DR Kathryn Smith

DR Kathryn Smith


  • CO2 Capture Using Solvent Absorption Technology
  • Solvent Extraction



  • Dr Kathryn Smith is a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with majors in Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology. She completed her PhD studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne, where her thesis work focused on the performance and scale-up of solvent extraction columns for alkaloid extraction. Kathryn's research interests are in the areas of separations processes, in particular solvent extraction for hydrometallurgical and pharmaceutical applications and solvent absorption for CO2 capture. She has experience in laboratory based research and in the operation of industry based pilot plants.   


Member of

  • Institute of Chemical Engineers. Associate Member 2001 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BE(ChemEng), University of Melbourne 2003

Awards and honors

  • Australia China Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emissions Coal Technology Fellowship, ATSE, 2013
  • Best Capture Presentation (CO2 capture: Making it Happen) - CO2CRC Research Symposium, Hobart, Australia, CO2CRC, 2013



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