Dr Dylan Cuskelly

Lecturer

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on the synthesis of novel materials. Through my early work, I investigated advanced ceramics known as MAX phases, discovering previously unknown phases and developing new synthesis processes. This work remains active today and has expanded into the emerging group of MAB phases where the discovery of new phases any reaction pathways are being explored. 

While working in the Advanced Materials group at Newcastle, Dr Heber Sugo, Prof Erich Kisi and I developed a new call of metal alloys that can be used for storing thermal energy. We called these materials MGAs and after many years of fundamental research investigating their low-risk high storage capacity, these materials have emerged as commercially viable energy storage media. This has lead to the commercialisation of the technology through the founding of the company MGA Thermal which I am a director. This has given me a rare experience to see a technology move from conceptual all the way through the research phase into commercial applications. 

My other passion is Education - specifically engaging teaching of engineering and STEM concepts at a university level. I have designed developed and deliver a new engineering practice course and am perpetually working on other courses to improve the ways in which we can best deliver content to help students learn. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Energy Storage
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • STEM Education
  • Technical Ceramics
  • engineering

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
401601 Ceramics 60
401607 Metals and alloy materials 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Awards

Teaching Award

Year Award
2017 Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Kisi E, Sugo H, Cuskelly D, Fiedler T, Rawson A, Post A, et al., 'Miscibility Gap Alloys: A New Thermal Energy Storage Solution', Transition Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Selected Papers from the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC 2017, Springer International, Cham, Switzerland 523-532 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-69844-1_48
Co-authors Thomas Fiedler, Erich Kisi, James Bradley

Journal article (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Merz J, Richardson P, Cuskelly D, 'Formation of Mn2AlB2 by induction-assisted self-propagating high-temperature synthesis', Open Ceramics, 8 100190-100190 (2021)
DOI 10.1016/j.oceram.2021.100190
Co-authors Peter J Richardson
2021 Richardson PJ, Keast VJ, Cuskelly DT, Kisi EH, 'Theoretical and experimental investigation of the W-Al-B and Mo-Al-B systems to approach bulk WAlB synthesis', JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 41 1859-1868 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2020.10.066
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Vicki Keast, Erich Kisi, Peter J Richardson
2021 Richardson P, Cuskelly D, Brandt M, Kisi E, 'Effects of furnace annealing on in situ reacted Ti2AlC MAX phase composite coatings deposited by laser cladding', SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, 405 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.126597
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Erich Kisi, Peter J Richardson
2021 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Studer AJ, Richardson P, Kisi E, Keast VJ, 'Intermediate Phases and Reaction Kinetics of the Furnace-Assisted Synthesis of Sodium Tungsten Bronze Nanoparticles', The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125 8185-8194 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c00161
Co-authors Peter J Richardson, Erich Kisi, Vicki Keast
2020 Richardson P, Cuskelly D, Brandt M, Kisi E, 'Microstructural analysis of in-situ reacted Ti2AlC MAX phase composite coating by laser cladding', Surface and Coatings Technology, 385 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.125360
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Erich Kisi, Peter J Richardson
2019 Copus M, Fraser B, Reece R, Hands S, Cuskelly D, Sugo H, et al., 'On-sun testing of Miscibility Gap Alloy thermal storage', SOLAR ENERGY, 177 657-664 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.solener.2018.11.048
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors James Bradley, Erich Kisi
2018 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Keast VJ, 'Plasmon Responses in the Sodium Tungsten Bronzes', PLASMONICS, 13 437-444 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11468-017-0528-y
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Vicki Keast
2018 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Keast VJ, 'Bulk scale fabrication of sodium tungsten bronze nanoparticles for applications in plasmonics', NANOTECHNOLOGY, 29 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1088/1361-6528/aad34b
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Vicki Keast
2017 Rawson AJ, Cuskelly DT, Driver SL, Carpenter MA, 'Elastic and anelastic properties of metals near their melting points from miscibility gap alloy composites', MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 681 18-24 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.msea.2016.11.008
2017 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Keast VJ, 'The sodium tungsten bronzes as plasmonic materials: fabrication, calculation and characterization', MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS, 4 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1088/2053-1591/aa6c40
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Vicki Keast
2016 Cuskelly DT, Kisi EH, 'Single-Step Carbothermal Synthesis of High-Purity MAX Phase Powders', Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99 1137-1140 (2016) [C1]

The Mn+1AXn phases Cr2GeC and Cr2GaC were synthesized with high phase-purity directly from Cr2O3; Ge or Ga; and C using a single-step carbothermal reduction. X-ray diffraction and... [more]

The Mn+1AXn phases Cr2GeC and Cr2GaC were synthesized with high phase-purity directly from Cr2O3; Ge or Ga; and C using a single-step carbothermal reduction. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope analysis of the materials shows them to be >99 mol% Cr2GeC and 92 mol% Cr2GaC, respectively. Extension to non-Cr systems is briefly demonstrated by applying the method to the synthesis of V2GeC.

DOI 10.1111/jace.14170
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2016 Cuskelly D, Richards E, Kisi E, 'MAX phase - Alumina composites via elemental and exchange reactions in the Ti

Extension of the aluminothermal exchange reaction synthesis of Mn+1AXn phases to systems where the element 'A' is not the reducing agent was investigated in systems TiO2... [more]

Extension of the aluminothermal exchange reaction synthesis of Mn+1AXn phases to systems where the element 'A' is not the reducing agent was investigated in systems TiO2-A-Al-C for A=Al, Si, Ga, Ge, In and Sn as well as Cr2O3-Ga-Al-C. MAX phase-Al2O3 composites were made in all systems except those with A=Ga or In. The effectiveness of conversion to MAX phases was generally in the range 63-96% without optimisation of starting ratios. Optimisation in the Ti-Si-C system gave a MAX phase component with >98% Ti3SiC2.

