Hui Chua

Professor, BEng MEng PhD N.U. Singapore, FIEAust, CPEng, NER, FIChemE, CEng, CSci

  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2698 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
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Personal profile


Professor Dr Hui Tong Chua, PhD (NUS), M.Eng. (NUS), B.Eng (1st Class Hons, NUS), is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA). His research interest covers Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Process Engineering and Waste Heat Utilisation. Seven of his international peer reviewed journal articles are among the top 1% percentile in the field of Engineering in terms of citation.

One of his key research achievements is the successful spinning off of his catalytic methane cracking technology, now known as the Hazer Process, as Hazer Group Ltd., which raised $5m in their Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:HZR) in November 2015. Hui Tong is one of the original inventors of the technology.

Hui Tong holds a Ph.D., an M.Eng. and a B.Eng.(1st Class Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prior to joining UWA, Hui Tong was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Singapore.

Hui Tong's ResearcherID is B-1317-2008 (Web of Science).

Previous positions

Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore (1999-2004)

Senior Tutor, National University of Singapore (1998-1999)

Professional Officer, National University of Singapore (1993-1996)

Teaching overview

ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer


Waste heat driven desalination and evaporation technology
High flux bright light synthesis of nanoparticles.
Geothermal energy



Mandarin Chinese

Cantonese Chinese


  • Chiller diagnostics and performance monitoring
  • Cooling science and engineering ranging from vapour compression to heat driven chillers
  • Hydrogen production technologies
  • Gas storage and measurement
  • Geothermal desalination
  • Geothermal air conditioning
  • Joule-Thomson cryocooler
  • Sorption engineering
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Thermophysical properties of refrigerant

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Silica gel Engineering & Materials Science
Thermodynamics Engineering & Materials Science
Adsorption Engineering & Materials Science
Cooling Engineering & Materials Science
Desalination Engineering & Materials Science
Water Engineering & Materials Science
Temperature Engineering & Materials Science
Distillation Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1994 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

An industrial application of low-grade sensible waste heat driven seawater desalination: A case study

Rahimi, B., Marvi, Z., Alamolhoda, A. A., Tehranifard, M. A. & Chua, H. T., 8 Jul 2019, In : Desalination.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Waste heat
Industrial applications

Mineral recovery through geothermal desalination

Chua, H. T., Sommer, H. & Regenauer-Lieb, K., 2019, Proceedings of the 40th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop: presented by the University of Auckland Geothermal Institute in conjunction with the Centre for Continuing Education. Auckland, N.Z.: Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Open Access

Panorama of boron nitride nanostructures via lamp ablation

Eshon, S., Zhang, W., Saunders, M., Zhang, Y., Chua, H. T. & Gordon, J. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Nano Research. 12, 3, p. 557-562 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Boron nitride
Electric lamps

Thermal performance prediction of outdoor swimming pools

Lovell, D., Rickerby, T., Vandereydt, B., Do, L., Wang, X., Srinivasan, K. & Chua, H. T., Aug 2019, In : Building and Environment. 160, 106167.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Swimming pools
heat pump

A cost effective, energy saving boosted evaporation process for alumina refineries

Zhang, H., Chua, H. T., Boom, E. & Cochrane, D., 2018, Alumina2018: The 11th AQW International Conference: Efficiency for the future. Australia: AQW, p. 90-98 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Open Access
Energy conservation

Projects 2006 2019