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Professor Mohammad Ali Kalbassi
Honorary Professor Chemical Engineering

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Professional Qualification, Affiliations & Activities

-Fellow of IChemE-Institute of Chemical Engineers UK (FIChemE)-1991

-Chartered engineer-The Engineering Council UK (CEng)-1991

-Chartered Scientist-The Science Council UK (CSci)-2004

-Honorary visiting professor (University College London, UCL)

-UK invited member of European Federation of Chemical Engineers Fluid Separation (EFCE) working party

-Scientific committee, Distillation & Absorption 2018 (D&A18), Florence 2018

-IChemE fluid separation special interest group (SIG) fluid separation committee member

-International Advisory Committee, International Institute of Cryogenics, (IIR), conferences

-STEM ambassador since 2003.

-Invited Lectures National Congress on Mass Transfer, NCMS Tianjin China (2011, 2015), USTB, China (2013)

-Organiser: IChemE seminars in emerging technologies and CO2 capture

Research Interests

-Process intensification, energy, separation processes, new zeolite structures, zeolite membranes, cryogenics, distillation, adsorptive gas purification, reforming, combustion, heat recovery, hybrid separation systems, cold energy, heat integration, offshore technology and retrofits.


-PhD, Chemical Engineering ( distillation) from University of Nottingham, UK, 1987

-Chemical & Biochemical Engineering sandwich degree BSc (2:1) from the University of Teesside (UK), 1983

-Advanced Levels, Maths, Physics & Chemistry, Grimsby College of Technology, UK, 1979


-Development Engineer, Albright & Wilson fertiliser division, Barton on Humber, UK (1981-82)

-Research Officer, British Steel’s Welsh Laboratories at Port Talbot, Energy Department, UK (1987-89)

-R&D Manager, Senior Research Associate, Air Products & Chemicals industrial gases company, Walton on Thames, UK (1989-2016)

Professional Training

-Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) Leadership Development Programme (LDP), San Diego USA-2005

-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt-2011


Professor Mohammad Kalbassi recently joined Brunel University London as an Industrial Chemical Engineering Professor working in the faculty of Engineering, Design & Physical sciences. Professor Kalbassi’s immediate task is to lead development of the new Chemical Engineering” department at Brunel and develop its teaching programme and research strategy by integrating into excellent existing faculty resources.

Professor Kalbassi worked in the industry for many years developing industrial R&D infrastructure, IP, technology portfolio roadmap, safety culture, resources development, and delivering cutting edge reliable technology. An acknowledged expert in the field of Chemical Engineering, a problem solver, Professor Kalbassi has a particular interest in fluid separation process intensification relevant to distillation and adsorption technologies an integration concept that at core addresses energy and sustainability, a key research area within Brunel.

Newest selected publications

Lavasani, MS., Rahimi, R., Zivdar, M. and Kalbassi, M. (2019) 'CFD Modeling to Predict Mass Transfer in Multicomponent Mixtures'. Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 0 (0). pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 1934-2659 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kalbassi, M., O'Meara, A., Raiswell, C. and Zone, I. (Accepted) 'Heater Arrangement for TEPSA System-US9795915B2-Oct 2017'.


Smith, C., Kalbassi, M. and Al Khudhairi, M. (2017) 'The Practical Challenges of Increasing Process Integration'.Middle East Process Engineering & Conference. Bahrain. 10 - 11 October. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Shi, YF., Liu, XJ., Guo, Y., Kalbassi, MA. and Liu, YS. (2017) 'Desorption characteristics of H2O and CO2 from alumina F200 under different feed/purge pressure ratios and regeneration temperatures'. Adsorption, 23 (7-8). pp. 999 - 1011. ISSN: 0929-5607 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kalbassi, M., Gibbon, S., Malik, N. and Tentarelli, S. (Accepted) 'Radial Flow Adsorber "U" Flow Configuration-US9731241B2-August 2017'.

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