Abolghasem Kazemi

Abolghasem Kazemi

GET-COFUND MarieS.Curie Fellow at URJC

A framework for optimization of chemical processes based on their various environmental impact potentials using genetic algorithm

About the research project «A framework for optimization of chemical processes based on their various environmental impact potentials using genetic algorithm»

Research Line: Novel approaches for sustainability assessment of clean energy systems

Mentor: Prof. Jovita Moreno Vozmediano

Second year at IMDEA Energy with mentor Diego Iribarren


Chemical and petrochemical processes are energy intensive. They also contribute to a considerable portion of current environmental issues. In my GET research, a framework will be developed for integration of life cycle analysis and techno-economic performance of chemical processes. The main aim in this research will be to minimize environmental impact potentials of chemical processes through optimization of their technical and operational parameters. The proposed framework will interconnect process simulator, programing software, LCA software and genetic algorithm. By utilizing such a framework, environmental consequences of any change and/or modification in operational parameters of chemical processes will be evaluated online. This framework will not be limited to a specific chemical process. Instead, the framework will have the capability of being applied on any simulated process. Application of such a framework will be useful in all stages of commercialization of a technology. During process design, construction, operation and retrofit, decisions must be made constantly for the process. Having access to such a framework would provide a clear understanding of advantageous and/or consequences of each decision.

About Abolghasem Kazemi

My main field of research has been process intensification in chemical industries. I have worked with various chemical processes such as CO2 capture units, propane dehydrogenation to propylene and propylene to polypropylene. I have utilized optimization techniques as well as process design methodologies to enhance performances of these chemical processes. One of the main fields of my research has been application of heat pumps on distillation systems for energy and costs savings. I have published more than 15 peer reviewed articles in international journals, and have cooperated as a reviewer with few international journals including Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (Elsevier), Energy (Elsevier), Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology (Wiley) and  Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy  (Wiley). 

My research interests are:

  • Chemical process intensification
  • CO2 capture
  • Heat pumps and refrigeration systems


Selected publications:

  • Kazemi, A., Mehrabani-Zeinabad, A., & Beheshti, M. (2018). Recently developed heat pump assisted distillation configurations: A comparative study. Applied Energy, 211, 1261-1281.
  • Kazemi, A., Mehrabani-Zeinabad, A., & Beheshti, M. (2018), Distillation without hot utilities; development of novel distillation configurations for energy and costs saving for separation of propylene/propane mixture, Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 123 (2018): 158-167 .
  • Kazemi, A., Hosseini, M., Mehrabani-Zeinabad, A., & Faizi, V. (2016). Evaluation of different vapor recompression distillation configurations based on energy requirements and associated costs. Applied Thermal Engineering, 94, 305-313.
  • Kazemi, A., Kazemi Joujili, A., Mehrabani-Zeinabad, A., Hajian, Z., & Salehi, R. (2016). Influence of CO2 Residual of Regenerated Amine on the Performance of Natural Gas Sweetening Processes Using Alkanolamine Solutions. Energy & Fuels, 30(5), 4263-4273 .