Dr Tom Rufford

Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
t.rufford@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54165

Overview

Biography:

Dr Tom Rufford is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and a holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Tom completed his BE and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2000 and 2009, respectively. Tom’s PhD thesis investigated the use of porous carbon materials derived from waste coffee grounds for energy storage via hydrogen or supercapacitors on board electric vehicles. From 2001 to 2005 he worked as a process engineer and technologist on the crude distillation columns, naptha reformers and hydrogen purification plant at Shell’s Geelong Oil Refinery. From 2010 to late 2012, Tom was a research fellow at the University of Western Australia working on natural gas processing and LNG production research projects with the UWA’s Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering, Prof. Eric May.

Dr Rufford has published more than 25 scientific papers in international journals and an edited book on carbon materials. He has been a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, and an Endeavour Research Fellow visiting the Institute of Metals Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang, China. Dr Rufford is a chartered member of the IChemE.

Research:

Tom Rufford conducts gas processing research for cleaner energy production and utilization. His research interests include gas process engineering, porous carbons, pressure swing adsorption, and solid-fluid interactions in coal seam gas reservoirs. Current and recent projects include studies on Helium recovery and nitrogen rejection from natural gas, low permeability coals, and the capture of methane emissions from liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plants.

Teaching and Learning:

Tom is the program director at UQ for the MSc in Petroleum Engineering program delivered in partnership with Heriot Watt University, Scotland. His teaching contributions include sections in CHEE3004 Unit Operations of the BE chemical engineering program and ENGG7502 Reservoir Engineering of the MSc in Petroleum Engineering program.

Projects:

  1. Recovering helium from Australia's natural gas: A case study for advanced adsorption processes to concentrate dilute gases.
  2. Removing contaminants such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide from sub-quality natural gas.
  3. Understanding, characterising and managing solids production in coal seam gas producing wells.
  4. Identification, characterisation and stimulation of low permeability coals.
  5. Carbon foams for gas separation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Class 1, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Wang, Li, Ge, Lei, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015). Functionalization of carbon nanotubes for catalytic applications. In Ying (Ian) Chen (Ed.), Nanotubes and nanosheets: functionalization and applications of boron nitride and other nanomaterials (pp. 409-439) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b18073-20

  • Rufford, Thomas E., Fiset, Erika, Hulicova-Jurcakova, Denisa and Zhu, Zhonghua (2014). Biomass-derived carbon electrodes for electrochemical double-layer capacitors. In Thomas E. Rufford, Denisa Hulicova-Jurcakova and John Zhu (Ed.), Green Carbon Materials: Advances and Applications (pp. 93-113) Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. doi:10.1201/b15651-5

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bai, Tianhang, Chen, Zhongwei, Aminossadati, Saiied M. and Rufford, Thomas (2017). Experimental study of impact of dewatering induced coal fines on coal permeability. In: Matthieu Vandamme, Patrick Dangla, Jean-Michel Pereira and Siavash Ghabezloo, Poromechanics VI: Proceedings of the Sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics. 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Paris, France, (1135-1144). 9-13 July 2017. doi:10.1061/9780784480779.141

  • Arash Arami Niya, Zhu, Zhonghua and Rufford, Thomas (2016). CO2 adsorption on banana-peel derived hierarchical porous carbon foams. In: Carbon 2016, Penn State University, (). 10-15 July 2016.

  • Gao, Shuai, Villacorta Hernandez, Byron, Ge, Lei, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2016). Effect of hydrogen peroxide oxidation of carbon nanotube additives on the microstructure of pitch-derived activated carbon foam. In: Carbon 2016, Penn State University, (). 10-15 July 2016.

  • Niya, Arash Arami, Rufford, Thomas, Birkett, Greg and Zhu, Zhonghua (2016). Equilibrium capacity of He, N2 and CO2 on Ga-rich PST-1 zeolite at 303 K and pressures up to 5000 kPa. In: 12th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption (FOA12), Friedrichshafen, Germany, (). 29 May-3 June 2016.

  • Chua, Aaron, Rufford, Thomas, Arami-Niya, Arash, Rose, Erika and Gildfind, David (2016). Evaluation of a pressure-swing adsorption process for recovery of helium from a laboratory shock-tunnel facility. In: 12th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption (FOA12), Friedrichshafen, Germany, (). 29 May - 3 June 2016.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Yangyang Wen, Wang, Lianzhou and Hulicova-Jurcakova, Denisa (2016). Nitrogen and phosphorous doped graphene nanosheets for supercapacitors. In: Curtin-UQ Workshop on Nanostructured Electromaterials for Energy, Perth, (). 18-19 January 2016.

  • Saleman, Thomas L., Li, Gang (Kevin), Rufford, Thomas, Stanwix, Paul and May, Eric F. (2015). Capture of of low grade methane from nitrogen gas using dual-reflux pressure swing adsorption. In: Proceedings of the 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology. 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology, Xiamen, China, (). 24-27 September 2015.

  • Khan, Charwarwan, Ge, Lei, Mahoney, Shilo, Rufford, Tom, Rudolph, Victor, Steel, Karen, Towler, Brian and Honari, Vahab (2015). Coal bed methane reservoir simulation study. In: Abstracts of AAPG Asia Pacific Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, (). 12-13 February 2015.

