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

    6009 Perth


  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway


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Dr Saif Al Ghafri is a senior researcher with extensive experience in the field of fluid properties and thermodynamics and is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications and conference papers. He has worked as a research associate at Imperial College London where he conducted research related to carbon capture and storage(CCS). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Fluid Science and Resources Group at the University of Western Australia (UWA), with a record of experimental excellence, postdoctoral candidate supervision and on-time delivery of industrial projects. He is also a Foundation Fellow of the Future Energy Exports CRC (FEnEx CRC) and an honorary research fellow at Imperial College London.

He has worked on multiple research projects funded by global industry partners such as Shell Development Australia, Chevron Energy Technology Company, the Gas Processors Associations, Schlumberger, Qatar Petroleum, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industry. Current research activities include hydrogen economy, Boil-Off-Gas studies for LNG storage and transportation, and measurement and modelling of fluid and thermophysical properties of mixtures relevant to oil and gas production, liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing, carbon dioxide sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, new generation refrigerants, natural gas hydrates and biodiesel production. Dr Al Ghafri maintained on-going collaborations with other top fluid science groups in the world including Imperial College London, NASA, Ruhr-University Bochum and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA)

Roles and responsibilities

  • Leading and managing several industrially-driven projects and commonwealth milestones of the FEnEx CRC, including hydrogen liquefier and a Boil-off gas software, efficient hydrogen storage and transport and large-scale blue hydrogen projects.
  • Plan, develop and conduct research projects within the area of gas process engineering, including areas such as LNG thermodynamics, flow assurance, apparatus design, gas separations, and CO2 sequestration
  • Develop and write relevant research grant applications for industry and government as well as conducting consultancy and collaboration work
  • Develop and deliver lectures to University students in gas process engineering or related disciplines, supervision of different students, publishing and presenting the group at international conferences
  • Gaining skills and expertise in a variety of different energy-related research fields and leading and coordinating the thermophysical group team

Previous positions

Nov 2013 – Nov 2015 Research Associate

Teaching overview

  • Delivering lectures and high quality teaching materials for two chemical engineering units: Unit Operation and Process Design; and, recently, Advanced Thermodynamics (unit cordinator and lecturer)



Hydrogen economy, Thermodynamic, Thermophysical properties, CCS, Energy, Fluid science


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