Industrial Dehydration Team

A/Prof Karim is an Associate Professor of the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. His research is directed towards solving acute food industry problems by advanced multiscale and multiphase food drying models of cellular water using theoretical/computational and experimental methodologies. He is also a leader in innovative application of ‘Lean Manufacturing’ concepts in hospital emergency departments to reduce long waiting times and optimize resources. Currently he is leading research projects with two local (RBWH and RCH) and two international hospitals. A/Prof Karim has authored over 184 peer-reviewed articles, including 95 high quality Journal Papers, four books and 13 book chapters. His papers have attracted more than 3000 citations with h-index of 29. He is the editor/board member of six reputed journals including Drying Technology and Nature Scientific Reports. He has been awarded 16 research grants amounting A$3.2 million and won multiple international awards for his outstanding contributions in multidisciplinary fields.

A/Prof Zhang is an Associate Professor of Bioprocess Engineering at the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB, previously known as Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities – CTCB) at QUT. His primary research areas are bioprocessing and biorefining and his research aims to solve real world problems in energy, resource and waste.  A/Prof Zhang current projects and project activities include (1) lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment and biorefining for biofuels, biochemicals and bio-based materials, (2) food waste processing and biorefining for nutraceuticals and value-added products, and (3) animal waste and sludge processing for resource recovery and waste management cost reduction. A/Prof Zhang is also an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow (2018-2021). He has published many research articles in Q1 journals including Green Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Bioresource Technology. He has also been granted 12 patents in 3 patent families in the area of biomass pretreatment and processing.


Prof. Yuantong Gu is a Professor, a prestigious ARC Future Fellow and a head of school of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. His research interests include: biomechanics; nanomaterials; computational mechanics; and mechanical engineering. He has secured more than $5million in research funding and authored more than 150 refereed journal publications. His expertise has been acknowledged through appointments as Editor-in-Chief for 2 international journals including Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Editor for 2 prestigious international journals including Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, and an Editorial Board Member for another 2 international journals.


Prof. Turner is a Professor of Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. His multidisciplinary research highlights the applicability of computational and applied mathematics to important environmental problems such as drying, saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers, and the prediction of gas composition in a coal seam gas field. Professor Turner’s research demonstrates a strong interaction with industry, having worked with drying engineers at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), and hydrologists and computational modellers at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He has also collaborated widely with various local industries and government organisations (for example CSIRO, DNRM and DAF) through commercial research opportunities and ARC Linkage grants.


Prof. Simpson is a Professor of Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. His primary area of expertise is the use of computational techniques for solving differential equations and studying interacting random walk models. Using computation, together with a range of techniques from applied mathematics, Professor Simpson studies several physical and biological processes. His previous research has involved studying flow and transport processes in porous media, salt water intrusion, the design and analysis of efficient methods for solving reaction diffusion equations and the implementation of high performance shock capturing schemes to study chemotactic travelling waves. Professor Simpson has produced more than 150 refereed journal articles, the majority of which are in the leading journals in their field. He has been awarded $2M in external funding, including 4 ARC Discovery Grants, 3 as lead Chief Investigator, an ARC Future Fellowship, an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.


A/Prof Kent is an Associate Professor of the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. He has over 25 years experience in raw sugar factory research, consulting and training, specialising in cane transport and milling. He is recognised as a leading expert in milling technology. Dr Kent is Team Leader for Cane Supply and Processing within the Sugar Research & Innovation group of Queensland University of Technology´s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities. He is responsible for much of QUT´s research, consulting and training activities in cane supply, transport and milling.

Dr Mann is a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at QUT. He is a mechanical engineer who specialises in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), combustion modelling and boilers.  He has more than 30 years’ CFD experience, mostly in the area of boiler combustion modelling.  He is the principal author of more than 200 consulting and research reports for Australian and overseas clients.  The consultation work includes CFD modelling of boiler design modifications for reduced tube erosion and dew point corrosion, improved combustion performance and reduced emissions.  He has carried out a number of boiler design evaluations, boiler upgrade studies, boiler circulation analyses and pneumatic conveying system designs.  He is also extensively involved in boiler performance testing and troubleshooting, emission testing, training courses for sugar factory personnel and modelling of pollutant emissions.  Over the last 20 years he has worked on a range of research projects in areas such as boiler combustion modelling (bagasse and coal), gasification, pneumatic cane cleaning, flue gas dryer design, self heating of bagasse stockpiles, minimising dust emissions, energy audits, sugar factory economic modelling and process modelling.

Dr Laleh Moghaddam is an analytical chemist and research fellow within QUT Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. Dr Moghaddam research background includes over 10 years experience in supporting the agricultural industry to produce sustainable fuels, chemicals and plastics from industry by-products. Dr Moghaddam is passionate about collaborating with industry for value-adding to agricultural by-products, including the production of biofuels, bioplastics, and biocomposites. Currently, Dr Moghaddam is the principal supervisor of two PhD, one MSc students, and associate supervisor for five PhD students.

Dr Fawzia is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at QUT. Her research interests are on retrofitting and strengthening of structures by using Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite, innovative material for structural engineering application, structural health monitoring of building and bridges and microstructural modelling. Through her scholarly, innovative, high quality research she has established her national and international standing. Dr Fawzia’s excellence in research has been demonstrated by high quality refereed publications (98 publications), two ARC LIEF grants ($1.9M), one international grant ($80K), five QUT internal grants ($79K), QUT’s SEF Award for Excellence in postgraduate research supervision, ten PhD’s and three Master’s by research completions, being invited by reputed universities for seminars and the establishment of national and international collaborative research relationships.