Artificial Photosynthetic Systems, UV Photoreactors, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
CHBE 219
Research Interests

Hello! Welcome to my web page at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia. My main research interests are in the computational modeling and experimental study of chemical and photochemical systems with application to energy and environmental engineering. Specific research areas include:
Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Artificial photosynthesis involves capturing energy from the sun and storing it in the form of chemical fuels. The focus of this research is to create engineered solar fuel generators for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen, a leading candidate for the fuel of the future. Our team develops photoelectrochemical cells and multifunctional photocatalysts activated by solar and ultraviolet radiation for hydrogen generation by water splitting. We design and build original photoreactors for the scalable production of hydrogen and other chemical fuels. Our target is to create sustainable ways of producing solar fuels by utilizing earth-abundant materials and cost-effective processes.
Photoreactors for Water Purification: The ultraviolet (UV) reactor is today’s fastest growing water treatment technology. The primary emphasis of this research is to formulate the next generation of UV photolytic and photocatalytic reactors, by studying their fundamentals including their hydrodynamics, kinetics, and optics. We develop models of UV reactor performance and evaluate them through extensive experimental studies. Our current strategic project focuses on the development of a new generation of UV reactors operating with UV-LEDs. The research program we have been leading in this field has and will continue to have a significant impact on product development in the UV reactor industry.
Computational Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) plays a significant role in the study of chemical and biological systems and various phenomena happening within these systems. This research program focuses on combining fundamental physical models with CFD to develop chemical and biological reactor performance models for virtual prototyping and design optimization. We also perform experimental analysis, including laser-based imaging techniques, for model evaluation. The optical diagnostic methods utilized include particle image velocimetry (PIV) and planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF). The results of this research are applied to advance the design of new reactors. Ongoing projects include developing models and performing validating experimental studies for: the reaction kinetics and hydrodynamics of fluidized bed reactors, microfluidic devices for stem cell research, and micro fuel cells for portable electronic devices.



  • Energy-Based Treatment Process and System Therefor, US Patent 7442312; 2008
  • Fluid Treatment Device and Method for Fluid Treatment, US Patent 6500346; 2002
  • Fluid Level Control System, US Patent 6663318; 2003
  • Fluid Mixing Device, US Patent 7166850; 2007
  • Adeli, B. and Taghipour F. A Review of Synthesis Techniques for Gallium-Zinc Oxynitride Solar-Activated Photocatalyst for Water Splitting, ECS J., 2013, 2 (7), 118–126
  • Taheri Najafabadi, A. and Taghipour F. Cobalt Precursor Role in the Photocatalytic Activity of the Zeolite-Supported Tio2 Based Photocatalysts Under Visible Light: A Promising Tool Toward Zeolite-Based Core-Shell, photocatalysis, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chemistry, 2013, 248, 1–7
  • Sossa-Echeverria, J. and Taghipour F. Effect of Mixer Geometry and Operating Conditions on Flow Mixing of Shear Thinning Fluids With Yield Stress, AIChE Journal, 2012, 60, 1156–1167
  • Elyasi, S. and Taghipour, F. Performance Evaluation of UV Reactor Using Optical Diagnostic Techniques, AIChE Journal, 2011, 57, 208–217
  • Duran, J.E., Mohseni, M., and Taghipour, F. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Immobilized Photocatalytic Reactors for Water Treatment. AIChE Journal, 2011, 57, 1860–1872
  • Véronique Lecault, Michael VanInsberghe, Sanja Sekulovic, Thomas Mclaughlin, Asefeh Jarandehei, Michelle M. Miller, Fariborz Taghipour, Didier Falconnet, Adam K. White, David G. Kent, Michael R. Copley, Connie J. Eaves, R. Keith Humphries, James M. Piret, and Carl L. Hansen High-Throughput Analysis of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Growth in Perfusion Microbioreactor Arrays. Nature Methods 2011, 8, 581–586
  • Elyasi, S. and Taghipour, F. Simulation of UV Photoreactor for Degradation of Chemical Contaminants: Model Development and Evaluation, Environ Sci Technol, 2010, 44, 2056–2063
APSC 450 Professional Engineering Practice
IGEN 430 Advanced Engineering Design
CHBE 554 Advanced Transport Phenomena