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Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor in the US system) in Chemical Engineering. In May 2017, I joined Brunel University London as a founding member of the new Chemical Engineering Department, on the team in charge of the design and development of the Programme. I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng/MIChemE) with both industrial and academic research backgrounds in chemical and process engineering. I am also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, and the Research Director with the Department of Chemical Engineering. 

My research area is mainly centred on Separation Processes (Experimental & Process Design/Modelling). I have led a number of major research projects on and around carbon capture and hydrogen production, funded via Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC), and the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ), along with a number of industrial consultancy projects, the details of which have been included under the "Research" tab of this profile. In 2022, my research was featured in the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)' magazine (The Chemical Engineer). You can find more about my research group & research laboratory by visiting my research group website. I am also serving as the technical advisor with JET Engineering (Anionix).

Before joining Brunel University London, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering (Clean Fossil & Bioenergy Research Group) at Imperial College London, UK (07/2015 – 05/2017), contributing to several EPSRC as well as EU- and OECD-consultancy projects (Opening New Fuels for UK Generation; Gas-FACTS; CO2QUEST) in the realms of biomass combustion and the modelling and optimisation of CO2 capture & utilisation processes - in Professor Paul Fennell's research group and in collaboration with Professor Niall Mac Dowell and Professor Nilay Shah. In March 2017, I received the prestigious endorsement as the Exceptional Talent in Chemical Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Prior to this, I worked as a Postdoctoral Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Associate with Dr Shenyi Wu (Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group) at the University of Nottingham, UK (08/2013 – 07/2015), during which, I was fully based at A-Gas International ltd. production site in Bristol (UK), where I worked as a Project/Process Engineer on a major joint engineering research and process design project, involving the research, front end engineering design (FEED), detailed design, and development of a bespoke industrial-scale gas separation process.

I was awarded the University of Nottingham Scholarship to study for a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2011 - 2014). I conducted my research with the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus where I studied the effects of pyrolysis conditions on the structure of porous carbonaceous adsorbents synthesised from recycled waste, and the effect of subsequent surface modification on heavy metal removal from aqueous media. 


Research Director (June 2024 - Present)

Postgraduate Research Director (September 2021 - present)

Undergraduate Programme Director (January 2019 - September 2021)

Member on the team responsible for the development, design and launch of the new Chemical Engineering Program/Department at Brunel University London.

Newest selected publications

Petrovic, B., Gorbounov, M. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2024) 'Synthesis of Biomass Combustion Fly Ash Derived Zeolites for CO2 Adsorption: Optimisation of Hydrothermal Synthetic Pathway'. Carbon capture science and technology, 0 (accepted, in press). pp. 100245 - 100245. ISSN: 2772-6568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gorbounov, M., Diaz-Vasseur, E., Danaci, D. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2024) 'Chemical activation of porous carbon extracted from biomass combustion bottom ash for CO2 adsorption'. Carbon Capture Science and Technology, 10 (March 2024). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2772-6568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Davies, WG., Babamohammadi, S., Yan, Y., Clough, PT. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2024) 'Exergy Analysis in Intensification of Sorption-enhanced Steam Methane Reforming for Clean Hydrogen Production: Comparative Study and Efficiency Optimisation'. Carbon Capture Science and Technology, 12. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 2772-6568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Taylor, JH., Troisi, G. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2024) 'Application of chemically-activated recycled carbon fibres for aqueous-phase adsorptions - part I: Optimisation of activation process'. Chemical Engineering Journal Advances, 18 (15 May 2024). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 2666-8211 Open Access Link

Journal article

Babamohammadi, S., Davies, WG. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2023) 'Investigating A Clean Natural Gas-based Hydrogen Production Process for Electricity Generation in Power Plants'.2023 IEEE International Conference on Energy Technologies for Future Grids (ETFG). Wollongong, Australia. 3 - 6 December. IEEE. pp. 1 - 6.Open Access Link

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