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  • PhD graduate in CSG stimulation at the University if Queensland.
  • 5+ years experience of CSG production enhancement in Bowen and Surat Basins. 
  • 2+ years experience in CO2 sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
  • Primary author of numerous CSG stimulation peer reviewed technical publications.
  • Experienced leader of Oil/Gas R&D projects and drilling optimisation. 
  • Extensive knowledge of data analytics for multiple applications.
  • High level of interpersonal skills working with a broad range of clients. 

Work History

Sep 2015Dec 2016

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 was designed to research and evaluate the applicability of adapting a current, commercially available borehole logging technology for dissolved gas species manufactured by WellDog, USA. Position highlights include:

  • Practical and theoretical knowledge in carbon capture and storage policies. 
  • Dynamic geochemical simulations of large scale CO2 injection scenarios.
  • Modelling of aquifer re-injection scenarios with CSG production water. 
  • CSG production water treatment processes.
  • Delivery of multiple external reports to large scale funding bodies.
  • Mathematical modelling and MS Excel macro development. 
  • Experience in data analytics and visualisation software e.g. GIS, SigmaPlot, Spotfire.
Jul 2011Nov 2015

PhD  Scholar

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:

  • Practical experience of CSG production optimisation in Bowen and Surat Basins. 
  • Lead author and chief investigator for numerous peer reviewed publications based on CSG stimulation techniques.
  • Technical presentations and reporting to major CSG partners including Origin Energy, Santos, QGC, Arrow Energy and Schlumberger.
  • Technical presentations at SPE URCE 2013/2015 conferences.
  • Identification of low performance CSG production wells through production plots and various data analytical methods. 
  • Remediation methods for solids production during CSG dewatering.
  • Successful CSG stimulation research commercialism and drilling optimisation. 
  • Chiefly responsible for the design, procurement and installation of a variety of high pressure/temperature core flooding apparatus. 
  • Advanced technical experience of multiple analyses techniques and instrumentation common to Oil/Gas production. 
  • Responsible for the creation and supervision of multiple CSG engineering based final year research projects for UQ undergraduate students.
  • Organisation committee member for annual UQ Engineering Post Graduate Conference (EPC), an event unifying over 300 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 prospectiv local and ingternational Undergraduate Engineering students
Jun 2010Nov 2010

Sales Representative

On The Beach Ltd.
  • Development of customers accounts, financial reporting and cost analysis.
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

  • Deliveries coordinator.
May 2008Sep 2008

Events Coordinator 

New Balance
  • Supervision of merchandising stores at large events, ioncluding London Marathon.



PhD Doctorate - CSG Stimulation Methods

University of Queensland

Completed at the School of Chemical Engineering.


1st Class, MEng, Chemical Engineering

University of Nottingham
  • Awarded Dean's Honour for academic achievement. 

Honours and Awards


1st Place Presentation Award, EPC 2013

University of Queensland
  • Selected for 1st place in the presentation awards for the annual UQ Engineering Postgraduate Conference (EPC) 2013.
  • Event unifies over 300 students from a variety of engineering backgrounds.

International Scholarship

University of Queensland
  • 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. Pore scale numerical investigation on chemical stimulation in coal and permeability enhancement for coal seam gas production, Transport in Porous Media, 2016, Authors: Jinfang Gao, Huilin Xing, Karen Steel, Mohamed Sedek, Sue Golding, Victor Rudolph.

2. A study into the effect of cleat de-mineralisation by hydrochloric acid on the permeability of coal, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2016, Authors: Luc Turner, Karen Steel. 

3. Improving CSG productivity: X-ray uCT investigation of the effects of coal fracture decalcifitcation, Fuel, 2017 (in preparation). Authors: Luc Turner, Reydick D Balucan, Karent Steel. 

4. 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. 

5. The evolution of gas dissociation species during sequestration of a CO2/NO stream, Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, June 2016.

6.  Desktop study and batch reactor experiments to determine baseline levels of CO2, SOx and NOx in Precipice Sandstone, ANLEC R&D, 2016.

7. 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. 

8. Chemical stimulation techniques for increasing the permeability of coal seams, PhD Thesis, UQ School of Chemical Engineering, November 2016. Authors: Luc Turner.

9. 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. 

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

11. 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. 

Organisations and Societies

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Geochemical Society 
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)
  • Formation Evaluation Society of Australia (FESAus)
  • Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Society of Core Analysts  (SCA)
  • University of Queensland Football Club (UQFC)
  • University of Queensland Tennis Club.