Flow, Aerosols and Thermal Energy (FATE) Research Group

The Flow, Aerosols and Thermal Energy Research Group (FATE) is an energetic and driven team of researchers with expertise in a broad range of science and engineering fields. Our research focus is in three areas including thermal energy, environmental emissions, and biomedical and bio-fluids.

About us

Collectively, the FATE group has more than 20 years of industry combined experience. With a range of diverse skills, we aim to provide research, engineering and technology solutions.

Our achievements over the past decade have included $18.6m of research and industry income, 32 patent families, over 390 journal papers, peer-reviewed conference papers and consulting reports, and 18 completed higher degrees by research.

Research areas

Thermal energy

Activities covered by this research area include:

  • innovative low emissions technologies – hydrogen and hydrogen-in-mix flameless combustion, advanced low-emission burners and ultra-lean premixed combustion
  • alternative fuels – green hydrogen production. Biomass (sawdust, wood, waste and form other fuels) that are nominally carbon-neutral, for cleaner combustion. Coal, wood and agricultural waste streams conversion into bio-diesel, ethanol, or dimethyl ether
  • energy efficiency – active aerodynamics controls and mitigation of the onset of turbulent flows for the reduction in energy use
  • wind energy – studies focusing on noise reduction, innovative blade design.

Environmental emissions

Activities in this research area include:

  • aerosol formation – combustion systems and atmospheric aerosols
  • test and evaluation and measurements of direct emissions, aged emissions and atmospheric measurements, and indoor and outdoor air quality studies
  • toxicity of airborne particulate matter
  • emission monitoring using inexpensive sensors (PM2.5, NOx, COx, O3) for personal exposure
  • motor and shipping transport emission formation and evaluation under real operating conditions.

Biomedical and bio-fluids

Activities covered by this research area include:

  • medical inhalers – research, modelling and design
  • aerosol transport and deposition mechanisms, sampling processes and technologies
  • filtration technologies
  • spray technologies and spray drying
  • pulmonary and nasal aerosol transport and deposition
  • haemodynamic research – focusing on the cardiovascular system
  • hypothermia/hyperthermia research – modelling and mitigation technology.

Research training opportunities

Mentoring higher degree by research (HDR) candidates and post-doctoral fellows in our core research themes is another key focus of the group. We offer a ‘boutique-style’ supervision and mentoring to our PhD candidates, post-doctoral and early-career researchers. This also includes training in industry-engagement practices and research and engineering leadership.

If you're interested in undertaking research studies with us, please contact a member of our team listed below to discuss a potential topic of interest. You can also read our information about being a research degree student at Deakin.

Learn more about becoming a research degree student at Deakin

Contact us

For more information about FATE, please contact Associate Professor Farid Christo.

Email A/Prof Farid Christo