Professor Paul Webley

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.21A
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture Technology
  • Nanomaterials for Adsorption and Catalysis
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • Separation Science and Technology

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Current Research Activities

Paul has worked in development and management of clean energy technologies, especially carbon capture for the past 15 years in industry and academia. His principal research interest is clean energy technologies particularly gas separation, energy storage, and applications of thermodynamics to improve process efficiency. He works in the following fields:

CO 2 capture from flue gas and process streams
Natural gas and coal seam gas purification and CO 2, N 2 removal
O 2/N 2/Ar separation
Synthesis gas separation and hydrogen purification
Biogas purification
Hydrogen and methane storage
In the energy area, his interests include:

Applications of exergy analysis to improve energy generation and process industries including CO 2 capture technologies
Use of irreversible thermodynamics to understand non-linear transport phenomena in energy production
Development of novel catalysts for CO 2 utilization technologies including DME synthesis
Solar thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage materials 

2012-present: Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - The University of Melbourne 
2008-2011: Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
2003-2007: Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
1996- 2003: Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
1992-1996: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania, senior process research and development engineer
1990-1992: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor and Director, MIT School of Chemical Engineering Practice

Recent publications

  1. Kanehashi S, Chen G, Danaci D, Webley P, Kentish S. Can the addition of carbon nanoparticles to a polyimide membrane reduce plasticization?. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 183.
  2. Xie K, Fu Q, Kim J, Lu H, He Y, Zhao Q, Scofield J, Webley P, Qiao G. Increasing both selectivity and permeability of mixed-matrix membranes: Sealing the external surface of porous MOF nanoparticles. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 535.
  3. Hasan F, Webley P. Utilization of CO2 for fuels and chemicals. Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources. CRC Press. 2017. Editors: Mondal P, Dalai AK.
  4. He Y, Shang J, Zhao Q, Gu Q, Xie K, Li G, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. A comparative study on conversion of porous and non-porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) into carbon-based composites for carbon dioxide capture. International Symposium on Molecular Design. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 120.
  5. Shang J, Li G, Webley P, Liu JZ. A density functional theory study for the adsorption of various gases on a caesium-exchanged trapdoor chabazite. COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 122.
  6. Ntiamoah A, Ling J, Xiao Y, Webley P, Zhai Y. CO2 Capture by Temperature Swing Adsorption: Use of Hot CO2-Rich Gas for Regeneration. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 3.
  7. He Y, Shang J, Gu Q, Zhao Q, Xie K, Li G, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. Exchange Method Using Acid-Solvent Synergy for Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis (EASY-MOFs) Based on a Typical Pillar-Layered Parent Structure. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Issue 10.
  8. Rada ZH, Abid HR, Shang J, Sun H, He Y, Webley P, Liu S, Wang S. Functionalized UiO-66 by Single and Binary (OH)(2) and NO2 Groups for Uptake of CO2 and CH4. 13th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU). American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 29.
  9. Fong JCLY, Anderson C, Xiao G, Webley P, Hoadley AFA. Multi-objective optimisation of a hybrid vacuum swing adsorption and low-temperature post-combustion CO2 capture. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 111.
  10. Physick AJW, Wales DJ, Owens SHR, Shang J, Webley P, Mays TJ, Ting VP. Novel low energy hydrogen-deuterium isotope breakthrough separation using a trapdoor zeolite. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 288.
  11. Tang W, Danaci D, Singh R, Bhargava SK, Webley P. Oxygen selective iron and cobalt-metalloporphyrin polymers - Extraordinary selectivity at low temperature. MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 222.
  12. Ling J, Xiao Y, Ntiamoah A, Xu D, Webley P, Zhai Y. Strategies for CO2 capture from different CO2 emission sources by vacuum swing adsorption technology. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2016, Vol. 24, Issue 4.
  13. Halim R, Webley P, Martin G. The CIDES process: Fractionation of concentrated microalgal paste for co-production of biofuel, nutraceuticals, and high-grade protein feed. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 19.
  14. Fu Q, Xie K, Tan S, Ren J, Zhao Q, Webley P, Qiao G. The use of reduced copper metal-organic frameworks to facilitate CuAAC click chemistry. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 82.
  15. Danaci D, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. Assessment of ZIF materials for CO2 capture from high pressure natural gas streams. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 280.

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