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Dr Gordon Lucas

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5062, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO23.344
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5062
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO23.344  


Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering within the School of Engineering.

Current Teaching

  • ENS4114 Minerals and Solids Processing
  • ENS2116 Process Systems Analysis
  • ENS3112 Process Engineering Unit Operations
  • ENS4209 Process Control


  • 6 years experience in the minerals processing industry working as a process engineer and research chemist.

Research Areas and Interests

Research interests include the linkage of renewable energy or waste heat energy for use in desalination systems. Work includes the design of desalination systems that can operate economically under variable energy inputs, which is characteristic of renewable energy sources. For example, desalination systems that operate under variable wind energy are under investigation, with the aim to reduce the capital costs and overall costs of wind desalination systems.
Other novel technologies under investigation include the production of water from the atmosphere using separation techniques.


  • Doctor in Science, Germany, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2000.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne, 2000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Hooman, K., Lucas, G., (2017), Efficiency of a combined desalination and power system utilising a two-phase flow multi-stream heat exchanger. Heat Transfer Engineering, 38(11-12), 1000-1007, New York, USA, Taylor & Francis Inc., DOI: 10.1080/01457632.2016.1216939.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Hooman, K., Lucas, G., (2016), Optimised exergy efficiency of a combined flash spray desalinator recovering discharge thermal energy. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57(40), 18588-18596, Taylor and Francis Inc., DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1095684.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Lucas, G., Hooman, K., (2015), Performance analysis of a low pressure discharge thermal energy combined desalination unit. Applied Thermal Engineering, 76(February), 116-122, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.10.092.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Novel Discharge Thermal Energy Combined Desalination And Power Cycle Utilising A Vacuum Spray Flash Evaporator
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