Professor Paul Webley

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.21A
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture Technology
  • Nanomaterials for Adsorption and Catalysis
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • Separation Science and Technology

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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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Xie K, Fu Q, Webley P, Qiao G. MOF Scaffold for a High-Performance Mixed-Matrix Membrane. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 57, Issue 28. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201804162
  9. Pour N, Webley P, Cook P. Opportunities for application of BECCS in the Australian power sector. APPLIED ENERGY. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 224. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.04.117
  10. Pour N, Webley P, Cook P. Potential for using municipal solid waste as a resource for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 68. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.11.007
  11. Zhang XY, Wang MH, Chen ZY, Xiao Y, Webley P, Zhai YC. Preparation, characterization and catalytic performance of Cu nanowire catalyst for CO2hydrogenation. Journal of Central South University. 2018, Vol. 25, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1007/s11771-018-3773-0
  12. Jiang Y, Ling J, Xiao Y, He Y, Zhao Q, Chu Z, Liu Y, Li Z, Webley P. Simultaneous biogas purification and CO2 capture by vacuum swing adsorption using zeolite NaUSY. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 334. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.090
  13. Zhao Q, Wu F, Xie K, Singh R, Zhao J, Xiao Y, Webley P. Synthesis of a novel hybrid adsorbent which combines activated carbon and zeolite NaUSY for CO2 capture by electric swing adsorption (ESA). CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 336. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.167
  14. Duan H, Yang Y, Patel J, Burke N, Zhai Y, Webley P, Chen D, Long M. The effect of the modification methods on the catalytic performance of activated carbon supported CuO-ZnO catalysts. CARBON LETTERS. 2018, Vol. 25, Issue 1. DOI: 10.5714/CL.2018.25.033
  15. Webley P, Qader A, Ntiamoah A, Ling J, Xiao Y, Zhai Y. A new multi-bed vacuum swing adsorption cycle for CO2 capture from flue gas streams. 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 114. Editors: Dixon T, Laloui L, Twinning S. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1398

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