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Robert Gordon

Senior Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering
science & technology
physical sciences
energy & fuels
engineering, chemical
engineering, mechanical
engineering, multidisciplinary
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Robert Gordon

Primary Interest
Fuel Spray formation and combustion
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Robert Gordon


Dr. Robert Gordon is the Degree Coordinator for the Master of Energy Systems degree, director of the UniMelb Automotive Engineering Graduate Program, and a Fellow of the Melbourne Energy Institute. Dr Gordon’s career has spanned management consultancy, dot-com start-ups, corporate finance, energy engineering and academia.

He has worked in Germany, London, Cambridge, Montreal, Sydney and Melbourne. His academic career is motivated by the challenges of using low-carbon fuels. His recent research includes investigation for the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to understand the opportunities for Australian industry from increasing penetration of hydrogen in our natural gas supply, and participating in an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant to modify a 500kW diesel-powered electricity generator to run on green hydrogen.

He received his doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2007, undertook a post-doctoral research position at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) to investigate high-altitude relight of gas turbine engines, and was later awarded a Newton International Fellowship to research liquid biofuel combustion at the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Gordon then joined Rolls-Royce Industrial Gas Turbines in Montreal, Canada, to undertake the role of Research and Technology Team Leader, before joining the University of Melbourne in 2014. Dr. Gordon's research interests include: (1) the combustion of hydrogen, ethanol and low-carbon fuels, (2) industrial gas turbine efficiency and emissions, (3) fuel spray ignition and combustion, and (4) Flame-Wall Interactions (FWI) and Flame-Cooling Hole interactions (FCAI).

He is teaches ENGR90028 Introduction to Energy Systems, MCEN30018 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, and is the coordinator for the ENGR90031 Energy Systems Project industrial placement program.

Dr. Gordon has published 32 peer-reviewed journal papers with over a thousand citations and an h-Index of 18 (Scopus 2020). He has a patent on a novel combustor concept for GT engines, and has given invited plenary presentations on Advanced Gas Turbine Design at the 2019 Australian Combustion Symposium, and on High Repetition Rate Laser Diagnostics at the 2011 AIAA meeting and the 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics. Recognition for his research includes an award for Most Distinguished Paper on Diagnostics in the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion, Best Student Paper at the 2015 Australian Combustion Symposium, and Outstanding ANZ Section Paper at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion.

Dr. Gordon served as Colloquium Co-Chair for Gas Turbine Combustion and Emissions at the 2018 International Combustion Symposium, and has been invited to do so again at the 2020 International Combustion Symposium. He is a reviewer for leading journals such as Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modelling, Experiments in Fluids, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, Energy and Fluids, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Applied Physics D, Experimental Thermal and Fluids Science, and key international conferences such as the International Symposium on Combustion, and the ASME GT Expo.


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Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts


Internal Research Grant

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 88 most recent scholarly works by Robert Gordon.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Newton International Fellowship

Royal Academy of Engineering


Fellow of the Melbourne Energy Institute





Senior Lecturer

Mechanical Engineering

Member Of The Australian Institute Of Energy

Australian Institute of Energy

Member Of The Combustion Institute, Anz Section

Combustion Institute


University Teaching

University of Melbourne


University of Sydney

Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical)

University of Sydney

Bachelors of Commerce (Corporate Finance, Operations Research)

University of Sydney