Cultivating a Global Mindset:

The way of Mohammad Rezaei

Thank you for visiting my personal website. I look forward to learning from you and sharing views on my experiences in following areas:

1. Chemical Process Engineering

2. Membrane Distillation Technology

3. Membrane Processes

4. Water Treatment Processes

5. Enzyme Evaluation for Degradation of Structural Fruit Compounds

6. Modeling & Simulation of Chemical Processes

7. Optimization of Chemical Processes

8. Polymerization systems

9. Aromatic Processes in Petrochemical Industries

10. Chemical Process Equipment Design and Operation

Please feel free to contact me.

About me

I am a lifetime learner and a full-time explorer. I love exploring. I love to go out into unknown and find out the unknown. Finding challenges that need to be dealt with.

I am driven to be the best at what I do. I am enthusiastically ready for challenges in life, as I believe there exists nothing as ''problem''. It is always ''challenge'' instead.

I consider myself in permanent beta, i.e. as a work in progress, eager to learn and develop. I have a PhD in chemical process engineering from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and am pursuing a master program in Legal and Business Aspects in Technics. I am passionate in combining random and unexpected collision of knowledge in engineering, law and business to make novel connections between seemingly unrelated thoughts, and ideas.

I would love to bring excitement, focus and leadership to open-minded, engaged and curious audiences.

Beyond profession, my passions are fitness and health sciences. Fitness showed me what’s possible when I put my mind and body through rigorous training and practice. Despite feeling too exhausted to continue, fitness taught me to separate from this feeling and continue to train. I learned that feelings are only suggestions and sometimes it’s best to ignore those suggestions, especially when I am trying to reach a goal.

I also like traveling and getting to know different cultures.



Deputy Head of Institute of Process Engineering

Johannes Kepler University Linz

01.01.2019 - Present

Linz, Austria

Visiting Scholar

Purdue University

07.2019 - 08.2019

West Lafayette, USA

Scientific Associate

Johannes Kepler University Linz

01.2014 – Present

Linz, Austria

Researcher and Lecturer in the field of Process Engineering

Responsible for the execution of the laboratory experiment, including complete documentation

Grader, Process engineering I & II, Process instrumentation and control technology

Transfer of new products and processes from the laboratory to the production scale

Early Stage Researcher

Borealis Polyolefine GmbH

10.2012 – 12.2013

Linz, Austria

Leading a cross-functional team to implement a fully automated process data analysis method for polymerization experiments

Early Stage Researcher

The Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)

03.2011 – 08.2012

Thessaloniki, Greece

Modelling, simulation and optimization of olefin polymerization processes

Early Stage Researcher

Borealis Polyolefine GmbH

09.2010 – 02.2011

Linz, Austria

Special training in the field of polymerization

Chemical Engineer Consultant

Axxom Corporation

03.2010 – 09.2010

Providing material technical support and engineering consultancy to the petrochemical companies

Support of production / troubleshooting

Founder & CEO

Petro Farayand Pasargad Engineering Company (PFPECo.)

09.2008 – 09.2010

Project manager and developer for chemical engineering software for chemical plant operators in collaboration with National Iranian Petrochemical Company

Assessment of chemical processes

Chemical Engineer

Pars International Productions Company

09.2007 – 09.2008

Engineer for the design of industrial chemical units (e.g., heat exchangers, compressors, etc.)

Optimization of synthesis routes in the production scale

Carrying out relevant safety analyses



Jan 2000 – Jan 2007

Taught math, physics, and chemistry


Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Postdoctoral Research

Chemical Process Technology

11.2017 – Present

Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Doctor of Technical Sciences

Chemical Process Technology

07.2014 – 11.2017

Dissertation Title: Wetting prevention in membrane distillation processes

Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Master of legal and business aspects in technics (MLBT)

Law and Business for Engineers

07.2018 – Present

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece

Trainee, Sponsored by Marie Curie Action, FP7, European Union

Chemical Engineering, Polymer Reaction Engineering

03.2011 – 08.2012

Subject: Computational modelling and optimization of polymerization processes

Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Summer semester students

Advanced separation technologies in chemical engineering

06.2011 – 07.2011

Summer Semester Student

Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Master of Science

Chemical Process Engineering

01.2008 – 09.2009

Thesis: ‘’Influence of operating parameters on gas condensate pre-fractionation in petrochemical complexes and hydraulic design of distillation tower with relevant standards’’

Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Bachelor of Science

Chemical Engineering, Inorganic Chemical Industry

09.2002 – 06.2007

Project: ‘’Conceptual Design of Urea and Ammonia Processes’’

Selected Publications

Here is the list of selected publication, some of them with a successful collaboration with outstanding research institutions such as:

  • Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, USA
  • Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Australia
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

I am very pleased that my works have appeared in high impact factor journals such as Water Research and Journal of Membrane Science.

  1. M. Rezaei, D. M. Warsinger, M. Duke, T. Matsuura, J. H. Lienhard V, and W. M. Samhaber, “Wetting phenomenon in membrane distillation: mechanism, reversal, and prevention,” Journal of Water Research, 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.03.058. (IF= 7.621)
  2. M. Rezaei, D. M. Warsinger, J. H. Lienhard V, and W. M. Samhaber, “Wetting prevention in membrane distillation through superhydrophobicity and recharging an air layer on the membrane surface,” Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 530, pp. 42–52, May 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.02.013. (IF= 5.656)
  3. M. Rezaei and W. M. Samhaber, “Impact of gas bubbling on wetting control in a submerged membrane distillation,” in 13th Minisymposium der Verfahrenstechnik in Österreich, 2017.
  4. M. Rezaei, Samhaber W., 2016, wetting behavior of superhydrophobic membranes coated with nanoparticles in membrane distillation, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 47, 373-378 DOI: 10.3303/CET1647063. (H Index = 25)
  5. M. Rezaei and W. M. Samhaber, “Wetting control of Multiscale-Layer Membranes for Membrane Distillation,” in 12th Minisymposium der Verfahrenstechnik, 2016, pp. 147–150, DOI: 10.3217/978-3-85125-456-3.
  6. M. Rezaei and W. M. Samhaber, “Recovery of Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis Brine by Vacuum Membrane Distillation,” in 11th Minisymposium der Verfahrenstechnik, 2015, no. 11, pp. 64–67.
  7. M. Rezaei and W. M. Samhaber, “Wetting phenomenon in membrane distillation processes,” in 10th Minisymposium der Verfahrenstechnik, 2014, no. 10, pp. 56–58, ISBN: 978-3-9502754-4-5.

Doctoral Dissertation

Mohammad Rezaei, wetting phonemonen in membrane distillation, 2017, URN: urn:nbn:at:at-ubl:1-18983 ,

Further Education (Online)

  1. Six Sigma Principles, University System of Georgia
  2. Project Management: The Basics for Success, University of California, Irvine
  3. Operations Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  4. Creative Problem Solving, University of Minnesota
  5. Foundations of Everyday Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  6. European Business Law: Doing Business in Europe, Lund University
  7. Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise, University at Buffalo & The State University of New York
  8. Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, University of California, Irvine
  9. Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  10. The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work, University of London & Birkbeck, University of London
  11. Foundations of Everyday Leadership by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Coursera. Certificate earned at Wednesday, October 2, 2019 5:42 AM GMT (Credential URL:
  12. Strategic Innovation: Building and Sustaining Innovative Organizations by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Coursera. Certificate earned at Friday, October 18, 2019 3:29 AM GMT (Credential URL:
  13. Renewable Energy and Green Building Entrepreneurship by Duke University on Coursera. Certificate earned at Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:14 AM GMT (Credential URL:

Volunteer Experience

Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter

Chair, 04.2018 - Present

Vice Chair, 01.2017 - 03.2018

The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) is an international non-profit association, based in Brussels, aiming to promote and exploit, in the broadest sense, the full potential of the community of researchers who have benefitted in terms of mobility from the “People” programme of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, its successors (in the future) and its predecessors (from past Framework Programmes), and to foster greater public awareness of European research.

Honors & Awards

Computer Skills

Language Skills

Persian: Mother Tongue

English: Business Level

German: Advanced Level

Special Skills

Analytical thinking, Communication, Team playing

Leisure Activities

Fitness, Travelling, Reading and writing books

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