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Dr. Roberto Moreno-Atanasio is currently a Lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His main area of research involves the study of the behaviour of granular solids and powders in the presence and absence of fluid-solid interactions using Discrete Element Method (DEM) and the study of the behaviour of nanocolloidal suspensions. Dr. Moreno-Atanasio obtained his PhD in 2003 from the University of Surrey, UK and joined the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds as a postdoctoral researcher. The research work of Dr. Moreno-Atanasio has been previously sponsored by ICI, BNFL and the Engineering and Physical Research Council UK.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Surrey - UK, 31/10/2003
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics), University of Seville - Spain, 29/02/1996

Research

Research keywords

  • Computer simulations
  • Granular materials
  • Interparticle interactions
  • Multiphase flow
  • Nanocolloidal suspensions
  • Particle Technology
  • Powder and solids

Research expertise

The investigations that I have carried out during the last ten years involve computer simulations based on the Discrete Element Method (DEM) of granular systems in the presence or absence of fluid interactions and more recently suspensions of nanoparticles. One of the main fields of research during my career has been to establish a link between the physical properties of single particles and the bulk particle behaviour paying special attention to interparticle interactions and to the nature of force propagation. During my PhD period I developed a deep knowledge of Contact Mechanics especially between adhesive particles, which was necessary for understanding and interpreting the bulk behaviour based on single particle properties. Amongst other problems I have studied mechanical strength and failure of aggregates, flowability of cohesive powders, fluidization and segregation. During my last project I investigated the self-assembly and disassembly of aggregates made of inorganic nanoparticles which are coated with an organic monolayer. I have developed a model to simulate these processes as they are triggered by a change in the pH of the medium.

I have also gained experience in the area of X-ray microtomography in order to be able to link in a effective way the microstructures predicted by computer simulation with the structures of real materials for different case studies.

In general, I am interested in computational analysis and software development of any type of physical, chemical, or biological systems of industrial or human interest. I am especially keen in the multidisciplinary investigations that can provide a ‘workbench’ to improve or assist in the development of present or future technologies and therefore contribute to the enrichment of quality of life.

Languages

  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090406Powder And Particle Technology55
030603Colloid And Surface Chemistry45

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australasian Particle Technology Society
  • Member - Institution of Chemical Engineering. IChemE

Collaboration

My collaborators are in disciplines that combine with my main expertise in Discrete Element Method (DEM).

Within the Department of Chemical Engineering Dr. Grant Webber, who is an expert in Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) contribute to the determination of interparticle interactions in dry and wet powder systems.

Within Tunra Bulk Solids at the University of Newcastle, Prof. Mark Jones, Drs Williams, Wheeler and Wensrich that work in experimental and computational using AFM are my main collaborators.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

  • Library Liaison Officer for Chemical Engineering,
  • Member of the Faculty Committee
  • 2nd year undergraduate adviser.
  • Member of the Marketing Committee
  • Member of the Student Experience Evaluation Committee.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Magnetism
  • Numerical methods
  • Thermodynamics

Teaching expertise

Thermodynamics, Partial Differential Equations, Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Design projects

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Moreno-Atanasio R, Ghadiri M, 'Mechanistic analysis and computer simulation of impact breakage of agglomerates: Effect of surface energy', CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 61 2476-2481 (2006) [C1]
2004Golchert D, Moreno R, Ghadiri M, Litster J, 'Effect of granule morphology on breakage behaviour during compression', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 143 84-96 (2004) [C1]
2012Maxwell RK, Ata S, Wanless EJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Computer simulations of particle-bubble interactions and particle sliding using Discrete Element Method', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 381 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2010Moreno-Atanasio R, Williams RA, Jia X, 'Combining X-ray microtomography with computer simulation for analysis of granular and porous materials', PARTICUOLOGY, 8 81-99 (2010) [C1]
2003Moreno R, Ghadiri M, Antony SJ, 'Effect of the impact angle on the breakage of agglomerates: a numerical study using DEM', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 130 132-137 (2003) [C1]
2012MacPherson SA, Webber GB, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Aggregation of nanoparticles in high ionic strength suspensions: Effect of Hamaker constant and particle concentration', Advanced Powder Technology, 23 478-484 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Grant Webber

