Dr Greg Perkins

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

Dr. Perkins has a diverse background in developing and commercialising technologies in the areas of oil and gas production, refining/petrochemicals and renewable energy generation. His research interests include the development of waste and biomass gasification, coal gasification, the processing of lignocellulosic materials to produce biofuels and the application new techniques to improve oil and gas recovery from unconventional resources. He is also interested in technology strategy and commercialisation.

Dr. Perkins has expertise and experience in technology development from fundamental and applied research, through concept design to commissioning and operations of large scale plants. He applies laboratory and pilot plant testing, modelling (process, computational fluid dynamic, reservoir) and techno-economic analyses to guide the development and scale-up of new technology concepts.

Dr. Perkins has degrees in Science and Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, a PhD in modeling of gasification from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and an Executive MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles/National University of Singapore.

Dr. Perkins is the co-founder of several start-up companies in the energy domain and an inventor/co-inventor on over 14 separate patent families. Dr. Perkins has previously worked for a range of multi-national corporations including ABB, Rio Tinto and Shell International and several entrepreneurial organisations, mostly in research and technology development, design and production roles across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.

Research Interests

  • Biofuels
    Conversion of wastes and biomass into renewable fuels via pyrolysis, liquefaction and gasification and catalytic synthesis.
  • Techno-economic analysis
    Application of techno-economic analyses to optimise energy technologies and energy systems
  • Modelling
    Application of process, computational fluid dynamic and reservoir modelling to optimise the design of energy systems.
  • Gasification & Hydrogen
    Conversion of carbonaceous materials, such as wastes, biomass and coal into synthesis gas and hydrogen using gasification.
  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
    Development of novel EOR techniques for unconventional resources including coal, shale, heavy oil and bitumen. Application of thermal EOR methods.

Research Impacts

The risks of climate change and the development of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar is leading to the transformation of the energy sector, which will continue for decades to come. Together with electric vehicles, renewables are catalysing major changes in how society generates and consumes energy. Dr. Perkins works on developing improved technologies within the energy sector to increase functionality and to reduce costs and environmental impacts. His research focus is largely on optimisation of future energy systems to better utilise waste feedstocks such as municipal solid waste and biomass, on the integration of intermittent renewables and improving fossil-fuel extraction, refining and utilisation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University
  • Master of Business Administration, National University of Singapore
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

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