Dr Dale McClure

PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering

J01 - Chemical Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dale McClure joined the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2014 following the completion of his PhD. He has strong experience in modelling, process design and optimisation, microbiology, computational fluid dynamics and chemistry. He has been involved with a range of projects, many in collaboration with industrial partners with the aim of optimising current processes.

Research interests

Many of the products we use in our day-to-day life are produced using various kinds of biotechnology, including foods such as bread, beer and soy sauce as well as antibiotics, vitamins and some plastics. Dr Dale McClure's research aims to improve our existing biotechnology processes and develop new ones, making useful products cheaper and more widely available, and their production processes more efficient and environmentally friendly.

"Biotechnology enables us to make certain products using renewable sources, replacing crude oil and using more environmentally friendly processes.

"For example, we've recently started working on using microalgae to produce compounds with certain health benefits. This production process has the advantage of using only sunlight and carbon dioxide as the main inputs, meaning it's very sustainable. And the products themselves have applications such as in reducing diseases like osteoporosis. So by developing new, better ways of producing them we can make them more widely available, thereby reducing the incidence of disease in the community.

"I'm also working on processes that take waste from the food and agricultural industries and turn it into something more valuable. In the long term I'd like these processes to be used commercially to benefit Australian farmers and companies by providing them with new and valuable products from what was once a problem, to benefit the environment by reducing waste and using 'greener' processes, and to benefit the community by making the product cheaper and more readily available.

"It's very exciting to be able to develop new products and processes with real-world applications, because it combines a need to improve the fundamental science with having a lot of practical problems to solve.

"I've been working in this area since completing my PhD at the University of Sydney. Being at the University gives me the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field, and to work in a supportive environment with excellent colleagues."

Selected publications

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Journals

  • McClure, D., Lamy, M., Black, L., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2017). An experimental investigation into the behaviour of antifoaming agents. Chemical Engineering Science, 160, 269-274. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, D., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2017). CFD simulation of industrial bubble columns: Numerical challenges and model validation successes. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 44, 25-42. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2017). Experimental investigation into the drag volume fraction correction term for gas-liquid bubbly flows. Chemical Engineering Science, 170, 91-97. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Dolton, T., Barton, G., Fletcher, D., Kavanagh, J. (2017). Hydrodynamics and mixing in airlift contactors: Experimental work and CFD modelling. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 127, 154-169. [More Information]
  • Luiz, A., McClure, D., Lim, K., Leslie, G., Coster, H., Barton, G., Kavanagh, J. (2017). Potential upgrading of bio-refinery streams by electrodialysis. Desalination, 415, 20-28. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2016). Characterizing bubble column bioreactor performance using computational fluid dynamics. Chemical Engineering Science, 144, 58-74. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Wang, C., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2016). Experimental investigation into the impact of sparger design on bubble columns at high superficial velocities. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 106, 205-213. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Lee, A., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Impact of surfactant addition on oxygen mass transfer in a bubble column. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 38(1), 44-52. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Aboudha, N., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Mixing in bubble column reactors: Experimental study and CFD modeling. Chemical Engineering Journal, 264, 291-301. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Oxygen transfer in bubble columns at industrially relevant superficial velocities: Experimental work and CFD modelling. Chemical Engineering Journal, 280, 138-146. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Norris, H., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Towards a CFD model of bubble columns containing significant surfactant levels. Chemical Engineering Science, 127(May 2015), 189-201. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Development of a CFD Model of Bubble Column Bioreactors: Part Two - Comparison of Experimental Data and CFD Predictions. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 37(1), 131-140. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Deligny, J., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Impact of Surfactant Chemistry on Bubble Column Systems. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 37(4), 652-658. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Norris, H., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Validation of a Computationally Efficient Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Model for Industrial Bubble Column Bioreactors. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53(37), 14526-14543. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2013). Development of a CFD model of bubble column bioreactors: Part one - A detailed experimental study. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 36(12), 2065-2070. [More Information]

