Alireza Salmachi

Dr Alireza Salmachi

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering. My current research foci include the integrated surface facility modelling and underground storage of hydrogen in geological formations, wellbore decommissioning and integrity, and CO2 storage in depleted coal seam gas reservoirs. I have strong background in drilling engineering, well completion, and reservoir engineering.

  • Underground Storage of Hydrogen

This works is focused on development of a simulation toolbox to model underground hydrogen storage (UHS) integrated with surface facility design. This work helps in understanding the techno-economic constraints involved in operating a large-scale UHS facility that needs to manage fluctuations in both supply and demand.

  • Wellbore decommissioning

This work is focused on repurposing near-to-decommission wellbores for storing hydrogen within the wellbore. This work aims to reduce the storage cost by managing decommissioning expenses for creation of a new hydrogen-based energy storage system and integrate green hydrogen into local economies.

  • CO2 sequestration in underground coal seams

This research involves evaluating cleat/natural fracture system with Australian coal seams using micro-CT scan imaging and studying the impact of coal swelling on permeability change during CO2 injection. 

  • 3D modelling and printing of porous media

This research is focused on designing random porous media using fractal systems and 3D printing.

  • Production data and rate transient analysis

This work is focused on analysis of gas and water production data from unconventional resources including coal seam gas and shale gas reservoirs to obtain critical reservoir properties.

Hydrogen Supply within HILT Regional Hubs – H2 Cost and Synergistic Opportunities

 An integrated techno-economic and underground storage simulation tool for intermittent hydrogen production coupled with a gas storage site

Wellbore decommissioning for hydrogen pipe storage (Vallourec, 2022-2023)

Santos Research Grant (Production data analysis of coalbed methane reservoirs in Bowen Basin)-(2015-2016)

Santos Research Grant-IMER (Production forecasting for deep coals of Cooper basin)-(2016-2017)

Stephen Cole Elder Fellowship (Teaching Grant) (Application of iBook and 3D printing in Drilling engineering)-(2015)

Fundamentals of Drilling Engineering

Fundamentals of Well Completion and Stimulation

Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133502
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83134345
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Santos Petroleum Engineering, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Mining and Petroleum Engineering

Connect With Me