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Dr Iman Ashtiani Abdi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Chemical/Process Engineer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering
Discipline *
Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)


Sugar Industry, Evaporator, Filtration, Porous Media, Bioenergy, Crystalliser, Cooling Tower, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Iman Ashtiani Abdi obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Azad University – Science and Research Branch, Iran, and master’s degree in 2011 from the Aerospace Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He obtained his PhD from the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering, University of Queensland in 2011, where his research focus was investigating the flow behaviour within porous media, with applications in heat exchangers and filters. Iman gained an extensive experience in experimental fluid mechanic measurement and visualisation using different techniques such as tomographic PIV, PDPA, LDA, and LIF during his PhD studies, and developed a comprehensive knowledge of fluid flow through open cell porous medium. He continued his collaboration with UQ in the Renewable Energy Conversion Centre of Excellence (RECCE) as a postdoctoral research fellow studying on cell optimisation of metal foam to increase heat transfer. In late 2017, he joined the industry as a mechanical design engineer at Zero Emissions Developments (ZED). There, he worked on a broad range of projects such as design and manufacturing of freeze dryer, heat treatment equipment and grain dryer. Beside designing agricultural machinery, he also led a team to develop a thermopnumatic energy storage and a mobile solar powerplant. Recently, he has joined the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) as a postdoctoral research fellow in process engineering, investigating the sugar manufacturing process.

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  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer
  • Engineering Design
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Zero Emissions Developments (Helensvale, Queensland)

Senior Mechanical Engineer (Jan 2018 – March 2019)

Major Projects:

  • Design Renewable Containerised Mobile Freeze-dryer Machine
  • Design Renewable Containerised Thermal Rice Fumigation Machine
  • Design Jarra Seed Grain Dryer
  • Optimisation of an Anaerobic Digestion Ponds
  • Preliminary Design of Heat Recovery System for a Cotton Gin
  • Design Thermo-pneumatic Energy Storage System
  • Design Mobile Solar Power Plant


PCM: Positive Displacement Pumps (Brisbane, Queensland)

Application Developer (Oct 2017 – Jan 2018)

Major Project:

  • Developed an interactive platform using excel (VBA and macros) to analyse large data obtained from CSG wells and generate proper reports for the application engineer


Renewable Energy Conversion Centre of Excellence (Brisbane, Queensland)

Research Fellow / Lab. Manager (Nov 2015 – Oct 2017)

Major Projects:

  • Optimised Metal Foam to Increase Heat Exchanger’s Efficiency in Power Plants
  • Designed Supercritical CO2 Open Loop Apparatus to Study Solar Thermal Power Plants
  • Preliminary Design of Heat Recovery System for a Powder Coating Company
  • Fabricated Microchannel using 3D Printer for Bioengineering Applications
  • Analysed the Effect of Crosswind on Performance of Cooling Towers using Optical Methods


University of Queensland – School of Mechanical & Mining Eng. (Brisbane, Queensland)

Research Assistant (May 2012 – Nov 2015)

Major Projects:

  • Analysed Porous Media to Optimise Heat Exchangers
  • Studied transient hydrodynamics of flow in inclined tube bundles
  • Studied buoyancy induced heat transfer deterioration in concentric and eccentric annuli
  • optimizing spray nozzles for cooling tower applications


Harvard-MIT Division of HST – Biomaterials Innovation Research Centre (Cambridge, MA)

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2015 – Aug 2015)


  • Experimental study of mechanical and fracture behaviour of Gelatin-Methacryloyl
  • Development of a bio-compatible flowmeter (Smart Stent)
  • Fabrication of microfluidic channels


Middle East Technical University – Centre for Wind Energy, Middle (Ankara, Turkey)

Research Assistant (Sep 2009 – Sep 2011)

Major Projects:

  • Designed a Low Speed, Suction Wind Tunnel
  • Designed and Manufacturing a 1kW Wind Turbine
  • Optimised Long Span Bridges’ Decks


This information has been contributed by Dr Iman Ashtiani Abdi.


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