DOI 10.1016/j.jssc.2016.01.014
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2016 Cuskelly DT, Kisi EH, Sugo HO, 'MAX phase - Alumina composites via exchange reaction in the Mn+1AlCn systems (M=Ti, V, Cr, Nb, or Ta)', JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, 233 150-157 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jssc.2015.10.024
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2015 Cuskelly DT, Richards ER, Kisi EH, Keast VJ, 'Ti3GaC2 and Ti3InC2: First bulk synthesis, DFT stability calculations and structural systematics', JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, 230 418-425 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jssc.2015.07.028
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Erich Kisi, Vicki Keast
2015 Hasan MM, Cuskelly D, Sugo H, Kisi EH, 'Low temperature synthesis of low thermionic work function (La

This study presents investigations of the microstructure, morphology and emission properties of the promising thermionic material (LaxBa1-x)B6. The material was synthesised by sol... [more]

This study presents investigations of the microstructure, morphology and emission properties of the promising thermionic material (LaxBa1-x)B6. The material was synthesised by solid-state reaction without post-synthesis purifications. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that samples prepared at a temperature =1500 °C had formed a significant proportion of solid solution (above 54 mass%). Subsequent sintering at 1950 °C caused the formation of a mixture of three solid solutions with the dominant phase being (La0.31Ba0.69)B6 ~85% (by mass). The Richardson work function and emission constant for this boride mixture were found to be 1.03 eV and 8.44 × 10-6 A cm K-2 respectively.

DOI 10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.02.105
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2015 Keast VJ, Ewald J, De Silva KSB, Cortie MB, Monnier B, Cuskelly D, Kisi EH, 'Optical properties and electronic structure of the Cu-Zn brasses', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 647 129-135 (2015) [C1]

The color of Cu-Zn brasses range from the red of copper through bright yellow to grey-silver as the Zn content increases. Here we examine the mechanism by which these color change... [more]

The color of Cu-Zn brasses range from the red of copper through bright yellow to grey-silver as the Zn content increases. Here we examine the mechanism by which these color changes occur. The optical properties of this set of alloys has been calculated using density functional theory (DFT) and compared to experimental spectroscopy measurements. The optical response of the low Zn content a-brasses is shown to have a distinctly different origin to that in the higher content ß', ¿ and e-brasses. The response of ß'-brass is unique in that it is strongly influenced by an overdamped plasmon excitation and this alloy will also have a strong surface plasmon response.

DOI 10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.06.136
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Vicki Keast, Erich Kisi
2013 Sugo H, Kisi E, Cuskelly D, 'Miscibility gap alloys with inverse microstructures and high thermal conductivity for high energy density thermal storage applications', Applied Thermal Engineering, 51 1345-1350 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.11.029
Citations Scopus - 52Web of Science - 47
Co-authors Erich Kisi
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Copus M, Fraser B, Cuskelly D, Reed S, Post A, Kisi E, 'Unifying capture, storage and discharge of thermal energy using miscibility gap alloys', Proceedings of the 24th SolarPACES International Conference (SolarPACES 2018), Casablanca, Morocco (2019) [E1]
DOI 10.1063/1.5117727
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2019 Cuskelly D, Fraser B, Reed S, Post A, Copus M, Kisi E, 'Thermal storage for CSP with miscibility gap alloys', Proceedings of the 24th SolarPACES International Conference (SolarPACES 2018), Casablanca, Morocco (2019) [E1]
DOI 10.1063/1.5117728
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Erich Kisi
2018 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Hatchwell C, Keast VJ, 'Sodium Tungsten Bronzes as Materials for Plasmonics', Sodium Tungsten Bronzes as Materials for Plasmonics, Wollongong, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Vicki Keast
2017 Cuskelly D, McBride W, 'A new, common, experiential Engineering Practice course', 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017), Manly, Sydney (2017) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $212,500

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20201 grants / $20,500

Thermal energy storage materials from a specialised family of materials$20,500

Funding body: University of Melbourne

Funding body University of Melbourne
Project Team Doctor Dylan Cuskelly, Mr Mark Copus
Scheme AMSI Australian Postgraduate Research Internships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2001059
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

20191 grants / $192,000

Optimisation of the Manufacture of Thermal Energy Storage Modules$192,000

Funding body: MGA Thermal Pty Ltd

Funding body MGA Thermal Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Dylan Cuskelly, Professor Erich Kisi
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1901499
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Synthesis and Characterisation of the MAB Phases by Induction Heating PhD (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Exploratory Study Into Advanced Thermal Energy Storage Materials and Thermal Coatings for Survival in the Urban Environment PhD (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 PhD Development and Investigation of Large Scale Miscibility Gap Alloys PhD (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 PhD Synthesis and Characterisation of Ternary Nano-laminated Ceramics for Emerging Technologies PhD (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Synthesis and Characterisation of Sodium Tungsten Bronze Nanoparticles for Applications in Plasmonics PhD (Physics), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Dylan Cuskelly

Position

Lecturer
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email dylan.cuskelly@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 39240

Office

Room ES315
Building ES
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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