Hui Chua

Professor, BEng MEng PhD N.U. Singapore, CEng, CSci, MIChemE

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 1535 Citations
  • 20 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 Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering Program Chair 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 is also a China Shanxi Province Hundred Man Distinguished Professor at the Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi Province, China.

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

ENSC2002 Energy

ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer


Catalytic methane cracking technology
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
Adsorption Engineering & Materials Science
Desalination Engineering & Materials Science
Water Engineering & Materials Science
Thermodynamics Engineering & Materials Science
Silica Gel Chemical Compounds
Temperature Engineering & Materials Science
Distillation Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2006 2017

Research Output 2001 2017

A fundamental thermodynamic assessment of thermal vs reverse-osmosis seawater desalination

Gordon, J. & Chua, H. T. 2017 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

A novel low grade heat driven process to re-concentrate process liquor in alumina refineries

Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H. T., Boom, E., Nicoli, S. & Rosenberg, S. Jul 2017 In : Hydrometallurgy. 170, p. 34-42

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aluminum Oxide

Low Grade Heat Driven Multi-Effect Distillation and Desalination

Rahimi, B. & Chua, H. 2017 Elsevier. 194 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

geothermal energy
4 Citations

Techno-economic analysis of geothermal desalination using Hot Sedimentary Aquifers: A pre-feasibility study for Western Australia

Christ, A., Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K. & Chua, H. T. 17 Feb 2017 In : DESALINATION. 404, p. 167-181 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Economic analysis
feasibility study
economic analysis
2 Citations

The merits of plasmonic desalination

Gordon, J. M. & Chua, H. T. 1 Feb 2017 In : Nature Photonics. 11, 2, p. 70 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter