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Nader Mahinpey

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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Nader Mahinpey

Position: 

Professor

Phone: 
(403) 210-6503
Address: 

EEEL 417B

Biography: 

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Novel CO2 Capture Technologies for Oil Sands Operations
By developing novel materials and innovative technologies to capture carbon dioxide for storage or conversion to other materials, he is working to reduce Alberta’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. His research is helping our energy industry be more sustainable on a local and global scale.

Nader Mahinpey

Dr. Nader Mahinpey is tenured at the rank of full professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. In 2015, he was awarded the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Novel CO2 Capture Technologies for Oil Sands Operations.

Dr. Mahinpey takes an active role in the promotion of national and international high-calibre research programs in CO2 capture area and alternative energy. He has been invited to international forums to make keynote addresses. The ultimate purpose of his research program is the provision of the innovative technology needed to reach the demonstration stage with respect to a novel CO2 capture process and thermochemical conversion of biomass feedstocks.

Dr. Mahinpey has been the principal investigator for many NSERC, governmental, and industrial grants. The fundamental study of Dr. Mahinpey’s research activities is transferred directly to his industry partners verified by many grant funding such as NSERC IRC, CRD, Engage, Engage plus, in addition to industrial consultation. Dr. Mahinpey has served as Member of Technical Advisory Group at different companies. He is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Mahinpey has been the recipient of many awards in university, national and international levels.

Cross Appointments and Affiliations:

Selected Awards:

  • NSERC-Industrial Research Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2015-2020.
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2014-2015.
  • Chemical Engineering Science Top Cited Papers for 2011 and 2012 “Reaction kinetics and mass transfer studies of biomass char gasification with CO2.”
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2013-2014.
  • Eye’s High Doctoral Scholars Award, University of Calgary, 2014.
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2012-2013. 
  • Eye’s High Postdoctoral Scholars Award, University of Calgary, 2013.
  • Early Research Excellence Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2012.
  • Top Cited Paper by the journal of Biomass and Bioenerg (Elsevier, Oxford, UK), 2008-2011 “Simulation of biomass gasification in fluidized bed reactor using ASPEN PLUS.”
  • Top Cited Paper by the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (John Wiley, New York, US, 2011, “CFD simulation of gas-solid bubbling fluidized bed: a new method for adjusting drag law.”
  • NSERC Synergy Innovations Award, with three others for CO2 capture, University of Regina, 2006.
Research Activities: 

Dr. Mahinpey’s Energy and Environment Research group (EERG) applies reaction engineering and design principles to find energy and environment solutions. Their research is inspired by the idea of promoting green and cost-effective processes for energy production with a specific focus on:

Greenhouse gas technologies
Dr. Mahinpey’s group investigates novel CO2-capture technologies for special applications such as SAGD operation and steam methane reforming (SMR). Their research involves the development of highly efficient and inexpensive solid sorbents and novel solvents for a wide range of flue gases.

Biofuel and biogas production from renewable sources
The EERG is using pyrolysis and gasification to produce oil, char and gas from various biomass feedstocks. They have applied innovative techniques such as the use of subcritical water treatment and catalysts to enhance bioenergy recovery.

Utilization of municipal solid and industrial waste
In partnership with industry, the EERG is creating cost effective, fire resistant and environmentally-friendly oil spill adsorbents from industrial waste. Strategies to convert municipal solid waste into other valuable products are also being explored.

In addition to material fabrication and process development, the EERG creates accurate process models (VMGSim, ASPEN HYSYS, CFD-FLUENT) for integrated gasification and sorbent-based CO2 capture and the production of bioenergy. These models assist industry partners in design, development, optimization and economic analysis of their processes.

Selected Publications:

"Study of Al2O3 Addition to Synthetic Ca-based Sorbents for CO2 Sorption Capacity and Stability in Cyclic Operations", Karami, D., N. Mahinpey, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 93 (2015), 102-110.

"A New Model to Predict CO2 Coal Gasification Kinetics Based only on Parent Coal Characterization Properties", Gomez, A., and Mahinpey, N. Applied Energy, 137 (2015), 126-133.

“A novel development of mixed catalyst–sorbent pellets for steam gasification of coal chars with in situ CO2 capture”, Mostafavi, E., Mahinpey N., ManovicV., Catalysis Today, 237 (2014), pp 111-117.

“Novel synthetic sol–gel CaO based pellets using porous mesostructured silica in cyclic CO2 capture processs”, Sedghkerdar, M. H. et al., Fuel, 127 (2014), pp. 101-108.

"Pyrolysis of oat straw and the comparison of product yield with wheat and flax straw pyrolysis", Mani, T., Murugan,P.andMahinpey, N.,Energy & Fuels, 25 (7) (2011), pp. 2803-2807.

Teaching:

Dr. Mahinpey has taught the following courses:

  • ENCH 421 – Chemical Engineering Kinetics
  • ENCH 511 – Chemical Process Design I
  • ENCH 531 – Chemical Design Process II
  • ENCH 623 – Chemical Reactor Design
  • ENCH 613 – Advanced Topics in Mass Transfer
Certifications: 

PhD, University of Toronto

MSc, Tehran University

BSc, Isfahan University of Technology

P.Eng.

Graduate Program Affiliations: 

For the most updated recruitment information, please visit Dr. Mahinpey’s website.