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Hui Tong Chua

Professor Hui Tong Chua

Professor/Research Theme Leader (Geothermal Energy and Waste Heat Utilisation)
Energy, UWA Centre for

Contact details
Address
UWA Centre for Energy
The University of Western Australia (M050)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 1828
Email
huitong.chua@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BEng MEng PhD N.U. Singapore, CEng, CSci, MIChemE
Biography
Professor Dr Hui Tong Chua, PhD (NUS), M.Eng. (NUS), B.Eng (1st Class Hons, NUS), is Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering Program Chair at the University of Western Australia (UWA). His research interest covers Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Process Engineering and Waste Heat Utilisation. Seven of his international peer reviewed journal articles are among the top 1% percentile in the field of Engineering in terms of citation.

One of his key research achievements is the successful spinning off of his catalytic methane cracking technology, now known as the Hazer Process, as Hazer Group Ltd., which raised $5m in their Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:HZR) in November 2015.

Hui Tong is also a China Shanxi Province Hundred Man Distinguished Professor at the Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi Province, China.

Hui Tong holds a Ph.D., an M.Eng. and a B.Eng.(1st Class Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prior to joining UWA, Hui Tong was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Singapore.

Hui Tong's ResearcherID (Web of Science) is B-1317-2008.
Key research
Catalytic methane cracking technology
Waste heat driven desalination and evaporation technology
High flux bright light synthesis of nanoparticles.
Geothermal energy
Publications
Desalination and Distillation

Gordon, J.M., Chua, H.T. 2016, 'Thermodynamic perspective for the specific energy consumption of seawater desalination', Desalination, 386, pp. 13-18.

Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T., Boom, E., Nicoli, S., Rosenberg, S. 2016 'A novel low grade heat driven process to re-concentrate process liquor in alumina refineries', Hydrometallurgy, accepted on 8th January 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hydromet.2016.01.002

Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T., Boom, E., Nicoli, S., Rosenberg, S. 2016 'A novel flash boosted evaporation process for alumina refineries', Applied Thermal Engineering, 94, pp. 375-384.

Rahimi, B., May, J., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2015 'Thermo-economic analysis of two novel low grade sensible heat driven desalination processes', Desalination, 365, pp. 316-328.

Christ, A., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2015 'Boosted multi-effect distillation for sensible low-grade heat sources: A comparison with feed pre-heating multi-effect distillation', Desalination, 366, pp. 32-46.

Christ, A., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2014 'Application of the Boosted MED process for low-grade heat sources - A pilot plant', Desalination, 366, pp. 47-58.

Rahimi, B., Christ, A., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2014 'A novel process for low grade heat driven desalination', Desalination, 351, pp. 202-212. This work is featured in Science Network WA http://www.sciencewa.net.au/topics/technology-a-innovation/item/3096-waste-heat-utilised-in-desal-process on 1 Oct 2014.

Christ, A., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2014 'Thermodynamic optimisation of multi effect distillation driven by sensible heat sources', Desalination, 336, pp. 160-167.

Wang, X., Christ, A., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Hooman, K., Chua, H.T. 2011 'Low grade heat driven multi-effect distillation technology', Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 54, pp. 5497 – 5503.

Catalytic cracking of methane into hydrogen and graphitic carbons

Lu, H., Eggers, P.K., Gibson, C.T., Duan, X., Lamb, R.N., Raston, C.L., Chua, H.T. 2015 'Facile synthesis of electrochemically active Pt nanoparticle decorated carbon nano onions', New Journal of Chemistry, 39, pp. 915.

Goh, Y.A., Chen, X., Yasin, F.M., Eggers, P.K., Boulos, R.A., Wang, X., Chua, H.T., Raston, C.L. 2013 'Shear flow assisted decoration of carbon nano-onions with platinum nanoparticles', Chem. Commun., 49, pp. 5171-5173.

