Professor Joe Diniz da Costa

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
j.dacosta@eng.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56960

Overview

Dr Joe Da Costa’s research interests are in the fields of nanotechnology and environmental chemical engineering.

He received his PhD at the University of Queensland in 2000. His chief research projects are in the areas of:

  • Inorganic membranes for gas and liquid separation
  • Silica, ceramics and carbon membranes
  • Oxygen separation from air
  • Hydrogen separation from syngas
  • Wastewater separation.
  • Membrane reactors
  • Carbon capture sorbents
  • Novel catatalysts base on graphene oxide composites and perovskites
  • Environmental catalysis
  • Energy

Research Interests

  • Novel catalysts
    Development and fundamental studies of novel catalysts based on graphene oxide composites, or perovskites, for the degradation of environmental waters contaminated with organic pollutants.
  • Perovskite membranes for oxygen separation
    Development and fundamental studies of perovskite materials for membrane fabrication as hollow fibers, tube and flat configuration with major application for oxygen separation from air.
  • Membranes for liquid separation
    Development of inorganic membranes with nano domains focusing on desalination, wastewater separation and mine water processing.
  • Metal doped membranes
    Doping silica membranes allows for chemical and hydrostability improvements. This research focus on the fundamental studies, characterisation and testing membranes for gas separation at various temperature, pressure and gas concentration.
  • Novel carbon capture sorbents
    Development of novel sorbent materials containing 2-D (dimension) graphene in 2D/3D composite materials, including the fundamental understanding of sorption capacity and kinetics.
  • Bio fuel cells
    Development of novel electrodes for low temperature bio fuel cells using sustainable bio fuels such as sugar solutions.

Research Impacts

Prof. da Costa led several industrial projects involving carbon capture and hydrogen separation from syngas in Australia. He is also participating in projects with European research providers and industry on novel generation of air separation units for oxyfuel coal power stations via the Framework Seven (FP7) projects supported by the European Community. Prof. da Costa first patent was further supported by Jonhson Matthey Fuel Cells in the UK for hydrogen separation in fuel cell systems. Subsequently, under cooperation of Saudi Aramco from Saudi Arabia, he collobarated on projects related to membrane reactors for the direct production of oil to hydrogen. This work also included the desing, construction and testing of a high temperature (up to 600C) 1.5 m long membrane module. Currently Prof. da Costa is working closely with Uniquest regarding his latest patent o high performance materials for oxygen separation from air and liaising with international industrial interests..

.Prof. da Costa was appointed by the Queensland Government to be a member of the Independent Scientific Panel to give policy advice on technical issues related to underground coal gasification. The panel had three expert members including chemical engineer (da Costa), hydrologist and land/sustainability/social scientist. This appointment spanned from November 2009 for 3 years. Members of the panel were nominated externally by the industry and government, in recognition of their leadership in the field of expertise and their standing within the industry.

Prof. da Costa was invited by the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq) to be part of a panel of international experts from Australia, USA, Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Canada and other countries to assess the proposals to set up the National Institutes of Technology (similar to ARC Centres of Excellence in Australia). In this role, I had to advise the Brazilian Research Council on proposals covering areas of engineering (chemical, mechanical and environmental), nanotechnology and in broad areas of science and technology covering chemistry, physics, and specialised microscopy. Subsequently, he was also invited to assess the performance of the Brazilian Institute of Millennium in the area of bio-nanotechnology.

Prof. da Costa was seconded to the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Cheltenham (UK), from 1 July to 15 August 2009. During this secondment, he published a report titled “The Landscape of Carbon Capture and Storage Education in the UK”. This report was commissioned by the International Energy Agency to assist the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) task force in the development of international graduate degrees at MSc and PhD levels on Carbon Capture Storage and Carbon Management.

