I have extensive experience in applied process modelling and control. In raw sugar manufacture I investigated model-based process monitoring and control of a 120 tonne fed-batch vacuum pan and undertook studies of solids transport in full- and pilot-scale counter-current rotary dryers. I have applied my modelling expertise to solids residence time studies in cobalt powder dryers and have carried out process control audits for the Australian coal industry.

My current research focuses on the development of processes that will enable phosphorus recovery from waste streams. Unlike nitrogen, phosphorus does not cycle in nature and must be mined from limited ore deposits. It is anticipated that phosphorus production will peak in the near future, which will ultimately undermine global food security. It is therefore necessary to develop more sustainable practices in relation to phosphorus use/reuse.

My research focuses on the mechanisms that control the precipitation and agglomeration of magnesium ammonium phosphate, by combining process modelling and simulation with experimental validation. A pilot-scale nutrient recovery plant based on source-separated urine as the feed stream is on the near horizon.

  • CL3010: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Level 3; TSV)
  • CL3030: Reactor Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • CL4538: Bioprocess Engineering (Level 4; TSV)
  • 2004 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1996 to 2003 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 33 research outputs authored by Dr Phil Schneider from 2003 onwards.

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Smart Water Fund - Research Project

Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis of Biosolids

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$133,000 over 4 years (administered by University of Melbourne)
This project will be a scoping study of the application of microwave energy for pyrolytic decomposition and chemical and nutrient recovery from biosolids and food processing waste streams. By using the collaborative expertise and facilities of a number of research institutions, the following objectives are embodied in this project: 1) Perform a detailed investigation of the existing knowledge in this area of study and thus formulate techniques to bridge the knowledge gap; 2) Perform microwave assisted characterization of biosolid materials; 3) Design and fabrication of a 3 kW microwave assisted pyrolysis system; 4) Perform a chemical and nutritional content study of the pyrolytic products; 5) Compare the operational economics and products of microwave-assisted pyrolysis with those of conventional high temperature pyrolytic processes.
Graham Brodie, Mohan Jacob, Phil Schneider, Christina Apnte, Allan Willliamson and Trevor Bird (The University of Melbourne, College of Science, Technology & Engineering, University of Auckland and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Microwave Pyrolysis; Nutrient Recovery; Biosolids

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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.

  • Investigations of Struvite Dissolution Kinetics. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Phosphorus Recovery from Biosolids using Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Development and experimental validation of a dynamic model describing nutrient recovery (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Sustainability Evaluation for Macroalgae Processing (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Resource Recovery from Sewage Waste through Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis (Masters, Primary Advisor)

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