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    Clean Energy Technology Research
    Update time: 2013-06-08
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    Clean Energy Technology Research




    Paul A Webley
    Professor, Depart of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia


    Time & Date:


    9:30-10:30am, June 20, 2013, Thursday




    Meeting Room 205





    The development of clean and efficient technology is essential for the future of humanity. In our laboratory we have worked on efficient processes and materials for removal and use of CO2 from process streams as well as processes for enrichment of biogas. In this presentation we will discuss our projects related to nano-materials development, CO2 conversion to DME, treatment of biogas as well as our work on use of microalgae for fuel provision. We also highlight our achievements in CO2 capture technology, nano-materials development for capture and utilization, and nano-materials for catalysis.


    Speakers CV:




    PhD. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, 1989

    MSCEP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1986

    MSc.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1985

    BSc.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1983



    2011 – Present   Professor, Depart of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia

    2008 – 2011   Professor, Chairman and Head at Depart of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Australia

    2007 – 2008   Professor, Associate Dean (Research) in Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia

    2001 – 2007   Reader, Monash University, Australia

    1996 – 2001   Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Australia

    1992 – 1996   Senior process research and development engineer in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

    1990 – 1992   Assistant Professor and Director, MIT School of Chemical Engineering practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


    Paul is the editor in Journal of Chemical engineering research and design, Journal of Adsorption. He is also scientific committee for Journal of Adsorption and a Board chairman in International adsorption society. He is a member of chemE and Australian energy sciety. He is the author of more than 150 papers in scientific journals and books, and author of more than 100 contributions to international and national conferences.


    Paul Webley’s research area falls into two main areas: adsorption engineering and clean energy technologies. He has established the Adsorption Engineering Laboratory to investigate the applications of adsorbents to separations of gas and liquid mixtures of significance in the environmental and energy areas. His projects have been supporting by Australian government – ARC (Austrslian Research Council), CRC (Cooperative Research Center) and also by major industratries such as Air Products and Chemicals, Chevron, BP et al. He has several international research collabration projects with India, China, Europ and US.


    His adsorption interests are in producing novel nano-adsorbents and adsorption processes for gas separations in the following industries: 

        CO2 capture from flue gas and process streams 
       Natural gas and coal seam gas purification and CO2, N2 removal 
        O2/N2/Ar separation 
        Synthesis gas separation and hydrogen purification 
       Biogas purification 
       Hydrogen and methane storage 

    In the energy area, his interests include: 
        Applications of exergy analysis to improve energy generation and process industries including CO2 capture technologies 
        Use of irreversible thermodynamics to understand non-linear transport phenomena in energy production 
        Development of novel catalysts for CO2 utilization technologies including DME synthesis (Catalyst)
        Solar thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage materials 
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