Professor Brent Richmond 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)

  • Ang, T. N., Baroutian, S., Young, B. R., Hyland, M. M., Taylor, M., & Burrell, R. (2019). Adsorptive separation of volatile anaesthetics: A review of current developments. Separation and Purification Technology, 211, 491-503. 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.10.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Hyland, Saeid Baroutian, Teck Nam Ang
  • Li, B., Boiarkina, I., Yu, W., Huang, H. M., Munir, T., Wang, G. Q., & Young, B. R. (2019). Phosphorous recovery through struvite crystallization: Challenges for future design. The Science of the total environment, 648, 1244-1256. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Bing Li, Tajammal Munir
  • Anthraper, D., McLaren, J., Baroutian, S., Munir, M. T., & Young, B. R. (2018). Hydrothermal deconstruction of municipal solid waste for solid reduction and value production. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 201, 812-819. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.116
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Tajammal Munir
  • Munir, M. T., Mansouri, S. S., Udugama, I. A., Baroutian, S., Gernaey, K. V., & Young, B. R. (2018). Resource recovery from organic solid waste using hydrothermal processing: Opportunities and challenges. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, 96, 64-75. 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.039
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tajammal Munir, Saeid Baroutian
  • Udugama, I. A., Taube, M. A., Mansouri, S. S., Kirkpatrick, R., Gernaey, K., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2018). A Systematic Methodology for Comprehensive Economic Assessment of Process Control Structures. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 57 (39), 13116-13130. 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b01883
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu
  • Baroutian, S., Syed, A. M., Munir, M. T., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2018). Effect of hydrodynamic mixing conditions on wet oxidation reactions in a stirred vessel reactor. Bioresource technology, 262, 333-337. 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.05.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Tajammal Munir
  • Udugama, I. A., Mansouri, S. S., Kirkpatrick, R., Young, B., & Taube, M. A. (2018). Dangers of component trapping in distillation: An industrial methanol distillation case study. MERCon 2018 - 4th International Multidisciplinary Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference. 10.1109/MERCon.2018.8421915
  • A Udugama, I., Munir, M. T., Kirkpatrick, R., Young, B. R., & Yu, W. (2018). Side draw control design for a high purity multi-component distillation column. ISA transactions, 76, 167-177. 10.1016/j.isatra.2018.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Tajammal Munir

Contact details

Primary office location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level G, Room G61A
New Zealand