Dr Tara Congo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


2003 - 2006 Bachelor of Photonics and Nanoscience (Hons 1), Griffith University.

2008 - 2009 Graduate Certificate in Research Management, Southern Cross University.

2007 - 2014 Ph.D. Griffith University. Title: Adsorption of CO2 by coal and activated carbon: A study using in-situ small angle X-ray scattering and sorption manometry.

2018 - 2021 Research Assistant, The University of Queensland.

2021 - present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland.

My current research examines the coal to coke transition and potential additives for a more environmentally sustainable coke product for steel-making applications. I primarily use the techniques of petrography, rheometry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and small-angle X-ray scattering to study the composition, thermoplastic properties, volatile release behaviour and pore structure of the coals.

Main collaborators: Vale, Anglo American, School of Chemical Engineering (UQ).


  • Bachelor of Science, Griffith University
  • Grad Cert of Research Management & Comercialisatio, Southern Cross University
  • Bachelor of Photonics and Nanascience, Griffith University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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