Researcher biography


Dr Hong (Marco) Peng is now Senior Research Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering ,the University of Queensland (UQ). He gained a Bachelor's degree in Minerals Engineering and a Master's degree in Microbiology at Central South University, China followed by a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at UQ. Before joining UQ, he had industry experience as a chemical engineer at Olympic Dam site and Newcastle Technology centre, BHP Billiton.


His research focuses on fundamental aspects of chemical engineering processes, with a specialisation in unlocking nucleation and crystallization phenomena via both experimental and molecular simulation approaches. He applies these understandings with projects on utilisation of waste resource as functional materials for water and carbon capture.

Projects and Research Grants:

  1. Green synthesis of adsorption materials from clay minerals, 2019-2020, UniQuest Pathfinder, $24K (Leading CI)
  2. Unlocking Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation. Advance Queensland Research Fellowship (Early Career), 2016-2019, Queensland Government, $430K (Leading CI).
  3. Desilication product characterisation and chemical thermodynamic solubility model, 2017-2020, Alumina Quality Workshop (Inc) Association, $120K (CI)
  4. Quantitative phase analysis of bauxite ore and Bayer process residues (red mud), 2016-2018, Shanghai Synchrotron Access Program. 2016-2018 (Leading CI)
  5. Effect of Leaching Process on Distribution of Minor Valuable Elements in Bauxite Residue, 2018-2020, Shanghai Synchrotron Access Program. 2018-2020 ( Leading CI)
  6. Chemically modified bayer process desilication, 2015-2019, Rio Tinto Limited, $233K (Industry fund, CI)
  7. Synthesis of high purity alumina from kaolin, Industry funding, 2019-2020, Abercorn Kaolin Limited, $220K. (Industry fund, CI)

Teaching and Learning:

  • Lecturer and Coordinator in Chemical Thermodynamics (CHEE3003)
  • Lecturer in Process Modelling and Dynamics (CHEE3007)
  • Lecturer in Engineering Investigation & Statistical Analysis (CHEE2010)

Research Interests

  • Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

Precipitation, crystallisation, bioleaching, froth flotation, nanobubbles

  • Chemical Engineering

Valorisation of bauxite residue and mine tailings, Zeolite, Alum, Environmental functional materials, MD Simulation