About AMT

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Advanced Microwave Technologies was established as an Industrial Microwave Research team in 1987.

In early 1987, an Industrial microwave research team was established at Wollongong University, Australia. The team was a collaboration of industry and government and its purpose was investigating and developing industrial applications of microwave energy. The early work was under the directorship of Professor Howard K. Worner and Assoc Professor Frank Paoloni. At that time, Professor Worner was a distinguished Australian scientist with a background in chemistry and metallurgy and Assoc Professor Frank Paoloni was an engineer with high temperature plasma experience. Eventually the focus moved away from automation towards industrial microwave research and development. This industrial research and development organisation became Advanced Microwave Technologies, under the direction of electrical and microwave engineer David McLean.

Advanced Microwave Technologies’ projects over the years have been spread across a wide variety of industries and disciplines. Early projects were funded mainly by the Australian mineral industry and included:

  • high temperature smelting of metals from their ores using microwaves,
  • microwave extraction of oil from shale,
  • microwave processing and
  • drying of coal.

AMT’s early experience in microwave processing of chemicals included:

  • the microwave distillation of oils from shale,
  • the microwave assisted cyanide extraction of gold from mine tailings,
  • microwave extraction of essential oils from plant materials,
  • microwave sterilisation of wastes,
  • the use of microwave generated plasma for destruction of chlorine containing wastes, dioxins, accelerated organic reactions (zinc and polymer compounds),
  • plus many other applications.

Advanced Microwave Technologies have since been involved in over 30 innovative projects across a wide range of industries within Australia and around the world. See our Projects page for a list of our main projects.

David McLean of Advanced Microwave Technologies, presenting at AMPERE 2017 in Delft, Netherlands.
David McLean of Advanced Microwave Technologies, presenting at the 16th International Conference on Microwave and High Frequency Heating: AMPERE 2017 in Delft, Netherlands.

AMT’s core team:

AMT employ and partner with a number of specialists across a broad range of fields on a project by project basis. Our core team of professional technologists are all specialists in their related fields and microwave research and development. We are passionate about the benefits microwave technology can bring to industrial processes and products.

Mr. David McLean is a microwave engineer and Honorary Fellow of The University Of Wollongong with over 30 years experience in microwave process development and microwave material interaction. He has broad experience in the application of microwave energy to many industries and has worked extensively on novel commercial applications.

David has designed many microwave applicators utilising state of the art power supplies and simulation software packages. He has worked extensively in new process development both in Australia and overseas.

Mr. Joel McLean is an electrical engineer with 15 years experience in industrial microwave research and development, applicator design, system automation and microwave interaction & simulation.

Mr. Mathew Zylstra is a mechatronics engineer with experience in mechanical, electrical & software design, high power microwave processing of PFAS contaminated soils, asbestos and soil and seed sterilisation.

Mr. Andrew Milne  has broad experience in microwave construction, mechanical design and experimental trials.

Dr. Dominic Cuiuri is a power and control engineer with over 30 years experience in both heavy industry and manufacturing. He is currently responsible for microwave generator development at AMT and specialises in dynamic control of continuous process environments. Dominic has worked extensively in new equipment development for Australian and International companies.

Dr. Ken McLean is an experienced engineer with over 40 years research experience in various aspects of applied physics and processes. Ken has a systematic approach to experimental trials and detailed understanding of microwave interaction with materials and electromagnetic behavior.

AMT is also in close connection with the University of Wollongong‘s Engineering Department and a diverse range of experienced specialists around the world.

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