Associate Professor Robert Taylor
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Robert Taylor

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Robert Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Research Interests
Taylor's main research interest is in the development of ‘next generation’ solar thermal collectors. Drawing on the fields of heat transfer and nanotechnology, he is researching new/novel working fluids and materials for solar systems.  His main goal is to provide a more efficient or more economic coupling between solar energy and useful thermal and/or electrical energy.

Current Research Projects

  • Solar desalination systems
  • Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal systems
  • Concentrating solar thermal technologies
  • Engineered optical materials (nanofluids, thin films, selective surfaces)
  • High temperature receviers, storage materials, and working fluids for solar thermal harvesting
  • Nanomedicine (nanoparticle treatments)

 For more information on A/Prof. Taylor's research, please have a look at Google Scholar or Rob's Crew.

+612 9065 1793
Ainsworth Building (J17) Level 4, Room 402C
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Yang M; Zhang Y; Wang Q; Zhu Y; Taylor RA, 2022, 'A coupled structural-optical analysis of a novel umbrella heliostat', Solar Energy, vol. 231, pp. 880 - 888,
  • Conference Posters | 2018
    Beier L; Li Q; taylor R; leslie G; Tan J, 2018, 'An integrated solar-driven membrane distillation system for water purification and energy production', Valencia, Spain, Vol. 237, pp. 534 - 548, presented at Euromembrane 2018, Valencia, Spain, 09 July 2018 - 13 July 2018,
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Prasad AA; Kay MJ, 2015, 'Assessment for solar and wind synergy in Australia', Vol. 190, pp. 354 - 367, presented at 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, 29 November 2015 - 04 December 2015,
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Khullar V; Tyagi H; Phelan P; Otanicar T; Singh H; Taylor R, 2012, 'Solar Energy Harvesting using a Nanofluid-Based Concentrating Solar Collectors', in 3rd Annual Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Atlanta, GA, USA, pp. MNHMT2012-75329 - MNHMT2012-75329, presented at ASME 2012 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, 03 March 2012 - 06 March 2012,

My Research Supervision

Solar thermal technologies; Hybrid solar collectors; Energy systems analysis; Heat transfer; Thermofluids