Qualifications

  • Master of Environmental Management, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Brazil

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project involves the preparation of carbon molecular sieves containing a second phase of 2D (dimension) graphene oxides (GO), or metal organic frameworks (MOFs) . Fundamental studies of the effect of carbon and GO as 2D/3D structures, and/or MOF, on the transport phenomena of diffusing molecules will be carried out.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Dr Anne Julbe at the European Institute of Membranes in France.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project focuses on the fundamental understanding of the high performance of copper oxides conferred to perovskite materials as mixed matrix membranes. This project involves comprehensive materials characterisation and systematic study of oxygen ion transport though the membranes.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) and Dr Julius Motuzas from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project entails the fundamental study of molecular integration of templates in silica derived membranes for desalination applications. It will involve the use of nanotechnology to synthesise materials with controlled pore sizes, surface areas and pore volumes. The materials will also have to be functionalised to sustain hydrostability and high salt rejection in desalination processes.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • 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, UK: 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

  • Ladewig, Bradley, Martin, Darren, Diniz da Costa, Joao C. and Lu, Gao Qing (2011). Nafion® nanocomposite membranes for direct methanol fuel cell. In Hari Singh Nalwa (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology (pp. 503-515) Valencia, CA, U.S.A.: American Scientific Publishers.

  • 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.

  • Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Lu, G. Q. (Max) and Gray, P. G. (2011). Silica membranes in fuel cell systems. In Hari Singh Nalwa (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology (pp. 143-161) Valencia, CA, U.S.A.: American Scientific Publishers.

  • Zhu, Bo, Duke, Mikel, Diniz da Costa, Joao C., Ladewig, Bradley P. and Lin, Y. S. (2010). Ceramic membranes for molecular level separations in gas and liquid processing. In Sunggyu Lee (Ed.), Encyclopedia of chemical processing (pp. 1-16) New York: Taylor & Francis. doi:10.1081/E-ECHP-120045009

  • Xing, W., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Lu, M.G. and Yan, Z.F. (2004). Environmental separation and reactions: Zeolite Membranes. In James A. Schwarz, Cristian I. Contescu and Karol Putyera 3 (Ed.), Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (pp. 1157-1166) USA: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

  • Giessler, S., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, M.G. (2004). Hydrophobic microporous silica membranes for gas separation and membrane reactors. In G Q Lu and X S Zhao (Ed.), Nanoporous Materials Science and Engineering 4 ed. (pp. 237-262) United Kingdom: Imperial College Press.

  • Diniz da Costa, João C., Rudolph, Victor and Lu, G. Q (2004). Molecular Sieve Silica Membranes. In Hari Singh Nalwa (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (pp. 723-741) New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Darmawan, A., Karlina, L., Astuti, Y., Sriatun, Wang, D. K., Motuzas, J. and Da Costa, J. C. D. (2017). Interlayer free - nickel doped silica membranes for desalination. In: Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Chemistry, JCC 2016, in Conjunction with the 4th Regional Biomaterials Scientific Meeting. 11th Joint Conference on Chemistry, JCC 2016, in Conjunction with the 4th Regional Biomaterials Scientific Meeting, Purwokerto, Indonesia, (). 15 - 16 September 2016. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/172/1/012001

  • Zubir, Nor Aida, Da Costa, João C. Diniz, Yacou, Christelle, Motuzas, Julius and Zhang, Xiwang (2016). Physico-chemical properties of zinc partially substituted magnetite nanoparticles. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Technology. 1st International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Technology, ICASET 2015, Penang, Malaysia, (). 21 - 22 December 2015. doi:10.1063/1.4965084

  • Zhang, Xiwang, Wang, David K. and Diniz da Costa, João C. (2014). Recent progresses on fabrication of photocatalytic membranes for water treatment. In: Josef Krýsa, Petr Kluson and Sixto Malato, Selected contributions of the 4th International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry (SP4). SP4 2013: Fourth International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, (47-54). 23-27 June, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2013.11.019

  • 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., Reed, G. P. and Thambimuthu, K. (2009). "High temperature gas separation membranes in coal gasification". In: Gale, J., Herzog, H. and Braitsch, J., Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-9). 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Washington DC, USA, (295-302). 16–20 November 2008. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.01.041

  • 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.

  • Wijaya, S., Duke, M. C. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2009). Carbonised template silica membranes for desalination. In: Desalination: International Membrane Science and Technology Conference 2007, International Membrane Science and Technology Conference 2007. International Membrane Science and Technology Conference, Sydney, Australia, (291-298). 5–9 November 2007. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2007.10.079

  • Singh, Ranjeet, Reddy, M. K. Ram, Wilson, Simon, Joshi, Kaustubh, Diniz da Costa, Joao C. and Webbley, Paul (2009). High temperature materials for CO2 capture. In: John Gale, Howard Herzog and Jay Braitsch, Greenhouse gas control technologies 9: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-9). 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-9), Washington, DC, United States, (623-630). 16–20 November 2008. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.01.082

  • 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.