Yasin, F.M., Boulos, R.A., Hong, B.Y., Cornejo, A., Iyer, K.S., Gao, L., Chua, H.T., Raston, C.L. 2012 'Microfluidic size selective growth of palladium nano-particles on carbon nano-onions', Chem. Commun., 48, pp. 10102-10104.

Cornejo, A., Zhang, W., Gao, L., Varsani, R.R., Saunders, M., Swaminathan Iyer, K., Raston, C.L., Chua, H.T. 2011 'Methane to zero emission hydrogen with carbon captured as pure spheroidal nanomaterials', Chem. Eur. J., 17, pp. 9188 – 9192.

High flux bright light synthesis of nanoparticles

Lu, H.B., Woi, W.S., Tan, X.Y., Gibson, C.T., Chen, X.J., Raston, C.L., Gordon, J.M., Chua, H.T. 2015 'Synthesis of few-layer graphene by lamp ablation', Carbon, 94, pp. 349-351.

Lu, H., Boulos, R.A., Chan, B.C.Y., Gibson, C.T., Wang, X., Raston, C.L., Chua, H.T. 2014 'Carbon nanofibres from fructose using a light-driven high-temperature spinning disc processor', Chem. Commun., 50, pp. 1478.

Lu, H.B., Chan, B.C.Y., Wang, X.L., Chua, H.T., Raston, C.L., Albu-Yaron, A., Levy, M., Popowitz-Biro, R., Tenne, R., Feuermann, D., Gordon, J.M. 2013 'High-yield synthesis of silicon carbide nanowires by solar and lamp ablation', Nanotechnology, 24(33), Article Number: 335603.

Chan, B.C.Y., Wang, X., Lam, L.K.W., Gordon, J.M., Feuermann, D., Raston, C.L., Chua, H.T. 2012 'Light-driven high-temperature continuous-flow synthesis of TiO2 nano-anatase', Chem. Eng. J., 211-212, pp. 195-199.

Geothermal engineering

Regenauer-Lieb, K., Karrech, A., Chua, H.T., Poulet, T., Veveakis, M., Wellmann, F., Liu, J., Schrank, C., Gaede, O., Trefry, M.G., Ord, A., Hobbs, B., Metcalfe, G., Lester, D. 2013 'Chapter 17 - Entropic bounds for multi-scale and multi-physics coupling in earth sciences', in Beyond the Second Law, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Regenauer-Lieb, K., Bunger, A., Chua, H.T., Dyskin, A., Fusseis, F., Gaede, O., Jeffrey, R., Karrech, A., Kohl, T., Liu, J., Lyakhovsky, V., Pasternak, E., Podgorney, R., Poulet, T., Rahman, S., Schrank, C., Trefry, M., Veveakis, M., Wu, B., Yuen, D., Wellmann, F., Zhang, X. 2015 'Deep geothermal: the ‘Moon Landing’ mission in the unconventional energy and minerals space', Journal of Earth Science, 26(1), pp. 2-10.

Wang, X., Bierwirth, A., Christ, A., Whittaker, P., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2013 'Application of geothermal absorption air-conditioning system: A case study', Appl. Therm. Eng., 50, pp. 71-80.

Regenauer-Lieb, K., Karrech, A., Chua, H.T., Horowitz, F.G., Yuen, D. 2010 'Time-dependent, irreversible entropy production and geodynamics', Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 368, pp. 285-300. (Invited article)

Adsorption and Absorption science and engineering

Wang, X., He, Z., Chua, H.T. 2015 'Performance simulation of multi-bed silica gel-water adsorption chillers', International Journal of Refrigeration, 52, pp. 32-41.

Whittaker, P., Wang, X., Zimmerman, W., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2014 'Predicting the Integral Heat of Adsorption for Gas Physisorption on Microporous and Mesoporous Adsorbents', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(16), pp. 8350-5358.

Whittaker, P.B., Wang, X., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T. 2013 'Predicting isosteric heats for gas adsorption', Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, pp. 473-482.

Wang, X., Lee, B., Chua, H.T. 2012 'Methane Desorption and Adsorption Measurements on Activated Carbon in (281 to 343) K and Pressures to 1.2 MPa', J. Therm. Anal. Calorim., 110(3), pp. 1475-1485.

