DR Gabriel da Silva

DR Gabriel da Silva


  • Atmospheric Science (Air Quality; Climate; Kinetics; Pollution)
  • Combustion Chemistry (Kinetics; Aromatics; Ethanol)
  • Computational Chemistry (DFT; Ab Initio; Kinetics; Thermodynamics)



  • Dr Gabriel da Silva is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

    Research Activities
    - Environmental engineering
    - Combustion and atmospheric chemistry
    - Biofuels research
    - Nitrosation reactions
    - Materials and minerals engineering
    - Bioleaching (biohydrometallurgy) 

    Dr da Silva’s research interests are broadly in the area of energy and the environment, using computational chemistry techniques and reaction rate theory to model complex reaction networks relevant to combustion and atmospheric chemistry, as well as environmentally important organic reaction mechanisms. The current research focus is directed toward understanding and modeling reaction processes related to the use of biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel, and biomass), allowing us to optimize their combustion and thereby support the uptake of these green, renewable energy-sources. Studies are also underway to model the formation and atmospheric reactions of pollutants like soot, persistent free radicals, and ozone depleting substances. A further area of interest is bioleaching, where naturally occurring bacteria are used to leach base and precious metals from sulphide minerals. 

    Professional Experience
    Lecturer, The University of Melbourne, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2007 – present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Chemistry and environmental Science, 2005 – 2007
    Engineering Research Assistant, BHP Billiton, Biohydrometallurgy Research Group, 2000 – 2002



Member of

  • American Chemical Society. Affiliated member 2007 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2011: G. da Silva and R. O'Hair, 'New approaches to probing the onset of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation in flames', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $40K

    2009: G. da Silva, 'Atmospheric degradation of C60 fullerene', Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Melbourne, $39,997   


Education and training

  • PhD Chem Eng, The University of Newcastle 2006
  • B Eng (Chem), The University of Newcastle 2001



Available for supervision

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