Professor Peter Scales

Research interests

  • Compressive and shear rheology
  • Electrokinetics
  • Flocculation (Aggregate structure)
  • Hydrometallurgy and nanoparticle synthesis and dispersion
  • Particulate flow and particulate (colloidal) interfacial phenomena (Rheology)
  • Separations using thickening, filtration and centrifugation
  • Water and waste water processing (Membrane fouling)
  • Water quality and recycle


Prof Peter Scales is Director of Engagement in the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre. His research interests are in the area of slurry flow, molecular adsorption, particle dispersion and manufacture, particle flocculation and separations technologies. The application space of his work is to separations and processing in the mining, water, waste water and pharmaceuticals industries where both water recycle and transport of wastes are major issues. In addition to his research interests, he is on the editorial board of four journals, is a Fellow of IChemE and Engineers Australia and has won prizes for both his teaching and research.

Recent publications

  1. Nadgorny M, Collins J, Xiao Z, Scales P, Connal L. 3D-printing of dynamic self-healing cryogels with tuneable properties. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1039/c7py01945a
  2. Wijesinghe T, Dassanayake K, Sommer SG, Scales P, Chen D. Biogas Improvement by Adding Australian Zeolite During the Anaerobic Digestion of C:N Ratio Adjusted Swine Manure. Waste and Biomass Valorization. Springer. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s12649-018-0210-4
  3. Cao B, Zhang W, Du Y, Wang R, Usher S, Scales P, Wang D. Compartmentalization of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) solubilization and cake microstructure in relation to wastewater sludge dewatering behavior assisted by horizontal electric field: Effect of operating conditions. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 130. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.11.060
  4. Law SQK, Halim R, Scales P, Martin G. Conversion and recovery of saponifiable lipids from microalgae using a nonpolar solvent via lipase-assisted extraction. 2nd International Conference on Alternative Fuels and Energy (ICAFE). Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 260. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.03.129
  5. Wijesinghe D, Dassanayake K, Scales P, Chen D. Developing an anaerobic digester with external Zeolite filled column for enhancing methane production from swine manure‚ÄďA feasibility study. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes. 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1080/03601234.2018.1480164
  6. Wijesinghe T, Dassanayake K, Scales P, Sommer SG, Chen D. Effect of Australian zeolite on methane production and ammonium removal during anaerobic digestion of swine manure. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 6, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2018.01.028
  7. Law SQK, Mettu S, Ashokkumar M, Scales P, Martin G. Emulsifying properties of ruptured microalgae cells: Barriers to lipid extraction or promising biosurfactants?. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 170. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2018.06.047
  8. Stickland A, Skinner S, Cavalida R, Scales P. Optimisation of filter design and operation for wastewater treatment sludge. 12th World Filtration Congress (WFC). Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 198. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.01.070
  9. Skinner S, Stickland A, Scales P. Predicting Transmembrane Pressure Rise from Biofouling Layer Compressibility and Permeability. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 41, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201700117
  10. Wijesinghe T, Dassanayake K, Scales P, Sommer SG, Chen D. Removal of excess nutrients by Australian zeolite during anaerobic digestion of swine manure. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND HEALTH PART A-TOXIC/HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2017.1401398
  11. Kundu P, Kumar V, Scales P, Mishra IM. Synergistic Influence of pH and Temperature on Rheological Behavior of Adhesive Emulsions Stabilized with Micelle Dispersion of an Anionic Surfactant. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. 2018. DOI: 10.1002/jsde.12220
  12. Allinson M, Kadokami K, Shiraishi F, Nakajima D, Zhang J, Knight A, Gray SR, Scales P, Allinson G. Wastewater recycling in Antarctica: Performance assessment of an advanced water treatment plant in removing trace organic chemicals. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.020
  13. Northcott K, Bartlett S, Sheehan D, Snape I, Scales P, Gray S. Water quality risk management strategies for remote operations. WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-WATER SUPPLY. IWA Publishing. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 2. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2017.130
  14. Law S, Chen B, Scales P, Martin G. Centrifugal recovery of solvent after biphasic wet extraction of lipids from a concentrated slurry of Nannochloropsis sp biomass. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2017.04.016
  15. Krysiak-Baltyn K, Martin G, Stickland A, Scales P, Gras S. Simulation of phage dynamics in multi-reactor models of complex wastewater treatment systems. BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 122. DOI: 10.1016/j.bej.2016.10.011

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