13
May
2013


New appointments: Alan Weimer and Wojciech Lipiński

We are delighted to announce two new appointments to the ANU Solar Thermal Group.

Prof Alan Weimer has commenced an adjunct appointment as a Chair in Solar Thermal Engineering.

Prof Weimer is the H T Sears Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1980 before moving to industry to work for the Dow Chemical Company until 1996 when he returned to academia at the University of Colarado. Al has extensive experience in renewable energy systems, particularly those based on concentrated solar energy, and atomic layer deposition. He has an extensive publication record but has combined that with significant success in commercialisation of his research through several startups, including Copernican Energy and ALD Nanosolutions.

Dr Wojciech Lipiński will commence later this year in his new position as Associate Professor in Solar Thermal Engineering.

Dr Lipiński is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received his Doctor of Technical Sciences degree in Mechanical and Process Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2004 and his Habilitation in Energy Technology from ETH Zurich in 2009.

Dr Lipiński's research interests are in the area of thermal and thermo-chemical sciences applied to novel energy conversion technologies with a focus on renewable and clean energy. His current activities include development of high-temperature processes that utilize concentrated solar radiation for renewable fuel production and power generation. He uses numerical and experimental techniques to study heat and mass transfer phenomena in heterogeneous reacting flows, in particular radiative heat transfer. Dr Lipinski is a scientific committee member for several conferences and workshops in the field of solar energy, a referee for several scientific journals and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.

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