Researcher

Associate Professor Robert Taylor

My Expertise

Compact thermal storage systems, Development and modeling of a 2-axis tracking dish concentrating thermal system (~5kW), Direct, volumetrically absorbing nanofluid-based working fluids, Engineered optical materials (designs for high refractive indices), High temperature molten salt development and properties testing and Hybrid thermal/photovoltaic systems using nanofluids.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical), Experimental methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer

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Biography

Dr. Robert Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Research Interests
Taylor's main research interest is in the development of ‘next generation’ solar thermal collectors. Drawing on the fields of heat transfer and nanotechnology, he is researching new/novel working fluids and materials for solar systems.  His main goal is...view more

Dr. Robert Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Research Interests
Taylor's main research interest is in the development of ‘next generation’ solar thermal collectors. Drawing on the fields of heat transfer and nanotechnology, he is researching new/novel working fluids and materials for solar systems.  His main goal is to provide a more efficient or more economic coupling between solar energy and useful thermal and/or electrical energy.

Current Research Projects

  • Solar desalination systems
  • Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal systems
  • Concentrating solar thermal technologies
  • Engineered optical materials (nanofluids, thin films, selective surfaces)
  • High temperature receviers, storage materials, and working fluids for solar thermal harvesting
  • Nanomedicine (nanoparticle treatments)

 For more information on A/Prof. Taylor's research, please have a look at Google Scholar or Rob's Crew.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Solar thermal technologies; Hybrid solar collectors; Energy systems analysis; Heat transfer; Thermofluids


Currently supervising

Solar thermal technologies; Hybrid solar collectors; Energy systems analysis; Heat transfer; Thermofluids

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Location

Ainsworth Building (J17)
Level 4, Room 402C

Contact

+612 9065 1793
9663 1222