Dr Bushra Al-Duri

School of Chemical Engineering
Reader in Hydrothermal Processing

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD opportunities


The main theme of my research is Green Chemistry in Supercritical Fluids.  This includes:
  • Hydrothermal Processing Research in Supercritical Water for Environmental and Waste Minimisation studies. The aim is to use the knowledge of supercritical water chemistry and engineering background to conduct investigations that address commercial scale problems and existing challenges
  • Improvement of reaction kinetics using supercritical fluid reaction media to eliminate undesired side reactions (such as coking)
  • Isolation and purification of high value minority lipids from plants and edible oil refinery streams using supercritical CO2
  • Immobilised Enzyme biocatalyses for oleochemical reactions (modification of oils and triglycerides)
  • Adsorption studies for various solid/liquid contact applications namely wastewater treatment, CO2 sequestration, and immobilisation studies
Current Projects
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis in Supercritical Fluids: Enhancement of catalyst stability by supercritical route: J Wood & B Al-Duri (University of Birmingham); and S Rigby (University of Bath)
  • Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) for removal of N-containing hydrocarbons from wastewaters: B Al-Duri , R C D Santos
  • Fractionation of tocopherols & tocotrienols from palm fatty acid distillates by SCF: R C D Santos & B Al-Duri
  • Preparation & utilisation of hydrocalcite for CO2 adsorption & methane dry reforming: J Wood & B Al-Duri
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis in Supercritical Fluids: J Wood & B Al-Duri
  • Investigations on supercritical water oxidation for wastewater treatment: Improved engineering designs: B. Al-Duri

Recently Completed Projects (over the last 5 years)

  • Production of Liposomes using SCF technology
  • Supercritical water oxidation of waste aqueous pharmaceutical effluents
  • Extraction of value-added lipids from Amaranth seeds
  • Production & coating of drug polymer carriers by SCF technology (PGSS)
  • Supercritical water oxidation & wet air oxidation of DBU
  • Regeneration of spent activated carbons by scCO2
  • Removal of Wax as Flavour Barriers from plants by SCF technology
  • Studying of polymers behaviour as drug excipients in SCCO2, GlaxoSmithKline