Dr Taghi Miri BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), PhD

Dr Taghi Miri

School of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Dr Taghi Miri is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years of research experience. Dr Miri's has been involved with a number of different industries ‎ , including Marlow Food, CSM Bakery, Mondelez, P&G, Smithers Rapra. His research covers a range of topics, including:

  • Plant-based food processing and safety
  • Future food: process and safety challenges of food reformulation
  • Novel Food Processing to enhance the safety and shelf life of food
  • Circular Economy, Food Waste Valorisation
  • Bioprocessing for environmental Engineering


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering


Taghi Miri received his PhD under the direction of Prof. Peter Fryer from the University of Birmingham. His PhD research focused on plant-based Quorn mycoprotein processing (Marlow Food). After his PhD, he took up post-doctoral posts working on microbial inactivation and pasteurisation of food (EPSRC), bread dough and bread production (CSM), instant coffee reformulation (Mondelez), PEPT-Flow (FP6) and washing powder reformulation (P&G). He then joined Arak University before returning to the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering in 2019.


Dr Miri leads several modules on various postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Food Engineering, Food Safety and Chemical Engineering.

  • LI Mass, Heat and Momentum Transport
  • LH Engineering of Food
  • LM Food Processing and Manufacture‎, module leader‎
  • LM Novel Food Processing, module leader
  • LM Major Project, module leader
  • LM Food Microbiology and Safety

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Miri supervises PhD and MSc research projects related to Food Engineering, including Novel Food Processing and Food Safety, as well as Circular Economy and Environmental Engineering.


Dr Miri’s research interest spans several topics, interfacing engineering and food safety, as well as environmental engineering. ‎‎‎His current projects are:‎

  • Food waste valorisation by extracting bioactive and high-value components utilising the extraction ‎‎methods including Co2 supercritical system (with Professor Gary Leeke)‎
  • Application of Ohmic heating in the deactivation of Mould and Bacteria in food systems
  • Investigating the safety of Ohmic baked Bread
  • Investigating the shelf life of Ohmic baked Bread
  • Safety and Shelf-life of reduced-fat and low-fat food
  • Safety and shelf-life of reduced salt food product ‎
  • Bioremediation of Heavy Metal from Drinking Water

Other activities


Journal publications

Ghosh, S, Falyouna, O, Malloum, A, Othmani, A, Bornman, C, Bedair, H, Onyeaka, H, Al-Sharify, ZT, Jacob, AO, Miri, T, Osagie, C & Ahmadi, S, 2022, 'A general review on the use of advance oxidation and adsorption processes for the removal of furfural from industrial effluents', Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, vol. 331.

Asgari, M, Miri, T, Soleymani, M, & Barati, A, 2021, A novel method for in situ encapsulation of ‎curcumin in magnetite-silica core-shell nanocomposites: A multifunctional platform for ‎controlled drug delivery and magnetic hyperthermia therapy. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 324, ‎‎114731.

Asgari M, Soleymani M, Miri T, Barati A, 2021, Design of thermosensitive polymer-coated magnetic ‎‎mesoporous silica nanocomposites with a core-shell-shell structure as a magnetic/temperature dual-‎‎responsive drug delivery vehicle. Polymers for Advanced Technologies 32 (10):4101-4109. ‎‎

Anumudu C, Hart A, Miri T, Onyeaka H, 2021, Recent Advances in the Application of the Antimicrobial ‎‎Peptide Nisin in the Inactivation of Spore-Forming Bacteria in Foods. Molecules 26 (18):5552‎.

Bandehali S, Miri T, Onyeaka H, Kumar P, 2021, Current State of Indoor Air Phytoremediation Using ‎‎Potted Plants and Green Walls. Atmosphere 12 (4):473.

Onyeaka H, Miri T, Hart A, Anumudu C, Nwabor OF, 2021, Application of Ultrasound Technology in ‎‎Food Processing with emphasis on bacterial spores. Food Reviews International:1-13. ‎‎

Onyeaka H, Miri T, Obileke K, Hart A, Anumudu C, Al-Sharify ZT, 2021, Minimizing carbon footprint ‎‎via microalgae as a biological capture. Carbon Capture Science & Technology 1:100007. ‎‎

Umenweke G, Adesanya Z, Onyeaka H, Miri T,  2021, Modular bio-refinery simulation of Nesogordonia ‎‎papaverifera by fast pyrolysis (FP): a focus on bio-oil enhancement. Biomass Conversion and ‎‎Biorefinery.

Hart, A., Anumudu, C., Onyeaka, H., & Miri, T., 2021, Application of supercritical fluid carbon dioxide ‎in improving food shelf-life and safety by inactivating spores: a review. Journal of Food Science ‎and Technology.

Asgari, M., Soleymani, M., Miri, T., A., Barati, 2019, A Robust Method for the Fabrication of Monodisperse Core-shell Magnetic Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles as Anticancer Drug Carriers, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 292.

Maarefian, M, Miri, T, Sanaeepur, H., Rooeentan, H., & Azami, S., 2017, CFD simulation of a membrane bioreactor for high saline refinery wastewater treatment. Desalination and Water Treatment, 81, 33–39.

Mahdavi, S. Z., Aalaie, J., Miri, T., Razavi, S.M.R. and Rahmani, M.R., 2017, Study of polyacrylamide-surfactant system on the water–oil interface properties and rheological properties for EOR. Arabian Journal of Chemistry, 10(8), 1136-1146.

Motahari, K., Barati, S., & Miri, T., 2016, Mathematical modelling and simulation of carbon dioxide absorption from N2 using hollow fiber membrane contactor. Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 60(4), 266–272.

Razavi, S.M.R., Miri, T., Barati, A., Nazemian, M. and Sepasi, M., 2015, Industrial wastewater treatment by using of membrane. Membrane Water Treatment, 6, 489-499.

