Associate Professor Ali Abbas
BEng PhD Sydney
Director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Systems
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
J01 - Chemical Engineering Building
The University of Sydney
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Laboratory for Multiscale Systems
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Sydney University Second Life
Associate Professor Ali Abbas received both his Bachelors and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Sydney, Australia. He held a lecturing contract at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sydney before joining, in 2004, the new School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was appointed, in 2007, to the lecturing position at UNSW Asia in Chemical Engineering in the Division of Engineering Science and Technology. Associate Professor Abbas returned to the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2007.
His engineering research is in the area of Process Systems Engineering with emphasis on model-based optimal operation of particulate, energy and bio- systems. He has strong interests in education and teaching with particular focus on curriculum design and integration as well as on experiential e-learning and virtual worlds.
Associate Professor Ali Abbas's research in Process Systems Engineering aims at increasing our understanding of multi-scalar processes - from the workings of power plants to those of the human body - enabling us to enhance them in methodical ways for the benefit of our health and that of our environment.
"I am interested in understanding the intricate behaviour of systems and how they work at multiple scales in chemical process industries and in biomedical systems.
"Two key areas I am currently tackling are low-emissions technologies and biomedical stem cell therapy.
"In a fossil-fuelled power plant, for example, fuel such as coal or gas is combusted to generate steam, which turns turbines, which in turn rotate generators to produce the electricity we use every day. Such a power plant consists of numerous subsystems - including the boiler, the turbines, the steam cycle and the exhaust system - all of which must work together harmoniously to ensure reliable electricity production.
"Similarly, the human body comprises many systems intricately working together, and I believe that the only way to resolve biomedical problems is to understand how the body's systems cooperate together at different scales - from genes to cells to tissues to organs to bodily systems.
"This research has recently led to systematic methods to compute working fluids and materials having targeted properties that maximise the performance of processes, such as heat transfer fluids in heat pipes used in solar collectors; refrigerants in liquefied natural gas (LNG) processes; solvents in carbon capture processes; and membranes with optimal material properties required to carry out the most difficult gas separations, such separating hydrogen from nitrogen, both having similar molecular size and shape.
"I am very passionate about knowledge, science and learning, and am always working to foster this passion in students and in the community. My goal is to have my research translate into real technologies and solutions, demonstrating its relevance to society and to solving real problems.
"For example, my research into low-emissions technologies looks at how we can continue to use fossil fuels in more sustainable ways that do less harm to our environment, such as through carbon-capture technologies or the hybridisation of fossil power with renewable energy systems.
"My research in biosystems engineering aims at optimising processes for stem cell culturing that lead to therapeutic solutions for people with chronic diseases, such as leukaemia.
"My journey at the University of Sydney started as a student in 1997; I completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees here, and have been an academic staff member here since 2007. This great institution means a lot to me, because it has given me a lot of opportunity. Throughout my education I had tremendous mentors, whose passion for education and research continues to inspire my own aspirations in education and research."
Teaching and supervision
CHNG3801 - Process Design
CHNG3802 - Operating/Improving Industrial Systems
CHNG5001 - Process Systems Engineering
CHNG5801 - Foundations of Process Design
CHNG5802 - Foundations of Operating and Improving Industrial Systems
ENGG5202 - Sustainable Design, Engineering & Management
- Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) (2009-2010)
- Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) (2010)
- American Chemical Society (ACS) (2008-2010)
In the media
We conduct a number of 2-day process control short courses throughout the year for industry professionals. Please contact the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation for schedule and details. Short courses can also be tailored for individual organizations' training requirements.
We provide consultancy services for various industries covering a wide variety of chemical process engineering and technical services. We develop solutions for a wide range of industries including:
- Energy and renewables
- Petrochemical, oil and gas
- Chemicals and fine chemicals
- Pharmaceutical and biomedical
Our services include:
- Research consulting
- Techno-economic, feasibility and audit reports
- Carbon audit service
- Life cycle analysis (LCA) studies
- Process efficiency reviews
- Process automation and control systems design
- Chemical process engineering and design
- Process modeling and process optimisation
- Flowsheet modeling and simulation, mass and energy balance development
- Pilot-scale tests
- Proof-of-concept studies
Please contact us to enquire about any of our services or to organise for a no-commitment discussion on your next project.
Materials and structures
- Sydney Opera House - Concrete Conservation Strategy Project; Rasmussen K, Ranzi G, Dias da Costa D, Valix M, Abbas A, Fiorito F, Logan C; SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TRUST/Research Project.
- Making the most of every opportunity: Innovative solutions for the Australian food industry in the 21st century.; Dehghani F, Kavanagh J, Barton G, Langrish T, Gomes V, Fletcher D, Abbas A, Downard K, Raubenheimer D, Dong Q, Chae S, McConchie R, Copeland L, Phan-Thien K, Arab-Tehrany E, Regtop H, Lang T, Ryan D, Wright G, Ling L, Cuthbertson A, Heatley R, Adil Q, Challacombe B, Simonetta M, Norman K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).
- Dynamic input adjustment to improve the stability of transient swirling flows in spray dryers; Abbas A, Fletcher D, Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- High-performance porous coordination polymer membranes for separation; Lai Z, Qiu S, Abbas A; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/Research Support.
- 2nd Sydney Symposium on Carbon Capture (S2C2); Abbas A; Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering/Australia - China JCG Partnership Fund.
- Model-based optimisation of highly-integrated post-combustion carbon capture processes; Abbas A; Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development Ltd/Alternatives & Fundamentals Program.
- Analysis of carbon capture processes integrated with membrane and solarthermal energy systems; Abbas A, Chiesa M, Lai Z; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
- Australia China Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emissions Coal Technology; Abbas A; Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering/Australia-China Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emissions Coal Technology Fellowship.
- Simultaneous Measurements of Reaction Kinetics and Particle Distributions for Cutting-Edge Research into CO2 Storage, Catalysis and Novel Materials; Dlugogorski B, Kennedy E, Moghtaderi B, Stockenhuber M, Melchers R, Abbas A, Valix M, Harris A, Kannangara G, Bartlett J, Milev A, Tran N, May E, Rufford T, O'Neill B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
- Australia - Harvard Fellowship; Abbas A; Harvard Club of Australia Foundation/Australia - Harvard Fellowship.
- Community-based solutions for sustainable water systems; Abbas A, Milani D; Environmental Trust/Environmental Research Program - Seed Grants.
- 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.
- On the efficient integration of post combustion carbon capture solvent technology with the thermal power station steam cycle; Abbas A, Coombes P; Delta Electricity/Research Support.