Dr Mehdi Azadi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Sustainable Minerals Institute

Overview

After gainining his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering, Mehdi obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering, at The University of Queensland, Australia. He held one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship for research higher degree (IPRS). With an extensive knowledgebase and multiple skills, he has forged a successful career that includes mining waste management, mineral processing, surface chemistry, particle technology, process engineering, separation technologies, and project management, all of which were developed and strengthened in the Academic, Resource Mining, and Oil & Gas sectors. As a highly competent research scientist and engineer in a multidisciplinary area, his work contributes to various industries by improving the traditional methods aiming for higher quality products and cleaner environment.

Research Impacts

Dr Azadi works on the recycling and utilisation of Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCBs) and mineral carbonation. Tons of waste materials are generated every year by burning coal in power stations, known as CCBs. Disposal of CCBs can be environmentally and economically adverse. However, they can be used for rehabilitation of mined land sites and other beneficial and environmental friendly purposes. Dr Azadi's research is also focused on mineral carbonation. The world's reliance on fossil fuel has led to a critical build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Carbonation is indeed a natural process which can be utilised to return carbon back to the earth in an environmental friendly and cost effective way.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Masters or Honours Project:

    Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a common problem in the mining sector, which can potentially affect the environment. AMD is the outflow of acidic water from metal or coal mines, due to oxidation of sulfide-containing rocks in the presence of water and air. Spraying sealing materials to cover walls in open-pit mines is a method to control AMD. The development and selection of the right material require laboratory tests and field trials, with careful consideration of various parameters, which affect AMD generation. The project objective is to determine the long-term effectiveness of new types of cover sprayed onto potential acid forming pit wall exposures in preventing AMD. The project includes conducting a literature review, laboratory testing, potential field trials, and data analysis. The outcome of this project will have significant economic and environmental benefits. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Centre of Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute.

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Publications

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Masters or Honours Project:

    Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a common problem in the mining sector, which can potentially affect the environment. AMD is the outflow of acidic water from metal or coal mines, due to oxidation of sulfide-containing rocks in the presence of water and air. Spraying sealing materials to cover walls in open-pit mines is a method to control AMD. The development and selection of the right material require laboratory tests and field trials, with careful consideration of various parameters, which affect AMD generation. The project objective is to determine the long-term effectiveness of new types of cover sprayed onto potential acid forming pit wall exposures in preventing AMD. The project includes conducting a literature review, laboratory testing, potential field trials, and data analysis. The outcome of this project will have significant economic and environmental benefits. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Centre of Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute.