Matthew Hopkins commenced his PhD in 2018 following on from a Master’s degree in chemical engineering obtained in 2017 at the University of Western Australia. His project focusses on developing new microwave-based sensors that aim to improve the operability and reliability of industrial processes related to liquefied natural gas production (LNG). Specifically, the detection of cryogenic solid impurities which, at very low concentrations (< 20 ppm), can cause blockages resulting in adverse financial and safety implications. The future outcome of his research is the commercialisation of a sensor that could be implemented in LNG plants and provide real time assessment of the freeze-out risk which is currently not possible.
PhD Title: Investigation of phase behaviour in natural gas fluids using microwave cavity techniquesBack to Our People