  • Wang, G. X., Feng, B., Diniz Da Costa, J. C. and Rudolph, V. (2009). Recent Advance of Zero Emission Technologies for Coal-based Power Generation Systems. In: Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference. APPEEC, Wuhan, China, (1-4). 28-31 March 2009.

  • Leo, A., Liu, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3?? thin Fflm coated on robust ZrO2 hollow fiber substrates. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Tokyo Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August, 2008.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Ceramic membranes for clean energy delivery. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM10), Tokyo, Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August, 2008.

  • Uhlmann, D., Liu, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Cobalt doped silica membranes for gas separation. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Tokyo, Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August, 2008.

  • W. Liu, W. N. Low, B. Feng, J. C. Diniz Da Costa and G.-X. Wang (2008). Comparison of calcium oxide sorbents for CO2 capture at high temperature. In: P. Massarotto, S. D. Golding, X. Fu, C. Wei, G.-X. Wang and V. Rudolph, 2008 Asia Pacific Coalbed Methane Symposium. APCBM 2008 Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (1-4). 22-24 September 2008.

  • Duke, M. C., Rudolph., V. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Economic modelling of hydrogen separation in coal gasification. In: WHEC2008. 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (1-4). 15-19 June, 2008.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Enabling Gas Separation in Clean Coal Technologies. In: Power Station Chemistry Solutions for the 21st Century. The Australian Power Institute (API) PowerChem 2008, Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Australia, (). 25-30 May 2008.

  • Gopalakrishnan, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). High performance H2 separation membranes for coal gasification applications. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Tokyo, Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August, 2008.

  • Beltramini, J. N., Adebajo, M., Lu, G. Q., Diniz Da Costa, J. C., Katikaneni, S. and Pham, T. (2008). Integrated catalytic membrane reactor for hydrogen production using hydrocarbon-based fuels. In: Sang H. Moon, Abstracts of the 14th International Congress on Catalysis : "Catalysis as the Pivotal Technology for the Future Society". 14th International Congress on Catalysis, Coex, Seoul, Korea, (222-222). 13-18 July 2008.

  • Duke, M. C., Milne, N. A., Lin, Y. S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Membrane distillation and reverse osmosis of seawater by ZSM-5 Zeolite membranes made by secondary growth. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Tokyo, Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August 2008.

  • Sunarso, J., Liu, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Oxygen permeation properties of Yttria-stabilized Bismuth oxide-Silver dual-phase membranes. In: 10th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Tokyo, Japan, (1-2). 18-22 August 2008.

  • Klaysom, Chalida, Germain, Leatitia, Burr, Shawn, Ladewig, Bradley P., Wang, Lianzhou, Diniz Da Costa, Joe C. and Lu, G.Q. M. (2008). Preparation of new composite membranes for water desalination using electrodialysis. In: N. H. Voelcker and H. W. Thissen, Smart Materials V. Conference on Smart Materials V, Melbourne, Australia, (C1-C8). 10-12 December 2008. doi:10.1117/12.810443

  • Hotza, D. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2008). Renewable hydrogen production and fuel cells programs in Brazil: an overview. In: WHEC2008. 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (1-4). 15-19 June, 2008.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C., Gopalakrishnan, S., Liu, S., George, A, Revata Seneviratne, H., Milan-Agorio, M. and Reed, G. (2008). Studies of mercury effect on gas separation using silica membranes. In: 7th International Symposium on Gas Cleaning at High Temperatures (GCHT-7), Newcastle, Australia, (1-7). 23-25 June, 2008.

  • Leo, A., Sunarso, J., Liu, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2007). Development of perovskite membranes for air separation. In: Proceedings of IMSTEC '07. IMSTEC '07, Sydney, Australia, (1-5). 5 - 9 November, 2007.

