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  Dr Steven Wang
BEng (University of Melbourne)




Steven Wang obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from The University of Melbourne, Australia. In CSIRO (the federal research body in Australia) fluid mechanics and chaos laboratories, Steven's PhD concerned the motion of inertial particles in chaotic flow, externally supervised by Prof David V Boger (FRS). Steven joined CSIRO as an experimental scientist in 2008 and developed expertise on natural gas processing, fluid mechanics as well as complex control systems. While at CSIRO, his projects were funded by some major international energy, minerals and water companies.


Upon completion of his PhD, Steven started his first postdoc and studied a Leidenfrost effect at Prof. Gareth H McKinley's non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He did his second postdoc with Prof. Erich Windhab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was working on food processing, a levitation physics as well as bubbly flow.  While at ETH, he was also a project manager for an industrial project looking at mixing of shear-sensitive fruits in non-Newtonian fluids. In addition, he was investigating a novel fluidization technology for sterilization of food powders.


At Newcastle, Steven is working on a levitation physics, bubbly flow, particle-laden flow, food processing as well as multiphase mixing. Steven is presently collaborating with fluids groups from the USA (including MIT and Princeton University), Food Processing Group at ETH, Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group at ETH,  Flow Control Group at Hokkaido University, Transport Phenomena Group at Kobe University, and CSIRO Fluid and Energy Groups at Australia. Steve is presently supervising ETH students on two fundamental projects.


Steven was Victoria Fellow (2014) -- 18k, winner of ETH seed grant (2016) -- 50k, awardee of a prestigious VictoriaPostdoc Fellowship for MIT postdoc training (2015-2017) --300k (6 awardees in total), CSIRO OCE Postdoc Fellowship (2014-2016)--300k.  He also managed to obtain grants that are relevant to industrial applications, including JRE 2012, and JRE 2013. He obtained best scientific image award, 2nd place, in annual conference organized by Competence Center for Materials and Processes ETH (2016). In 2013, he was given a Sumitomo industrial funding to visit Sumitomo Heavy Industry in Japan. In August 2016, he was the keynote speaker at ACOM2016 conference held at Tendo, Japan. In April 2016, he was the invited guest speaker at WINTech2016 held at Kobe, Japan.


Research Interests

  • Bubbly flow, Inertial Particles, Chaotic Flow

  • PM2.5, Particulate Flow, Materials

  • Leidenfrost, Levitation Physics

  • Food Processing, Mixing, PTV 




List of publications available here.


Contact details


Tel: +44 (0)191 208 8282




 Last modified: 02-Jun-2017