IMER. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Geology from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in heat flow and geothermal energy from Monash University. He has around 17 years' experience in the minerals exploration and mining sector, natural resource management and geothermal exploration.

Chris was the co-founder and first CEO of Torrens Energy Limited. He was CEO for two years and Chief Geologist for a further two years. He was responsible for designing, organising, and carrying out exploration programs for geothermal energy targets in Australia, where he was successful in discovering the world class Parachilna Geothermal Play in South Australia. Prior to co-founding Torrens Energy, his early geothermal research work led to the discovery and definition of Australia's first Hot Sedimentary Aquifer (HSA) resources that were located in the heart of existing power infrastructure. Chris was a founding member of the Australian Geothermal Energy Association (AGEA) executive from 2008 until 2010, with active roles in technical, legislative and policy development.

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Gus Nathan

Professor Graham (Gus) Nathan

Director, The Centre for Energy Technology (CET)

Professor Nathan was appointed founding Director of the University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology in 2009. Professor Nathan leads the centre in identifying exciting technological developments to reduce the delivered cost of clean energy. He also leads the centre in engaging with partners spanning industry, international research partners and government agencies to harness the support to develop these new technologies. Find out more about CET.

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Martin Hand

Professor Martin Hand

Director, South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research (SACGER)

Professor Hand was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide in 2000 and together with colleagues formed the Continental Evolution Research Group (CERG). This group conducts research within the Centre for Tectonics Resources and Exploration, of which he was formerly the director.

Professor Hand was appointed as the inaugural Director of the South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research in 2009. Professor Hand has integrated his research interests with the emerging geothermal energy industry in South Australia. SACGER is funded from the State Government of South Australia, and seeks to assist the geothermal energy sector in bringing projects to demonstration. Find out more about SACGER.

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Grahan Heinson

Professor Graham Heinson

Director, Tectonics Resources and Exploration (TRaX)

Professor Heinson was appointed Director of TRaX in 2017.  Professor Graham Heinson has over 20 years of experience using MT. His group has run the national AuScope MT facility for the last five years, and is involved in a wide range of research activities, including the national MT mapping program AusLAMP, and 4D monitoring of fluids for hydrocarbon and geothermal energy development. His group were finalists for the Eureka awards (in the category Land and Water) and were recent winners (November 2013) of the Australian Innovation Challenge (in the category Minerals and Energy). Find out more about TRaX.

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