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Rafael Santos, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Rafael Santos, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 519-824-4120 ext: 52902
Office: Room 2342
Website link: Personal Website


  • ENGG*2230 Fluid Mechanics (Fall)
  • ENGG*4820 Atmospheric Emission Control: Combustion Systems (Winter)
  • ENGG*6090(03): Geochemical Modeling for Engineering Applications (Summer).

Research Interest

  • CO2 capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS).
  • Solid waste treatment and valorization.
  • Process intensification and multi-scale engineering.
  • Applied mineralogy and geochemistry.
  • Computational modeling of transport phenomena and chemical reactions.

Research Projects Updates

If you are interested in applying for a Graduate program (MEng, MASc, or PhD), and would like to work on a (self-funded or externally funded) project related to my Research Interests, you are welcome to email me.

Recent Publications

  • Hayder, A., Vanderburgt, S., Santos, R.M., Chiang, Y.W. (2019). Phosphorous runoff risk assessment and its potential management using wollastonite according to geochemical modeling. Open Agriculture, accepted.
  • Dudhaiya, A., Haque, F., Fantucci, H., Santos, R.M. (2019). Characterization of physically fractionated wollastonite-amended agricultural soils. Minerals, 9(10), 635.
  • Haque, F., Santos, R.M., Chiang, Y.W. (2019). Using nondestructive techniques in mineral carbonation for understanding reaction fundamentals. Powder Technology, DOI:10.1016/j.powtec.2019.08.089.
  • Fantucci, H., Sidhu, J.S., Santos, R.M. (2019). Mineral Carbonation as an Educational Investigation of Green Chemical Engineering Design. Sustainability, 11(15), 4156.
  • Ahsaei, Z., Nabipour, M., Azdarpour, A., Santos, R.M., Mohammadian, E., Babakhani, P., Hamidi, H., Karaei, M.A., Esfandiariyan, A. (2019) Application of commercial zwitterionic surfactants and ionic liquids to reduce interfacial tension and alter wettability in a carbonate reservoir. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, accepted.
  • Haque, F., Chiang, Y.W., Santos, R.M. (2019). Alkaline Mineral Soil Amendment: A Climate Change ‘Stabilization Wedge’? Energies, 12(12), 2299.
  • Massoudinejad, M., Amanidaz, N., Santos, R.M., Bakhshoodeh, R (2019). Use of municipal, agricultural, industrial, construction and demolition waste in thermal and sound building insulation materials: a review article. Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, doi:10.1007/s40201-019-00380-z.
  • Haque, F., Santos, R.M., Dutta, A., Thimmanagari, M., Chiang, Y.W. (2019). Co-benefits of wollastonite weathering in agriculture: CO2 sequestration and promoted plant growth. ACS Omega, 4(1), 1425-1433.
  • Zhang, N., Santos, R.M., Smith, S.M., Šiller, L. (2019). Acceleration of CO2 mineralisation of alkaline brines with nickel nanoparticles catalysts in continuous tubular reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal, 377, 120479.