The UQ Centre for Natural Gas is headed by a Director and three professorial research chairs. The Centre’s professors play a lead role in the development of the Centre’s research program while also managing selected projects and monitoring research performance. Activities are guided by two advisory bodies which include members from UQ, the natural gas industry and the Queensland regulator. The centre engages researchers from a variety of schools and centres to deliver individual research projects.

Research Leaders

Professional Staff

Researchers

Chief investigators

  • Tom Rufford

    Dr Tom Rufford

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Senior Lecturer
    School of Chemical Engineering
  • Zhongwei Chen

    Dr Zhongwei Chen

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Senior Lecturer
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
  • Greg Birkett

    Associate Professor Greg Birkett

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Associate Professor, Deputy Associate Dean (CS)
    School of Chemical Engineering
  • Christopher Leonardi

    Dr Christopher Leonardi

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching and Learning, Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
  • Neil McIntyre

    Professor Neil McIntyre

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Professor of Water Resources
    Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, Sustainable Minerals Institute | School of Civil Engineering
  • Nicole Gillespie

    Professor Nicole Gillespie

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    KPMG Chair in Org Trust
    School of Business
  • Peer Schenk

    Professor Peer Schenk

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Karen Steel

    Dr Karen Steel

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
  • Steven Pratt

    Associate Professor Steven Pratt

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
  • Emeritus Professor Sue Golding

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Emeritus Professor
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Sue Vink

    Associate Professor Sue Vink

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Principal Research Fellow
    Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
  • Victor Rudolph

    Emeritus Professor Victor Rudolph

    Chief Investigator
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering

Honorary Professors

  • Suzanne Hurter

    Professor Suzanne Hurter

    Energi Simulation Industrial Co-Chair in (Unconventional) Onshore Gas Reservoir Modelling
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
  • Suping Peng

    Honorary Professor
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing)
  • James Underschultz

    James Underschultz

    Honorary Professor
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
  • Xingjin Wang

    Honorary Professor
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Denison Gas

Honorary Fellows

Affiliate Professors

  • Professor Peta Ashworth

    Affiliate Professor
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Director, Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, Chair, Sustainable Energy Futures
    School of Chemical Engineering
  • Diane Donovan

    Professor Diane Donovan

    Affiliate Professor
    UQ Centre for Natural Gas
    Professor
    School of Mathematics, Faculty of Science