Paul is a professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He has an international reputation for his research in the field of wastewater treatment. His formal qualifications include a MEng and PhD from Newcastle University (UK) and an MBA from The University of Queensland.
He was a co-founder of the Advanced Water Management Centre, the leading water and wastewater R&D group in Australia. Paul has made major research contributions in the fields of biological nutrient removal, activated sludge floc modelling and understanding, mixed culture PHA production, LCA of urban water systems and industrial wastewater treatment. Paul is also establishing a reputation as a leading chemical engineering educator, receiving awards for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision innovations.
Paul was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship in 2005 to further develop collaboration with UK researchers. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul has successfully started up a number of commercial ventures.