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Clean Energy Technology: CO2 Capture and Utilisation

Time: 2013.6.13  9:00AM

Location: Meeting Room of Basic Energy Sciences Building

Lecturer: Paul A. Webley

Professor, Depart of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,

The University of Melbourne, Australia



PhD. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, 1989.

MSCEP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1986.

MSc.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1985

BSc.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1983


2011–Present Professor, Depart of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia

2008–2011   Professor, Chairman and Head at Depart of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Australia

2007–2008   Professor, Associate Dean (Research) in Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia

2001–2007   Reader, Monash University, Australia

1996–2001   Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Australia

1992–1996   Senior process research and development engineer in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

1990–1992   Assistant Professor and Director, MIT School of Chemical Engineering practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Paul is the editor in Journal of Chemical engineering research and design, Journal of Adsorption. He is also scientific committee for Journal of Adsorption and a Board chairman in International adsorption society. He is a member of chemE and Australian energy sciety. He is the author of more than 200 papers in scientific journals and books, and author of more than 100 contributions to international and national conferences.

Paul Webley’s research area falls into two main areas: nano-materials and clean energy technologies. He has established the Adsorption Engineering Laboratory to investigate the applications of adsorbents to separations of gas and liquid mixtures of significance in the environmental and energy areas. His projects have been supporting by Australian government – ARC (Austrslian Research Council), CRC (Cooperative Research Center) and also by major industratries such as Air Products and Chemicals, Chevron, BP et al. He has several international research collabration projects with India, China, Europ and US.

His adsorption interests are in producing novel nano-adsorbents and adsorption processes for gas separations in the following industries: 

-CO2 capture from flue gas and process streams

-Natural gas and coal seam gas purification and CO2, N2 removal

-O2/N2/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 CO2 capture technologies

-Use of irreversible thermodynamics to understand non-linear transport phenomena in energy production 

-Development of novel catalysts for CO2 utilization technologies including DME synthesis (Catalyst)

-Solar thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage materials 


The capture of CO2 from process and flue gas streams and subsequent sequestration or utilization was first put forward seriously as a greenhouse gas mitigation option in the 1990’s. This proposal has now grown into a major world-wide research effort encompassing many different capture technologies and ingenious flow sheets integrating power production and carbon capture. Simultaneously, the explosive growth in nano-materials science in the last two decades has produced a wealth of new materials and knowledge providing us with new avenues to explore to fine tune CO2 adsorption and selectivity. Our studies in our laboratory and in the field have explored the application of CO2 capture and utilization from biogas streams, flue gas streams and the conversion to useful products such as DME. In this presentation we will examine some of these developments, highlighting the achievements in CO2 capture technology, nano-materials development for capture and utilization, and nano-materials for catalysis. 

Attn: Department of Science & Technology, Li Wanjun(9201)



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