Wang, X., French, J., Kandadai, S., Chua, H.T. 2010 'Adsorption measurements of methane on activated carbon in the temperature range (281 to 343) K and pressures to 1.2 MPa', J. Chem. Eng. Data, 55(8), pp. 2700-2706.

Wang, X., Chua, H.T., Gao, L. 2007, 'A Thermogravimetric Analyzer For Condensable Gas Adsorption Under Subatmospheric Conditions ', Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 90, pp. 935-940.

Wang, X., Chua, H.T. 2007, 'Two bed silica gel - water adsorption chillers: An effectual lumped parameter model', International Journal of Refrigeration, 30(8), pp. 1417-1426.

Wang, X., Chua, H.T. 2007, 'A comparative evaluation of two different heat-recovery schemes as applied to a two-bed adsorption chiller', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 50, pp. 433-443.

Wang, X., Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C. 2005, 'Experimental investigation of silica gel-water adsorption chillers with and without a passive heat recovery scheme', International Journal of Refrigeration, 28, pp. 756-765.

Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C., Wang, W., Yap, C., Wang, X. 2004, 'Transient modeling of a two-bed silica gel-water adsorption chiller', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 47, pp. 659-669.

Saha, B.B., Koyama, S., Kashiwagi, T., Akisawa, A., Ng, K.C., Chua, H.T. 2003, 'Waste heat driven dual-mode, multi-stage, multi-bed regenerative adsorption system', International Journal of Refrigeration, 26, pp. 749-757.

Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C., Chakraborty, A., Oo, N.M., Othman, M.A. 2002, 'Adsorption characteristics of silica gel + water systems', Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 47, pp. 1177-1181.

Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C., Malek, A., Kashiwagi, T., Akisawa, A., Saha, B.B. 2001, 'Multi-bed regenerative adsorption chiller - improving the utilization of waste heat and reducing the chilled water outlet temperature fluctuation', International Journal of Refrigeration, 24, pp. 124-136.

Ng, K.C., Chua, H.T., Chung, C.Y., Loke, C.H., Kashiwagi, T., Akisawa, A., Saha, B.B. 2001, 'Experimental investigation of the silica gel-water adsorption isotherm characteristics', Applied Thermal Engineering, 21, pp. 1631-1642.

Chua, H.T., Toh, H.K., Malek, A., Ng, K.C., Srinivasan, K. 2000 'Improved thermodynamic property fields of LiBr-H2O solutions', Int. J. Refrig., 23(6), pp. 412-429.

Chua, H.T., Toh, H.K., Malek, A., Ng, K.C., Srinivasan, K. 2000 'A general thermodynamic framework for understanding the behaviour of absorption chillers', Int. J. Refrig., 23(7), pp. 491-507.

Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C., Malek, A., Kashiwagi, T., Akisawa, A., Saha, B.B. 1999 'Modeling the performance of two-bed, silica gel-water adsorption chillers', Int. J. Refrig., 22, pp. 194-204.

Process control in wafer lithography

Tay, A., Chua, H.T., Wang, Y., Yang, G., Ho, W.K. 2013 'Modeling and real-time control of multi-zone thermal processing system for photoresist processing', Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52(13), pp. 4805-4814.

Tay, A., Chua, H.T., Wang, Y., Ngo, Y. 2010 'Equipment design and control of advanced thermal processing module in lithography', IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, 57(3), pp. 1112-1119.

Chua, H.T., Tay, A., Wang, Y. 2009 'Integrated bake/chill system for across-wafer temperature uniformity control in photoresist processing', J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 27(3), pp. 1211-1214.

Chua, H.T., Tay, A., Wang, Y., Wu, X. 2009 'A heater plate assisted bake/chill system for photoresist processing in photolithography', Appl. Therm. Eng., 29(5-6), pp. 985-997.

