The MGA Thermal team is based at the University of Newcastle, Australia and led by materials expert Professor Erich Kisi. Since the development and patenting of the technology, the team of highly experienced scientists and engineers, have driven the technology from the realm of laboratory material science through proof of concept and onto the demonstration and pilot scale.
The Core Team
Professor of Materials Science at the University of Newcastle, Erich has more than 30 years of experience in material science and crystallography. He has authored more than 140 scientific publications and gained more than $9M worth of research. You can find out more about Erich here.
Dr. Dylan Cuskelly is mechanical/materials engineer specialising in material synthesis. Dylan is at home in the lab, creating new materials tailored to specific practical engineering uses, and exploring the feasibility of the large range of systems already known.
Dr. Alex Post is a physicist/mechanical engineering focusing on solar power systems and their economics. He is particularly interested in how Miscibility Gap Alloy technology can be incorporated into large scale application to enhance productivity or produce clean, renewable energy directly from the sun’s heat.
Mr. Mark Copus is a mechanical engineering PhD student investigating manufacturing of the technology, from lab to commercial scale. His work involves a large range of scale-up techniques including; creation of modular systems, traditional and advanced manufacture techniques, and implementation of MGAs into a thermal storage system.
Mr. Sam Reed is a mechanical engineering PhD student working in close conjunction with Dr. Cuskelly and Mr. Copus, working in the areas of identifying. Primarily creating new systems and investigating their enhanced properties.
Mr. Ben Fraser is a mechanical engineering PhD student working closely with Dr. Rawson and Dr. Post in the field of computational analysis. He specifically investigates energy storage and extraction characteristics, through computation and experimentation.
The extended team
Dr. Heber Sugo is an experienced and resourceful materials scientist/engineer, with 30 years of experience in the field. He has worked extensively with Prof. Kisi for many years.
Dr. Anthony Rawson is a Mechanical Engineer and expert computational analyst in the fields of materials science, material physics, and transfer phenomena. Anthony’s work allows us to optimise our technology’s worth over a large range of engineering applications. Now working at the German Aerospace Centre, Anthony also facilitates global collaboration.