Professor Duong Do


School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54154



D. D. Do received his BE (Hons) and PhD at the University of Queensland in 1979. After a period of Research Fellowship at California Institute of Technology in the US, he joined UQ 1981 and was promoted to Professor in 1991. He has spent a number of sabbatical leaves at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US), ICI (UK), University of New Brunswick (Canada), University of Porto (Portugal) and University of Chiba (Japan). He received a number of awards: Colombo plan, Commonwealth Research Award, Union Carbide prize, Esso award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering, Excellence in teaching and Q-Index Top 10 Researchers at University of Queensland. He is on editorial board of a number of journals: Adsorption, Adsorption Science and Technology, Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Frontiers of Chemical Engineering. He organized two conferences – The third Chemical Reaction Engineering workshop in 1984 and The Second Pacific basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology.


My research is evolved around the development and application of molecular simulation tools to understand the fundamentals of adsorption and desorption of gaseous mixtures on crystalline and amorphous surfaces and in confined spaces of pores of various topologies. Recent research is focussed on the development of kinetic Monte Carlo and Bin-Monte Carlo simulations and the microscopic understanding of hysteresis in gaseous mixtures in ordered mesoporous solids, and the development of a new algorithm to determine the equilibrium phase transition in complex pores.

Teaching and Learning:

D. D. Do teaches Transport Phenomena and Principles of Adsorption subjects. A program on molecular simulation is developed for the subject of Principles of Adsorption. He wrote three books in Chemical Engineering.


  1. Equilibria and kinetics of water in carbon with molecular simulation and high resolution experimental studies
  2. Development of kinetic Monte Carlo for mass transfer using mean free path concept
  3. Development of TriPOD method for pore characterization
  4. Hysteresis in mesoporous solids having complex pore topology
  5. Phase transition in adsorption in complex pores with Mid-Density scheme, kinetic Monte Carlo and 2V-NVT Monte Carlo schemes

Research Interests

  • Fundamental study of methane-water cluster in confined space by Monte Carlo simulation methods
  • Non local Density Functional Theory vs. Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations for non-spherical fluid adsorption systems
  • Adsorption and desorption of pure fluids and mixtures inside and outside of carbon nanohorn bundles
  • Adsorption and desorption of long linear alkanes, branched alkanes, alkenes, cyclic alkane, aromatics and chlorinated compounds
  • Adsorption of strong polar fluids (water, ammonia, alcohols, ketones) in carbon materials
  • Fundamental study of hysteresis and bridging between clusters of neighbouring sites in confined spaces
  • Surface diffusion of pure and mixtures of strongly adsorbing vapours in activated carbon particle


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • B.E. (Honours), The University of Queensland


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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