Chief Investigator


Professor Matthew Cleary (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
PhD (Combustion)

Matthew has a PhD in combustion from the University of Sydney and Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture undergraduate degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. He is an internationally recognised research leader in computational models for turbulent combustion and multiphase fluid flows, with more than two decades of experience in these fields. Matthew is passionate about energy and its central place in the modern world.

Matthew’s specific interests include fundamental research into the development and validation of probabilistic models and stochastic computational methods and software for a wide range of fluid flows. His work has led to the development of accurate and computationally tractable methods based on the solution of transport equations for the probability density function of high-dimensional, non-linear processes with applications in supersonic propulsion, flame synthesis of nano-particle materials and the formation of toxic pollutants. Matthew also conducts applied research with funding from industry and government agencies for projects related to detonation propulsion engines, combustion inhibition and fires, and the generation of atmospheric aerosols for cloud seeding.

Matthew is the Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is a senior member of the Clean Combustion Research Group and leads the Data-Centric Engineering group which is a foundational mission of the Data Science Initiative of the Faculty of Engineering.

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