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Luc Turner

Post Doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland


As a recently graduated PhD candidate of the University of Queensland (UQ), I have over 4 years’ experience in the field of coal seam gas (CSG) stimulation. I’m the author of numerous conference and peer reviewed publications and have represented my university at a number of Australian and International conferences.

More recently, I’ve embarked upon research position focusing on CO2 sequestration in the Surat Basin (Queensland, Australia) in collaboration with  Australian National Low Emissions from Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) and WellDog, an innovative oil and gas technologies firm based in the US.

I have experience in working in highly diverse, collaborative environments. I have been pivotal in the development and funding of numerous projects within UQ departments and internationally recognised industry partners. 

My proven track record in the understanding and reporting of complex practical problems have provided me with the necessary tools to further develop my knowledge in Oil and Gas resources outside the field of academia. I’m interested in new opportunities and welcome all connections to my network. 

Work History

Sep 2015Present

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland

Post Doctoral Research Fellow in CO2 Sequestration in a project funded by Australian National Low Emissions from Coal (ANLEC). This project is designed to research and evaluate the applicability of adapting a current, commercially available, borehole logging technology (manufactured by WellDog, USA) to measure injection products in time for a field scale trial in 2020. 

Jul 2011Nov 2015

PhD Candidate

University of Queensland

Thesis Title: "Chemical stimulation techniques for increasing the permeability of coal seams"

The project formed part of the Petroleum Engineering arm of the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG), a multi-million dollar research organisation founded in 2011 to harness the extensive capability of UQ researchers. Position highlights include:

  • Lead author and chief investigator for numerous conference and peer reviewed publications. 
  • Provision of detailed quarterly reports for industrial research partners including Santos, QGC, Arrow and Origin Energy. 
  • Design, procurement and installation of a variety of novel experimental apparatus, currently in use by several research professionals. 
  • Developed and executed collaborations with Australian and international research groups.
  • Developed strategic alliances and collaborations with Australian and Internationally recognised CSG stimulation experts, including Blue Iron Cove and Schlumberger. 
  • Responsible for the creation and supervision of CSG based final year research projects for undergraduate students.
Jul 2013Jul 2015


University of Queensland
  • Lead tutor for a number of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Courses, including Fluid Dynamics and Reactor Design.
  • Developed and implemented highly successful introductory sessions for prospective Undergraduate Engineering students that was further extended for International students.
May 2008Sep 2009


University of Nottingham National Centre of Industrial Microwave Processing
  • Researcher for a variety of multi-disciplinary projects spanning process engineering, electrical and microwave engineering, process assessment and materials science.
  • The research contributed to a number of peer reviewed publications.
Jun 2008Sep 2008

Supply Chain Analyst


Supply Chain Analyst 

May 2008Sep 2008

Special Events Intern

New Balance

Special Events Intern



PHD Doctorate

University of Queensland

1st Class, MEng, Chemical Engineering

University of Nottingham

Honours and Awards


International Scholarship

University of Queensland

The UQI scholarships are awarded competitively, based on merit, to outstanding international students undertaking a research higher degree.


BP Scholarship Award

British Petroleum (BP)

Recipient of the BP Scholarship Bursary,  awarded to undergraduates with outstanding academic results, for four consecutive years. 


1. Acid-induced mineral alteration and its influence on the permeability and compressibility of coal, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2016. Authors: Reydick D Balucan, Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 

2. The influence of cleat de-mineralisation on the compressibility of coal, Society of Petroleum Engineers, November 9, 2015. Authors: Reydick D Balucan, Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 

3. A study into the effect of HCl on the permeability of coal cores rich in calcite and mixed calcite/clay for enhancing coal seam gas extraction, International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourne, 2015 September 27, 2015. Authors: Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 

4. Novel chemical stimulation techniques to enhance coal permeability, Society of Petroleum Engineers November 11, 2013. Authors: Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 

5. Novel chemical stimulation techniques to enhance coal permeability, International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Penn State University, 2013. September 29, 2013. Authors: Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 


- Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

- Geochemical Society 

- Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

- Formation Evaluation Society of Australia (FEAus)

- Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

- Society of Core Analysts  (SCA)


Project Planning
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Petroleum Geoscience
Equipment Design and Procurement
Process optimisation