University of Newcastle's Emeritus Professor Terry Wall has become the first Australian to be awarded the esteemed Percy Nicholls Award for Notable Scientific or Practical Contributions in the Field of Solid Fuels.
Professor Wall received the award, which celebrates research into fuel utilisation and recognises outstanding achievements in the field of solid fuels, at the International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems in Florida, USA.
“I am greatly honoured to be associated with previous awardees, many of whom are colleagues, including chemical engineering Professors Adel Sarofim and Janos Beer of MIT, who mentored me early in my career and also many University of Newcastle PhD students since,” said Professor Wall.
Professor Wall has been honoured with distinguished awards before. He was granted Membership (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2001 Australia Day honours list for service to the coal industry and education. He is also an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
He has also been awarded the 1997 ESSO Award for excellence in Chemical Engineering, the 2004 Bryers Award of the US Engineering Foundation, the John Chipman Award of the US Iron and Steel Society and the 2003 Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion of the University of Pittsburgh.
Professor Wall is a member of the editorial board of the international journals, Combustion Science and Technology, FUEL and the IFRF ONLINE COMBUSTION JOURNAL. The June 2005 edition of the Elsevier journal FUEL was dedicated to Professor Terry Wall.
Professor Wall has proudly accepted the award and continues his work at the University of Newcastle.
“My greatest pride would be in helping students complete successful PhDs, I've supervised more than fifty PhD students. I have also enjoyed establishing and maintaining the University of Newcastle as a centre of excellence in coal usage, through two Cooperative Research Centres and now in a National Research & Development centre,” said Professor Wall.
Currently his research group activities are all coal focussed including projects on technologies for carbon capture and storage, pulverised coal injection to blast furnaces, coking coal evaluation and controlling emissions from coal use.