Professor Paul Webley

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.31A
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture Technology
  • Hydrogen Energy and Production Technologies
  • Nanomaterials for Adsorption and Catalysis
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • Separation Science and Technology

Personal webpage

http://www.chemeng.unimelb.edu.au/webley/

Biography

Current Research Activities

Paul has worked in development and management of clean energy technologies, especially carbon capture for the past 15 years in industry and academia. His principal research interest is clean energy technologies particularly gas separation, energy storage, and applications of thermodynamics to improve process efficiency. He works in the following fields:

CO 2 capture from flue gas and process streams
Natural gas and coal seam gas purification and CO 2, N 2 removal
O 2/N 2/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 CO 2 capture technologies
Use of irreversible thermodynamics to understand non-linear transport phenomena in energy production
Development of novel catalysts for CO 2 utilization technologies including DME synthesis
Solar thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage materials 

2012-present: Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - The University of Melbourne 
2008-2011: Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
2003-2007: Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
1996- 2003: Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
1992-1996: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania, senior process research and development engineer
1990-1992: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor and Director, MIT School of Chemical Engineering Practice

Recent publications

  1. Hassanvand A, Chen GQ, Webley P, Kentish S. An investigation of the impact of fouling agents in capacitive and membrane capacitive deionisation. Desalination. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 457. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2019.01.031
  2. Zhao Q, Wu F, Men Y, Jianhua X, Fang X, Zhao J, Xiao Y, Webley P, Grande CA. CO2 capture using a novel hybrid monolith (H-ZSM5/activated carbon) as adsorbent by combined vacuum and electric swing adsorption (VESA). CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 358. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.09.196
  3. Tao L, Xiao Y, Qader A, Webley P. CO2 capture from high concentration CO2 natural gas by pressure swing adsorption at the CO2CRC Otway site, Australia. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 83. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.12.025
  4. Fang X, Men Y, Wu F, Zhao Q, Singh R, Xiao Y, Du T, Webley P. Improved methanol yield and selectivity from CO2 hydrogenation using a novel Cu-ZnO-ZrO2 catalyst supported on Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH). JOURNAL OF CO2 UTILIZATION. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 29. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2018.11.006
  5. Yang X, Li Z, Zhang C, Wang H, Zhang E, Xing Y, Xiao Y, Yang RT, Liu Y, Webley P. Practical separation performance evaluation of coal mine methane upgrading with carbon molecular sieves. Chemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 367. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.02.134
  6. Xie K, Fu Q, Qiao G, Webley P. Recent progress on fabrication methods of polymeric thin film gas separation membranes for CO2 capture. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 572. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.10.049
  7. Baroni ÉG, Yap KY, Webley P, Scales P, Martin G. The effect of nitrogen depletion on the cell size, shape, density and gravitational settling of Nannochloropsis salina, Chlorella sp. (marine) and Haematococcus pluvialis. Algal Research. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 39. DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2019.101454
  8. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. A comparison of multicomponent electrosorption in capacitive deionization and membrane capacitive deionization. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 131. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.015
  9. Li Z, Liu Y, Wang H, Tsai C-J, Yang X, Xing Y, Zhang C, Xiao Y, Webley P. A numerical modelling study of SO2 adsorption on activated carbons with new rate equations. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 353. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.07.119
  10. Du T, Fang X, Liu L, Shang J, Zhang B, Wei Y, Gong H, Rahman S, May EF, Webley P, Li G. An optimal trapdoor zeolite for exclusive admission of CO2 at industrial carbon capture operating temperatures. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 25. DOI: 10.1039/c8cc00634b
  11. Bui M, Adjiman CS, Bardow A, Anthony EJ, Boston A, Brown S, Fennell PS, Fuss S, Galindo A, Hackett LA, Hallett JP, Herzog HJ, Jackson G, Kemper J, Krevor S, Maitland GC, Matuszewski M, Metcalfe IS, Petit C, Puxty G, Reimer J, Reiner DM, Rubin ES, Scott SA, Shah N, Smit B, Trusler JPM, Webley P, Wilcox J, Mac Dowell N. Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 11, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1039/c7ee02342a
  12. Xie K, Fu Q, Xu C, Lu H, Zhao Q, Curtain R, Gu D, Webley P, Qiao G. Continuous assembly of a polymer on a metal-organic framework (CAP on MOF): a 30 nm thick polymeric gas separation membrane. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 11, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1039/c7ee02820b
  13. 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
  14. Zhao J, Xie K, Singh R, Xiao G, Gu Q, Zhao Q, Li G, Xiao Y, Webley P. Li+/ZSM-25 Zeolite as a CO2 Capture Adsorbent with High Selectivity and Improved Adsorption Kinetics, Showing CO2-Induced Framework Expansion. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 122, Issue 33. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04152
  15. Lerner A, Brear M, Lacey J, Gordon R, Webley P. Life cycle analysis (LCA) of low emission methanol and di-methyl ether (DME) derived from natural gas. FUEL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 220. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.02.066

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