Publications

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Chapter (3 outputs)

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2008Moreno-Atanasio R, Antony SJ, Williams RA, 'Equilibrium and kinetic properties of self-assembled Cu nanoparticles: Computer simulation', Composites with micro- and nano-structure : computational modeling and experiments, Springer, Berlin, Germany 9-27 (2008) [B1]
2007Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Analysis of Agglomerate Breakage', Particle Breakage: Handbook of Powder Technology, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands 837-872 (2007) [B1]
2007Ghadiri M, Moreno-Atanasio R, Hassanpour A, Antony SJ, 'Chapter 19 Analysis of Agglomerate Breakage', 837-872 (2007)

Journal article (28 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Liyanaarachchi KR, Webber GB, van Netten K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Galvin KP, 'Selective collection of fine particles by water drops', Advanced Powder Technology, (2014)
2014Gao Y, Evans GM, Wanless EJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'DEM simulation of single bubble flotation: Implications for the hydrophobic force in particle-bubble interactions', Advanced Powder Technology, (2014)
2014Zahedi P, Saleh R, Moreno-Atanasio R, Yousefi K, 'Influence of fluid properties on bubble formation, detachment, rising and collapse; Investigation using volume of fluid method', KOREAN JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, 31 1349-1361 (2014)
2014Zahedi P, Saleh R, Moreno-Atanasio R, Yousefi K, 'Influence of fluid properties on bubble formation, detachment, rising and collapse; Investigation using volume of fluid method', Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 31 1349-1361 (2014)
2014Van Netten K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Galvin KP, 'Fine particle beneficiation through selective agglomeration with an emulsion binder', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 15747-15754 (2014)
2014Seyfaee A, Moreno-Atanasio R, Neville F, 'High-resolution analysis of the influence of reactant concentration on nucleation time and growth of polyethyleneimine-trimethoxymethylsilane particles', Colloid and Polymer Science, (2014)
2013van Netten K, Zhou J, Galvin KP, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Influence of magnetic and hydrodynamic forces on chain-aggregation and motion of magnetisable particles and composites', CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 93 229-237 (2013) [C1]
2013Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Influence of the hydrophobic force model on the capture of particles by bubbles: A computational study using Discrete Element Method', ADVANCED POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 24 786-795 (2013) [C1]
2012Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Energy dissipation in agglomerates during normal impact', Powder Technology, 223 12-18 (2012) [C1]
2012Maxwell RK, Ata S, Wanless EJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Computer simulations of particle-bubble interactions and particle sliding using Discrete Element Method', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 381 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2012MacPherson SA, Webber GB, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Aggregation of nanoparticles in high ionic strength suspensions: Effect of Hamaker constant and particle concentration', Advanced Powder Technology, 23 478-484 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Grant Webber

