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Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani

Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering


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 did my BSc (2005), MSc (2008) and PhD (2014; University of Nottingham) in Chemical Engineering. 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 Undergraduate Programme Coordinator with the Department of Chemical Engineering. 

Currently, I am a Co-Investigator (Co-I) on a pioneering multi-million EPSRC research grant on multiphysics and multiscale modelling for safe and feasible carbon capture and storage, the Principal Investigator (PI) on an EPSRC/UKCCSRC research grant on the synthesis and application of efficient, yet cost-effective adsorbents for carbon capture, and a Co-Investigator on an industrial-scale BEIS-funded project (SeaCURE: Sea Carbon Unlocking and REmoval). I am also the PI on the competitive Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF) centred on adsorption-based carbon capture.

My research area is mainly centred on separation processes as well as reaction engineering & reactor design. My research often begins by developing high-performance nano-materials used in separation processes, followed by designing and developing lab-scale test rigs (e.g. fixed-bed and/or fluidised-bed columns) to experimentally evaluate the efficiency of the synthesised materials. It is then concluded by modelling and optimising the developed process based on the physicochemical properties of the prepared nano-materials to identify the optimum operating conditions for maximum process efficiency.

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 detailed process design project, involving the research, front end engineering design (FEED) 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. 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 nano-carbon from recycled waste and the effect of subsequent surface modification on heavy metal removal from aqueous media.


I am currently the Undergraduate Programme Coordinator, Personal Tutor and Module Leader on several modules at the Department of Chemical Engineering.

I have been a 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

Eghbali Babadi, F., Yunus, R., Masoudi Soltani, S. and Shotipruk, A. (2021) 'Release Mechanisms and Kinetic Models of Gypsum–Sulfur–Zeolite-Coated Urea Sealed with Microcrystalline Wax for Regulated Dissolution'. ACS Omega, 6 (17). pp. 11144 - 11154. ISSN: 2470-1343

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Hosseini, S., Masoudi Soltani, S. and Li, Y-Y. (2021) 'Current status and technical challenges of electrolytes in zinc–air batteries: An in-depth Review'. Chemical Engineering Journal, 408. pp. 127241 - 127241. ISSN: 1385-8947 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hosseini, S., Liu, Z-Y., Chuan, C-T., Soltani, SM., Lanjapalli, VVK. and Li, Y-Y. (2021) 'The role of SO-group-based additives in improving the rechargeable aluminium-air batteries'. Electrochimica Acta, 375. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0013-4686 Open Access Link

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Petrovic, B., Gorbounov, M. and Masoudi Soltani, S. (2021) 'Influence of Surface Modification on Selective CO2 Adsorption: A Technical Review on Mechanisms and Methods'. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 312. pp. 110751 - 110751. ISSN: 1387-1811 Open Access Link

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Hosseini, S., Moghaddas, H., Masoudi Soltani, S. and Kheawhom, S. (2020) 'Technological Applications of Honeycomb Monoliths Prepared via Extrusion and Coating of Structured Supports in Environmental Processes: A Review'. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 133. pp. 286 - 300. ISSN: 0263-8762 Open Access Link

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