Professor Brent Richmond 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)
- Yousefifar, A., Baroutian, S., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Fundamental mechanisms and reactions in non-catalytic subcritical hydrothermal processes: A review. Water research, 123, 607-622. 10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.069
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid, Saeid Baroutian
- Munir, M. T., Li, B., Boiarkina, I. A., Baroutian, S., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2017). Phosphate recovery from hydrothermally treated sewage sludge using struvite precipitation. Bioresource Technology, 239, 171-179. 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.04.129
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ira Boiarkina, Tajammal Munir, Saeid Baroutian, Wei Yu, Bing Li
- Boiarkina, I., Depree, N., Yu, W., Wilson, D. I., & Young, B. R. (2017). Fault diagnosis of an industrial plant using a Monte Carlo analysis coupled with systematic troubleshooting. Food Control, 78, 247-255. 10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.02.061
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ira Boiarkina, Wei Yu
- Udugama, I. A., Wolfenstetter, F., Kirkpatrick, R., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2017). A comparison of a novel robust decentralised control strategy and MPC for industrial high purity, high recovery, multicomponent distillation. ISA transactions, 69, 222-233. 10.1016/j.isatra.2017.04.008
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Robert Kirkpatrick
- Shirkavand, E., Baroutian, S., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Pretreatment of radiata pine using two white rot fungal strains Stereum hirsutum and Trametes versicolor. Energy Conversion and Management, 142, 13-19. 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.03.021
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Ehsan Shirkavand
- May, E. F., Zhang, Y., Saleman, T. L. H., Xiao, G., Li, G. K., & Young, B. R. (2017). Demonstration and optimisation of the four Dual-Reflux Pressure Swing Adsorption configurations. Separation and Purification Technology, 177, 161-175. 10.1016/j.seppur.2016.12.007
- Yousefifar, A., Baroutian, S., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Hydrothermal processing of cellulose: A comparison between oxidative and non-oxidative processes. Bioresource technology, 226, 229-237. 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.12.010
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Mohammed Farid
- Boiarkina, I. A., Depree, N., Yu, W., Wilson, D. I., & Young, B. (2017). Rapid particle size measurements used as a proxy to control instant whole milk powder dispersibility. Dairy Science and Technology, 96 (6), 777-786. 10.1007/s13594-016-0302-5
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ira Boiarkina, Nick Depree, Wei Yu