2011Yung S, Ledran M, Moreno-Gimeno I, Conesa A, Montaner D, Dopazo J, et al., 'Large-scale transcriptional profiling and functional assays reveal important roles for Rho-GTPase signalling and SCL during haematopoietic differentiation of human embryonic stem cells', HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS, 20 4932-4946 (2011)
2010Moreno-Atanasio R, Williams RA, Jia X, 'Combining X-ray microtomography with computer simulation for analysis of granular and porous materials', PARTICUOLOGY, 8 81-99 (2010) [C1]
2010Tilgner K, Atkinson SP, Yung S, Golebiewska A, Stojkovic M, Moreno R, et al., 'Expression of GFP Under the Control of the RNA Helicase VASA Permits Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting Isolation of Human Primordial Germ Cells', STEM CELLS, 28 84-92 (2010)
2010Angst J, Meyer TD, Adolfsson R, Skeppar P, Carta M, Benazzi F, et al., 'Hypomania: A transcultural perspective', World Psychiatry, 9 41-49 (2010)
2010Armstrong L, Tilgner K, Saretzki G, Atkinson SP, Stojkovic M, Moreno R, et al., 'Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines Show Stress Defense Mechanisms and Mitochondrial Regulation Similar to Those of Human Embryonic Stem Cells', STEM CELLS, 28 661-673 (2010)
2009Moreno-Atanasio R, Antony SJ, Williams RA, 'Influence of interparticle interactions on the kinetics of self-assembly and mechanical strength of nanoparticulate aggregates', Particuology: science and technology of particles, 7 106-113 (2009) [C1]
2008Antony SJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, Musadaidzwa J, Williams R, 'Impact fracture of composite and homogeneous nanoagglomerates', Journal of Nanomaterials, 2008 1-7 (2008) [C1]
2008Ahmadi MT, Ismail R, Tan MLP, Arora VK, 'The Ultimate Ballistic Drift Velocity in Carbon Nanotubes', JOURNAL OF NANOMATERIALS, (2008) [C1]
2007Moreno-Atanasio R, Xu BH, Ghadiri M, 'Computer simulation of the effect of contact stiffness and adhesion on the fluidization behaviour of powders', CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 62 184-194 (2007) [C1]
2006Moreno-Atanasio R, Ghadiri M, 'Mechanistic analysis and computer simulation of impact breakage of agglomerates: Effect of surface energy', CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 61 2476-2481 (2006) [C1]
2006Antony SJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, Hassanpour A, 'Influence of contact stiffnesses on the micromechanical characteristics of dense particulate systems subjected to shearing', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 89 (2006) [C1]
2006Moreno-Atanasio R, Antony SJ, 'Micromechanical behaviour of granular media: Effects of contact stiffnesses', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology, (2006)
2005Moreno-Atanasio R, Antony SJ, Ghadiri M, 'Analysis of flowability of cohesive powders using Distinct Element Method', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 158 51-57 (2005) [C1]
2004Golchert D, Moreno R, Ghadiri M, Litster J, 'Effect of granule morphology on breakage behaviour during compression', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 143 84-96 (2004) [C1]
2004Samimi A, Moreno R, Ghadiri M, 'Analysis of impact damage of agglomerates: effect of impact angle', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 143 97-109 (2004) [C1]
2004Golchert DJ, Moreno R, Ghadiri M, Litster J, Williams R, 'Application of X-ray microtomography to numerical simulations of agglomerate breakage by distinct element method', ADVANCED POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 15 447-457 (2004) [C1]
2003Moreno R, Ghadiri M, Antony SJ, 'Effect of the impact angle on the breakage of agglomerates: a numerical study using DEM', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 130 132-137 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Van-Netten K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Galvin KP, 'Preparation of Coal Agglomerates using a Water-in-Oil Emulsion', Chemeca 2013, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Kevin Galvin

2013Moreno-Atanasio R, Dobbie L, Evans G, 'Selective capture of binary mixtures of particles by a central bubble: A discrete element method study', Chemeca 2013, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Gao Y, Evans G, Wanless E, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Effect of the hydrophobic force strength on particle-bubble collision kinetics: A DEM approach', Chemeca 2013, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Van Netten K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Galvin KP, 'Enhanced Recovery of Fine Coal Particles using a Modified Oil Agglomeration Process', Australiasian Particle Technology Scoiety Student Conference 2013, Sunshine Coast, Australia (2013) [E3]

Co-authors: Kevin Galvin

2012Neville FC, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Magnetic interactions of core-shell composite particles: A combined experimental and simulation approach', Chemeca 2012 : Quality of life through chemical engineering, Wellington, NZ (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Frances Neville

2012Maxwell RK, Ata S, Wanless EJ, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Computer simulations of particle-bubble interactions using Discrete Element Method', Chemeca 2012 : Quality of Life Through Chemical Engineering, Wellington, NZ (2012) [E1]
2012Liyanaarachchi KR, Webber GB, Galvin KP, 'Selective collection of fine particles by water drops', 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2012) [E3]
2011MacPherson SA, Webber GB, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'The kinetics of colloidal aggregation: Influence of the van der Waals forces', Chemeca 2011: Engineering a Better World, Sydney (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Grant Webber

2011Webber GB, MacPherson SA, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'The kinetics of colloidal aggregation - Effect of bimodal Hamaker constant distribution and Brownian forces', Abstract Booklet. UK Colloids 2011: An international Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Grant Webber

