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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
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

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  

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Haroun's  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  pipeline rupture failure consequence assessment. His 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.

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

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