Dr Anthony Stickland

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.24
  • 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. 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
  2. Skinner SJ, 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Stickland A, Skinner S, Scales P. Compressive rheology of biofouling: application to membrane bioreactors. FILTECH 2016. 2016.
  9. 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
  10. Stickland A. Fast or slow filtering suspensions – a general approach to optimising constant pressure batch filtration. FILTECH 2016. 2016.
  11. Stickland A, Irvin E, Skinner S, Scales P, Hawkey A, Kaswalder F. Filter Press Performance for Fast-Filtering Compressible Suspensions. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Vol. 39, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201500354
  12. Alharthi K, Christianto Y, Aguiar A, Stickland A, Stevens G, Kentish S. Impact of Fly Ash on the Membrane Performance in Postcombustion Carbon Capture Applications. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 16. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b00312
  13. Rahim M, Bjornmalm A, Suma T, Faria M, Ju Y, Kempe K, Muellner M, Ejima H, Stickland A, Caruso F. Metal-Phenolic Supramolecular Gelation. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 44. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201608413
  14. HÖfgen E, Stickland A, Scales P, Batterham R. Superposition of compression and shear in filtration. FILTECH 2016. 2016.
  15. Goni C, Jeldres RI, Toledo PG, Stickland A, Scales P. A non-linear viscoelastic model for sediments flocculated in the presence of seawater salts. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 482. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.06.036

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