2009Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Energy dissipation on agglomerates during impact', CHEMECA 2009: Engineering Our Future: Are We Up to the Challenge?: CD with Proceedings, Perth, WA (2009) [E1]
2005Moreno-Atanasio R, Xu BH, Ghadiri M, 'Effect of contact stiffness on the fluidization behaviour of cohesive powders', Powders and grains 2005 : proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media, Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (2005) [E1]
2005Bose K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Antony SJ, Ding Y, Biggs SR, Ghadiri M, 'Direct measurement of the effect of adhesion on powder flow behavior experimental and DEM investigations', Powders and Grains 2005, Stuttgart, Germany (2005) [E1]
2001Ghadiri M, Antony SJ, Moreno R, Ning Z, 'Granular powders and solids: Insights from numerical simulations', POWDERS AND SOLIDS: DEVELOPMENTS IN HANDLING AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES, UNIV MANCHESTER, INST SCI & TECHNOL, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (2001)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$1,820,180

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2013 (3 grants)

Fine Particle Beneficiation through Agglomeration with a Novel Binder$217,954
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio, Mr Thomas Wilson
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$217,95420132016
GNo:G1201113

A Generalized Model of the Reflux Classifier using computer simulations based on the Discrete Element Method (DEM)$103,700
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$103,70020132014
GNo:G1201234

Chemeca 2013, Brisbane, 29 September - 2 October 2013$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020132013
GNo:G1301033

2012 (5 grants)

A facility for non-destructive quantification of coal structures, composition and percolation fluid flows in energy and environmental applications$885,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$885,00020122015
GNo:178789029

3D Gamma Ray Tomography for Multiphase Flow Characterization$521,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$521,00020122017
GNo:178936852

A facility for non-destructive quantification of coal structures, composition and percolation fluid flows in energy and environmental applications$35,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Anh Nguyen, Professor Victor Rudolph, Professor Suresh Bhatia, Professor John Zhu, Dr Simon Smart, Professor Dongke Zhang, Professor Hui Tong Chua, Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Professor Kevin Galvin, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Associate Professor Qin Li, Dr Shaobin Wang, Dr Chi Phan, Associate Professor Shaomin Liu
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$35,00020122012
GNo:G1100623

3D Gamma Ray Tomography for Multiphase Flow Characterisation$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Dr Vishnu Pareek, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Doctor Elham Doroodchi, Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020122012
GNo:G1100626

Chemeca 2012, Wellington NZ, 23-26 September 2012$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020122012
GNo:G1200990

2011 (1 grants)

Chemeca 2011, Hilton Sydney, 18 - 21 September 2011$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020112011
GNo:G1100740

2010 (1 grants)

A new combined Atomic Force Microscopy and computer-simulation approach for improved modelling of particulate solids behaviour $28,926
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio, Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,92620102010
GNo:G0900065

2009 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2009$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190548
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL5.05

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorUse of Low Cost Binders to Prevent Mineral Fines Loss During Transportation
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Co-SupervisorMaterial Type and Voidage Distribution in a Sintering Bed
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Co-SupervisorExperimental and Simulated Studies on an Integrated Laboratory Scale Anaerobic Digestion-AlgaeRaceway Pond System
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorDesigner Anti-Fouling Particles for Marine Environments and Fresh Water Purification Systems
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorSynthesis and Simulation of Anti-Fouling Particles for Fresh and Marine Water Purification Systems
20142016PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorComputer Simulation of Particle-Bubble Interactions Using Discrete Element Method
20132017PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorDynamic Modelling of Reflux Classifier for the Recovery of Coal from a Low Grade Feed
20132017PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorFabrication and Modelling of Core-Shell Composite Particles
20122015PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorEnhanced Recovery of Fine Coal Particles Through a Modified Oil Agglomeration Process
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Dr Roberto Moreno-Atanasio

Work Phone(02) 403 39064
Fax(02) 403 39095
Email
PositionLecturer
Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaChemical Engineering
Office
A305, Nier - A Block,
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/roberto-moreno-atanasio