FEnEx CRC Foundation Fellow
Dr Saif Al Ghafri’ s expertise lies in thermophysical properties and fluid science studies, with a record of experimental and modelling excellence, postdoctoral candidate supervision and on-time delivery of large scale industrial projects.
Saif 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.
His current research activities include hydrogen economy and liquid hydrogen, Boil-Off-Gas studies for LNG and LH2 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, space industry, enhanced oil recovery, new generation refrigerants, natural gas hydrates and biodiesel production.
While employed at UWA, he has 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). He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London and he has worked as a Process Engineer in Petroleum Development Oman and as a Research Associate at Imperial College London. He also leads a research group focused on “Propellant and Cryogenic Fluids” in the recently established UWA International Space Centre.
He has been awarded a few prestigious awards including The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) Award for the best PhD dissertation of the year, Dudley Newitt Prize for Experimental Excellence due to exceptional merit demonstrated by experimental excellence, and Qatar Petroleum Medal for Research Excellence in Clean Fossil Fuels due to outstanding achievements in CFF research. Saif has a PhD and MSC from Imperial College London, and BEng (Hons) from Nottingham University.