Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, jointly hosted by the University of Western Australia and Curtin University, has taken place at the University Club of Western Australia last week. It brought together combustion scientists, engineers and technologists, especially young researchers, from academia and industry, providing an excellent forum for the presentation of a wide range of papers in all aspects of fundamental and applied combustion science. This symposium has attracted over 140 attendees, making it one of the biggest Australian Combustion Symposium in history.
A team of academics and PhD students from UWA Centre for Energy have attended the Chemeca 2013 Conference, held in Brisbane, from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October. Chemeca provides an excellent forum for academia, industry and professional bodies in chemical engineering to share their research and to discuss the future of the profession.
Two eminent scholars and most influential chemical engineers in India, Professor Arvind Lali of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), India, and Dr D K Tuli of Indian Oil Company R&D Centre, accompanied by Dr Reena Pandit of ICT, visited UWA Centre for Energy on 20th September 2013, as Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE’s honourable guests, after they jointly won a major AISRF Grand Challenge grant, worth ca. $6M, with QUT and Curtin and other Australian and Indian partners from the Australian Commonwealth Government and Indian Department of Science and Technology.
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.