  • Mahoney, Shilo, Rudolph, Victor, Rufford, Thomas E., Steel, Karen, Yu, Kai and Rodrigues, Sandra (2015). Creation of micro channels in Bowen Basin coal using UV laser and reactive ion etching. In: Abstracts of AAPG Asia Pacific Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, (). 12-13 February 2015.

  • Ge, Lei, Khan, Charwarwan, Mohoney, Shilo, Rufford, Thomas and Rudolph, Victor (2015). Effects of effective stress changes on coal relative permeability. In: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourme, Australia, (). 27 September - 1 October 2015.

  • Arash Arami, Niya, Rufford, Thomas, Birkett, Greg and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015). High pressure adsorption measurement of helium and other gases on the type 4A zeolite. In: Proceedings of the 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology. 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology, Xiamen, China, (). 24-27 September 2015.

  • Ge, Lei, Khan, Charwarwan, Rufford, Thomas E. and Rudolph, Victor (2015). Measurements of gas-liquid relative permeability of Queensland coals. In: Abstracts of AAPG Asia Pacific Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, (). 12-13 February 2015.

  • Firouzi,Mahshid, Towler, Brian and Rufford, Thomas (2015). Mechanistic modelling of counter-current slug flows in vertical annuli. In: SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 9-11 November 2015. doi:10.2118/176885-MS

  • Mohoney, Shilo, Rufford, Thomas, Rudolph, Victor and Steel, Karen (2015). The effect of coal rank on wettability and capillary pressure in a single cleat. In: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourme, Australia, (). 27 September - 1 October 2015.

  • Shilo Mohoney, Rufford, Thomas, Anastasia Dmyterko, Rudolph, Victor and Karen Steel (2015). The effect of rank and lithotype on coal wettability and its application to coal relative permeability models. In: SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 9-11 November 2015. doi:10.2118/176870-MS

  • Ge, Lei, Guenot, Laetitia, Rufford, Thomas and Mohoney, Shilo (2014). Controlling fines in coal seam gas wells using MgO nanoparticles. In: Energy Future Conference 2014, Sydney, Australia, (). 3-5 November 2014.

  • Rufford, Thomas E., Watson, Guillaume C. Y., Saleman, Thomas L, Hofman, Paul S., Jensen, Nathan K. J and May, Eric F. M (2013). Adsorption equilibria and kinetics of methane + nitrogen mixtures on the activated carbon Norit RB3. In: Recent Advances in Nanotechnology-based Water Purification Methods. 2nd Workshop of the Nano4water Cluster, Chalkidiki, Greece, (14270-14281). 24-25 April 2012. doi:10.1021/ie401831u

  • Rufford, Thomas (2013). Emerging technologies for nitrogen rejection to upgrade sub-quality gas reserves. In: FutureGas, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 13-14 March 2013.

  • Patel, Archana, Rufford, Thomas E., Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2011). Selective catalytic reduction of NO by CO over CuO supported on SBA-15: Effect of CuO loading on the activity of catalysts. In: Special Issue on Selected Contributions of the Second International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials. 2nd International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials, Cancun, Mexico, (188-193). 16-20 August 2009. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2010.05.040

  • Patel, Archana, Shukla, Pradeep, Rufford, Thomas, Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2011). Study of nitric oxide (NO) reduction with carbon monoxide (CO) as reducing agent over copper oxide supported on mesoporous alumina and manganese oxide. In: Chemeca 2011 Proceedings. Chemeca 2011: Australasian, Sydney, Australia, (1-10). 18-21 September 2011.

  • Lu, Gaoqing, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2009). Mesoporous carbon from popcorn. In: Journal of physics. Condensed matter: Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. ICONN 2008: International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (). 25-29 February 2008.

  • Patel, Archana, Rufford, Thomas, Chen, Jiuling, Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2009). Mesoporous supported catalysts for NOx reduction. In: Engineering our future: Are we up to the challenge. CHEMECA 2009, Perth, Western Australia, (1-10). 27-30 September.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Jurcakova, Denisa, Cheng, Ching-Yuan, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2009). Supercapacitor electrodes of carbon derived from waste materials. In: International Green Energy NanoCarbon Conference 2009, Jeonju, South Korea, (). 3-6 November, 2009.

  • Rufford, T., Jurcakova, D., Fiset, E., Zhu, Z. and Lu, G. Q. (2009). Waste materials as precursors for supercapacitor electrodes. In: Engineering our future: Are we up to the challenge. CHEMECA 2009, Perth, Australia, (1-11). 27-30 September.

  • Thomas Rufford, Denisa Hulicova-Jurcakova, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2008). Electrochemical energy storage in carbon from waste coffee grounds. In: ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials Annual Conference 2008, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 5-7 November 2008.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Takagi, Hideyuki, Zhu, Zhonghua, Hatori, Hiraoki and Lu, Gaoqing (2007). Magnesium loaded carbon for hydrogen adsorption. In: Nanostructures for Electronics Energy and Environment (NanoE3), Couran Cove, Qld, Australia, (). 23-28 September, 2007.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2006). Mesoporous carbon fabricated with an alumina template. In: Australian National Science Graduate Conference Abstract and Paper Book. Australian National Science Graduates Conference, Manly, NSW, Australia, (). 26-28 May, 2006.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision