School of Chemical Engineering

Professor Duong Do

Office: 74-302
Phone: +61 7 3365 4154

D. D. Do received his BE (Hons) and PhD at the University of Queensland in 1979.  After a period of Research Fellowship at California Institute of Technology in the US, he joined UQ 1981 and was promoted to Professor in 1991.  He has spent a number of sabbatical leaves at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US), ICI (UK), University of New Brunswick (Canada), University of Porto (Portugal) and University of Chiba (Japan).  He received a number of awards: Colombo plan, Commonwealth Research Award, Union Carbide prize, Esso award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering, Excellence in teaching and Q-Index Top 10 Researchers at University of Queensland.   He is on editorial board of a number of journals: Adsorption, Adsorption Science and Technology, Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Frontiers of Chemical Engineering.  He organized two conferences – The third Chemical Reaction Engineering workshop in 1984 and The Second Pacific basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology.


My research is evolved around the development and application of molecular simulation tools to understand the fundamentals of adsorption and desorption of gaseous mixtures on crystalline and amorphous surfaces and in confined spaces of pores of various topologies.  Recent research is focussed on the development of kinetic Monte Carlo and Bin-Monte Carlo simulations and the microscopic understanding of hysteresis in gaseous mixtures in ordered mesoporous solids, and the development of a new algorithm to determine the equilibrium phase transition in complex pores.

Teaching and Learning: 

D. D. Do teaches Transport Phenomena and Principles of Adsorption subjects.  A program on molecular simulation is developed for the subject of Principles of Adsorption.  He wrote three books in Chemical Engineering.

  1. Equilibria and kinetics of water in carbon with molecular simulation and high resolution experimental studies
  2. Development of kinetic Monte Carlo for mass transfer using mean free path concept
  3. Development of TriPOD method for pore characterization
  4. Hysteresis in mesoporous solids having complex pore topology
  5. Phase transition in adsorption in complex pores with Mid-Density scheme, kinetic Monte Carlo and 2V-NVT Monte Carlo schemes
Key Publications: 
  1. An Undulation theory for condensation in open end slit pores: critical hysteresis temperature and critical hysteresis pore size, Fan, C.; Zeng, Y.; Do, D. D.; and Nicholson, D., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2014)
  2. Condensation and Evaporation in Slit-Shaped Pores: Effects of Adsorbate Layer Structure and Temperature, Zeng, Yonghong; Fan, Chunyan; Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D., Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014) in press.
  3. A new molecular model for water adsorption on graphitized carbon black, Nguyen, Van T.; Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D., Carbon (2014), 66, 629-636
  4. Water as a potential molecular probe for functional groups on carbon surfaces, Nguyen, Van T.; Horikawa, Toshihide; Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D., Carbon (2014), 67, 72-78
  5. Simulation of gas adsorption on a surface and in slit pores with grand canonical and canonical kinetic Monte Carlo methods, Ustinov, E. A.; Do, D. D., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2012), 14(31), 11112-11118
  6. Application of the kinetic Monte Carlo method in the microscopic description of argon adsorption on graphite,  Nguyen, Van T.; Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D.; Ustinov, E. A., Molecular Physics, (2012), 110(18), 2281-2294
  7. A thermodynamic study of the mid-density scheme to determine the equilibrium phase transition in cylindrical pores,  Liu, Zhongjun; Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D., Molecular Simulation (2012), 38(3), 189-199
  8. Development of Equations for Differential and Integral Enthalpy Change of Adsorption for Simulation Studies, Do, D. D.; Nicholson, D.; Fan, Chunyan, Langmuir (2011), 27(23), 14290-14299