  • Duke, Mikel C., Gopalakrishnan, Suraj, Abdel-Jawad, Madhat, Liu, Shaomin, Macrossan, Michael and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2007). Hydrogen purification from coal gasification using inorganic membranes in Australia. In: ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. American Chemical Society's 234th National Meeting, Boston, United States, (667-668). 19-23 August 2007.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2007). Inorganic membranes for gas separation. In: 9th Jülicher Werkstoffsymposium: Gas Separation Membranes for Zero-emission Fossil Power Plants, Jülich, Germany, (). 15-16 November, 2007.

  • Jin, Y. G., Xu, Z. P., Qiao, S. Z., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, G. Q. (2007). Proton Conduction of Ordered Mesoporous Silica- Methanesulfonic Acid Hybrids. In: 5th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IMMS 2006), Shanghai, China, (817-820). 5-7 August, 2007.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2007). Public lecture on nanotechnology and energy. In: Public lecture at Central Queensland University, Gladstone, Qld., Australia, (). 15 May 2007.

  • Duke, M. C., Abdel-Jawad, M., Gopalakrishnan, S. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2007). Scaling up templated molecular sieve silica (TMSS) membranes for gas separation. In: IMSTEC 07. International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC 07), Sydney, Australia, (). 5-9 November, 2007.

  • Liu, W., Feng, B., Diniz Da Costa, J.C. and Wang, Guo-Xiong (2007). The reactivity of nanoscale calcium oxide particles in calcination and carbonation cycle. In: Xu, X. and Xu, M., 6th International Symposium on Coal Combustion. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Coal Combustion, Wuhan, China, (1-4). 1-4 December, 2007.

  • Mereddy, K. R., Xu, Z P, Diniz da Costa, J C and Lu, G (2006). Characterisation and regeneration of layered double hydroxides for high temperature CO2 separation. In: N Rokke O Bolland J Gale, 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control. 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control, Norway, (1-5). 19-23 June 2006.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C., Sholl, D., Reed, G. and Thambimuthu, K. (2006). Gas separation in coal gasification. In: 2006 AIChE Spring National Meeting and World Congress on Particle Technology 5. AIChE Spring Meeting 2006, Orlando, FL, USA, (1-7). 23–27 April 2006.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C., Sholl, D. S., Reed, G. and Thambimuthu, K. (2006). Gas separation in coal gasification. In: 5th World Congress on Particle Technology. 5th World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, FL, USA, (1-7). 23-27 April 2006.

  • Duke, M. C., Lim, A., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Nielsen, L. (2006). High selectivity microporous silica membranes for lactic acid dehydration. In: 5th World Congress on Particle Technology. 5th World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, FL, USA, (1-4). 23-27 April, 2006.

  • Duke, M C, Campbell, R. and Diniz da Costa, J C (2006). Multi-layered silica-carbon molecular sieve membranes for CO2 separation. In: C Jagadish and G Q Lu, Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Nonoscience and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (532-535). 3-7 July 2006. doi:10.1109/ICONN.2006.340671

  • Joyce, J. A., Dixon, T F and Diniz da Costa, J C (2006). Pressurised gasification of cane wates. In: D.M. Hogarth, Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Mackay, Queensland, (420-430). 2-5 May 2006.

  • Duke, M. C., Gopalakrishnan, S., Abdel-Jawad, M. M., Macrossan, M. N. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2006). Purifying Hydrogen with Inorganic Silica Membranes at High Temperatures. In: 5th World Congress on Particle Technology. American Insititute of Chemical Engineers, 2006 Spring National Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, (1-5). 23-27 April 2006.

  • Battersby, S. E., Rudolph, V., Duke, M. C. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2006). Silica membrane reactors for hydrogen production from water gas shift. In: C. Jagadish and G. Q. Lu, Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ( ICONN 2006). The International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ( ICONN 2006), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (513-516). 3-7 July 2006. doi:10.1109/ICONN.2006.340666

  • Duke, M. C., Lim,, Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Nielsen, L. K. (2005). Effectiveness of inorganic membranes for lactic acid dehydration. In: BIONANO The Next Frontier, Brisbane, (54-55). 4-7 December, 2005.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Functional Nanomaterials in Hydrogen Technology. In: World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2005), Singapore, (). 3-5 October 2005.

  • Lu, G. Q., Diniz Da Costa, J., Zhu, Z. H., Yao, X., Duke, M., Ding, R. G. and Meredy, R. (2005). Functional nanomaterials as adsorbents and membranes for clean energy technologies. In: 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET), Wellington, New Zealand, (). 9-11 May 2005.

