Dr Simon Smart

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
s.smart@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58591

Overview

Biography:

Simon Smart is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. His first research theme centers on developing enabling technologies and processes for clean energy and water applications. This work primarily involves the design and development of inorganic and hybrid nanocomposite materials for membranes and membrane reactors. As the deputy-director of Functional Interfacial Materials and Membranes Laboratory (FIM2Lab) at UQ, the major focus of his research has been on developing enabling separation technologies to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of hydrogen production, CO2 capture and treatment of waste waters from the mining and coal seam gas industries. Successful outcomes from this research lead to Dr Smart being awarded a prestigious Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2012 from the Queensland Government to investigate silica based membranes for desalination applications in the coal seam gas industry. He was also awarded a prestigious UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for work on 'Low CO2 Iron and Petrochemicals Production' in 2016.

Underpinning this is an appreciation for the industrial applicability of new energy and separation technologies including scale-up, design and cost estimation and most of his projects operate in the nexus of engineering science, technology development and industrial deployment. As a natural extension Simon is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. In this role, he has been involved in the process design and techno-economic evaluation of new technologies with a membrane focus. He has also been involved in the Rapid Switch project which examines the various climate stabilization wedges that have been proposed to effect the transition towards a low carbon future. The project specifically examines resource constraints, supply chain bottlenecks and manufacturing and organisational limits to determine the maximum rate at which the world could realistically decarbonise the energy economy.

Simon's other research theme revolves around understanding how poverty and energy are interconnected in the developing world, including remote indigenous communities in Australia. Dr Smart, in collaboration with Prof. Chris Greig and Prof. Paul Lant are developing a multidisciplinary group under the UQ Energy Initiative focused on providing sustainable energy solutions which are tailored to regions and societal conditions. The program involves modeling, analysis, data management, scenario and policy formulation and the development of holistic solutions that are reliable and affordable.

Dr Smart has 41 publications including 7 book chapters and 34 international journal articles, one of which has been cited over 440 times and was awarded “Most Citations 2006-2010” by the journal CARBON. Simon was the Secretary for the Membrane Society of Australasia from 2011 - 2013, where he served on the board of directors from 2010 - 2014.

Dr Smart is a Lecturer in the International Energy Centre (IEC) and program advisor for the Masters of Energy Studies.

Research:

Simon’s has two main research interests. The first research theme centers on developing enabling technologies for clean energy and water applications. This work involves the design and development of inorganic and hybrid nanocomposite materials for membranes and membrane reactors. As the deputy-director of FIMLab, the major focus of his research has been on developing enabling separation technologies to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of hydrogen production, CO2 capture and treatment of waste waters from the mining and coal seam gas industries. Successful outcomes from this research lead to Dr Smart being awarded a prestigious Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2012 from the Queensland Government to investigate silica based membranes for desalination applications in the coal seam gas industry.

The second research theme revolves around understanding how poverty and energy are interconnected in the developing world, including remote indigenous communities in Australia. Dr Smart, in collaboration with Prof. Chris Greig and Prof. Paul Lant is developing a multidisciplinary group under the UQ Energy Initiative focused on providing sustainable energy solutions which are tailored to regions and societal conditions. The program involves modeling, analysis, data management, scenario and policy formulation and the development of holistic solutions that are reliable and affordable.

Underpinning both of these research themes is a keen interest in the industrial applicability of new energy and separation technologies including scale-up, design and cost estimation and most of his projects operate in the nexus of engineering science, technology development and industrial deployment.

Teaching and Learning:

Simon teaches into a variety of courses for Chemical Engineering. He is currently the course coordinator for the 4th year elective Energy Systems in Sustainable Development and Process Modelling and Dynamics.

He is also the Program Advisor for the International Energy Centre’s Masters of Energy Studies (MES) program. Within the MES he coordinates and delivers Energy and Technology Principles.

Projects:

  1. Inorganic membranes of coal seam gas water and brine treatment (Qld Government Fellowship)
  2. Engineered Functional Metal Silica Membranes for Hydrogen Processing (ARC-DP)
  3. Novel Hybrid Silica Membranes for Desalination (ARC-DP)
  4. Standards for the scoping & estimating early mover CCS projects (ANLEC)
  5. Carbon Capture Shift Reactors (ANLEC)
  6. Oxygen membranes for oxyfuel combustion and/or brown and black coal gasification (ANLEC)
  7. High water recovery inland desalination using membrane distillation with ceramic membranes (NCEDA)
  8. Metal oxide silica membrane for hydrogen separation in coal gasification (CO2CRC)
  9. Metal Oxide/Silica Membranes for Desalination (UQ ECR)
  10. Mixed matrix membranes for CO2 capture
  11. Inorganic membrane reactors for bioethanol production
  12. Catalytic membranes for syngas production and utilisation

