PROF Paul Webley

PROF Paul Webley


  • Carbon Capture Technology
  • Chemical Process Engineering
  • Hydrogen Energy and Production Technologies
  • Nanomaterials for Adsorption and Catalysis
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • Separation Science and Technology



  • Current Research Activities

    Paul has worked in development and management of clean energy technologies, especially carbon capture for the past 15 years in industry and academia. His principal research interest is clean energy technologies particularly gas separation, energy storage, and applications of thermodynamics to improve process efficiency. He works in the following fields:

    CO 2 capture from flue gas and process streams
    Natural gas and coal seam gas purification and CO 2, N 2 removal
    O 2/N 2/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 CO 2 capture technologies
    Use of irreversible thermodynamics to understand non-linear transport phenomena in energy production
    Development of novel catalysts for CO 2 utilization technologies including DME synthesis
    Solar thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage materials 

    2012-present: Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - The University of Melbourne 
    2008-2011: Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
    2003-2007: Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
    1996- 2003: Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
    1992-1996: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania, senior process research and development engineer
    1990-1992: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor and Director, MIT School of Chemical Engineering Practice   


Member of

  • Separation and Purification Technology. Adsorption Subject Editor 1998 -
  • IChemE. Institution of Chemical Engineers 1990 -
  • International Adsorption Society. Board member 1990 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • Phd, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1989
  • MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1985
  • Bsc(Hons), University of Natal 1983

Awards and honors

  • 2009 Deans Award for Research Excellence, Monash University, 2009
  • 2004 Deans Award for Teaching Excellence, Monash University, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision in separation technology, thermodynamics, clean energy technology, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production and transport