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Dr. Majid Abdi

{Dr. Majid Abdi}
Dr. Majid Abdi

Assistant professor
Mechanical Engineering

Research interests
Dr. Abdi's research focuses on natural gas processing and conditioning. "Contrary to what some people might think, there are many contaminants in natural gas and it is necessary to treat these contaminants so that the gas can be made suitable for transport in pipelines," said Dr. Abdi. Coming from Iran, home to the second largest natural gas reserves in the world, Dr. Abdi's research has been directed towards the conversion of natural gas to liquid hydrocarbons (clean fuels) using high performance gas purification solvents and treatment methods.

Experience
After graduating from Tehran Polytechnic with a master's degree in chemical engineering, Dr. Abdi went to work for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in the Research Institute of Petroleum Industries. As a process design/development engineer, Dr. Abdi worked for six years on the development of oil and gas processes comprising the design, manufacturing supervision, start-up and trouble-shooting of gas processing pilot plants. He then returned to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a doctorate degree in chemical engineering in 1997. After a short time in Calgary, Alberta, working with Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd., he returned to Iran and accepted a position as senior project manager and director of the gas research division with the NIOC.

Background
Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Abdi studied at Tehran Polytechnic receiving a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with petrochemical options, and a master's degree in chemical engineering with a concentration on natural gas processing. Following his doctorate degree at the University of British Columbia, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the department of chemical engineering.