Professor Geoff Stevens

  • Room: Level: GR Room: G03
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • CO2 Separation
  • Chemical Engineering, separation processes, interfacial phenomena, solvent extraction (Solvent extraction, tissue engineering, environmental remediation)
  • Emulsion Stability
  • Hydrodynamics of Dispersions
  • Ion Exchange
  • Mass Transfer and Diffusion Processes
  • Soft Tissue Engineering & Biocompatible Materials

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Prof Geoff Stevens is a Laureate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

Prof Stevens leads an internationally recognised separations group, is a Project Leader in the CRC for greenhouse gas remediation (CO2CRC). He was Secretary General of the International Solvent Extraction Committee (1996-2016) and is on the editorial boards for 'Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange' (1999-2016), 'Hydrometallurgy' (1994-2016), 'Chinese journal of Chemical Engineering' and the 'Chem Eng Journal'.

Research interests are in the areas of separation processes, particularly solvent extraction, interfacial phenomena and emulsion stability. The research is primarily in the hydrometallurgical field but also covers aspects of food, pharmaceutical processing and environmental or waste water processing.

Prof Stevens has been named in Engineers Australias list of the 100 Most Influential Engineers 3 years in a row. Sponsored by Engineers Australia, the list aims to acknowledge engineers who have a positive influence on society.

Professor Stevens has been bestowed with the honour of Melbourne Laureate Professor in September 2011 in recognition of an outstanding career and contribution to the discipline and the University.

Professor Stevens researching separation processes with particular focus on solvent extraction received the Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence in 2014. This award recognizes his outstanding contribution as a mentor providing exceptional support and respect for colleague development. He was also nominated for the Australian Awards for University Teaching in the Category: High Impact Intervention for progression retention and attainment.

Recent publications

  1. Zhang J, Wang Y, Stevens G, Fei W. An experimental study on single drop rising in a low interfacial tension liquid–liquid system. Chemical Engineering Research and Design. Institute of Chemical Engineers. 2019, Vol. 148. DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2019.06.024
  2. Li W, Wang Y, Lu H, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Comparison of mass transfer performance of pulsed columns with Tenova kinetics internals and standard disc and doughnut internals. HYDROMETALLURGY. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 186. DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2019.04.015
  3. Hong T, Luo J, Mumford K, Stevens G, Zheng S. Desilication of concentrated alkali solution by novel desilication reagent calcium hydroferrocarbonate: Part III. Standard thermodynamics investigation of desilication reaction using hydroferrite desilication reagents. Hydrometallurgy. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 187. DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2019.05.011
  4. Hosseini E, Stevens G, Scholes C. Membrane gas-solvent contactors undergoing oscillating solvent flow for enhanced carbon dioxide capture. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 227. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.05.095
  5. Moore T, Biviano M, Mumford K, Dagastine R, Stevens G, Webley P. Solvent Impregnated Polymers for Carbon Capture. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 58, Issue 16. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b05603
  6. Hu G, Xiao Z, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G, Connal L. A carbonic anhydrase inspired temperature responsive polymer based catalyst for accelerating carbon capture. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.039
  7. Wang D, Cattrall R, Li J, Gameiro Sa Almeida M, Stevens G, Kolev S. A comparison of the use of commercial and diluent free LIX84I in poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)-based polymer inclusion membranes for the extraction and transport of Cu(II). SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 202. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.03.037
  8. Ozcelik B, Palmer J, Ladewig K, Marina PF, Stevens G, Abberton K, Morrison W, Blencowe A, Qiao G. Biocompatible Porous Polyester-Ether Hydrogel Scaffolds with Cross-Linker Mediated Biodegradation and Mechanical Properties for Tissue Augmentation. POLYMERS. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3390/polym10020179
  9. Hu G, Smith K, Wu Y, Mumford K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbon dioxide capture by solvent absorption using amino acids: A review. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.08.003
  10. Li W, Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Comparison of the Axial Dispersion Performance of Pulsed Solvent Extraction Columns with Tenova Pulsed Column-Kinetics Internals and Standard Disc and Doughnut Internals. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1080/07366299.2018.1495688
  11. Moore T, Mumford K, Stevens G, Webley P. Enhancement in Specific Absorption Rate By Solvent Microencapsulation. AICHE JOURNAL. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 2018, Vol. 64, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1002/aic.16366
  12. Castaneda-Herrera CA, Black J, Llanos Rodriguez E, Stevens G, Haese R. Formation of an amorphous silica gel barrier under CO2 storage conditions. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.07.013
  13. Schmuecker C, Stevens G, Mumford K. Liquid marble formation and solvent vapor treatment of the biodegradable polymers polylactic acid and polycaprolactone. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Academic Press. 2018, Vol. 514. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.12.033
  14. Wu Y, Wu F, Hu G, Mirza N, Stevens G, Mumford K. Modelling of a post-combustion carbon dioxide capture absorber using potassium carbonate solvent in Aspen Custom Modeller. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.06.005
  15. Li W, Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Prediction of holdup and drop size distribution in a disc-doughnut pulsed column with tenova kinetics internals for the water-Alamine 336 system. HYDROMETALLURGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 181. DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2018.08.017

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