Professor Geoff Stevens

  • Room: Level: GR Room: G03
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • CO2 Separation
  • Chemical Engineering, separation processes, interfacial phenomena, solvent extraction (Solvent extraction, tissue engineering, environmental remediation)
  • Emulsion Stability
  • Hydrodynamics of Dispersions
  • Ion Exchange
  • Mass Transfer and Diffusion Processes
  • Soft Tissue Engineering & Biocompatible Materials

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Prof Geoff Stevens is a Laureate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

Prof Stevens leads an internationally recognised separations group, is a Project Leader in the CRC for greenhouse gas remediation (CO2CRC). He was Secretary General of the International Solvent Extraction Committee (1996-2016) and is on the editorial boards for 'Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange' (1999-2016), 'Hydrometallurgy' (1994-2016), 'Chinese journal of Chemical Engineering' and the 'Chem Eng Journal'.

Research interests are in the areas of separation processes, particularly solvent extraction, interfacial phenomena and emulsion stability. The research is primarily in the hydrometallurgical field but also covers aspects of food, pharmaceutical processing and environmental or waste water processing.

Prof Stevens has been named in Engineers Australias list of the 100 Most Influential Engineers 3 years in a row. Sponsored by Engineers Australia, the list aims to acknowledge engineers who have a positive influence on society.

Professor Stevens has been bestowed with the honour of Melbourne Laureate Professor in September 2011 in recognition of an outstanding career and contribution to the discipline and the University.

Professor Stevens researching separation processes with particular focus on solvent extraction received the Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence in 2014. This award recognizes his outstanding contribution as a mentor providing exceptional support and respect for colleague development. He was also nominated for the Australian Awards for University Teaching in the Category: High Impact Intervention for progression retention and attainment.

Recent publications

  1. Hu G, Xiao Z, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G, Connal L. A carbonic anhydrase inspired temperature responsive polymer based catalyst for accelerating carbon capture. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.039
  2. Wang D, Cattrall R, Li J, Gameiro De Sa Almeida M, Stevens G, Kolev S. A comparison of the use of commercial and diluent free LIX84I in poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)-based polymer inclusion membranes for the extraction and transport of Cu(II). SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 202. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.03.037
  3. Ozcelik B, Palmer J, Ladewig K, Marina PF, Stevens G, Abberton K, Morrison W, Blencowe A, Qiao G. Biocompatible Porous Polyester-Ether Hydrogel Scaffolds with Cross-Linker Mediated Biodegradation and Mechanical Properties for Tissue Augmentation. POLYMERS. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3390/polym10020179
  4. Hu G, Smith K, Wu Y, Mumford K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbon dioxide capture by solvent absorption using amino acids: A review. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.08.003
  5. Li W, Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Comparison of the Axial Dispersion Performance of Pulsed Solvent Extraction Columns with Tenova Pulsed Column-Kinetics Internals and Standard Disc and Doughnut Internals. SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE. Marcel Dekker. 2018, Vol. 36, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1080/07366299.2018.1495688
  6. Moore T, Mumford K, Stevens G, Webley P. Enhancement in Specific Absorption Rate By Solvent Microencapsulation. AICHE JOURNAL. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 2018, Vol. 64, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1002/aic.16366
  7. Castaneda-Herrera CA, Black J, Llanos Rodriguez E, Stevens G, Haese R. Formation of an amorphous silica gel barrier under CO2 storage conditions. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.07.013
  8. Schmuecker C, Stevens G, Mumford K. Liquid marble formation and solvent vapor treatment of the biodegradable polymers polylactic acid and polycaprolactone. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Academic Press. 2018, Vol. 514. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.12.033
  9. Wu Y, Wu F, Hu G, Mirza N, Stevens G, Mumford K. Modelling of a post-combustion carbon dioxide capture absorber using potassium carbonate solvent in Aspen Custom Modeller. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.06.005
  10. Li W, Wang Y, Mumford K, Smith K, Stevens G. Prediction of holdup and drop size distribution in a disc-doughnut pulsed column with tenova kinetics internals for the water-Alamine 336 system. HYDROMETALLURGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 181. DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2018.08.017
  11. Ma J, Stevens G, Mumford K. The effect of temperature on hydrocarbon adsorption by diphenyldichlorosilane coated zeolite and its application in permeable reactive barriers in cold regions. COLD REGIONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 145. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2017.10.020
  12. McQuillan R, Stevens G, Mumford K. The electrochemical regeneration of granular activated carbons: A review. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 355. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.04.079
  13. Ma J, Stevens G, Mumford K. The performance of diphenyldichlorosilane coated ammonium exchange zeolite and its application in the combination of adsorption and biodegradation of hydrocarbon contaminated ground water. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 347. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.04.115
  14. Freidman B, Gras S, Snape I, Stevens G, Mumford K. A bio-reactive barrier sequence for petroleum hydrocarbon capture and degradation in low nutrient environments. INTERNATIONAL BIODETERIORATION & BIODEGRADATION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 116. DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2016.09.025
  15. Wang D, Cattrall R, Li J, Gameiro De Sa Almeida M, Stevens G, Kolev S. A poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)-based polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) containing LIX84I for the extraction and transport of Cu(II) from its ammonium sulfate/ammonia solutions. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 542. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.08.027

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