Professor Paul Webley

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

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture Technology
  • Chemical Process Engineering
  • Hydrogen Energy and Production Technologies
  • 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. Mazur M, Bhatelia T, Kuan B, Patel J, Webley P, Brandt M, Pareek V, Utikar R. Additively manufactured, highly-uniform flow distributor for process intensification. Chemical Engineering and Processing: process intensification. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 143. DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2019.107595
  2. Hassanvand A, Chen G, 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
  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. 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
  5. He Y, Sun M, Zhao Q, Shang J, Tian Y, Xiao Y, Gu Q, Li L, Webley P. Effective Gas Separation Performance Enhancement Obtained by Constructing Polymorphous Core-Shell Metal-Organic Frameworks. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 33. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b08592
  6. Zhao J, Xie K, Liu L, Liu M, Qiu W, Webley P. Enhancing plasticization-resistance of mixed-matrix membranes with exceptionally high CO2/CH4 selectivity through incorporating ZSM-25 zeolite. Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 583. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.03.073
  7. Tian D, Shen X-Y, Zhai Y-C, Xiao Y, Webley P. Extraction of iron and aluminum from high-iron bauxite by ammonium sulfate roasting and water leaching. JOURNAL OF IRON AND STEEL RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. Springer Verlag. 2019, Vol. 26, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1007/s42243-018-0128-x
  8. 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
  9. Redondo B, Shah MT, Pareek VK, Utikar RP, Webley P, Patel J, Lee WJ, Bhatelia T. Intensified isothermal reactor for methanol synthesis. Chemical Engineering and Processing: process intensification. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 143. DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2019.107606
  10. Fang X, Men Y, Wu F, Zhao Q, Singh R, Xiao Y, Du T, Webley P. Moderate-pressure conversion of H-2 and CO2 to methanol via adsorption enhanced hydrogenation. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 44, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.06.176
  11. Liu M, Nothling M, Webley P, Fu Q, Qiao G. Postcombustion Carbon Capture Using Thin-Film Composite Membranes. Accounts of Chemical Research. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 52, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.9b00111
  12. 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
  13. Fang X, Men Y, Wu F, Zhao Q, Singh R, Xiao Y, Du T, Webley P. Promoting CO2 hydrogenation to methanol by incorporating adsorbents into catalysts: Effects of hydrotalcite. Chemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 378. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.122052
  14. 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
  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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