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Professor Richard John Brown

Science and Engineering Faculty
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
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Richard Brown is a Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, Director of the Biofuel Engine Research Facility and leader of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group. His disciplines of expertise are Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, which are commonly referred to as Thermofluids because of their close relationship in many Engineering applications. Richard’s research interests include applied thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, renewable/alternative energy, smog formation, emissions/dispersion, environmental fluid mechanics. He leads an active research group consisting of postdocs, Research Fellows, Early- Mid- Career Academics and around  half a dozen PhD students.  To support the work of this group, in 2008 QUT opened the Biofuel Engine Research Facility (BERF) which was conceived as a result of his initiative and leadership. Through the work of this facility and related achievements his research funding exceeds $2.4 M in grants (over 50 % of which he is First Chief Investigator) – Richard has gained national and international recognition and significantly contributed to the development of QUT’s research culture. He has had over 1,600 citations in Scopus (May, 2017) and published over 100 refereed journal papers (over 70 % are in Q1 journals). His areas of interest include:

  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Renewable/Alternative Energy
  • Energy management
  • Emissions, Pollution, Smog Formation
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics


Author publications, as listed on QUT ePrints https://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Brown,_Richard.html

Research areas

Automotive engineering
internal combustion engines
turbulent dispersion
Interdisciplinary engineering
fluid mechanics
Atmospheric sciences


Name: Professor Richard Brown
Phone: +61 7 3138 5157
Fax: +61 7 3138 1516


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