School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Steven Wang

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering


Steven Wang obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from The University of Melbourne, Australia. In CSIRO (the federal research body in Australia) fluid mechanics and chaos laboratories, Steven's PhD concerned the motion of inertial particles in chaotic flow, externally supervised by Prof David V Boger (FRS). Steven joined CSIRO as an experimental scientist in 2008 and developed GTL technologies using Australia's abundant natural gas resources.

Upon completion of his PhD, Steven started his first postdoc and studied a Leidenfrost effect at Prof. Gareth H McKinley's non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He did his second postdoc with Prof. Erich Windhab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was working on food processing, a levitation physics as well as bubbly flow.  While at ETH, he was also a project manager for an industrial project looking at mixing of shear-sensitive fruits in non-Newtonian fluids. In addition, he was investigating a novel fluidization technology for sterilization of food powders.

At Newcastle, Steven is working on  a levitation physics, air filtration (PM2.5), bubbly flow and multiphase mixing. Steven is presently collaborating with fluids groups from the USA (including MIT and Princeton University), Food Processing Group at ETH, Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group at ETH,  Flow Control Group at Hokkaido University, Transport Phenomena Group at Kobe University, and CSIRO Fluid and Energy Groups.

Steven won the IFS (Institute of Sustainability) grant 2017. Steven was a Victoria Fellow (2014), winner of ETH seed grant (2016), awardee of a prestigious Victoria Postdoc Fellowship, and awardee of a CSIRO OCE fellowship. He also managed to obtain grants that are relevant to industrial applications, including JRE2012, and JRE2013. He obtained best scientific image award, 2nd place, in annual conference organized by Competence Centre for Materials and Processes ETH (2016).


  • CSIRO/Monash Univeristy,  Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Supervisor: Prof. David. V Boger (FRS)
  • The University of Melbourne, BEng, Chemical Engineering

Previous Positions

  • 2015-16 ETH Zurich, Switzerland,  Supervisor: Prof. Erich Windhab
  • 2014-15 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, Supervisor: Prof. Gareth McKinley
  • 2008-14 Experimental Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

Honours and Awards

  • 2017 Institute of Sustainability Grant
  • 2016 ETH MaP best scientific image award (2nd place)
  • 2016 ETH Seed Grant
  • 2015 Victoria Postdoc Fellowship (declined)
  • 2014 Victoria Fellow
  • 2013 JRE Grant
  • 2012 JRE Grant


Research interests

Bioinspired engineering


Multiphase flow/mixing

Levitation physics


SPG8007 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (MSC, module leader)

CME2028 Thermodynamics (Stage 2, module leader)

CME3033 Separation II (Stage 3)