Brief Biography of the Author

Martin G. Sneesby completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree with first class honours at Curtin University of Technology between 1988 and 1991. As an undergraduate, he received several awards, including the Digby Leach Medal for the Most Promising Graduate from an Engineering Faculty (1991) and the CHEMECA Prize for the Best Chemical Engineering Design Project from an Australian University (1992). He obtained three years of industrial experience with Mobil Adelaide Refinery where he worked as a process engineer and process design engineer, before commencing PhD studies back at Curtin University in 1995 with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend (APAWS). Martin is currently employed by Aspen Tech in Cambridge (U.K.) where he builds high fidelity dynamic simulators for operator training and engineering studies. He has written 21 papers and one book on aspects of chemical engineering.

Papers Written in Support of this Thesis

Sneesby, M.G., Tade, M.O. and Datta, R. ier/-Butyl Ethers - A Comparison of Properties, Synthesis Techniques and Operating Conditions for High Conversions. Devel. Chem. Eng. & Mineral Processing, 1995, 3, 89.

Sneesby, M.G., Tade, M.O. and Datta, R. Design and Control Aspects of ETBE Synthesis. Proceedings of the 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technology, Singapore, 1996.

Sneesby, M.G., Tade, M.O. and Datta, R. Methyl tert-Butyl Ether and Ethyl tert-Butyl Ether: A Comparison of Properties, Synthesis Techniques and Operating Conditions. Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, San Diego, 1996.

Sneesby, M.G., Tade, M.O., Datta, R. and Smith, T.N. ETBE Synthesis by Reactive Distillation. 1. Steady State Simulation and Design Aspects. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 1997, 36, 1855.

Sneesby, M.G., Tade, M.O., Datta, R. and Smith, T.N., ETBE Synthesis by Reactive Distillation. 2. Dynamic Simulation and Control Aspects. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 1997, 36,( 1870.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Implications of Reactive Distillation Multiplicity for Operation and Control of Etherification Columns. Proceedings of Distillation and Absorption '97, Maastricht. 1997.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Dynamic Simulation of Transitions Between Parallel Steady States in the Reactive Distillation of MTBE. Proceedings of the Control '97 Conference, Sydney, 1997.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O., Datta, R. and Smith, T.N. Detrimental Influence of Excessive Fractionation on Reactive Distillation. AIChE. J., 1998, 44(2), 388.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Multiplicity and Pseudo-Multiplicity in MTBE and ETBE Reactive Distillation. Trans. I. Chem. E. 1998, 76(A4), 525.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Steady State Transitions in the Reactive Distillation of MTBE. Comp. & Chem. Eng. 1998, 22(7-8), 879.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Two-Point Control of Reactive Distillation: Composition and Conversion. J. Proc. Control. 1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. A Multi-Objective Control Scheme for an ETBE Reactive Distillation Process. Chem. Eng. J., 1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Set-Point Optimisation of a Reactive Distillation Column. Proceedings of ICOTA 98, Perth, 1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Gasoline Additives for Air Pollution Abatement in Australia. 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technology, Gold Coast, 1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O., Datta, R. and Smith, T.N. The Design of Reactive Distillation Processes for ETBE Synthesis. J. lESing1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Mechanistic Explanations of Multiplicity in Hybrid Reactive Distillation - Physically Realisable Cases. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 1998, in print.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O. and Smith, T.N. Reaction Hysteresis: A New Cause of Output Multiplicity in Reactive Distillation. Proceedings of the 6th Irish Chemical Engineering Symposium, 1998, in print

Powell, C., Sneesby, M.G. and Tadé, M.O. Enhanced Process Efficiency from Reactive Distillation Applications in Petroleum Refining. In preparation, 1998.

Hall, B., Sneesby, M.G. and Tadé, M.O. Dynamic Simulation of Reactive Distillation with Hysys™. In preparation, 1998.

Sneesby, M.G., Tadé, M.O., Datta, R. and Smith, T.N. Experimental Verification of Reactive Distillation Models: ETBE Synthesis. In preparation, 1998.

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