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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Chemical and environmental engineering
  • Membrane separation science and engineering
  • Desalination and water treatment
  • Materials analysis and development
  • Heat and mass transfer modelling

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Mikel Duke

Professor Mikel Duke’s research specialises in innovative materials and applications of membrane technology for resource recovery, sustainable foods processing, and for water and energy savings.

His research has been supported with partnerships and funding from industry through programs from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), Intelligent Water Networks (IWN), Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC), the National Centre of Desalination in Australia (NCEDA), Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCoE), the Victorian Smart Water Fund and the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).

The various projects with industry and research teams have involved:

  • development of new inorganic and polymeric membrane material properties based on carbon (including nanotubes), silica, alumina, titania, metal organic frameworks, zeolite structures and polyvinylidene difluoride
  • modelling and testing new process concepts for industrial applications based on ceramic, metallic or polymeric membrane filtration, membrane distillation, membrane assisted fermentation, reverse osmosis and nanofiltration
  • exploring and proposing novel mechanisms in membrane diffusion and surface contamination (fouling) for model and real industry wastewaters
  • demonstrating innovative technologies at pilot scale on industrial sites.

 

Prof Mikel Duke’s prior experiences and recognitions include:

  • working at various labs worldwide the University of Queensland, Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (UK), Arizona State University (USA) and Fudan University (China)
  • Co-editor of the international journal Desalination (2014–present)
  • President of the World Association of Membrane Societies (2020–present)
  • Founding President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (2008–2014), currently Honorary Member
  • ARC College of Experts Panel Member (2015–2018)
  • recipient of the Inaugural Anthony Fane Award for outstanding contributions in membrane science and technology from the Membrane Society of Australasia (2016)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (2010)
  • Endeavour Executive Award, Australian Government (2009)
  • ARC Linkage International Fellowship (2007).

Qualifications

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia, 2004
  • BE (Hons), Environmental Engineering, University of Queensland Australia, 2000

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Nyamutswa, L. T., Collins, S. F., Navaratna, D., & Duke, M. C. (210101). Light Transmitting Substrates for Convenient Solar Illumination of Nanophotocatalyst Coatings on Membranes for Low Pressure Water Filtration (pp. 459-489).

doi: 10.1142/9789811226984_0013

Year Citation
2021 Nyamutswa, L. T., Hanson, B., Navaratna, D., Collins, S. F., Linden, K. G., & Duke, M. C. (210810). Sunlight-Transmitting Photocatalytic Membrane for Reduced Maintenance Water Treatment. ACS ES&T WATER, 1(9), (2001-2011).

doi: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00073

2020 Zhang, J., Weston, G., Yang, X., Gray, S., & Duke, M. (201215). Removal of herbicide 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) from saline industrial wastewater by reverse osmosis and nanofiltration. Desalination, 496

doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2020.114691

2020 Zhang, M., Jin, W., Yang, F., Duke, M., Dong, Y., & Tang, C. Y. (200616). Engineering a Nanocomposite Interlayer for a Novel Ceramic-Based Forward Osmosis Membrane with Enhanced Performance. Environmental Science and Technology, 54(12), (7715-7724).

doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c02809

2020 Nyamutswa, L. T., Zhu, B., Collins, S. F., Navaratna, D., & Duke, M. C. (200601). Light conducting photocatalytic membrane for chemical-free fouling control in water treatment. Journal of Membrane Science, 604

doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2020.118018

2020 Ibn, Abdul., Scales, P. J., Allard, S., Croue, J. P., Muthukumaran, S., & Duke, M. (200101). Ozone combined with ceramic membranes for water treatment: Impact on HO[rad] radical formation and mitigation of bromate. Journal of Environmental Management, 253

doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109655

2019 Pandey, A., Srivastava, S., Rai, P., & Duke, M. (191201). Cheese whey to biohydrogen and useful organic acids: A non-pathogenic microbial treatment by L. acidophilus. Scientific Reports, 9(1),

doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42752-3

2019 Amaya-Vias, D., Lopez-Ramirez, J. A., Gray, S., Zhang, J., & Duke, M. (190701). Diffusion behavior of humic acid during desalination with air gap and water gap membrane distillation. Water Research, 158 (182-192).

doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.03.055

2019 Govindan, M., Adam, Gopal., Zhu, B., Duke, M., Gray, S., & Moon, I. S. (190601). Prototype membrane electrolysis using a MFI-zeolite-coated ceramic tubular membrane provides in-line generation of two active electron mediators by eliminating active species crossover. Journal of Membrane Science, 579 (302-308).

doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.02.069

2019 Vanangamudi, A., Dumee, L. F., Ligneris, E. D., Duke, M., & Yang, X. (190315). Thermo-responsive nanofibrous composite membranes for efficient self-cleaning of protein foulants. Journal of Membrane Science, 574 (309-317).

doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.12.086

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Collaborative Water Research knowledge exchange between Victoria University (Australia) and Tropical Water Research Alliance (Brazil)
From: COALAR
Other investigators: Dr Daniel Ooi
For period: 2022-2023
$39,428

Next Generation Water Management in the Werribee River Catchment
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Ms Rowena Price, Ms Karen Jackson, Aspr Shobha Muthukumaran, Dr Ashok Sharma, Dr Dimuth Navaratna, Dr Daniel Ooi, Mr Nitin Muttil
For period: 2021-2022
$500,000

Investigating the Performance of a Solid Food Waste Technology
From: Brooklite Pty Ltd, Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Research Connections
Other investigators: Dr Dimuth Navaratna, Dr Peter Sanciolo
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Nutrient Removal & Recovery Trial
From: Intelligent Water Networks with Central Highlands Water
Other investigators: Dr Dimuth Navaratna
For period: 2017-2018
$58,200
Capture of valuable minerals from salt brines.
From: VU Out-of-Cycle Collaborative Grants Scheme, Activated Water Technologies Pty Ltd, Institute for Sustainability and Innovation
For period: 2017-2018
$11,660
Overcoming performance limiting chemistries in membrane distillation.
From: Australian Research Council - Discovery Project, PVC (Research and Research Training)
For period: 2017-2020
$329,000
Fresh water supply for offshore salmon farming.
From: Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd, Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Research Connections, Institute for Sustainability and Innovation
Other investigators: Prof Stephen Gray, Dr Marlene Cran
For period: 2017-2017
$72,313
Membrane processing of industrial waste - Tri-Tech Chemical.
From: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Research Connections, Tri-Tech Chemical Pty Ltd, Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Other investigators: Prof Stephen Gray, Dr Jianhua Zhang
For period: 2017-2017
$77,590
Development of the commercial membrane distillation heat exchanger prototype model.
From: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Research Connections, Pinches Industries Pty Ltd, Institute for Sustainability and Innovation
Other investigators: Dr Jianhua Zhang, Mr Noel Dow
For period: 2017-2018
$110,990

Nanofiber based ultra-filtration (UF) membranes for water treatment, dairy and bioprocessing applications
From: Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship
For period: 2015-2019
$90,000

Towards zero discharge dairy facilities.
From: Dairy Innovation Australia Limited
Other investigators: Prof Todor Vasiljevic, Dr Osaana Donkor, Prof Stephen Gray
For period: 2013-2017
$122,250

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor
5 PhD Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
3 Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
(3) Principal supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Apr 2007 - Present
Research Fellow
Arizona State University
Nov 2004 - Apr 2007
Research Fellow
The University of Queensland
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Apr 2007 -
Present
Research Fellow
Arizona State University
Nov 2004 -
Apr 2007
Research Fellow
The University of Queensland

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2009 - May 2014
President
Membrane Society of Australasia
Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
College of Experts Panel Member
Australian Research Council
Jun 2020 - Jun 2023
President
World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS)
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2009 - May 2014
President
Membrane Society of Australasia
Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
College of Experts Panel Member
Australian Research Council
Jun 2020 - Jun 2023
President
World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS)

Awards

Year Award
2007

Linkage International Fellowship - Australian Research Council

2010

Vice Chancellors Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training - Victoria University

2016

Anthony Fane Award for Outstanding Contributions in Membrane Science and Technology - Membrane Society of Australasia