Finding sustainable solutions for mining waste management and climate change

Dr Azadi is a chemical engineer and works on the recycling and utilisation of Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCBs) and mineral carbonation. Tons of waste materials are generated every year by burning coal in power stations, known as CCBs. Disposal of CCBs can be environmentally and economically adverse. However, they can be used for rehabilitation of mined land sites and other beneficial and environmental friendly purposes.

Dr Azadi's research is also focused on mineral carbonation. The world's reliance on fossil fuel has led to a critical build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Carbonation is indeed a natural process which can be utilised to return carbon back to the earth in an environmental friendly and cost effective way.


After gainining his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering, Mehdi obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering, at The University of Queensland. He held one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship for research higher degree (IPRS). With an extensive knowledgebase and multiple skills, he has forged a successful career that includes mining waste management, mineral processing, surface chemistry, particle technology, process engineering, separation technologies, and project management, all of which were developed and strengthened in the Academic, Resource Mining, and Oil & Gas sectors.

As a highly competent research scientist and engineer in a multidisciplinary area, his work contributes to various industries by improving the traditional methods aiming for higher quality products and cleaner environment.


Dr Azadi has a network of collaboration within Australia and internationally. In Australia, he collaborates with other departments at UQ (e.g. Schools of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Mining Engineering, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology), and several Australian mining companies. He also has a range of international collaborations such as Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Italian National Research Council, University of Naples Federico II Italy, and Aalborg University Denmark.