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Research interests

Dr Khalilpour is an interdisciplinary academic with research on the intersection of sustainability with complex socio-technical systems. His research bridges some disciplines that are often thought hard to integrate. Prior to taking an academic career, Kaveh worked for industrial sectors including oil, gas, and biotechnology.

“My theoretical research interests fall in the application of machine learning and operations research for optimal system design, planning, operation scheduling, and demand-side management.

“My applied research interest is sustainability. So far, the collective international efforts for climate change mitigation have led to three key technological approaches including energy efficiency, renewable energies, and carbon capture. My research quests for innovative approaches for:

(1) Renewable energy (and) storage: Optimal management of energy systems with intermittent renewable energy resources, which are un/available at un/wanted times.

(2) New pathways of carbon dioxide utilization, considering the fact that carbon storage has very limited opportunity for the value proposition.

(3) The whole of system thinking: As Albert Einstein once said: “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Energy sustainability is tightly linked with water and food, the other two necessities of life. It should also comply with the society-economy-environment constraints. This necessitates the energy-water-food-society-economy-environment nexus analysis in any sustainable technology development.

(4) Technology for justice and fairness: Can technology lead to an increased fairness and justice in our local and global society? We use system optimisation techniques in the design and operation of fair community networks. Such solutions can help policy-makers in reducing socio-economic inequalities while also addressing sustainability concerns.”


Interested prospective students: please see the following books for our recent research:


  • Sustainable energy systems integration
  • Energy storage and conversion
  • Decision analysis and optimisation
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Behavioral decision theory
  • Energy-food-water nexus analysis (Industrial Ecology)
  • Complex socio-technical networks
  • Fairness and justice
  • Humanitarian Engineering

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Projects 2018 2020

Monash's Smart Energy City

Burbano, G., Hoban, T., Molnar, A., Fullelove, T., Ortega, E. G., Vivanco, J. P., de Mues, M. O., Razzaghi, R., Barnes, D. G., Abdallah, Z. S. E. A., Liebman, A., Rudolph, C., Polizzi, G., Bahrani, B., Varvarigos, M., Bergmeir, C. N., Khalilpour, R., Liu, K. S., Gawler, R. A., Pandey, S. & Dkhissi, Y.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)


Project: Other

Research Output 2008 2019

Energy-water nexus: renewable-integrated hybridized desalination systems

Rabiee, H., Khalilpour, K., Betts, J. M. & Tapper, N. J., 2019, Polygeneration with Polystorage : For Chemical and Energy Hubs. Rajab Khalilpour, K. (ed.). London UK: Elsevier, p. 409-458 50 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Polygeneration with Polystorage for Chemical and Energy Hubs

Khalilpour, K., 2019, UK: Academic Press. 583 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Polygeneration with biomass-integrated gasification combined cycle process: Review and prospective

Parraga, J., Khalilpour, K. R. & Vassallo, A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 92, p. 219-234 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

A novel process for direct solvent regeneration via solar thermal energy for carbon capture

Khalilpour, R., Milani, D., Qadir, A., Chiesa, M. & Abbas, A., 2017, In : Renewable Energy. 104, p. 60-75 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

CO2 utilization through integration of post-combustion carbon capture process with Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquid (GTL) processes

Rafiee, A., Panahi, M. & Khalilpour, K. R., 1 Mar 2017, In : Journal of CO2 Utilization. 18, p. 98-106 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Beyond Gas – Environment Exchange

Rajab Khalilpour


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Why going off the grid may not actually be such a good idea

Rajab Khalilpour


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research