Tay, A., Chua, H.T., Wu, X. 2007, 'A lamp thermoelectricity based integrated bake/chill system for photoresist processing', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 50, pp. 580-594.

Thermodynamics of thermoelectric and solid state chillers

Chua, H.T., Wang, X. 2004, 'Thermionic and tunneling cooling thermodynamics', Applied Physics Letters, 84(20), pp. 3999-4001.

Xuan, X.C., Ng, K.C., Yap, C., Chua, H.T. 2002, 'Optimization and thermodynamic understanding of conduction-cooled Peltier current leads', Cryogenics, 42, pp. 141-145.

Xuan, X.C., Ng, K.C., Yap, C., Chua, H.T. 2002, 'Optimization of two-stage thermoelectric coolers with two design configurations', Energy Conversion and Management, 43, pp. 2041-2052.

Xuan, X.C., Ng, K.C., Yap, C., Chua, H.T. 2002, 'A general model for studying effects of interface layers on thermoelectric devices performance', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 45, pp. 5159-5170.

Xuan, X.C., Ng, K.C., Yap, C., Chua, H.T. 2002, 'The maximum temperature difference and polar characteristic of two-stage thermoelectric coolers', Cryogenics, 42, pp. 273-278.

Chua, H.T., Ng, K.C., Xuan, X.C., Yap, C., Gordon, J.M. 2001, 'Temperature-entropy formulation of thermoelectric thermodynamic cycles', Physical Review E, 65, 056111, pp. 1-6.
Languages
English
Mandarin Chinese
Cantonese Chinese
Memberships
MIChemE, CEng, CSci
Honours and awards
Bachelor of Technology Engineering Educator Award 2001/2002, National University of Singapore

2002/2003 University-level Excellent Teachers Listing – ranked among the top 6.3%, National University of Singapore

2003/2004 Honors-list certificate for dedication to teaching, National University of Singapore

2006 2nd Runner Up of the Western Australia Inventor of the Year Award (Research Organisation Category); awarded for methane to hydrogen technology

2010 Commendation Award for Teaching Excellence (Individual Teaching) by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia

2010 Award for Teaching Excellence (Individual Teaching) by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia

2011 Shanxi Government Specially Appointed Expert under the Shanxi (China) Hundred Man Program

2013 Joint winner with Trevor Powell of Impacts Buildings Pty. Ltd. in the “Backyard Category” of The Australian Innovation Challenge for “Solar Desalination”
Previous positions
Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore (1999-2004)

Senior Tutor, National University of Singapore (1998-1999)

Professional Officer, National University of Singapore (1993-1996)
Patents
Bijan Rahimi, Alexander Christ, HT Chua, "System and method for desalination", WO 2015/154142.

HT Chua, Klaus Regenauer-Lieb and X Wang, “A desalination plant”, WO 2012/003525, US 2013/0153398.

HT Chua, L Gao, CL Raston and A Cornejo, “Process for producing hydrogen from hydrocarbons”, WO 2011/029144, US 2012/0258374. Technology licensed to Hazer Group Ltd. in 2010.

HT Chua, H Wang, SCC Leung, TH Wee, KK Phoon and WJ Ng, “Leak tight joint and method, and levelling polymer for providing a smooth surface on a concrete body being jointed”, WO 2004/031500, AU 2003/299151.

HT Chua, KC Ng, A Malek, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "A regenerative adsorption process and multi-reactor regenerative adsorption chiller." US6490875 (2002, Granted), Singapore Patent 82589 (2003, Granted), European Patent 1140314, JP 2003511641. Technology licensed to Cyclect Holdings Pte Ltd in Singapore in 2003 and then to Advon Singapore Pte Ltd in 2009.

TH Wee, HT Chua and WJ Ng, “A vessel for use in multi-effect distillation and/or separation processes”, WO/2001/061709, AU 2000/028417, TW 495366 (Granted), GC 0000269 (Granted).
Teaching
ENSC2002 Energy

ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
Current external positions
China Shanxi Province Hundred Man Distinguished Professor at the Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi Province, China.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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