UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1987

Research summary

Haroun's main research interests are in the areas of  Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and safety and loss prevention in the oil and gas industries, particularly pipeline rupture failure consequence assessment using multiphase CFD modelling. His award winning work in CCS includes coordinating the EC FP7 and H2020 projects, CO2PipeHazCO2QUEST and C4U involving the collaboration between academics and industry partners in 12 European countries, China, Canada and USA. Receiving the 2016 IChemE Global Process Safety Highly Commended Award projects have resulted in over 140 publications and the construction of large-scale world class  pipeline rupture test facilities and unique measurements of multi-phase flow behavior during rapid decompression.

Haroun is one of the two lead authors of the European Zero Emission Platform (ZEP) report titled 'A Trans-European CO2 Transportation Infrastructure for CCUS: Opportunities & Challenges'. The ZEP report, submitted to the European Parliament aims to facilitate the development of a multi-billion Euro pipeline and ship infrastructure for transporting several Mt/yr of CO2 captured from major regional industrial emitters for permanent offshore geological storage, considered as  key enabler for meeting Net Zero emission target by 2030.

Haroun is the principal investigator of the UKCCSRC projects on Multi-phase Flow Modelling for Risk Assessment of Dense Phase CO2 Pipelines and Development of Safe Practice Guidelines for the Injection of CO2 in Highly Depleted Gas Reservoirs.

Haroun was a co-investigator in the recently completed EPSRC MATTRAN and National Grid COOLTRANS projects which provided the background research for the White Rose Government Funded joint industry bid to build a state-of-the-art CCS commercialisation project. 

Given its industrial applications, his research has resulted in several awards and prizes.

Haroun is the author of the pipeline rupture safety consequence modelling software, PipeTech which has found extensive applications in the oil and gas industry across the globe. He is the author of several industry reports, policy documents having extensively consulted for industry.


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1984
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of the Imperial College | 1981
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1981
University of Leeds
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1980


Haroun obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College. This was followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Royal Society Paul Instrument Fund at the same institution. He joind UCL as a lecturer in 1987, teaching Thermodynamics to the first and second year students. 

Haroun was the Programme Coordinator for MSc Chemical Process Engineering at UCL for over 10 years, receiving the UCL Provost Commendation Award in 2017 for outstanding student satisfaction score. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and member of the IChemE Subject Group in Safety and Loss Prevention. 

His past and present professional activities include membership of the editorial board of Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, and the External Examiner for the Universities of Cambridge (MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering) and Sheffield (MSc(Eng) Process Safety and Loss Prevention). 


  • Young Author Award, Royal Society of Chemistry Particle Characterisation Group
  • Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) SMART Merit Award for Research & Technology
  • DTI SPUR Award for Research & Technology
  • DTI World Class Manufacturing Award: Frontier Science and Measurement Prize (joint 1st place)
  • Royal Society New Frontiers in Science Exhibition
  • National Endowment for Science, Technology & Art Award  (NESTA)  
  • IChemE EuroChem Award for Excellence in Safety and the Environment (2nd place) 
  • IChemE Haden Freeman Engineering Excellence Award (2nd place)
  • IChemE Frank Lees Medal in Safety and Loss Prevention
  • 2016 IChemE Global Process Safety Highly Commendable Award
  • UCL Provost Commendation Award for outstanding student satisfaction score in MSc Chemical Process Engineering