Dr Madoc Sheehan completed his PhD in chemical/environmental engineering (molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics modelling of solvent reactions) at UMIST in Manchester in 1999 before joining as a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering discipline at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He is currently a senior lecturer at James Cook University. Dr Sheehan has a diverse range of interdisciplinary research interests associated with process modelling, energy conservation, drying and de-watering. These include the development, validation and use of CFD, geometry and process systems models in the multi-scale modelling of particulate drying systems, particularly flighted rotary drying. Dr Sheehan has been modelling flighted rotary dryers for more than 20 years with direct experience in industries such as minerals processing (nickel and zinc), raw sugar milling and bagasse and macro algae drying. Dr Sheehan also researches bioreactor design, optimisation and life cycle analysis in bio-film microalgae and other applications. Dr Sheehan is a passionate teacher and has worked on the design and mapping of engineering curriculum in order to embed sustainability into undergraduate education. He has received National and Institutional teaching and learning awards for both his curriculum work as well as for innovations in his assessment and teaching practices. 

  • CL2501: Process Analysis (Level 2; TSV)
  • CL4071: Chemical Engineering Design (Part 1 of 2) (Level 4; TSV)
  • CL4538: Bioprocess Engineering (Level 4; TSV)
  • Drying Heat and mass transfer algae bio-films multiscale modelling Particles algae Drying CFD simulation Image analysis
  • Enhancing energy productivity in sugar mill cogeneration systems: boiler and dryer modelling, bagasse drying rates, sustainability and life cycle analysis
  • Systems analysis Modelling Life cycle assessment Sustainability Design
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  • 2017 - Co-author in best Student Paper award - Aust Soc Sugar Cane Tech. conference, Townsville (Harrison Slogrove: bagasse drying models
  • 2014 - Highly Commended: Education and Training award, 2014 IChemE Global Awards.
  • 2014 - Co-author in best Student Paper award - Aust Soc Sugar Cane Tech. conference, Townsville (Jarrah May: bagasse dryer design)
  • 2013 - Co-author in best Student Paper award - Aust Soc Sugar Cane Tech. conference, Townsville (Jon Gilberd: bagasse dryer integration)
  • 2013 - JCU Teaching citation - Embedding sustainability
  • 2012 - JCU TropEco curriculum award (highly commended)
  • 2007 - JCU Teaching citation - Complex systems analysis
  • 2007 - ALTC - Carrick Australian award in T&L - Complex systems analysis

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 51+ research outputs authored by Dr Madoc Sheehan from 2000 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Harnessing the Forecasting Power of Seasonal GCMs for Water and Agricultural Management (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development and experimental validation of a dynamic model describing nutrient recovery (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Effects of Surface Cooling and Wind Shear on Night-Time Thermally Statified Riverine Flows (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sustainability Evaluation for Macroalgae Processing (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Sph Modeling of the Physics of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage in Heavy Oil Recovery. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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