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Michael Hines Senior Process Development Engineer at Perlemax Ltd


Michael studied Chemical Engineering and Science, majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Queensland, Australia between 1998 and 2002.  An Honours degree in Biotechnology followed the next year.  After a brief venture into Cancer Bioscience at AstraZeneca, UK he returned to UQ to attain his PhD in Chemical Engineering on Hematopoeitc stem cells and microfluidics, 2006 to 2010.  In 2010 he joined ACAL Energy, a small R&D firm developing a novel PEM type fuel cell.  Here, using multiphysics modelling packages, CAD design and process intensification techniques the performance of the gas-liquid contacting reactor at the heart of the system was substantially improved.  During this time he co-authored two patents.  In 2014 he joined Jacobs Engineering where he was seconded into United Utilities, working on troubleshooting and optimisation of the sludge train of the regions wastewater treatment plants.  Since joining Perlemax as Senior Process Development Engineer at the beginning of 2016 he has focussed on implementing microbubbles for the enhancement of bioethanol production, aquaculture, anaerobic digestion enhancement and energy efficient wastewater treatment aeration.

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