Researcher

Dr 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.

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
Dr. 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.  In essence,...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
Dr. 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.  In essence, the 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 thermal heat pumps
  • Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal systems
  • Compact thermal storage systems
  • Development of concentrating solar thermal technologies
  • Engineered optical materials (nanofluids, high refractive index material, selective surfaces)
  • High temperature working fluids for solar thermal harvesting
  • Nanomedicine (nanoparticle treatments)

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

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Location

Ainsworth Building (J17)
Level 4, Room 402C

Contact

9385 5400
9663 1222

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