  • Tran, A.T., Jin, Y., Hogarth, W. H. J., Duke, M. C., Drennan, J., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, G. (2005). Functionalisation of nanoparticles as electrolytes in fuel cells. In: World Hydrogen Technologies Convention. World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, Suntec Singapore Itnl Conv. & Exhibition Centre, Singapore, (1-8). 3-5 October, 2005.

  • Lu, G., Duke, M. C. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Functionalised silica-based membranes for hydrothermal stable purification of hydrogen. In: 1st Asia-Oceania Ceramic Federation (AOCF) Conference. 1st Asia-Oceania Ceramic Federation (AOCF) Conf., Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan, (). 27-29 September 2005.

  • Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Nielsen, L. and Lim, A. (2005). High selectivity microporous silica membranes for lactic acid dehydration. In: 2005 Sir Mark Oliphant Conference: BioNano: The Next Frontier, The University of Queensland, Australia, (1-2). 4-7 December, 2005.

  • Battersby, S. E., Miller, D. J., Zed, M., Patch, J. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Hydrogen production in Membrane Reactors. In: World Hydrogen Technologies Convention. World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, Singapore, (1-10). 3-5 October, 2005.

  • Duke, M. C. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Molecular Sieve Silica (MSS) Membranes for Gas Separation and Reaction Processes. In: N. Ali, J. J. Gracio and M. J. Jackson, NanoSMat 2005. NanoSmat 05 - International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials, Aveiro, Potugal, (42-44). 7-9 September 2005.

  • Ladewig, B. P., Martin, D. J., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, G. (2005). Nafion Composite Membranes for Hydrogen and Methanol Pem Fuel Cells. In: S. Pratt and C. Davies, APCSEET 2005. APCSEET 2005, Wellington, New Zealand, (196-200). 8-11 May 2005.

  • Rodriguez, J. I. C., Ladewig, B. P., Dicks, A. L., Duke, M. C., Martin, D. J., Lu, G. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Nanocomposite Nafion-Silica membranes for direct methanol fuel cells. In: World Hydrogen Technologies Convention. World Hydrogen Technology Conference, Singapore, (1-8). 3-5 October, 2005.

  • Garnica Rodriguez, J. I., Dicks, A., Duke, M. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Nanocomposite Polymer Electrolyte Membranes: Methanol Crossover and Conductivity. In: Pratt, S. and Davies, C., Proceedings of the Fifth Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET 2005). Fifth Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET 2005), Wellington, New Zealand, (201-205). 8-11 May, 2005.

  • Duke, M. C., Tam, E., Gray, P. H. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2005). Thermal Cycling Stability of Silica Membranes for Gas Separation. In: Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET 2005). 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET 2005), Wellington, New Zealand, (384-389). 8-11 May, 2005.

  • Kartini, I., Meredith, P., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, G. Q. (2004). A novel route to the synthesis of mesoporous Titania with full anatase nanocrystalline domains. In: S. Sakka, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology: 12th International Workshop on Sol-Gel Science and Technology—Part I (SOL-GEL'03). 12th International Workshop on Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, (185-189). August 24-29, 2003. doi:10.1023/B:JSST.0000047984.60654.a1

  • Coombs, S. J. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). Characterisation of sol-gel process employing starch as organic templates. In: J. F. Nie and M. Barnett, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Materials Processing (ICAMP-3) and International Ceramic Conference & Exhibition AUSTCERAM 2004. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Materials Processing (ICAMP-3) and International Ceramic Conference & Exhibition AUSTCERAM 2004, Melbourne, Australia, (143-146). 29 November - 1 December 2004.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C., Coombs, S. J., Lim, J. and Lu, G. Q. (2004). Characterisation of xerogels derived from sucrose templated sol-gel synthesis. In: S. Sakka, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology: Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Sol-Gel Science and Technology—Part I (SOL-GEL'03). 12th International Workshop on Sol-Gel Science and Technology—Part I (SOL-GEL'03), Sydney, Australia, (215-218). 24-29 August, 2003. doi:10.1023/B:JSST.0000047990.55090.c5

  • Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Lu, G. Q., Gray, P. and Thompsett, D. (2004). Hydrostability and Scaling Up Molecular Sieve Silica (MSS) Membranes for H2/CO Separation in Fuel Cell Systems. In: Lin, Jerry, The 8th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes. Eighth International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, (85-88). 20-22 July, 2004.

