Christopher Cooper

PhD Student

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Craig Building (35A), Level 2



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Climate change, Heavy Industry Decarbonisation, Low Emission Ironmaking, Green Steel, Green Hydrogen, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Engineering


Chris is a PhD student currently researching hydrogen plasma smelting and hydrogen direct reduction for low emission iron making. The aim of the work is to combine experimental research and numerical modelling to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of several iron making pathways. One of the key objectives it to evaluate their performance when using Australian iron ore, such as ore from the Pilbara region in Western Australia.


Chris completed a Bachelor of Engineering Honours at the University of Sydney in 2020 and worked for two years in computer vision before beginning a PhD at ANU. He is passionate about engineering and finding technology breakthroughs to mitigate the climate catastrophe.

Activities & Awards:

- ANU PhD Scholarship (AGRTP, 2023)

- University Medal (University of Sydney, 2020)

- Outstanding Proficiency Prize in Senior Mechatronic Engineering (University of Sydney, 2019)

- William and Jane Grahame Mechanical Engineering Scholarship (University of Sydney, 2019)

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