The Industry-University Workshop

The delegates of 2015

Workshop Delegates

A Workshop on ‘A new approach to manufacture high value products by process intensification’ was held on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 at the Darlington Centre at the University of Sydney. Presentations were made by seven industry and academic speakers and are now available for download.

List of Speakers

  • Professor Brian Haynes, University of Sydney
  • Professor Neil Foster, University of New South Wales
  • Dr John Lear, JBL Consulting
  • Dr Gordon Weiss, Energetics
  • Dr Bernard Kornfeld, Baxter Healthcare
  • Dr Stephen Schuck, Bioenergy Australia
  • Dr Bill Rowlands, Ignite Energy Resources and Licella
  • Professor Fariba Dehghani, University of Sydney


The theme emerging from this Workshop was that there are technologies available, which can be brought together to allow products to be manufactured in new ways to better align with local economic conditions.

Professor Haynes described how Process Intensification can break the tyranny of scale, through improved heat transfer, mixing, mass transfer and reaction rates. Brian has demonstrated the PIĀ¬3 principals of Process Innovation, Process Integration and Process Intensification through pilot plant work in the areas of Biomass, Hydrogen and Nitric Acid/Ammonium Nitrate.

Professor Foster spoke of Process Intensification and Sustainability through the use of Microfluidics, Microreactors and Supercritical Fluids. He gave examples of his team’s work focusing on some of the use of supercritical carbon dioxide.

Gordon Weiss and John Lear gave an industry perspective. Has Australia’s last big processing plant been built? What is the processing industry’s equivalent of the 3D-Printer? The avoidance of the transportation of bulk materials is a big opportunity. Other areas of interest include waste processing, the need for flexibility and incrementally entering markets.
Dr Kornfeld explored the real costs of the economies of scale – the disruption to society from the centralisation of industry, revealing the benefits from distributed manufacture.

Dr Schuck from Bioenergy Australia described the role of Bioenergy Australia and how it is participating in five IEA Bioenergy Tasks, including Energy from biogas, climate change effects of biomass and bioenergy systems, commercialising conventional and advanced liquid biofuels, Biorefining and Biomass feedstocks for energy markets.

Dr Bill Rowlands spoke of Ignite and Licella’s use of catalytic hydrothermal processing to upgrade brown coal and biomass to “crude oil” like products. Bill described their pilot plants demonstrating the production of renewable liquid fuels and the supply of aromatic chemicals.

Professor Fariba Dehghani leads the ARC Food Processing Training Centre. In her presentation she outlined the benefits from Industry and University collaboration, reviewed the relevant current ARC funding schemes, research priority areas and the criteria for successful applications.