Dr Alejandro Montoya Escobar

Ph.D Chemical Sciences (2002) Universidad de Antioquia -Colombia
Senior Lecturer
Postgraduate Research Director

J01 - Chemical Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2040
Fax +61 2 9351 2854

Website Combustion, Energy and Chemical Process Systems Group

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Biographical details

Dr. Montoya completed his Ph.D in Chemical Sciences in 2002 at the Universidad de Antioquia -Colombia. He received the prestigious Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Sydney (2004 -2007). He joined the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010. Dr. Montoya has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University (INNET), and the University of Utah (Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemistry and Fuel Engineering).

Teaching and supervision

CHNG2802 - Applied Maths for Chemical Engineers

CHNG2804 - Chemical & Biological Systems Behaviour

CHNG5702 - Foundations of Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers

CHNG5704 - Foundations of Chemical and Biological Systems Behaviour

Selected grants

2010

  • Establishing the pathways of biomass decomposition in hot compressed water; Montoya Escobar A, Harris A, Haynes B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Assessment of novel technology to generate value-added biofuels and chemicals from Australian grain crops; Harris A, Abbas A, Montoya Escobar A; Grains Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development: New Farm Products and Services.
  • Mechanism and modelling of BIOMASS Upgrading in near-critical water; Montoya Escobar A; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2007

  • Process Chemistry for Distributed Manufacture of Nitric Acid; Haynes B, Montoya Escobar A, Goodridge R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2004

  • Towards the rational design of selective solid catalysts; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sesqui).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2005). Binding states and structural analysis of hydroxyl on Ag(111). In Simos, T. and Maroulis, G. (Eds.), Lecture Series on Computer and Computational Sciences: Advances in Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering 2005, (pp. 421-424). Leiden: Brill.

Journals

  • Neveux, N., Yuen, A., Jazrawi, C., Magnusson, M., Haynes, B., Masters, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Paul, N., Maschmeyer, T., de Nys, R. (2014). Biocrude yield and productivity from the hydrothermal liquefaction of marine and freshwater green macroalgae. Bioresource Technology, 155, 334-341. [More Information]
  • Shojaee, K., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2013). Insight into oxygen stability and vacancy formation on Co3O4 model slabs. Computational Materials Science, 72, 15-25. [More Information]
  • Jazrawi, C., Biller, P., Ross, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Maschmeyer, T., Haynes, B. (2013). Pilot plant testing of continuous hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae. Algal Research, 2(3), 268-277. [More Information]
  • Liang, X., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Local Site Selectivity and Conformational Structures in the Glycosidic Bond Scission of Cellobiose. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 115(36), 10682-10691. [More Information]
  • Liang, X., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Molecular Dynamics Study of Acid-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Dimethyl Ether in Aqueous Solution. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 115(25), 8199-8206. [More Information]
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Periodic density functional study of Co3O4 surfaces. Chemical Physics Letters, 502, 63-68. [More Information]
  • Reichert, D., Montoya Escobar, A., Liang, X., Bockhorn, H., Haynes, B. (2010). Conformational and Thermodynamic Properties of Gaseous Levulinic Acid. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 114(46), 12323-12329. [More Information]
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2009). DFT Analysis of the Reaction Paths of Formaldehyde Decomposition on Silver. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 113(28), 8125-8131.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2007). Methanol and methoxide decomposition on silver. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, 111(27), 9867-9876.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2007). Reactions of hydroxyl on the topmost layer of Ag(111): A density functional theory study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, 111(3), 1333-1341.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Schlunke, A., Haynes, B. (2006). Reaction of hydrogen with Ag(111): Binding states, minimum energy paths, and kinetics. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 110(34), 17145-17154.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Sendt, K., Haynes, B. (2005). Gas-phase interaction of H2S with O-2: A kinetic and quantum chemistry study of the potential energy surface. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 109(6), 1057-1062.
  • Espinal, J., Montoya Escobar, A., Mondragon, F., Truong, T. (2004). A DFT Study of Interaction of Carbon Monoxide with Carbonaceous Materials. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 108(3), 1003-1008.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Mondragon, F., Truong, T. (2003). CO2 adsorption on carbonaceous surfaces: a combined experimental and theoretical study. Carbon, 41(1), 29-39.

Conferences

  • Rahubadda, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). C5 Sugar Decomposition Products under Hot Compressed Water Conditions. Chemeca 2011: Engineering a Better World, Sydney, Australia: Engineers Australia.

2014

  • Neveux, N., Yuen, A., Jazrawi, C., Magnusson, M., Haynes, B., Masters, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Paul, N., Maschmeyer, T., de Nys, R. (2014). Biocrude yield and productivity from the hydrothermal liquefaction of marine and freshwater green macroalgae. Bioresource Technology, 155, 334-341. [More Information]

2013

  • Shojaee, K., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2013). Insight into oxygen stability and vacancy formation on Co3O4 model slabs. Computational Materials Science, 72, 15-25. [More Information]
  • Jazrawi, C., Biller, P., Ross, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Maschmeyer, T., Haynes, B. (2013). Pilot plant testing of continuous hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae. Algal Research, 2(3), 268-277. [More Information]

2011

  • Rahubadda, A., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). C5 Sugar Decomposition Products under Hot Compressed Water Conditions. Chemeca 2011: Engineering a Better World, Sydney, Australia: Engineers Australia.
  • Liang, X., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Local Site Selectivity and Conformational Structures in the Glycosidic Bond Scission of Cellobiose. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 115(36), 10682-10691. [More Information]
  • Liang, X., Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Molecular Dynamics Study of Acid-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Dimethyl Ether in Aqueous Solution. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 115(25), 8199-8206. [More Information]
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2011). Periodic density functional study of Co3O4 surfaces. Chemical Physics Letters, 502, 63-68. [More Information]

2010

  • Reichert, D., Montoya Escobar, A., Liang, X., Bockhorn, H., Haynes, B. (2010). Conformational and Thermodynamic Properties of Gaseous Levulinic Acid. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 114(46), 12323-12329. [More Information]

2009

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2009). DFT Analysis of the Reaction Paths of Formaldehyde Decomposition on Silver. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 113(28), 8125-8131.

2007

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2007). Methanol and methoxide decomposition on silver. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, 111(27), 9867-9876.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2007). Reactions of hydroxyl on the topmost layer of Ag(111): A density functional theory study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, 111(3), 1333-1341.

2006

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Schlunke, A., Haynes, B. (2006). Reaction of hydrogen with Ag(111): Binding states, minimum energy paths, and kinetics. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 110(34), 17145-17154.

2005

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Haynes, B. (2005). Binding states and structural analysis of hydroxyl on Ag(111). In Simos, T. and Maroulis, G. (Eds.), Lecture Series on Computer and Computational Sciences: Advances in Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering 2005, (pp. 421-424). Leiden: Brill.
  • Montoya Escobar, A., Sendt, K., Haynes, B. (2005). Gas-phase interaction of H2S with O-2: A kinetic and quantum chemistry study of the potential energy surface. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 109(6), 1057-1062.

2004

  • Espinal, J., Montoya Escobar, A., Mondragon, F., Truong, T. (2004). A DFT Study of Interaction of Carbon Monoxide with Carbonaceous Materials. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 108(3), 1003-1008.

2003

  • Montoya Escobar, A., Mondragon, F., Truong, T. (2003). CO2 adsorption on carbonaceous surfaces: a combined experimental and theoretical study. Carbon, 41(1), 29-39.

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