The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Julia Gillard and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator The Hon Chris Evans, presented the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science on 31 October 2012 in the Great Hall of Parliament House. Winthrop Professor Eric May, deputy director of the Centre for Energy, has been awarded the “The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year”.
A leading researcher who is helping make the nation's vast reserves of liquefied natural gas (LNG) an even cleaner fuel is among five winners of the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science announced today in Canberra.
Madam Chen Xiaoya, Vice Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China visited Western Australia as part of her official visit to Australia. Perth was her first stop. Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE hosted a dinner meeting for Madam Chen and her delegation, which was also attended by Madam Wang Yiner, the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth, on the 22nd of May 2012.
Winthrop Prof Dongke Zhang FTSE has been appointed the Academic Master of China’s “111” Project on “Coal Conversion and Utilization Research and Education” at North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), funded by China’s Ministry of Education.
Mingming Zhu, a PhD candidate of Centre for Energy, has won the Student Prize for Best Paper presented at the 2011 Australian Combustion Symposium with the paper titled “Effect of a homogeneous combustion catalyst on the combustion characteristics of single droplets of diesel and biodiesel”, co-authored with a fellow PhD candidate, Yu Ma, and their supervisor, Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE. The 2011 Australian Combustion Symposium was hosted at Shoal Bay, NSW by the Discipline of Chemical Engineering and the Priority Research Centre for Energy of The University of Newcastle.
The Honourable Fredrick Gumo, Minister for Regional Development of Kenya, and his wife Mrs Emma Gumo, visited UWA Centre for Energy on the 5th of April 2012 during his unofficial trip to Australia. The Minister had an interesting discussion with Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE, Director of Centre for Energy, on fuels and energy, particularly in the fields of biofuels and fuel alternative sources.
Three major Chinese companies have joined The University of Western Australia and 15 other Chinese and Australian science and industry partners to develop new international collaborative approaches to energy and mining research.
One of the Centre for Energy’s lead researchers and Deputy Director, W/Professor Eric May, was awarded the 2010 Early Career Scientist of the Year Award at the West Australian Science Awards luncheon last week.
The West Australian Science Awards honour the outstanding and groundbreaking achievements of Western Australia’s science and innovation community and recognise the important role of science in Western Australia.
Professor Ji Zhou, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) attended an informal dinner at W/Prof Dongke Zhang’s home on 14th November 2010 before visiting the UWA Centre for Energy the following day.
Four outstanding postgraduates at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology in China were awarded a Dongke Zhang Scholarship by W/Prof Dongke Zhang FTSE on 15 October 2010.
The Dongke Zhang Scholarships were established early in 2010 by W/Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE and The Zhangs Family Trust to recognise and reward outstanding postgraduate research students, currently enrolled at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology.
The Centre for Energy is holding two workshops for related courses - Introduction to Natural Gas Processing and LNG Production. Lectures will be followed by hands-on simulation examples and problem solving
sessions using process flowsheet simulation program.
Introduction to natural gas processing (23-23 November 10)
Dr Ela Eroglu will present her latest research from the University of California at Berkeley about "Algal Hydrocarbon Production: Method Development for Product Extraction and Quantitation" at the Bioenergy Forum on Tuesday 2nd November 2010.
Dr. Ela Eroglu is one of the newest researchers to join the UWA - Centre for Energy. Ela completed her Postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley on algal biofuels, following her PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering (METU, Turkey) on biohydrogen production by utilization of agricultural wastes.
Associate Professor Xiaolin Wang recently attended the Australia China Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) Showcasing Event at the Australia Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo where he met with other past representatives and this year’s Australia Young Scientists from program.
While at the expo, Xiaolin participated on a panel discussion about the past achievements and the future development of the YSEP program.
Last week, W/Professor Dongke Zhang was invited by the Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia (FOCSA) to give a plenary speech at The 3rd Australia –China Symposium on Science, Technology and Education.
The Symposium aims to foster stronger links between Australian and Chinese universities and industries by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and networking among representatives from governments, academia, industrial and research organizations.