PROF Peter Scales

PROF Peter Scales


  • 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 Director of Engagement in the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre. 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.   


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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 as well as particle and molecular separation processes. This has application in water recycle to potable and separations technologies as well as the optimisation of process operations including thickening, filtration and centrifugation.