Bijan Rahimi

PhD in Desalination


Assistant Professor

Institute of Water and Energy

Sharif University of Technology



Tel: +98 21 660 85 177 - (ext. 420)

Email: bijan[at]



  Educational Record:

Ph.D. in Desalination, The University of Western Australia in 2015 (B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Eng. in 2004 and 2007) and a post-doc in Desalination in 2016.


  • Title: Desalination; Credits: 3; Course Number: 26931; Pre-requisite: Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer; Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; SUT. (2015 till now)

Scholarships and Awards:

  • Top researcher award, Sharif Uni. of Tech., 2017

  • Iran's National Elites Foundation, 2016-2017

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), 2012-2015

  • UWA Safety Net Top-Up Scholarship, 2012-2015

  • NCEDA (National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia) Supplementary Ph.D. Scholarship 2013-2015

  • AQW, BASF Student Scholarship, 2015


  • Iran's National Elites Foundation (INEF) - 2017

  • Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, (Technology development council of water, drought, erosion and environment) - 2019

Book Publication:

  • B. Rahimi, H. T. Chua, "Low Grade Heat Driven Multi Effect Distillation and Desalination", Elsevier Inc., 2017, ISBN: 978-0-12-805124-5

International Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

International Peer Reviewed Conference Publications:

  • Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T., "A Novel Desalination Design to Better Utilise Low Grade Sensible Waste Heat Resources," In IDA World Congress 2015 on Desalination and Water Reuse, August 30-September 4, 2015, San Diego, USA.

  • Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Chua, H.T., Boom, E., Nicoli, S., Rosenberg, S., "A novel low grade heat driven process to re-concentrate process liquor in alumina refineries," In 10th International Alumina Quality (AQW) Conference, Perth, Australia, 19th-23rd April, 2015, 327-336; Perth, Australia.


  • Title: "System and method for desalination"

  • WIPO/PCT: WO2015/154142 A1, International Publication Date: 12-Oct-2015

  • US Patent Publication No: US20170029290 A1, Publication Date: 02-Feb-2017

  •  Title: "A method of removing dissolved elements from a liquid by heat"

  • Reg. No.: 89414, Publication Date: 25-Jul-2016, Country: Iran

Editorial Board Memberships:

  • Journal of "Biophysical Economics and Sustainability", SPRINGER NATURE, Since 2020

Reviewer of:

  • Desalination Journal, Elsevier, Since 2015 till now


  • Low-grade solar desalination, 2018 till now

  • Desalination for pistachio gardens, Sirjan, Kerman, 2018 till now

  • Low grade waste heat driven desalination pilot plant construction and testing, in cooperation with an European company, Turbinedar Co. (Iran) and Water and Energy Institute, Sharif University of Technology, Since 2016 till now.

  • Feasibility study of utilizing power plant's waste heat streams for seawater desalination, Water and Energy Institute, Sharif University of Technology, Since 2016 till now

  • Introducing and development of a novel process in BHP Worsley Alumina Refinery plant for the aim of waste heat recovery for water management, Western Australia, 2012 ~ 2015

  • A novel MED pilot plant testing (ALFALAVAL JWP Series), National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), Rockingham, Western Australia, 2012 ~ 2014

  • Introducing and development of a novel low grade heat driven Flash Boosted MED process (both technical and economic evaluations), The University of Western Australia, 2012 ~ 2015