Conferences

  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2016). Modelling Industrial-scale Bubble Column Bio-reactors Using Computational Fluid Dynamics. European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) 2016, Dublin.
  • Ma, Y., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Valtchev, P., Dehghani, F. (2016). The Effect Of Food Source Nutrients On Menaquione-7 Fermentation By Bacillus Subtilis. European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) 2016, Dublin.
  • Fletcher, D., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2015). CFD simulation of industrial bubble columns: numerical and modelling challenges and successes. Eleventh International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO.
  • Kavanagh, J., McClure, D., Ronzani, S., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2015). Effect Of Mixing Time On The Performance of Recombinant E.coli Fermentations: Comparison Of Multi-Compartment Approach With CFD. Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015: APCChE2015, incorporating CHEMECA 2015, Melbourne: Engineers Australia.
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2015). Progress Towards the Development of a Validated Model for Industrial Bubble Column Bioreactors. The 10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE10) / 3rd European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB3) / 5th EPIC European Process Intensification Conference (EPIC5), Nice, France.

2017

  • McClure, D., Lamy, M., Black, L., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2017). An experimental investigation into the behaviour of antifoaming agents. Chemical Engineering Science, 160, 269-274. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, D., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2017). CFD simulation of industrial bubble columns: Numerical challenges and model validation successes. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 44, 25-42. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2017). Experimental investigation into the drag volume fraction correction term for gas-liquid bubbly flows. Chemical Engineering Science, 170, 91-97. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Dolton, T., Barton, G., Fletcher, D., Kavanagh, J. (2017). Hydrodynamics and mixing in airlift contactors: Experimental work and CFD modelling. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 127, 154-169. [More Information]
  • Luiz, A., McClure, D., Lim, K., Leslie, G., Coster, H., Barton, G., Kavanagh, J. (2017). Potential upgrading of bio-refinery streams by electrodialysis. Desalination, 415, 20-28. [More Information]

2016

  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2016). Characterizing bubble column bioreactor performance using computational fluid dynamics. Chemical Engineering Science, 144, 58-74. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Wang, C., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2016). Experimental investigation into the impact of sparger design on bubble columns at high superficial velocities. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 106, 205-213. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2016). Modelling Industrial-scale Bubble Column Bio-reactors Using Computational Fluid Dynamics. European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) 2016, Dublin.
  • Ma, Y., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Valtchev, P., Dehghani, F. (2016). The Effect Of Food Source Nutrients On Menaquione-7 Fermentation By Bacillus Subtilis. European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) 2016, Dublin.

2015

  • Fletcher, D., McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G. (2015). CFD simulation of industrial bubble columns: numerical and modelling challenges and successes. Eleventh International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO.
  • Kavanagh, J., McClure, D., Ronzani, S., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2015). Effect Of Mixing Time On The Performance of Recombinant E.coli Fermentations: Comparison Of Multi-Compartment Approach With CFD. Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015: APCChE2015, incorporating CHEMECA 2015, Melbourne: Engineers Australia.
  • McClure, D., Lee, A., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Impact of surfactant addition on oxygen mass transfer in a bubble column. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 38(1), 44-52. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Aboudha, N., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Mixing in bubble column reactors: Experimental study and CFD modeling. Chemical Engineering Journal, 264, 291-301. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Oxygen transfer in bubble columns at industrially relevant superficial velocities: Experimental work and CFD modelling. Chemical Engineering Journal, 280, 138-146. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Barton, G., Fletcher, D. (2015). Progress Towards the Development of a Validated Model for Industrial Bubble Column Bioreactors. The 10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE10) / 3rd European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB3) / 5th EPIC European Process Intensification Conference (EPIC5), Nice, France.
  • McClure, D., Norris, H., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2015). Towards a CFD model of bubble columns containing significant surfactant levels. Chemical Engineering Science, 127(May 2015), 189-201. [More Information]

2014

  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Development of a CFD Model of Bubble Column Bioreactors: Part Two - Comparison of Experimental Data and CFD Predictions. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 37(1), 131-140. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Deligny, J., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Impact of Surfactant Chemistry on Bubble Column Systems. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 37(4), 652-658. [More Information]
  • McClure, D., Norris, H., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2014). Validation of a Computationally Efficient Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Model for Industrial Bubble Column Bioreactors. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53(37), 14526-14543. [More Information]

2013

  • McClure, D., Kavanagh, J., Fletcher, D., Barton, G. (2013). Development of a CFD model of bubble column bioreactors: Part one - A detailed experimental study. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 36(12), 2065-2070. [More Information]

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