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. McQuillan R, Stevens G, Mumford K. Electrochemical removal of naphthalene from contaminated waters using carbon electrodes, and viability for environmental deployment.. J Hazard Mater. Elsevier BV. 2020, Vol. 383. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121244
  2. Wu Y, Alivand MS, Hu G, Stevens G, Mumford K. Nucleation kinetics of glycine promoted concentrated potassium carbonate solvents for carbon dioxide absorption. Chemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2020, Vol. 381. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.122712
  3. Zhang J, Wang Y, Stevens G, Fei W. A state-of-the-art review on single drop study in liquid–liquid extraction: Experiments and simulations. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. Chemical Industry Press. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2019.03.025
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Sheikh Alivand M, Mazaheri O, Wu Y, Stevens G, Scholes C, Mumford K. Data in brief on CO2 absorption-desorption of aqueous-based amino acid solvents with phase change behaviour. Data in Brief. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 27. DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104741
  7. 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
  8. Sheikh Alivand M, Mazaheri O, Wu Y, Stevens G, Scholes C, Mumford K. Development of aqueous-based phase change amino acid solvents for energy-efficient CO2 capture: The role of antisolvent. Applied Energy. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 256. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113911
  9. Kobayashi Y, Nakamura H, Kawano SI, Oshima S, Watanabe Y, Stevens G, Komatsu Y, Fujinaga K. Homogeneous Liquid-Liquid Extraction of Metal Ion Utilizing Upper Critical Solution Temperature of Propylene Carbonate. Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange. Marcel Dekker. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/07366299.2019.1691304
  10. Ma J, Wang Y, Stevens G, Mumford K. Hydrocarbon adsorption performance and regeneration stability of diphenyldichlorosilane coated zeolite and its application in permeable reactive barriers: Column studies. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. Elsevier Science. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2019.109843
  11. Hosseini E, Stevens G, Scholes C. Membrane gas-solvent contactors undergoing oscillating solvent flow for enhanced carbon dioxide capture. Separation and Purification Technology. 2019, Vol. 227. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.05.095
  12. Chen S, Wu Y, Stevens G, Hu G, Sun W, Mumford K. Precipitation study of CO2-loaded glycinate solution with the introduction of ethanol as an antisolvent. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. Springer Verlag. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s11705-019-1882-4
  13. Richards L, Lutz A, Chalmers DK, Jarrold A, Bowser T, Stevens G, Gras S. Production of metabolites of the anti-cancer drug noscapine using a P450BM3 mutant library.. Biotechnol Rep (Amst). 2019, Vol. 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.btre.2019.e00372
  14. Hong T, Liu M, Ma J, Yang G, Li L, Mumford K, Stevens G. Selective recovery of Rhenium from industrial leach solutions by synergistic solvent extraction. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier Science. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.116281
  15. 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

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