About Emeritus Professor Brian Haynes
Brian Haynes is passionate about high quality research that leads to improvements in understanding and to new energy-efficient applications in chemical engineering.
Brian is working at the interface of fundamentals with innovative engineering practice, in the areas of combustion, heat transfer and chemical reaction engineering.
Brian graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of NSW with BE (1973) and PhD degrees (1976). His research career in the field of combustion has been in the area of kinetic processes that influence emissions (NOx, SOx, soot, nanoparticle formation from inorganics), and solid fuels combustion. His outstanding record in the field led to his being elected President of the international Combustion Institute (2004-2008). He has also been recognised for his work by being elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and of the Institute of Engineers Australia.Energy efficiency is the motivation for his work on microstructured heat exchangers. His group has made fundamental measurements and CFD calculations on fluid mechanics and heat transfer rates in microfluidic systems such as are now used in the Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger which is now the world-leading microchannel device for highly intensified industrial heat transfer application.At the process system level, Brian’s group is developing innovative approaches to the design and construction of chemical plant. Based on printed circuit manufacturing techniques, they are creating highly integrated, highly intensified chemical plant that can operate extremely efficiently even at small scale. This work involves fundamental studies of reaction process, in the laboratory as well as using computational chemistry; process design and simulation; and pilot-plant testing. Projects range from ultra-high-efficiency boilers, to miniaturised chemical plant for commodity and specialty chemicals, and to utilisation of renewable feedstocks such as biomass.The funding for Brian’s work comes from the basic research agencies as well as from industry. The group prides itself on taking fundamentals and seeing them applied in commercial processes that enhance energy efficiency, environmental performance, sustainability, and economic outcomes.