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, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hu G, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Reaction kinetics and mechanism between histidine and carbon dioxide. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 307.
  5. Mirza N, Nicholas N, Wu Y, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Viscosities and Carbon Dioxide Solubilities of Guanidine Carbonate and Malic Acid-Based Eutectic Solvents. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING DATA. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 62, Issue 1.
  6. Hu G, Nicholas N, Smith K, Mumford K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbon dioxide absorption into promoted potassium carbonate solutions: A review. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 53.
  7. Yi H, Wang Y, Smith K, Fei WY, Stevens G. CFD Simulation of Liquid-Liquid Two-Phase Hydrodynamics and Axial Dispersion Analysis for a Non-Pulsed Disc and Doughnut Solvent Extraction Column. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2016, Vol. 34, Issue 6.
  8. Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Li Z, Stevens G. Dispersed-Phase Holdup and Characteristic Velocity in a Pulsed and Nonpulsed Disk-and-Doughnut Solvent Extraction Column. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 3.
  9. Smith K, Nicholas N, Stevens G. Inorganic salt solutions for post-combustion capture. Absorption-Based Post-Combustion Capture of Carbon Dioxide. 2016.
  10. 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. 2016, Vol. 155.
  11. Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Ballestrin S, Li Z, Stevens G. Performance of an Industrial Pulsed Disc-and-Doughnut Extraction Column. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2016, Vol. 34, Issue 2.
  12. Wang Y, Smith K, Mumford K, Grabin T, Li Z, Stevens G. Prediction of dispersed phase holdup in pulsed disc and doughnut solvent extraction columns under different mass transfer conditions. 20th International Solvent Extraction Conference. Chemical Industry Press. 2016, Vol. 24, Issue 2.
  13. Wang Y, Smith K, Mumford K, Yi H, Wang L, Stevens G. Prediction of drop size in a pulsed and non-pulsed disc and doughnut solvent extraction column. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH & DESIGN. Institute of Chemical Engineers. 2016, Vol. 109.
  14. Li Z, Mumford K, Smith K, Chen J, Wang Y, Stevens G. Solution Structure of Isoactivity Equations for Liquid-Liquid Equilibrium Calculations Using the Nonrandom Two-Liquid Model. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 10.
  15. Li Z, Smith K, Stevens G. The use of environmentally sustainable bio-derived solvents in solvent extraction applications-A review. 20th International Solvent Extraction Conference. Chemical Industry Press. 2016, Vol. 24, Issue 2.

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