Professor Mohammed Mehdi Farid

BSc, MSc, PhD


Professor Mohammed Farid obtained his PhD and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Swansea, Wales and his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Baghdad.

 He was the founder of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Basrah in 1983. Since then, he worked as a full professor in the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the University of Science Malaysia and since 1997 in The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

 He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, London and an active member of a number of international societies. He has published more than 360 papers in international journals and refereed international conferences, 6 patents, 5 books and 10 chapters in books.

 Farid has received a number of international awards such as the Matsumae International Fellowship from Japan (1986), a prestigious prize for being the most active in research in the University of Basrah (1990), the Hisham Hijjawi Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Research in Jordan (1993) and the Marie Curie Fellowship, from European Union (2010) for his exceptional contribution to research on energy storage.

 In 2010, he was short listed and came in the third place for the IChemE Innovator of the Year Award – sponsored by NES in the UK, and has been invited to a large number of international conferences as a keynote speaker. iN 2015, he was awarded the IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award in Food Engineering.

 He is a member of the editorial board of three international journals and has been invited to join a number of scientific committees of international conferences.He is a world leader in energy storage with phase change and has provided significant contribution to the field worldwide.

 His research expertise covers many other important areas such as the thermal and non-thermal processing of food processing, biofuel and waste management

Research | Current

Energy and Environment: Design and simulation of energy storage systems for the efficient utilization of energy in building and other domestic and industrial applications such as cold storage facilities, Production/ macro and microencapsulation of phase change materials for energy storage, Efficient microchannel heat exchangers for cooling electronic devises, Production of bio-diesel from vegetable oil and animal fat, Production of bioethanol from cellulosic material, Pyrolysis of plastic wastes and used tires into diesel and activated carbon.

Food Process Engineering: Heat and mass transfer in food processing, such as: drying, frying, freeze-drying, freezing and microwave heating and drying, Thermal processing of food: ohmic heating of liquid and solid food, analysis of thermal sterilization in cans and pouches using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), fouling, freeze-concentration, microwave extraction, Non thermal processing of food: Ultra-Violet (UV) processing of liquid food, high pressure processing (HPP), pulsed electric field (PEF) treatment of milk and juices, membrane separation.

Water and Wastewater Treatment: Solar desalination,Solar UV detoxification of organic pollutants in water, Wet air oxidation AND Hydrothermal process for treating pollutants in industrial wastewater water



Active member in a number of university, faculty and department committees.


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, London (FIChemE).
  • Member of other professional institutions, such as IFT, ISES, ANZSIS.
  • Invited and keynote speaker in a number of international conferences.
  • Invited to join a number of scientific committees of international conferences.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Al-Shannaq, R., Young, B., & Farid, M. (2019). Cold energy storage in a packed bed of novel graphite/PCM composite spheres. Energy, 296-305. 10.1016/
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Refat Al Shannaq
  • Ansari, J. A., Ismail, M., & Farid, M. (2019). Investigate the efficacy of UV pretreatment on thermal inactivation of Bacillus subtilis spores in different types of milk. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 52, 387-393. 10.1016/j.ifset.2019.02.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jawaad Ansari
  • van Wyk, S., Silva, F. V. M., & Farid, M. M. (2019). Pulsed electric field treatment of red wine: Inactivation of Brettanomyces and potential hazard caused by metal ion dissolution. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 52, 57-65. 10.1016/j.ifset.2018.11.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Filipa Silva
  • Nadia, J., Ismail, M., Shahbaz, K., & Farid, M. (2019). The potential use of pulsed electric field to assist in polygodial extraction from Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) leaves. Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 36 (2), 272-280. 10.1007/s11814-018-0191-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kaveh Shahbaz
  • Saputro, E. A., & Farid, M. M. (2018). A novel approach of heat recovery system in compressed air energy storage (CAES). ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, 178, 217-225. 10.1016/j.enconman.2018.10.024
  • Gholamibozanjani, G., Tarragona, J., de Gracia, A., Fernandez, C., Cabeza, L. F., & Farid, M. M. (2018). Model predictive control strategy applied to different types of building for space heating. APPLIED ENERGY, 231, 959-971. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.181
  • Mehrabadi, A., & Farid, M. (2018). New salt hydrate composite for low-grade thermal energy storage. Energy, 164, 194-203. 10.1016/
  • Song, R., Ismail, M., Baroutian, S., & Farid, M. (2018). Effect of Subcritical Water on the Extraction of Bioactive Compounds from Carrot Leaves. FOOD AND BIOPROCESS TECHNOLOGY, 11 (10), 1895-1903. 10.1007/s11947-018-2151-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian


Contact details

Office hours

Currently on sabbatical leave

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 802
New Zealand

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