School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Chemicals, Fuels and Energy

Chemical engineering studies the industrial steps and processes to treat raw materials so that they become products.

At the same time, environmental consciousness, economic and management skills, engineering principles, philosophy and scientific knowledge have to be recognised.

Opportunities for studies into chemical engineering in Western Australia include:

  • energy and environment, cheap and clean power
  • high-temperature manufacturing
  • waste management, emission control
  • petroleum and petrochemicals
  • chemical manufacturing
  • minerals processing and metallurgy
  • biochemical and food engineering
  • sustainable development.

Research activites

The research activities listed here will take you to the Centre for Energy website:

Natural gas
Australia's natural gas industry has continued to expand in terms of both volumes transported and markets sold to in the past two decades.
There is a continuing need for research into the more efficient production and refining of petroleum, the most commonly used transport fuel.
Coal and biomass
Biogas and biomass each offer new ways to harness the energy from certain materials and produce fuels particularly for industrial and commercial purposes.
Marine and subsea
Deep sea environments can be very harsh and pose many challenges to floating structures such as offshore oil rigs.
Future energy
Current concerns about peak oil and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels mean that there is a strong focus on future energy sources.
Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy research in Western Australia is leading an energy revolution which could help alleviate the global crises in resources and our future environment.

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Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 3:26 PM