Dr Alireza Abbassi Monjezi

Research Associate



Sanderson Building

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes


Alireza Abbassi Monjezi completed his MEng in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK. He then obtained his PhD in Forward Osmosis Seawater Desalination using Solar Thermal Energy at the same University where he later worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), that looked into novel methods of using low-cost solar thermal energy applications that can be coupled to membrane desalination processes. 

At Queen Mary University of London, Alireza worked on a project in collaboration with the University of Alexandria, Egypt, funded by the British Council. During the project he designed and helped fabricate a Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination unit powered by a combination PVT cells and a wind turbine for production of potable water in remote areas of Egypt.

Currently at the University of Edinburgh, he is working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to design, commission and test an electrodialysis (ED) module as part of a European Horizon 2020 project. The research involves a theoretical and experimental study of parameters that affect the performance of ion exchange membranes which can be employed for desalination in electrodialysis (ED) and renewable energy generation in reverse electrodiaysis (RED).

Academic Qualifications: 

  • 2012-2016, PhD, Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, UK
  • 2008-2012, MEng, Chemical Engineering, University of Surrey, UK

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Associate Member of the Institute for Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Member of the International Desalination Association (IDA)
  • Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Research Interests: 

  • Electrodialysis (ED) and Reverse Electrodialysis (RED)
  • Desalination
  • Membrane Processes for Water Treatment
  • Solar Energy