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Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I obtained my 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. I have since been working as a member of academic staff in Chemical Engineering at UCL, currently as Professor of Chemical Engineering. I am the Graduate Admissions Tutor and Programme Manager for our highly successful  MSc programme in Chemical Process Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and member of the IChemE Subject Group in Safety and Loss Prevention.

I extensively consult on various aspects of safety assessment to the oil and gas industries.

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Research Summary

My  main research expertise is in Safety and Loss Prevention in the oil and gas industries, particularly modelling highly transient multi-phase flows following pipeline rupture. The accurate prediction of such data is essential as it serves as the source term for determining all the failure consequences associated with pipeline failure, including fire, atmospheric dispersion, explosion and environmental pollution. My work in this area has already found significant applications in the oil and gas industry as well as the Health and Safety Executive.  

I have recently extended my research work to the hazard and materials assessment for the next generation CO2 pipelines used as part of the Carbon Capture and Sequestration chain. I am the coordinator of European Commission FP7 projects,
CO2PipeHaz and CO2QUEST involving collaboration between 18 academic institutions and industry partners across Europe, Canada and China as well as co-investigator in EPSRC MATTRAN and National Grid COOLTRANS projects. 


  • Young Author Award, Royal Society of Chemistry Particle Characterisation Group
  • 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
  • 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
Teaching Summary

I teach Thermodynamics to the first year Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students. One of the most recent developments that I have undertaken has been the transformation of the coursework which has been traditionally paper based to electronic submission where the entire process including the derivation of equations,  numerical solutions and marking is computer based.

I also teach Safety and Loss Prevention to the final year MEng and MSc students where I extensively draw on my research and practical experience in this field.

  Professor of Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1984 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Nuclear Engineering Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1981 DIC Diploma of the Imperial College – Nuclear Engineering Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1981 MSc Master of Science – Nuclear Engineering Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1980 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Chemical Engineering University of Leeds
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