Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Steven Tay

Associate Professor and Degree Programme Director (MSc in Energy and Sustainability)


Dr Tay is an Associate Professor with Newcastle University in Singapore. He is also the Degree Programme Director for MSc in Energy and Sustainability.


PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of South Australia

BEng (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering), University of South Australia


2016: Sir George Julius Medal (Mechanical College Awards)

2015: Winner, ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology (please click here for media release)

2014: Runners-up, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) Industry Awards (Refrigeration Project Excellence)

2012: Best PhD Thesis Award from the School of Engineering, University of South Australia

2012: Winner, Australia Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) Award (Excellence in HVAC and Refrigeration Research)

2012-2015: Australian Renewable Energy Agency Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009-2012: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2009-2012: University of South Australia Postgraduate Award

2006 & 2007: University of South Australia Chancellor's Letters of Commendation


Innovation patent (AU2013101456), “A coolroom refrigeration arrangement and a method of operation thereof” (2014)


Research Interests

·   Design and optimisation of thermal energy storage systems using phase change materials for refrigeration and solar power plant applications.

·   Investigation of transportable heat transfer enhancement techniques.

·   Development and analysis of phase change materials.

·   Integrating phase change materials into air-conditioning system to improve overall efficiency.

·  Computer Modelling and Simulation - Modelling and simulation of heat transfer process of phase change thermal energy storage systems.

 Current Projects

·  Maximising solar PV with phase change thermal energy storage, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, 2016-2019