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

Overview:

Simon Smart is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering, Senior Research Fellow in the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation and the Deputy Director of the Functional Interfacial Materials and Membranes Laboratory (FIM2Lab) at The University of Queensland. His research is centred around the sustainable production and use of energy and chemicals. There are two distinct research programs. The first is technical in its focus – the development of enabling technologies and processes for the production of clean energy, materials and water, including:

  • the design and development of inorganic membranes and hybrid nanocomposite materials for gas and water separation in FIM2Lab;
  • the use of molten metals and molten salts as liquid catalysts in the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation for
    • Low CO2 hydrogen production through methane pyrolysis,
    • CO2 utilisation to produce syngas through dry reforming,
    • Low CO2 iron production via molten iron salts,
    • Low CO2 cement production through co-generation of syngas;
  • optimising the energy systems and by-product recycling pathways for the Port Kembla Steel works.

The second research program is much broader, encompassing the role of energy in society and tries to answer the questions:

  • How fast can we decarbonise the global economy? What are the rate limiting steps that the world should be aware of moving forward? What path dependencies will lock in fossil based industry and delay GHG abatement? This work is undertaken in the Dow Centre where Dr Smart collaborates with leading international institutions.
  • What are the links between energy access, energy affordability and human centred outcomes? For example, is energy access a necessary or sufficient input in breaking the poverty cycle? Here, Dr Smart lends his technical expertise to the Energy and Poverty Research Group, a multidisciplinary team of students and researchers who are developing sustainable holstistic solutions to enhance energy access and clean cooking in India.

Dr Smart has 86 publications including 9 book chapters and 77 international journal articles at an h-index of 24. He has two Highly Cited papers in chemistry and geoscience and was selected as one of the 2018 Class of Influential Researchers by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Dr Smart was 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. Simon was the Secretary for the Membrane Society of Australasia from 2011 - 2013, where he served on the board of directors from 2010 - 2014.

Teaching and Learning:

Simon is currently the course coordinator for:

Energy Systems,

Engineering Leadership and Innovation, and

Energy Principles and Renewable Energy.

He also developed the ENGY0x version (open online course) of Energy Principles and Renewable Energy for the UQx platform.

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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Available Projects

  • This is an experimental project which focuses on the reduction of iron from molten salts using hydrogen or natural gas. This project would be ideal for a chemical engineer or chemist with a metallurgy background. Experience with process flowsheeting and design would be seen favourably but are not essential. Experience with analysis of gas mixtures, characterisation of inorganic solids and electrochemistry are highly desirable.

  • This project is focussed on the conversion of iron ore to a variety of anhydrous molten salts using inorganic acids at moderate to high temperatures. This project would be ideal for a chemical engineer or chemist with a metallurgy background. Experience with process flowsheeting and design would be seen favourably but are not essential. Experience with analysis of gas mixtures, characterisation of inorganic solids and electrochemistry are highly desirable.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wang, David K., Chen, Rongzhi, Motuzas, Julius, Smart, Simon and da Costa, Joao C. Diniz (2017). Rapid thermal processing of microporous silica membranes. In Angelo Basile and Kamran Ghasemzadeh (Ed.), Current trends and future developments on (bio-) membranes: Silica membranes: Preparation, modelling, application, and commercialization (pp. 317-348) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier . doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-63866-3.00013-3

  • 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

  • Quader, Md Abdul, Smart, Simon and Rufford, Thomas E. (2018). Cost-optimal helium capture ratio from different natural gas sources by integrated membrane process designs. In: 1st International Conference on Energy-efficient Separation (iEESEP2018), Melbourne, (). 23-27 January 2018.

  • Quader, M. Abdul, Smart, Simon and Rufford, Thomas E. (2018). Techno-economic evaluation of multistage membrane combinations using three different materials to recover helium from natural gas. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering – PSE 2018. 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering – PSE 2018, San Diego, CA, United States, (1201-1206). 1-5 July 2018. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-64241-7.50195-6

  • 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

  • Kefford, Benjamin, Schmeda-Lopez, Diego, Stringer, Martin, Greig, Chris, Smart, Simon, Small, Mitchell and Wong-Parodi, Gabrielle (2018). Identifying regionally dependent barriers in the Carbon Capture and Storage industry. , School of Chemical Engineering, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.

  • 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

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This is an experimental project which focuses on the reduction of iron from molten salts using hydrogen or natural gas. This project would be ideal for a chemical engineer or chemist with a metallurgy background. Experience with process flowsheeting and design would be seen favourably but are not essential. Experience with analysis of gas mixtures, characterisation of inorganic solids and electrochemistry are highly desirable.

  • This project is focussed on the conversion of iron ore to a variety of anhydrous molten salts using inorganic acids at moderate to high temperatures. This project would be ideal for a chemical engineer or chemist with a metallurgy background. Experience with process flowsheeting and design would be seen favourably but are not essential. Experience with analysis of gas mixtures, characterisation of inorganic solids and electrochemistry are highly desirable.