Dr Vahid Razaviarani

PhD in Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Vahid Razaviarani


Dr Razaviarani is Assistant Professor for the Chemical Engineering Department at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. He also serves as the Chemical Engineering Laboratory Coordinator and is the EPS representative at the Sustainable & Social Impact Committee (SSIMCO).


Dr Vahid Razaviarani holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada and a MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering, with majors in biotechnology and process design, respectively. He served about two years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton, Dr Vahid worked as a research assistant at the Edmonton Center of Excellence, Alberta, Canada.  

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian professional engineering (PEng), practises as a professional engineer.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), and the PMI member.
  • Fellowship of the higher education academy (FHEA). 

His areas of interest include:

  • Sustainability and Waste-to-Energy processes 
  • Algae-based cultivation, CO2 capture and phycoremediation 
  • Carbon sequestration and reclamation of organic waste 
  • Desalination, microbial desalination cell and membrane technologies 
  • Chemical, physical and microbial contaminant fate and transformation of organic compounds 
  • Water/wastewater reused and reclamation 
  • Microbial Electrochemical Systems and Technologies 

G. Arab, *V. Razaviarani, D. McCartney (2022) “Effects of digestate co-composting on curing phase of composting”, Bioresource Technology Reports 19, 101121. 

Shivakumar T., *Razaviarani V. (2021) “An integrated approach to enhance the desalination process: coupling reverse osmosis process with microbial desalination cells in the UAE”. IWA, Water Supply, 21 (3), 1127-1143. 

Amin K. Zeraatkar, Hossein Ahmadzadeh, *Vahid Razaviarani, Ahmad F. Talebi (2021)” Optimization of Pb (II) biosorption by Harvested Microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris) using response Surface Analysis”. MC Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, 1, 32-43. 

Fatolahi Z., Arab G., *Razaviarani V. (2020) “Calibration of the Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1) for anaerobic digestion of OFMSW under mesophilic condition”. Biomass and Bioenergy, 139, 105661. 

*Razaviarani V., J. A Zazo, Jose A Casas, P. R Jaffé (2019) “Coupled fenton-denitrification process for the removal of organic matter and total nitrogen from coke plant wastewater”. Chemosphere, 224, 653-657. 

*Razaviarani V., M. Ruiz‐ Urigüen, P. R. Jaffé (2018) “Denitrification of Nitric Oxide Using Hollow Fiber Membrane Bioreactor; Effect of Nitrate and Nitric Oxide Loadings on the Reactor Performance and Microbiology”. Waste and Biomass Valorization, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 1989–2000.                                                                                                                      

G Arab, *V Razaviarani, Z Sheng, Y Liu, D McCartney (2017) “Benefits to decomposition rates when using digestate as compost co-feedstock: Part II–Focus on microbial community dynamics”. Waste Management, 68, 85-95.                                                                              

*Razaviarani, V., and Buchanan, I. D. (2015) “Anaerobic co-digestion of municipal wastewater sludge with biodiesel glycerin waste: microbial community structure dynamics and reactor performance”. Bioresource Technology, 182, 8-17.                                         

*Razaviarani, V., and Buchanan, I. D. (2015) “Calibration of the Anaerobic Digestion Model No.1 (ADM1) for steady-state anaerobic co-digestion of municipal wastewater sludge with restaurant grease trap waste”. Chemical Engineering journal, 266, 91-99.