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), Monash University. Steven joined CSIRO as an experimental scientist in 2008 and developed expertise in natural gas processing, fluid mechanics as well as complex control systems. Upon completion of his PhD, Steven started his first postdoc with Prof. Gareth McKinley and studied a Leidenfrost effect at  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 PM2.5 capture, bioinspired engineering, a levitation physics, plasma technology and multiphase flow. 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,  CFD group at CAS, Transport Phenomena Group at Kobe University and CSIRO Fluids and Energy Groups.

Steven won the IFS (Institute of Sustainability) grant in 2017. Steven was a Victoria Fellow (2014), winner of ETH seed grant (2016), awardee of a prestigious Victoria Postdoc Fellowship for MIT postdoc training (6 awardees in total), and awardee of a CSIRO OCE Postdoc Fellowship.  He also managed to obtain grants that are relevant to industrial applications, including JRE 2012, and JRE 2013. He obtained best scientific image award, 2nd place, in annual conference organized by Competence Center for Materials and Processes ETH (2016). In 2013, he was given a Sumitomo industrial funding to visit Sumitomo Heavy Industry in Japan. In August 2016, he was the keynote speaker at ACOM2016 conference held at Tendo, Japan. In April 2016, he was the invited guest speaker at WINTech2016 held at Kobe, Japan. In July 2017, he delivered a keynote speech at the 10th International Symposium on Catalysis in Multiphase Reactors.


2016- Lecturer, Newcastle University, United Kingdom                                                  

2015-2016 Postdoc and Project Manager, ETH Zurich, Switzerland                                                                     

2014-2015 Postdoc, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA        

2008-2014 Experimental Scientist, CSIRO, Australia                    

2013 Visiting scholar, Kobe University, Japan                                                                                                                 

2013 Visiting engineer, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Japan


Research Interests

PM2.5, Bio-inspired engineering

Bubbly flow, Inertial Particles, Chaotic flow, Mixing

Leidenfrost, Levitation Physics

Plasma technology



Crystallization, Membrane

Fuel cell, hydrogen (module leader)

Thermodynamics (module leader)