Professor Brent Young

BE(Hons), PhD, GradCert Higher Ed

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A Chair in Food Process Eng


Brent Young is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.  He holds the position of Chair in Food Process Engineering and is Director of the Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2).

Brent was previously an Associate Professor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary (1998-2005) and a Lecturer in Chemical Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney (1991-1998). He has also held prestigious visiting positions including an NSERC at Calgary (1995), an Erskine at Canterbury (2005) and a Gledden at Western Australia (2009).

He received his BE (1986) and PhD (1993) degrees in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Canterbury. He is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers United Kingdom and a Vice President of the Institute of Measurement and Control New Zealand. He has co-authored over 200 refereed publications including the book "A Real-time Approach to Process Control", published by John Wiley (2nd Edition, 2006).

He was Engineers Australia John A. Brodie medallist for the best paper in the discipline of chemical engineering presented at CHEMECA for 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he also received the NZ Waste Water Association Conference best modelling paper award. In 2007 he was principal control consultant to MWH NZ responsible for their Association of Consulting Engineers NZ Award.

Brent's teaching, research and practice centre on process modelling, simulation, control and design.

He is actively involved in applied research and industrial consulting and has taught and practiced in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Research | Current

A summary of my biography and research is given through my inaugural lecture.

Watch my inaugural lecture - "Virtual and Real Process Engineering Worlds - A journey".

My research turns process data into useful information (by using mathematical modelling) to design and optimise manufacturing processes, in particular in the application areas of food and energy.

Research group

Industrial Information and Control Centre

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 232 - Process Design I
  • CHEMMAT 312 - Transfer Processes II
  • CHEMMAT 752 - Process Dynamics and Control
  • CHEMMAT 773 - Advanced Food Process Systems Engineering


Director, Industrial Information and Control Centre

Head, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Acting Chair, Food and Health Programme

Areas of expertise

  • Process simulation and control (in food especially dairy, light metals, oil and gas, wastewater).
  • Process development and design (in novel, bio and food processes).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • National Board Chair, SCENZ IChemE in NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Rasapoor, M., Young, B., Brar, R., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Improving biogas generation from aged landfill waste using moisture adjustment and neutral red additive – Case study: Hampton Downs’s landfill site. Energy Conversion and Management, 216.10.1016/j.enconman.2020.112947
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian
  • Ding, H., Yu, W., Boiarkina, I., Depree, N., & Young, B. R. (2020). Effects of morphology on the dispersibility of instant whole milk powder. JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING, 27610.1016/j.jfoodeng.2019.109841
  • Ang, T. N., Young, B. R., Taylor, M., Burrell, R., Aroua, M. K., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Authors' response to comments on Ang et al. "Breakthrough analysis of continuous fixed-bed adsorption of sevoflurane using activated carbons". Chemosphere, 24710.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126389
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teck Nam Ang, Saeid Baroutian
  • Li, B., Yin, T., Udugama, I. A., Dong, S. L., Yu, W., Huang, Y. F., & Young, B. (2020). Food waste and the embedded phosphorus footprint in China. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 25210.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119909
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Wei Yu
  • Essien, S., Young, B., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Subcritical water extraction for selective recovery of phenolic bioactives from kanuka leaves. JOURNAL OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS, 15810.1016/j.supflu.2019.104721
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian
  • Khan, A., Munir, M. T., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2020). A Review Towards Hyperspectral Imaging for Real-Time Quality Control of Food Products with an Illustrative Case Study of Milk Powder Production. FOOD AND BIOPROCESS TECHNOLOGY, 13 (5), 739-752. 10.1007/s11947-020-02433-w
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tajammal Munir
  • Yousefifar, A., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2020). A mass transfer study of the wet oxidation of cellulose. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 38410.1016/j.cej.2019.123326
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid
  • Essien, S. O., Young, B., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Recent advances in subcritical water and supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of bioactive compounds from plant materials. TRENDS IN FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 97, 156-169. 10.1016/j.tifs.2020.01.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sinemobong Essien, Saeid Baroutian

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1069
New Zealand