Biofilm Engineering Laboratory

Fatemeh Kavousi


PhD student




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School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
College of Engineering and Architecture
University College Dublin Belfield,
Dublin 4, Ireland



2012-Present PhD in Chemical Engineering – Membrane wastewater treatment
University College Dublin (UCD)
2008-2011 Master of Science in Chemical Engineering – Simulation, Design, Control Iran University of Science and Technology – Tehran -Iran
2002-2007 Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – Process Engineering
Iran University of Science and Technology – Tehran –Iran




• F. Kavousi, Y. Behjat, S. Shahhosseini, Optimal design of drainage channel geometry parameters in vane demister liquid–gas separators, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 2013
• F. Kavousi, Y. Behjat, S. Shahhosseini , Evaluating the Effect of Turbulent Dispersion Models on the Simulation of a Vane Liquid-Gas Separator – 7th International Chemical Engineering Congress & Exhibition – Kish, Iran, 21-24 November, 2011
• F. Kavousi, Y. Behjat, S. Shahhosseini , Two phase gas- liquid vane demister simulation and evaluating the effect of drainage channels on separation efficiency – Farayandno Scientific Journal, 2011
• F. Kavousi, M. Ehsani, Studying the usage and effect of waste rubber powder in modifying asphalts, Iranian Rubber Magazine, No.42


Fundamental study of operation parameters on mass transfer properties of submerged hollow fiber membranes.
Hollow fibre gas-liquid contact membranes are of increasing interest in a wide variety of applications including, wastewater treatment, biomedical devices, and de-gassing of process industry liquid streams. The use of gas permeable membranes for bubble-less aeration is of increasing interest, principally due to the energy savings it affords in wastewater treatment applications. Understanding and enhancing the transfer of gases to and from the liquid is of critical importance to improve the efficiency of such processes. The rate of mass transfer is largely dependent on the effective surface area of the membrane and the driving force for permeation. Optimization of membrane properties, process parameters and the hydrodynamics of the designed system are important factors in increasing gas transfer efficiencies.
My research focuses on evaluating the effect of membrane configuration on the liquid flow hydrodynamics and correlating that to the gas transfer rate. The aim is to eliminate flow maldistributions leading to transfer deteriorations. In addition to extensive laboratory experimental studies, I have utilised advanced computational fluid dynamic (CFD) tools to provide detailed analysis of the flow fields and the macro-scale diffusion of the species within the system allowing for confident design and characterisation of the membrane systems. Computational predictions of the hydrodynamics of the process greatly assist in understanding the effect of operating conditions on the overall turnover of the system.