Ali Asghar Esmailpour

Academic Qualifications

2017– present: PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

2012-2015: M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2008-2012: B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran.

 

Project

TitleInvestigating the Degradation of Organic Pollutants by Catalytic Ozonation Process

Although the surface of earth is covered by plentiful of water, there is limited usable water for human consumption. Pollution of surface water by natural and anthropogenic contamination is a critical issue for the future of society. Every year, a significant amount of new man-made materials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) as an important group of organic pollutants have been introduced to the environment and water sources Therefore, there has been an ongoing concern over fresh water quantity and quality for many years. Advance oxidation processes (AOPs) are among the most promising methods for degrading or converting hazardous organic pollutants in water treatment approaches. The fundamental mechanism of the AOPs is the generation of reactive hydroxyl radicals. Using catalysts facilitates the generation of hydroxyl radicals from ozone to improve the single ozonation which results in mineralization of nearly all organic pollutants with very high rate reaction.

The main objective of the proposed project is to study the effectiveness and the mechanism of catalytic ozonation as compared to single ozonation for mineralizing salicylic acid as a model contaminant using a modified cerium oxide catalyst.

 

Supervisors

Scientia Prof. Rose Amal

A/Prof. Jason Scott

 

Awards and achievements

  • 2017: UNSW University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) Scholarship
  • 2015: Ranked 2nd in GPA among all M.Sc. Students of the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2012: Selected as an Exceptional Talent in Babol Noshirvani University of Technology among all B.Sc. Chemical Engineering Students.
  • 2012: Ranked 1st in GPA among all B.Sc. Students of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology.
  • 2012 and 2011: Ranked 1st and 2nd in “National Chemical Engineering Scientific Olympiad” at the North Region.
  • 2011: Awarded as the Best Engineering Student of the Province, Mazandaran, Iran.

Publications

  • Esmailpour, A.A., Mostoufi, N., & Zarghami, R. (2018). Effect of temperature on fluidization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanoparticle agglomerates. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science96, 63-74.
  • Esmailpour, A.A., Mostoufi, N., & Zarghami, R. (2017). Fluidization of Nanoparticle Agglomerates at Elevated Temperatures. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research56(46), 13955-13969.
  • Esmailpour, A.A., Mostoufi, N., & Zarghami, R. (2016). An improved model for estimating fractal structure of silica nano-agglomerates in a vibro-fluidized bed. The International Journal of Multiphysics9(4).
  • Esmailpour, A.A., Zarghami, R., & Mostoufi, N. (2015). An improved model for determining fractal structure of nano‐agglomerates. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering93(10), 1753-1759.
  • Esmailpour, A.A., Zarghami, R., & Mostoufi, N. (2015). Effect of surface characteristics on fluidization behavior of hyrophilic silica nanoparticles. The 8th International Chemical Engineering Congress & Exhibition (IChEC), Tehran, Iran.
  • Esmailpour, A.A., Samani, P., Haghighat, H., & Mansourpour. Z. (2012). Process for production of biodiesel; chance and challenge with economical view”, The First National Conference of Sustainable Development, Green fuel, Biodiesel, Isfahan, Iran.