UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Professor Haroun Mahgerefteh Group


Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London, Haroun Mahgerefteh 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. His main research interests are in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), multi-phase CFD  modelling, safety and loss prevention in the oil and gas industries, particularly with reference to pipeline rupture failure consequence assessment.

Haroun' work in CCS includes coordinating the EC projects, CO2PipeHaz  and CO2QUEST  involving the collaboration of 15 academic and industry partners in Europe, China and Canada. Having received the 2016 IChemE Global Process Safety Highly Commended Award, these two projects have resulted in over 200 publications and the construction of large-scale world class  pipeline rupture test facilities and unique measurements of multi-phase flow behavior under rapid decompression.

He is 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. He is  the author of several industry reports, policy documents having extensively consulted for industry.

Haroun is the Programme Coordinator for MSc in Chemical Process Engineering at UCL. 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). He has been the primary.

Recent Publications (full list here)

  • Mahgerefteh, H., Sundara, V. and Brown, S., ‘Modelling emergency isolation of carbon dioxide pipelines’, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 44 (2016) 88-93.
  • Mahgerefteh, H., Zhang, P. and Brown, S., ‘Modelling brittle fracture propagation in Gas and Dense-phase CO2 Pipelines’, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 46 (2016) 39-47.
  • Zheng, W., Mahgerefteh, H., Brown, S., and Martynov, S., ‘Integral multi-phase turbulence compressible jet expansion model’, Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research 55 (27), (2016) 7558 - 7568.
  • Martynov, S., Daud, N.K., Mahgerefteh, H., Brown, S., and Porter, R., ‘Impact of stream impurities on compressor power requirements for CO2 pipeline transportation’, International Journal of Greenhouse gas Control, 54 (2016) 652-661.
  • Talemi, R., Brown S., Martynov S., and Mahgerefteh, H., ‘Assessment of brittle fractures in CO2 transportation pipelines: A hybrid fluid-structure interaction model’, Procedia Structural Integrity, 2 (2016), 2439-2446.  DOI:10.1016/j.prostr.2016.06.305
  • Porter, R.T.J., Mahgerefteh, H., Brown, S., and Martynov, S., ‘Techno-economic assessment of CO2 quality effect on its storage and transport: CO2 QUEST: An overview of aims, objectives and main findings’, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 54 (2016) 662-681.
  • Zheng, W., Mahgerefteh, H., Jamois, D., Hebrard, J., and Proust, C., ‘Modelling of depressurisation-induced superheating for compressed liquefied gases’, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 56 (2017) 5432–5542. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00105.