Oliyaei, N., Aalaie, J., Barati, A. and Miri, T., 2015, Study on Steady Shear Rheological Behavior of Concentrated Suspensions of Sulfonated Polyacrylamide/Na-Montmorillonite Nanoparticles. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B, 54, 761-770.

Razavi, S.M.R. and Miri, T., 2015, A real petroleum refinery wastewater treatment using hollow fiber membrane bioreactor (HF-MBR). Journal of Water Process Engineering, 8, 136-141.

Heidari Naghdeali, M., Miri, T., Adimi, M., Eskandari, H. and Nemati Dil, N., 2014, Experimental investigation and modeling of release of anti-asthmatic drug aminophylline from hydrogels based on PVP, International Journal of Biosciences, 5(7), 275-280.

Razavi, S. M. R., Razavi, S. M. J., Miri, T., and Shirazian, S., 2013, CFD simulation of CO2 capture from gas mixtures in nanoporous membranes by solution of 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol and piperazine, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 15(0), 142-149.

Barati, A., Eskandari, Z., Miri, T., and Asgari, M, 2013, Removal of Fluoride Ion from Aqueous Solution by Nanocomposite Hydrogel Based on Starch/Sodium Acrylate/Nano Aluminum Oxide, Iranian Journal of Polymer Science and Technology, 26 (5), 381-391.

Barati, A., Asgari M., Miri. T. and Eskandari, Z., 2013, Removal and recovery of copper and nickel ions from aqueous solution by poly(methacrylamide-co-acrylic acid)/montmorillonite nanocomposites, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20(9), 6242-55.

Porras-Parral, G., Miri, T., Bakalis, S., and Fryer, P.J., 2012, The effect of electrical processing on mass transfer in beetroot and model gels, Journal of Food Engineering, 112, (3) 208-217.

Miri, T. and Barati, A., 2012, A New Method for Preparation of Cellular Ceramics by Gelcasting Approach, International Journal on Advanced Science Engineering Information Technology, 2 (3) 1-3.

Barati, A., Salbi, G. and  Miri, T., 2012, Flame Retardant Effects of Nano-Clinoptilolite on Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Nano-Composite, International Journal on Advanced Science Engineering Information Technology, 2 (4) 35-37.

Porras-Parral, G., Miri, T., Bakalis, S., and Fryer, P., 2011, The effect of electrical processing on mass transfer and mechanical properties of food materials, Procedia Food Science, 1, 76-80.

Diemert, J., Chilles, C., Colbert, J., Miri, T., Ingram, A., David, P., Sarhangi Fard, A., and Anderson, P.D., 2011, Flow visualisation in co-rotating twin screw extruders: positron emission particle tracking and numerical particle trajectories, International Polymer Processing, 26(5), 540-550.

Chigada, P., Wang, J., Wilkinson, S., Bateman, H., Al-Duri, B., Wood, J., Bakalis, S., and Miri, T., 2011,  Improving the Interpretation of Mercury Porosimetry Data using Computerised X-ray Tomography and Mean-Field DFT, Chemical Engineering Science, 66(11), 2328-2339.

Veladat, R., Zokaee Ashtiani, F., Rahmani, M., and Miri, T., 2011,  Review of numerical modeling of pasta drying, a closer look into model parameters, Asia-apcific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 7 (2), 159-170.

Barati, A., Asgari, M., Miri, T., and Davarnejad, R., 2010, Chemorheology of Poly (Methacrylamide-co-Acrylic Acid) Gels Crosslinked by Chromium (III) Ions, World Applied Sciences Journals, 11(8), 949-957.

Miri, T., Tsoukalas, A., Bakalis, S., Pistikopoulos, E. N., Rustem, B., and Fryer, P. J., 2008.  Global optimization of process conditions in batch thermal sterilization of food, Journal of Food Engineering, 87: 485-494.

Rigby, S. P., Chigada, P. I., Evbuomvan, I. O., Chudek, J. A., Miri, T., Wood, J., and Bakalis, S., 2008.  Experimental and modelling studies of the kinetics of mercury retraction from highly confined geometries during porosimetry in the transport and the quasi-equilibrium regimes. Chemical Engineering Science. 63: 5771-5788.

Mousavi, R., Miri, T., Cox, P. W., and Fryer, P. J., 2007. Imaging food freezing using X-ray microtomography. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 42: 714-727.

Rigby, S. P., Watt-Smith, M. J., Chigada, P., Chudek, J. A., Fletcher, R. S., Wood, J., Bakalis, S., and Miri, T., 2006. Studies of the entrapment of non-wetting fluid within nanoporous media using a synergistic combination of MRI and micro-computed X-ray tomography. Chemical Engineering Science. 61: 7579-7592.

Miri, T., Barigou, M., Fryer, P. J., and Cox, P. W., 2005. Flow-induced fibre alignment in Mycoprotein paste. Food Research International. 38: 1151-1160.

Mousavi, R., Miri, T., Cox, P. W., and Fryer, P. J., 2005. A novel technique for ice crystal visualization in frozen solids using X-ray micro-computed tomography. Journal of Food Science. 70: E437-E442.

Miri, T., Cox, P. W., and Fryer, P. J., 2003. In-situ visualisation of hyphal structure and arrangement in mycoprotein pastes. Biotechnology Letters. 25: 295-300.

Book chapters

Miri, T. 2011, Viscosity and Oscillatory Rheology, in Practical Food Rheology: An Interpretive Approach Ed: Ian Norton, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-4051-9978-0.

Smith, A. and Miri, T., 2011, Alginates in Foods, in Practical Food Rheology: An Interpretive Approach Ed: Ian Norton, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-4051-9978-0.

View all publications in research portal