Mathew Watson

Associate ProfessorMatt Watson

Associate Professor
Civil Mechanical Rm E543
Internal Phone: 93803
My research focuses on additive manufacturing of supports for industrial catalysis and ultra high temperature electrolytic reduction of metal oxides.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research interests are in additive manufacturing of structured catalyst and adsorbent supports, high-temperature electrolytic reduction of metals, new applications for oxy-fuel combustion, domestic production of maple syrup, and oxygen generation from waste heat.I am investigating optimized structured catalyst and adsorbent supports, for example to increase heat transfer and surface area while minimizing pressure drop, and using additive manufacturing as a means to build and experimentally confirm the structure-property relationships.I am studying the feasibility of using high-temperature electrolysis to produce titanium metal from iron-sands slag. In addition, I am investigating using waste heat coupled with mixed metal oxide materials to produce oxygen through a high-temperature sorption process based on periodic swings in temperature and pressure of the sorbate.I am interested in using oxy-fuel combustion for agricultural domestic animal crematory applications during a virulent disease outbreak such as Aphthae epizooticae (foot-and-mouth disease).I am researching the economic potential, and best locations in New Zealand for maple tree plantations in order to commercially produce maple sap, and investigating alternative processes to vastly improve the energy cost associated with sap concentration to syrup.

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Watson MJ. (2017) Hydrogen applications and research activities in its production routes through catalytic hydrocarbon conversion. Reviews in Chemical Engineering
  • Watson MJ., Chan HM., Harmer MP. and Caram HS. (2005) Feedback-controlled firing of reaction-bonded aluminum oxide. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 88(12): 3380-3387.
  • Watson MJ., Harmer MP., Chan HM. and Caram HS. (2001) Ignition phenomena and controlled firing of reaction-bonded aluminum oxide. Acta Materialia 49(6): 1095-1103.
  • Watson MJ., Chan HM., Harmer MP. and Caram HS. (1998) Effects of milling liquid on the reaction-bonded aluminum oxide process. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 81(8): 2053-2060.
  • Watson MJ., Liakopoulos A., Brzakovic D. and Georgakis C. (1998) A Practical Assessment of Process Data Compression Techniques. Industrial && Engineering Chemistry Research 37(1): 267-274.