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)
  • Sugar Research Australia (SRA) - invited to set strategic research directions in Milling Research
  • Water quality and risk assesment - GBR Cleveland bay 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
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 to 2020 - NQLD Australian water association - Best paper award (with Laura Kuskopf)
  • 2018 to 2019 - Co-author in best Student Paper award - Aust Soc Sugar Cane Tech. conference, Townsville (Giles Bezzina)
  • 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
  • 2011 to 2012 - JCU Teaching & Learning Academy Fellowship: Embedding sustainability in engineering education
  • 2009 to 2012 - QLD Gov't - Curriculum Refresh Project: Embedding sustainability in engineering

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ research outputs authored by Dr Madoc Sheehan from 2000 onwards.

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Townsville City Council - Contract Research

Assessment of the ecological risk of emerging contaminants released from the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant

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$312,128 over 6 years
Discharge from the Cleveland Bay Purification plant (CBPP) is via ocean pipeline into Cleveland Bay and falls within the jurisdiction of the Qld State Marine Park Authority (QSMPA). A planned CBPP membrane upgrade has initiated a QSMPA operational permit, issued in December 2017., requiring Townsville city council to develop an Effluent Quality Assessment Program. The assessment program is to be developed under the guidance of a Special Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and should include effluent sampling of new and emerging contaminants, as identified in the Tropical water quality hub's NESP report (2015). This includes but is not limited to heavy metals, various organics (hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, poly-aromatics and personal care products) and micro-plastics. The assessment program's objective is to identify and prioritise emerging contaminants based on estimation of the current and longer-term ecological risk to the receiving environment.
Madoc Sheehan and Brenda Govan in collaboration with Jochen Mueller, Anna Whelan, Ellen Ariel, Stephen Lewis, Edgar Salvador and Neil Mattocks (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Queensland, Townsville City Council, TropWATER, Queensland Department of National Parks and Sport and Racing)
Emerging contaminants; Environmental Impact; Risk Assessment; Water Treatment

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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.

  • Sph Modeling of the Physics of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage in Heavy Oil Recovery. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Sustainability Evaluation for Macroalgae Processing (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Assessment of the Ecological Risk of Emerging Contaminants Released from the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant (CBPP) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Nutrient recovery from source separated urine — Modelling and experimental study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Synthesis of Mesocrystal Cu2O catalyst for the production of Biofuel from Non-edible Biomass (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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