Our Researcher Conference 2021

August 5, 2021 - August 7, 2021

Welcome to Future Fuels CRC’s researcher conference for 2021. This year’s Future Fuels CRC Researcher Conference will focus on creating future opportunities and enabling the utilisation and commercialisation of our research. The conference is open to researchers participating in Future Fuels CRC projects and we will be joined by representatives from our industry and government participants.

Due to current COVID restrictions in Victoria this year’s conference will again be virtual, although we are planning some face-to-face opportunities for our researchers to come together later in 2021, when (hopefully!) restrictions will allow.

The conference is completely online and is now spread over four days to reduce the daily webinar load on participants.


Registration is available to all participants of Future Fuels CRC. Please use your organisation’s email address when registering so we can confirm your identity.

Register Here

Please note: if you already registered for the in-person event, your registration will be automatically carried over to the virtual conference.


Tuesday 3 August

9:30 – 10:15 Welcome and introduction to the future direction of Future Fuels CRC

David Norman, CEO
Prof. Shaun Coffey

10:30 – 12:45: Utilisation and Commercialisation of Intellectual Property

Professor Emmanuel Mastio
Dr Klaas van Alphen

Emmanuel and Klaas will present the Future Fuels CRC IP Commercialisation Initiative. It covers the fundamentals of IP and commercialisation case studies from the CRC research teams.


Wednesday 4 August

9:30 – 10:30 Student presentations

Methane Pyrolysis in Molten Media for Hydrogen Production (Mark McConnachie, Alister Sheil)

Novel H2/CH4 separation technology development (Leila Dehdari)

Planning of hydrogen-based multi-energy systems at urban level (Antonella De Corato)

11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent workshops

(please specify your workshop choice when registering)

1 – Project leaders workshop

Moderators: David Norman, CEO and Dr Klaas van Alphen

David and Klaas will moderate a session with the CRC’s research leaders around key administrative, operational and strategic aspects of the organisation.

2 – Researcher OS 2.0 – career frameworks

Moderator: Prof. Shaun Coffey

This session is provided as part of the Researcher OS 2.0 program for the postgraduate community in Future Fuels CRC. The session will:

    • Introduce models useful in understanding and planning a career
    • Discuss competency frameworks and how they can help in the identification of professional development needs and opportunities
    • Explore the concepts of practice and mastery in the context of the Guidelines for Researcher OS 2.0

1:30 – 2:30 Student presentations

Public willingness to make trade-offs in the development of a hydrogen industry in Australia (Nikki Dumbrell)

Tracking hydrogen attitudes through deliberation over time (Elliot Clarke)

Photocatalytic transformation of methane using Au9 clusters (Jenica Madridejos)

Visible light Photocatalyis (Thomas Small)


Thursday 5 August

9:30 – 10:30 Student presentations

Integrated Electricity-Gas-Hydrogen System Modelling for Future Fuel Scenario Analysis (Isam Saedi)

Numerical Modelling of Methane Pyrolysis within a Bubble Column Reactor(Nazgol Mehrabian)

Sound Generation by Hydrogen-Methane Premixed Flames (Jen Zen Ho)

Hydrogen fueled spark-ignition engine (Muhammad Manzoorm)

10:45 – 11:45 Student presentations

Compatibility of plastic piping with future fuels (Yuecheng Zhang)

Hydrogen production through pyrolysis of methane using a liquid metal (Reza Abdollahi)

Hydrogen embrittlement of pipeline steel, critical crack growth (Fahdul Chowdhury)

Hydrogen permeation through pipe walls and its effect on mechanical properties (Tariq Uddin)

11: 45 – 12:45 Future research directions

David Norman, CEO and Dr Klaas van Alphen

Klaas and David will lead a discussion on the future research needs identified through the Future Fuels CRC strategic planning process.


Friday 6 August

9:30 – 10:30 Student presentations

Low temperature hydrogen and methane separation technology (Jianing Yang)

Effect of Dopants on the Safety and Performance of Hydrogen Flames (Doug Proud)

Techno-economic modelling of fuel production processes using a solar-driven dual fluidized bed gasifier (Nguyet Ky Ngo)

10:45 – 11:15 Student presentations

Pipe steel cracking due to hydrogen embrittlement (Peng Zhang)

Microstructural effects on hydrogen embrittlement of high strength pipeline steels conventionally and additively manufactured (Sara Falahat)

11:15 – 12:00 Wrap up, thanks and closing address