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Dumee, L. F., Smart, S., Duke, M. C. and Gray, S. R. (2015). Next generation membranes for membrane distillation and future prospects. In Pervaporation, vapour permeation and membrane distillation: principles and applications (pp. 415-447) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-1-78242-246-4.00014-3

  • Smart, S., Liu, S., Serra, J. M., Basile, A. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2014). Perovskite membrane reactors: fundamentals and applications for oxygen production, syngas production and hydrogen processing. In Annarosa Gugliuzza and Angelo Basile (Ed.), Membranes for Clean and Renewable Power Applications (pp. 182-234) Sawston, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857098658.3.182

  • Smart, S., Beltramini, J., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Harale, A., Katikaneni, S. P. and Pham, T. (2013). Microporous silica membranes: fundamentals and applications in membrane reactors for hydrogen separation. In Angelo Basile (Ed.), Handbook of membrane reactors: fundamental materials science, design and optimisation (pp. 337-369) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857097330.2.337

  • Smart, S., Liu, S., Serra, J. M., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Iulianelli, A. and Basile, A. (2013). Porous ceramic membranes for membrane reactors. In Angelo Basile (Ed.), Handbook of membrane reactors: fundamental materials science, design and optimisation (pp. 298-336) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857097330.2.298

  • Yacou, C., Wang, D., Motuzas, J., Zhang, X., Smart, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2013). Thin-film ceramic membranes. In Encyclopaedia of Membrane Science and Technology (pp. 676-710) Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118522318

  • Smart, S., Ding, L. P. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2011). Inorganic membranes for synthesis gas processing. In Angelo Basile and Suzana Pereira Nunes (Ed.), Advanced membrane science and technology for sustainable energy and environmental applications (pp. 214-254) Cambridge , United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857093790.2.214

  • Smart, S., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Baumann, S. and Meulenberg, W. A. (2011). Oxygen transport membranes: dense ceramic membranes for power plant applications. In Angelo Basile and Suzana Pereira Nunes (Ed.), Advance membrane science and technology for sustainable energy and environmental applications (pp. 255-294) Cambridge , United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing.

  • Smart, S. K., Edwards, G. A. and Martin, D. J. (2010). Thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites. In Sabu Thomas and Ranimol Stephen (Ed.), Rubber nanocomposites: Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 239-254) Singapore: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9780470823477.ch10

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Smart, S., Sunarso, J., Lin, C. X. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2010). Carbon Templated Silica Membranes for Desalination. In: 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes : NAMS/ICIM 2010: Proceedings. 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society 2010, NAMS 2010 and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes 2010, ICIM 2010, Washington D.C., USA, (181-183). 17-22 July 2010.

  • Ding, Li Ping, Smart, Simon and Diniz da Costa, Joao C. (2010). Ceramic membrane reactor for the water gas shift reaction: Experiment and modelling. In: 6th conference of the Aseanian Membrane Society in conjunction with the 7th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (AMS6/IMSTEC 10), Sydney , Australia, (). 22-26 November 2010.

  • Glasscock, J. A., Kaiser, A., Sogaard, M., Blennow, P., Smart, S., Diniz Da Costa, J. C., Uhlenbruck, S., Baumann, S. and Hendriksen, P. V. (2010). Design and fabrication of ultra-thin metal-supported oxygen transport membranes. In: 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes : NAMS/ICIM 2010: Proceedings. 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society 2010, NAMS 2010 and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes 2010, ICIM 2010, Washington DC USA, (540-542). 17-22 July 2010.

  • Haworth, P., Smart, S. and Diniz Da Costa, J. C. (2010). Improvement in oxygen flux of bscf membranes via yttrium doping. In: 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes : NAMS/ICIM 2010: Proceedings. 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society 2010, NAMS 2010 and 11th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes 2010, ICIM 2010, Washington, DC USA, (543-544). 17-22 July 2010.

  • Lin, C. X. C., Uhlmann, D., Smart, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2010). Study of metal oxide nanoparticles in silica membrane materials. In: IMSTEC 10, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 22 - 25 November 2010.

  • Diniz Da Costa, J. C., Smart, S. and Thambimuthu, K. (2009). Carbon capture technologies in enabling clean coal energy delivery. In: Proceedings of COBEM 2009. 20th International Congress of Mechanical Engineering, Gramado, R. S., Brazil, (). 15-20 November 2009.

  • Tasaki, T., Smart, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2009). Metal silica membrane reactor for hydrogen production from the water gas shift reaction. In: The Fifth Conference of the Aseanian Membrane Society. AMS-5, Kobe, Japan, (543-544). 12-14 July 2009.

Other Outputs

  • Pascale, Andrew, Chakravarty, Shoibal, Lant, Paul, Smart, Simon and Greig, Chris (2017). Surprises up the energy ladder. Energy and Poverty Research Group Working Paper Series 1, UQ Energy Initiative, The University of Queensland.

  • Smart, Simon Kane (2008). Carbon Nanotube / Thermoplastic Polyurethane Nanocomposites PhD Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

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