  • M. C. Duke, J. C. Diniz da Costa, G. Q. (Max) Lu, C. Malde and P. G. Gray (2004). Hydrothermal Stability Analysis of Carbonised Template Molecular Sieve Silica Membranes. In: Chris Fell and George E. Keller, ECI Conference on Separations Technology VI: New Perspectives on Very Large-Scale Operations, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia, (1-8). 2-8 October, 2004.

  • Ram Reddy, M. K., Xu, G.Z.P., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, M.G. (2004). Layered double hydroxides for CO2 selective separation from water-gas-shift reaction. In: 1st Nano-Engineering and Nano-Science Congress 2004. 1st Nano-Engineering and Nano-Science Congress 2004, Singapore, (1-1). 7-9 July 2004.

  • Shoko, E, Teixeria, P.W., Beltramini, J. N. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). MSS membrane reactors for the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane. In: F T Akin and Y S Lin, The 8th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes. The 8th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Dailan, China, (381-384). 21-24 July 2004.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). Membrane reactors for dehydrogenation reactions. In: F.T. Akin and Y.S. Lin, Inorganic Membranes: Proceedings of Eighth International Conference on Inorganic Membranes. ICIM8: Eighth International Conference on Inorganic Membranes, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., (). 18-22 July 2004.

  • Garnica, Rodriguez, J. I., Ladewig, B., Dicks, A., Duke, M. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). Modified Polyaniline-Nafion-Silica Nanocomposites for DMFC. In: S. Coombs and A. Dicks, Proceedings of the 1st Nanomaterials Conference. First ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (10-13). 2-3 December 2004.

  • McLellan, B. C., Dicks, A. L. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). Sustainability assessment of hydrogen energy pathways. In: International Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science. International Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science, New Zealand, (1-13). 6-9 July 2004.

  • Pienaar, C. L., Lu, M.G., Steinberg, T. and Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2004). The effect of gravity on the viscosity of a silica sol-gel. In: A Dicks, Proceedings of the ARCCFN Annual Conference. Proceedings of the ARCCFN Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour, Australia, (27-30). 2-3 December 2004.

  • A. T. T. Tran, M. Duke and J. C. Diniz da Costa (2004). Titanium phosphate for Fuel Cell Proton Conduction Membranes. In: A .Dicks, Proceedings of the ARCCFN Annual Conference. First ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour, Australia, (1-3). 2-3 December, 2004.

  • Rudolph, V., Cameron, I. T., Lu, M.G., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Litster, J. D., White, E. T., Wang, F., Li, Q., Liu, L. X., Massarotto, P. and Wang, G. (2003). An overview prospective collaborative research projects in Natural Resources Processing at The University of Queensland. In: International Sysmposium on Natural Resources Processing - Science and Technology. International Sysmposium on Natural Resources Processing - Science and Technology, China, (11-31). 24-26 October 2003.

  • Pagan, R. J., Prasad, P., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Van Berkel, R. (2003). Cleaner production applications for coal utilisation. In: Richard Brown and QUT and Colleen Hanahan, The National Environment Conference 2003. The National Environment Conference 2003, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (372-377). 18-20 June 2003.

  • Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2003). Development of molecular sieve silica membranes for gas application. In: 4th Iberian American Congress on Membrane Science and Technology, Florianopolis, Brazil, (). 16-19 July 2003.

  • McLellan, B. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Dicks, A. L., Rudolph, V., Pagan, R. J., Sheng, C. and Wall, T.F. (2003). Hydrogen economy options for Australia. In: Richard Brown and QUT and Colleen Hanahan, The Application of Membrane Filtration Technology for a Wheat Starch Processing Industry: Proceedings of The National Environment Conference 2003. The National Environment Conference 2003, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (110-150). 18-20 June 2003.

  • Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Lu, G. Q., Petch, M. and Gray, P. (2003). Hydrothermal stable templated molecular sieve silica (TMSS) membranes for gas separation. In: 5th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference. The Fifth International Membrane Science & Technology Conference, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, (1-6). 10-14 November, 2003.

