Peter is a Professor in Chemical Engineering, a Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology(AIBN), the Director of the Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP), a chief investigator in Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) centre and the Director of Research in the School of Chemical Engineering.
Peter works at the translational research interface between universities and industry. He has worked in industry (SRI international, Sola Optical, Moldflow), has worked in three cooperative research centres (CRCs), has acquired and managed continuous government and industry research projects since 1994, was heavily involved in the spinoff of Plantic Technologies from the CRC food packaging in 2002, and was involved in the research that led to the TenasiTech (TPU nanocomposite) spinoff from UQ in 2007.
Peter leads the CHPP - a virtual cluster of over 80 academics, researchers and students across UQ. In the CHPP he leads a processing research group (CHPP-processing) of 40 academics, researchers and industry partners focusing on the rheology, processing and product design of biopolymers, nanostructured polymers and high value engineering polymers.
Peter is a fellow of the institute of chemical engineers (IChemE) and a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He is also an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Polymer Processing Society (PPS) and the Society of Rheology (SOR). Peter is on the editorial board of the plastics, Rubbers and Composites, Starch and Journal of Renewable Materials.
Current projects are focused on developing new sustainable and bio-based polymers and biochemicals from formulation through to degradation/disposal, understanding processing of nanostructured polymers, developing smarter biopolymers and materials for biomedical, drug delivery, food and high value applications and understanding rheology and processing of a range of polymer, foods and liquids.
Current teaching is in Engineering Thermodynamics and Polymer Engineering. Previous experience in teaching engineering economics, chemical product design, engineering design, polymer rheology and processing, engineering management and fluid mechanics. My overall teaching goal is to be a relevant, well organised, enthusiastic and responsive teacher able to integrate into a variety of team teaching roles in the Engineering program.