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Dr Thomas Rainey

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering

Personal

Name
Dr Thomas Rainey
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
Discipline *
Chemical Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 1977
Fax
+61 7 3138 4132
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
LinkedIn
Qualifications

Doctor of Philsophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (University of Adelaide)

Professional memberships
and associations

IChemE Brisbane – QUT University Liaison Officer

President – Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association (APPITA) Queensland Section

Academic Liaison – Process Engineering Student Society

Keywords

bagasse, microalgae, biofuel, non-wood, biodiesel, thermochemical, paper, pulp, HTL, liquefaction

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Tom Rainey is a Process Engineer Key research areas:

  • Process Engineering and Energy relating to biomass
  • Biofuels for diesel engine testing
  • Pulp and paper- areas: sugarcane bagasse, paper formation, soda pulping and property testing
  • Biomass processing technology
  • Sugar production
  • Technoeconomic evaluation
  • Process modelling (e.g. Aspen)

Following his undergraduate training was at Adelaide University, Tom moved to Mount Gambier in regional South Australia to work at Kimberly Clark Australia where he trained in pulp and paper engineering. Following this, he worked for the Sugar Research Institute in Mackay with a focus on value added products from sugarcane bagasse as well as raw sugar production. In 2005, his position was transferred to QUT and researchers from the Sugar Research Institute were relocated to Brisbane. During this time, Dr Rainey completed his PhD in 2009 (the fastest completion by a scholarship recipient from the Sugar Research and Development Corporation). He continued as a Research Fellow until 2012 and commenced a tenured (permanent) appointment in 2013 with the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering in the Energy and Process Engineering Discipline.

PhD opportunities: There are opportunities to work in Dr. Rainey’s Process Engineering group. Applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Rainey to discuss potential projects. Dr. Rainey leads a program investigating the production and refinement of biofuels for performance testing in the Biofuels Engine Research Facility (BERF; A/Prof. Richard Brown). https://www.qut.edu.au/research/research-projects/biofuel-engine-research-facility

Consulting:Dr. Rainey is available for consulting.   

Grants:$2.84 million (Cat 1) in such fields as:

  • Pulp/fertiliser production from sugarcane bagasse
  • Filtration of sugar factory mud
  • Bagasse paper formation and filtration
  • Process modelling
  • Government policy review

Funding providers:

  • Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC)
  • Sugar Research Australia (SRA)
  • Regional Industries Research Development Corporation (RIRDC)
  • Australian Bureau of Agriculture, Resource Economics and Science (ABARES)
  • Queensland Government Office of the Premier
  • Sugar Research Limited (SRL)
  • Bluebox

External partners:

  • Monash University- Australian Pulp and Paper Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute, India
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • SCION, New Zealand
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Hong Kong City University

Awards:

  • VC Excellence Award nomination, Innovation in Teaching & Cross Faculty (Business School), 2015
  • Bluebox Fellowship, BIO World Congress Fellowship, 2014
  • Teaching Innovation Challenge Award (Business & Engineering), 2014
  • Tenure, 2013
  • ABARES Young Scientist Award Winner, 2011

Publications http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Rainey,_Thomas.html

This information has been contributed by Dr Thomas Rainey.

Teaching

Tom has been instrumental in delivering the new Process Engineering major through curriculum design and unit delivery. Subject areas include

  • Process Engineering
  • Operations Management
  • Process Economics
  • Heat and Mass Tranfer
  • Process Modelling
  • Biofuels

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Teaching Innovation Challenge Winner (cross-faculty)

This information has been contributed by Dr Thomas Rainey.

Experience

Professional Experience: 

  • 2013 to present Tenured Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, Energy and Process Engineering Discipline in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • 2005 to 2012 Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, QUT
  • 2003 to 2005 Research Engineer, Sugar Research Institute (SRI), Mackay, Queensland
  • 2000 to 2003 Process Technologist, Kimberly – Clark, Millicent Paper Mill and Tantanoola Pulp Mill, South Australia

Grants:$2.84 million (Cat 1) in such fields as:

  • Pulp/fertiliser production from sugarcane bagasse
  • Filtration of sugar factory mud
  • Bagasse paper formation and filtration
  • Process modelling
  • Government policy review

PhD opportunities: There are opportunities to work in Dr. Rainey’s Process Engineering group. Applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Rainey to discuss potential projects. Dr. Rainey leads a program investigating the production and refinement of biofuels for performance testing in the Biofuels Engine Research Facility (BERF; A/Prof. Richard Brown). https://www.qut.edu.au/research/research-projects/biofuel-engine-research-facility

 

External collaborations (industry)

  • Australian sugarcane industry (range of companies and organisations)
  • Australian pulp and paper industry (range of companies and organisations)
  • Envirofibre- Diversification of sugarcane for new products, Babinda

External collaborations (academic)

  • Monash University- Australian Pulp and Paper Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute, India
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • SCION, New Zealand
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Hong Kong City University
This information has been contributed by Dr Thomas Rainey.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Young Scientist of the Year Innovation Award

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Process for making bagasse paper pulp (4029)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT053
Start year
2012
Keywords
Bagasse; Biomass; Paper; Pulp; Sugarcane
Title
Flocculation and Sedimentation of Slow Settling Mud and Mud Cake Conditioning(4055)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT056
Start year
2012
Keywords
Clarification; Clays; Flocculation; Juice; Sugar Manufacture
Title
Evaluate Brazilian mud filtration technology to increase the profitability and environmental performance of Australian factories (3959/3960)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT048
Start year
2011
Keywords
Cake Moisture; Mud Filtration; Retention; Rotary Vacuum Filtration; Technopulp
Title
Advanced Computer Simulation of Sugar Factories - SysCAD (3874)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT040
Start year
2010
Keywords
Mass Balances; Energy Balances; Process Simulation; Computer Simulation; Process Flowsheet
Title
The Production of Biofuels and Value added Co-products from the Thermochemical Processing of Sugarcane Bagasse (3836)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT036
Start year
2009
Keywords
Thermochemical Processing; Sugarcane Bagasse; Biofuels; Platform Chemicals
Title
Low Moisture Mill Mud for Cost Effective Return to Cane Fields (also includes Clarification of A Molasses)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SRI134
Start year
2005
Keywords
Cane Mud; Moisture; Centrifugal; Belt Filter; Decanter
Title
Opportunities for the Australian Sugar Industry in Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Carbon Trading (3866)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT027
Start year
2009
Keywords
LCA; Sugar; Bagasse; Emissions Trading; Renewable; Energy
Title
The 2006 Appita Conference - Value Adding Of Bagasse
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT006
Start year
2006
Keywords
Bagasse; Pulp; Paper
Title
Improving the cost-effectiveness of mud filtration through modern technology
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT012
Start year
2006
Keywords
Sugar; Mud; Transport
Title
SIRE #5 - Crystallisation Rates In Pilot Vacuum Pan
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SRI123
Start year
2005
Keywords
Crystallisation; Sugar Manufacture; Growth Rates; Growth Dispersion; Vacuum Pan

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