Dr Kathryn Smith

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 215
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • CO2 Capture Using Solvent Absorption Technology
  • Solvent Extraction

Biography

Dr Kathryn Smith is a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with majors in Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology. She completed her PhD studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne, where her thesis work focused on the performance and scale-up of solvent extraction columns for alkaloid extraction. Kathryn's research interests are in the areas of separations processes, in particular solvent extraction for hydrometallurgical and pharmaceutical applications and solvent absorption for CO2 capture. She has experience in laboratory based research and in the operation of industry based pilot plants.

Recent publications

  1. 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
  2. Yi H, Wang Y, Smith K, Fei W, Stevens G. Axial Dispersion and Mass Transfer of a Pulsed Solvent Extraction Column with Novel Ceramic Internals. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04601
  3. Wang Y, Yi H, Smith K, Mumford K, Stevens G. Axial Dispersion in a Pulsed and Nonpulsed Disc and Doughnut Solvent Extraction Column. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04353
  4. Vovers J, Smith K, Stevens G. Bio-Based Molecular Solvents. The Application of Green Solvents in Separation Processes. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-805297-6.00004-8
  5. Li W, Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Comparison of the Hydrodynamic Performance of Pulsed Solvent Extraction Columns with Tenova Pulsed Column Kinetics Internals and Standard Disc and Doughnut Internals for Copper Extraction Using the LIX 84 System. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2017, Vol. 35, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1080/07366299.2017.1344487
  6. Grabin T, Smith K, Mumford K, Wang Y, Stevens G. Effect of Plate Wettability on Dispersed-Phase Holdup in a Pulsed Disc-and-Doughnut Solvent Extraction Column. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2017, Vol. 35, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1080/07366299.2017.1399570
  7. Hu G, Smith K, Nicholas N, Yong J, Kentish S, Stevens G. Enzymatic carbon dioxide capture using a thermally stable carbonic anhydrase as a promoter in potassium carbonate solvents. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 307. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.08.064
  8. Yi H, Wang Y, Smith K, Fei W, Stevens G. Hydrodynamic Performance of a Pulsed Solvent Extraction Column with Novel Ceramic Internals: Holdup and Drop Size. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b03324
  9. Chen S, Hu G, Smith K, Mumford K, Zhang Y, Stevens G. Kinetics of CO2 Absorption in an Ethylethanolamine Based Solution. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 43. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b02932
  10. Qader A, Webley P, Stevens G, Hooper B, Harkin T, Wiley DE, Kentish S, Scholes C, Smith K, Mumford K, Chen V. Learnings from CO2CRC Capture Pilot Plant testing - assessing technology development. 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.2017.03.1723
  11. Wang Y, Yi H, Smith K, Mumford K, Stevens G. Mass transfer in a pulsed and non-pulsed disc and doughnut (PDD) solvent extraction column. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 165. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2017.02.011
  12. Smith K, Harkin T, Mumford K, Kentish S, Qader A, Anderson C, Hooper B, Stevens G. Outcomes from pilot plant trials of precipitating potassium carbonate solvent absorption for CO2 capture from a brown coal fired power station in Australia. FUEL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 155. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2016.08.008
  13. Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Phase Change Solvents for CO2 Capture Applications. ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLVENTS FOR CO2 CAPTURE BY GAS-LIQUID ABSORPTION: COMPOUNDS, BLENDS AND ADVANCED SOLVENT SYSTEMS. Hindawi Publishing Corp. 2017. Editors: Budzianowski WM. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47262-1_5
  14. Wu Y, Mirza N, Hu G, Smith K, Stevens G, Mumford K. Precipitating Characteristics of Potassium Bicarbonate Using Concentrated Potassium Carbonate Solvent for Carbon Dioxide Capture. Part 1. Nucleation. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 23. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00699
  15. Hu G, Smith K, Liu L, Kentish S, Stevens G. Reaction kinetics and mechanism between histidine and carbon dioxide. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 307. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.08.066

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