Dr Anthony Stickland

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.12
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Solid-Liquid Separation
  • Suspension Rheology

Personal webpage



Research Area: Environmental Engineering

Water purification
Water and waste water processing and recycling
Sustainable Technologies 

Research Area: Materials & Minerals Engineering

Flow process modelling
Solid-liquid separations
Tailings management 

Anthony’s primary research area is the flow and deformation (or rheology) of particulate suspensions. The suspension may be under a shear load such as in pipe flow and flow down a slope, or under a compressional load such as in filtration and centrifugation. Current areas of research involve solid-liquid separation processes in a wide range of industries including mineral processing, water treatment, waste-water treatment and bio-sludges. Work is continuing on the development and validation of experimental characterisation methods and modelling tools for sedimentation, thickening, filtration, centrifugation, drying and evaporation applications. An important strategic goal is to incorporate shear effects into characterisation methods and dewatering models, thereby enabling optimisation of complex dewatering processes that involve combined shear and compressional loads such as cross-flow filtration, raked thickening, decanting centrifugation and thin film drying.

Academic Teaching
• Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
• Particle Mechanics and Processing
• Industry Project

Recent publications

  1. Hofgen E, Kuehne S, Peuker UA, Stickland A. A comparison of filtration characterisation devices for compressible suspensions using conventional filtration theory and compressional rheology. POWDER TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 346. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2019.01.056
  2. Hammerich S, Gleiss M, Stickland A, Nirschl H. A computationally-efficient method for modelling the transient consolidation behavior of saturated compressive particulate networks. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 220. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.03.060
  3. Krysiak-Baltyn K, Cavalida R, Thwaites B, Reeve PJ, Scales P, Van Den Akker B, Ong L, Martin G, Stickland A, Gras S. Comparison of physical characteristics and dewatering behaviour between granular and floccular sludges generated from the same sewage source. Journal of Water Processing Engineering. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 29. DOI: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2019.100785
  4. Hofgen E, Collini D, Batterham R, Scales P, Stickland A. High pressure dewatering rolls: Comparison of a novel prototype to existing industrial technology. Chemical Engineering Science. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 205. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2019.03.080
  5. Ekanayake NIK, Berry J, Stickland A, Muir IL, Dower SK, Harvie D. Lift and Drag forces on a particle near a wall at low Reynolds numbers. Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2018. 2018.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Burger W, Krysiak-Baltyn K, Scales P, Martin G, Stickland A, Gras S. The influence of protruding filamentous bacteria on floc stability and solid-liquid separation in the activated sludge process. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 123. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.063
  10. Knight A, SofrÀ F, Stickland A, Scales P, Lester D, Buscall R. Variability of shear yield stress – measurement and implications for mineral processing. 20th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings. 2017. Editors: Wu A, Jewell R, Wu A, Jewell R.
  11. Quezada G, Jeldres RI, Goni C, Toledo PG, Stickland A, Scales P. Viscoelastic behaviour of flocculated silica sediments in concentrated monovalent chloride salt solutions. MINERALS ENGINEERING. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 110. DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2017.04.017
  12. Skinner S, Stickland A, White L, Lester DR, Usher S, Scales P. Analysis of Centrifugal Settling of Strongly Flocculated Suspensions. 12th World Filtration Congress (WFC). 2016.
  13. Stickland A, Skinner S, Scales P. Compressive rheology of biofouling: application to membrane bioreactors. FILTECH 2016. 2016.
  14. Krysiak-Baltyn K, Martin G, Stickland A, Scales P, Gras S. Computational models of populations of bacteria and lytic phage. CRITICAL REVIEWS IN MICROBIOLOGY. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2016, Vol. 42, Issue 6. DOI: 10.3109/1040841X.2015.1114466
  15. Stickland A. Fast or slow filtering suspensions – a general approach to optimising constant pressure batch filtration. FILTECH 2016. 2016.

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