  • Ladewig, B. P., Martin, D. J., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, M.G. (2003). Nanocomposite nafion/silica membranes for high power density direct methanol fuel cells. In: 5th International Membrane Science & Technology Conference. 5th International Membrane Science & Technology Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (1-5). 10-14 November, 2003.

  • Duke, M. C., Hogarth, W. H., Lu, M.G., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Petch, M. and Gray, P. (2003). Novel composite membranes for gas separation. In: Richard Brown and QUT and Colleen Hanahan, The National Environment Conference 2003. The National Environment Conference 2003, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (111-115). 18-20 June 2003.

  • M. C. Duke, J. C. Diniz da Costa, G. Q. Lu, M. Petch and P. Gray (2002). Ultramicroporous membranes for hydrogen separation. In: EERE 2002, Environmental Engineering Research Event, Blackheath, NSW, Australia, (1-7). 3-6 December, 2002.

  • Giessler, S., Jordan, L. R., Diniz Da Costa, J. and Lu, M. G. (2001). Application of a Molecular Sieve Silica (MSS) Membrane Reactor for the Water Gas Shift Reaction. In: Prof. D. G. Wood, World Congress of Chemical Engineering. World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne, (). 23-27 September.

  • da Costa, Joao C.D., Lu, G. Q. and Rudolph, Victor (2001). Characterisation of templated xerogels for molecular sieve application. In: P Somasundaran and H Moehwald, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 5th IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (243-251). 13-18 June 1999. doi:10.1016/S0927-7757(00)00644-0

  • Giessler, S., Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C. and Lu, G. Q. (2001). Hydrothermal Stability of Modified Silica Membranes for Gas Separation. In: D. G. Wood, 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, (1-10). 23-27 September, 2001.

  • Duke, M. C., Diniz da Costa, J. C., Gray, P. G. and Lu, G. Q. (2001). Molecular sieve silica membranes for H2/CO separation. In: D. G. Wood, 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering: Proceedings. 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, (1-6). 23-28 September 2001.

  • Pienaar, C. L., Steinberg, T., Diniz Da Costa, J. and Lu, M. G. (2001). Nanostructured Thin Silica Films Synthesised Under Reduced Gravity Conditions: A Preliminary Study. In: Prof. D. G. Wood, World Congress of Chemical Engineering. World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne, (). 23-27 September.

  • Diniz Da Costa, J. C., Rudolph, V. and Lu, M. G. (2000). Transport mechanism in weakly branched silica films. In: D. Do Duong, Adsorption Science and Technology. Proceedings of the Second Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology. 2nd Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology, Brisbane, Australia, (381-385). 14-18 May 2000.

  • Diniz Da Costa, J., Lu, G. and Rudolph, V. (1999). Templated Xerogels for molecular seiving applications. In: Proceedings of The Fifth IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials. IUMRS-ICAM '99, Beijing, China, (II43). 13-18 June.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

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.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project involves the preparation of carbon molecular sieves containing a second phase of 2D (dimension) graphene oxides (GO), or metal organic frameworks (MOFs) . Fundamental studies of the effect of carbon and GO as 2D/3D structures, and/or MOF, on the transport phenomena of diffusing molecules will be carried out.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Dr Anne Julbe at the European Institute of Membranes in France.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project focuses on the fundamental understanding of the high performance of copper oxides conferred to perovskite materials as mixed matrix membranes. This project involves comprehensive materials characterisation and systematic study of oxygen ion transport though the membranes.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) and Dr Julius Motuzas from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project entails the fundamental study of molecular integration of templates in silica derived membranes for desalination applications. It will involve the use of nanotechnology to synthesise materials with controlled pore sizes, surface areas and pore volumes. The materials will also have to be functionalised to sustain hydrostability and high salt rejection in desalination processes.

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering.

  • Available to:Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry

    This project focuses on the fundamental study of novel carbon based electro-catalysts for bio fuel cells. It will involve the use of nanotechnology to synthesise derived materials with high surface areas for anchoring catalysts. .

    The project will be supervised by Prof. Joe da Costa (j.dacosta@uq.edu.au) from the FIM2Lab – Functional Interfacial Materials and Membrane Laboratory in Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Prof. George Zhao also from Chemical Engineering, and Dr Marc Cretin from the European Institute of Membranes in France.