• Compressive and shear rheology
  • Electrokinetics
  • Flocculation (Aggregate structure)
  • Hydrometallurgy and nanoparticle synthesis and dispersion
  • Particulate flow and particulate (colloidal) interfacial phenomena (Rheology)
  • Separations using thickening, filtration and centrifugation
  • Water and waste water processing (Membrane fouling)
  • Water quality and recycle



  • Prof Peter Scales is Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne and a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is theme leader for 'water' in the Carlton Connect Initiative, Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management (water resources and water quality) and Director of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, a Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council. His research interests are in the area of slurry flow, molecular adsorption, particle dispersion and manufacture, particle flocculation and separations technologies. The application space of his work is to separations and processing in the mining, water, waste water and pharmaceuticals industries where both water recycle and transport of wastes are major issues. In addition to his research interests, he is on the editorial board of four journals, is a Fellow of IChemE and Engineers Australia and has won prizes for both his teaching and research.   


Member of

  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM). Member 2003 - 2013


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1991
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1982

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2008
  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, 2004
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Frederick White Prize, Australian Academy of Science, 2000
  • Shedden UHDE Medal, CHEMECA 1998 Conference IChemE, EA, RACI, SCENZ, 1998
  • Grimwade Prize for Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, 1993



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Potential students are advised that the research interests of Prof Scales are in the area of the relationship between particle characteristics such as size, shape and surface chemistry and suspension flow properties. This has wide application to areas such as nanoparticle manufacture, separations technologies and optimisation of process operations including thickening, filtration and centrifugation.