Professor Brent Young
BE(Hons), PhD, GradCert Higher Ed
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.
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.
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
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).
- National Board Chair, SCENZ IChemE in NZ
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- 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, 276.10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2019.109841
- 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, 252.10.1016/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 kānuka leaves. Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 158.10.1016/j.supflu.2019.104721
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian
- 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 and Technology, 97, 156-169. 10.1016/j.tifs.2020.01.014
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sinemobong Essien, Saeid Baroutian
- Li, B., Li, P., Zeng, X. C., Yu, W., Huang, Y. F., Wang, G. Q., & Young, B. R. (2020). Assessing the sustainability of phosphorus use in China: Flow patterns from 1980 to 2015. The Science of the total environment, 70410.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135305
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Bing Li
- Thompson, T. M., Young, B. R., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Pelagic Sargassum for energy and fertiliser production in the Caribbean: A case study on Barbados. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, 11810.1016/j.rser.2019.109564
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Terrell Thompson
- Rasapoor, M., Young, B., Brar, R., Sarmah, A., Zhuang, W.-Q., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Recognizing the challenges of anaerobic digestion: Critical steps toward improving biogas generation. FUEL, 26110.1016/j.fuel.2019.116497
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah, Saeid Baroutian