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Martin Rhodes


martin rhodes

Martin Rhodes began his career as a high school teacher, before getting a job in the combustion industry. It was not until 1984 that he started his academic career getting a teaching position at Bradford University in the UK. The Department of Chemical Engineering at Bradford University was well known for research into rheology, solvent extraction and particle technology. Working alongside particle technology greats such as Derek Geldart and John Williams provided an excellent springboard for Rhodes’ developing academic career. At Bradfort he began research into particle technology and developed an interest in particle technology education. Rhodes was part of a team that ran a biennial continuing education course on the subject of particle technology for industry and in 1990 he published a book based on the course.

In 1994 he and his family migrated to Australia and Rhodes took up a post at Monash University, in the Department of Chemical Engineering. ‘With the support of the Department’, he reflected ‘I settled in well and soon had a thriving research group and plenty of funding from the ARC and the CRC for Clean Power from Lignite.’ Rhodes worked on collaborations with researchers from CSIRO and regularly attended the annual CHEMECA conferences.

In 2003, when Professor Sridhar was appointed as Dean of the Faculty, Martin Rhodes became Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. During his time as Head of the Department, Rhodes brought in a number of young academics needed to boost staff numbers as many of the foundation staff were at this stage nearing retirement or had already retired. He left in 2008 and Paul Webley took over as Head.