• The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway


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Dr. Arman Siahvashi is a Senior Research Fellow at UWA's Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, specializing in hydrogen and natural gas production, liquefaction, and storage. He has over 10 years of diverse and multi-disciplinary experience in research and development, engineering, science, and technology across academia and the energy industry. He holds a PhD in Chemical Process Engineering from UWA and a Master's degree in Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis from UNSW.

Dr. Siahvashi's work has been recognized by numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Fulbright Fellowship (one of the world's largest exchange programs from the United States), Forrest Fellowship, Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year, International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics Prize, One of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers, ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year, Australia’s National Measurement Institute Prize, and WA Innovator of the Year (finalist). Additionally, he received a medal from WA Governor Hon. Kim Beazley and was selected as a WA Science Ambassador.

The citations associated with the award of his Early Career Scientist of the Year from WA Premier Mark McGowan and Senator Linda Reynolds read: "Dr. Siahvashi is a leading scientist in WA and his work to reduce the cost and eliminate the safety hazards associated with clean energy production is advancing fundamental knowledge, improving the lives of Australians, and supporting future prosperity. His work is playing a critical role in future-proofing Australia for the changing global environment and is an important piece in meeting Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, which aims to position this industry as a major global player by 2030." This captures the essence of the research he has conducted throughout his career and the contributions he has made so far.

As a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Siahvashi has been collaborating on the development of an advanced lightweight cryogenic cooling system in partnership with NASA for space applications. He also helped establish MIT's first liquid hydrogen laboratory, the Hydrogen Technology and Energy Center (HyTEC). In September 2022, Dr. Siahvashi joined a delegation with the Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh. He has discussed his research at UWA and MIT with prominent figures such as John Kerry, Jennifer Granholm, Bill Gates, Malcolm Turnbull, and Andrew Forrest.

Dr. Siahvashi actively disseminates his scientific research and expertise in the field by engaging with universities, industries, media, and the global scientific community. Delivering conference presentations and providing teaching and research training are essential components of his outreach efforts. He consistently presents his research findings at national and international conferences and has been featured in various governmental media releases, including those from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources, which highlight his research impact, achievements, and accolades. He has also been exclusively interviewed by Engineers Australia and has been featured in their Create Magazine on three separate occasions.

Dr Siahvashi has served as the lead or co-investigator on an array of industry research and development projects, collectively amassing total funding exceeding $11.5 million at UWA and MIT. His publications span 18 top international journals in his field, with 90% in Q1 ranking, including Energy & Environmental Science (IF 39.7), Chemical Engineering Journal (IF 16.7), Energy (IF 8.8), Fuel Processing Technology (IF 8.1), and Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy (IF 7.1). Despite the inherent confidentiality constraints in industry-driven research, Dr Siahvashi has successfully published over 28 high-quality journal articles, collaborating with more than 58 national and international researchers and experts from both academic and industrial backgrounds.

Dr. Siahvashi's work helps future-proof Australia's energy export industry by tackling the challenges associated with accessing, producing, and exporting hydrogen. His industry-oriented research has led to the development of state-of-the-art experimental devices, advanced techniques, and sophisticated mathematical models that yield immediate, tangible benefits for both the LNG and hydrogen sectors.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Natural Gas and LNG Processing, PhD, Visual Measurements of Solid-Fluid Equilibria in Hydrocarbon Mixtures for Enhanced LNG Production, The University of Western Australia

19 Feb 201620 Feb 2019

Award Date: 27 Jul 2019

Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, Masters by Research, Dry (CO2) Reforming of Natural Gas and Advanced Catalyst Design, University of New South Wales

14 Feb 201110 Feb 2013

Award Date: 20 Mar 2013

External positions

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Hydrogen production technologies
  • Hydrogen liquefaction & storage
  • Natural gas processes
  • LNG Production/Oprimization
  • LNG Blockage
  • Phase equilibria and behaviour in complex fluids
  • Solid-Liquid Equilibrium
  • PVT Measurements
  • Hydrocarbon Dissolution
  • Cryogenics
  • Cryogenic Solidification
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermophysical properties of refrigerant
  • Hydrates


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