School of Chemical Engineering


Foad received a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and Master degree from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, IRAN. His main research interests are in water/wastewater treatment, adsorption and transport in nanoporous materials. He joined to the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Queensland as a PhD student in April 2018.

B.Sc.: Chemical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, IRAN, 2010

M.Sc.: Chemical Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, IRAN, 2013

PhD: Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia (current student)

Research Project

Title: New insight into adsorption characteristics and mechanisms of heavy metals removal from aqueous solution

Advisors: Professor Anh Nguyen

The main aim of my study is to discuss adsorption mechanisms and hypotheses about underlying mechanisms and how they can affect the efficiency and selectivity of the separation. So, a nanosorbent will be used for removal of different heavy metals such as Hg(II), Pb(II), Ni(II), As(III), Co(II), Cd(II) under different conditions to find out the governing mechanism(s) between sorbent and sorbates. FTIR, XPS, SEM, EDX, AFM and SFG techniques will be applied before and after sorption processes to give us useful information about alteration on the surface composition of each sorbent. Analysing these data will help us to find the type of sorption mechanism between sorbents and heavy metals. Types of sorbents, functional groups, properties of metal-solution chemistry, ambient/environmental conditions such as pH, will all influence the mechanism of heavy metal sorption. All of these conditions and their effects on the sorption mechanisms will be investigated.

Research Skills

  • Adsorption
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment
  • Nanomaterials
  • Characterisation techniques

Achievement Highlights

  • UQ Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship – 2018

Key Publications

  1. F Raji, M Pakizeh Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of Hg (II) adsorption onto MCM-41 modified by ZnCl2. Applied Surface Science 301, 568-575
  2. F Raji, M Pakizeh. Study of Hg (II) species removal from aqueous solution using hybrid ZnCl2-MCM-41 adsorbent. Applied Surface Science 282, 415-424
  3. F Raji, A Saraeian, M Pakizeh, F Attarzadeh. Removal of Pb (ii) from aqueous solution by mesoporous silica MCM-41 modified by ZnCl 2: kinetics, thermodynamics, and isotherms. RSC Advances 5 (46), 37066-37077
  1. M Ghorbani, SM Nowee, N Ramezanian, F Raji. A new nanostructured material amino functionalized mesoporous silica synthesized via co-condensation method for Pb (II) and Ni (II) ion sorption from aqueous solution. Hydrometallurgy 161, 117-126
  2. F Raji, M Pakizeh, A Saraeian, M Raji. A detailed study on adsorption isotherms of Hg (II) removal from aqueous solutions using nanostructured sorbent ZnCl2-MCM-41. Desalination and Water Treatment 57 (40), 18694-18709



PhD Student

Room: 103

Building: Don Nicklin Building (74)

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