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. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. A comparison of multicomponent electrosorption in capacitive deionization and membrane capacitive deionization. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 131. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.015
  2. Lerner A, Brear M, Lacey J, Gordon R, Webley P. Life cycle analysis (LCA) of low emission methanol and di-methyl ether (DME) derived from natural gas. Fuel. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 220. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.02.066
  3. Pour N, Webley P, Cook PJ. Potential for using municipal solid waste as a resource for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 68. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.11.007
  4. Jiang Y, Ling J, Xiao Y, He Y, Zhao Q, Chu Z, Liu Y, Li Z, Webley P. Simultaneous biogas purification and CO2 capture by vacuum swing adsorption using zeolite NaUSY. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 334. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.090
  5. Zhao Q, Wu F, Xie K, Singh R, Zhao J, Xiao Y, Webley P. Synthesis of a novel hybrid adsorbent which combines activated carbon and zeolite NaUSY for CO2capture by electric swing adsorption (ESA). Chemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 336. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.167
  6. Webley P, Qader A, Ntiamoah A, Ling J, Xiao Y, Zhai Y. A new multi-bed vacuum swing adsorption cycle for CO2 capture from flue gas streams. 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 114. Editors: Dixon T, Laloui L, Twinning S. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1398
  7. Pour N, Webley P, Cook P. A sustainability framework for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technologies. 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 114. Editors: Dixon T, Laloui L, Twinning S. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1741
  8. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.04.013
  9. Zhao Q, Wu F, He Y, Xiao Y, Webley P. Impact of operating parameters on CO2 capture using carbon monolith by Electrical Swing Adsorption technology (ESA). CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 327. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.123
  10. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. Improvement of MCDI operation and design through experiment and modelling: Regeneration with brine and optimum residence time. DESALINATION. Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 417. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.05.004
  11. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.04.022
  12. Van Der Perre S, Gelin P, Claessens B, Martin-Calvo A, Saint Remi JC, Duerinck T, Baron GV, Palomino M, Sanchez LY, Valencia S, Shang J, Singh R, Webley P, Rey F, Denayer JFM. Intensified Biobutanol Recovery by using Zeolites with Complementary Selectivity. CHEMSUSCHEM. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2017, Vol. 10, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700667
  13. Qader A, Webley P, Stevens G, Hooper B, Harkin T, Wiley DE, Kentish S, Scholes C, Smith K, Mumford K, Chen V. Learnings from CO2CRC Capture Pilot Plant testing - assessing technology development. 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 114. Editors: Dixon T, Laloui L, Twinning S. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1723
  14. Xie K, He Y, Zhao Q, Shang J, Gu Q, Qiao G, Webley P. Pd(0) loaded Zn-2(azoBDC)(2)(dabco) as a heterogeneous catalyst. CRYSTENGCOMM. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 29. DOI: 10.1039/c6ce02447e
  15. Li G, Shang J, Gu Q, Awati RV, Jensen N, Grant A, Zhang X, Sholl DS, Liu Z, Webley P, May EF. Temperature-regulated guest admission and release in microporous materials. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15777

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