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Associate Professor Mehdi Khiadani

Associate Dean (Research)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5825, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO23.203
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5825
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5811
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO23.203  


Mehdi is the Associate Dean (Research) within the School of Engineering.


Dr Mehdi Khiadani has several years of experience in the academic and consulting professions both in Australia and overseas. Mehdi's industry and research contributions include water resources, hydraulics, water quality and pollution transport.

Dr Khiadani has held positions with other universities and leading consultants as follows:

  • 2017-recent: Edith Cowan University, Associate Professor
  • 2011-2016: Edith Cowan University, Senior Lecturer
  • 2004-2010: Isfahan University, Iran, Assistant Professor
  • 2002-2004: University of Technology, Sydney, Post-doctoral Researcher
  • 2003-2004: Aecom (Maunsell Australia), Senior Engineer
  • 2001-2003: Connell Wagner Pty Ltd, Senior Engineer
  • 1998-2000: Parsons Brinckerhoff (PPK Environment & Infrastructure Pty Ltd)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Water Quality and Pollution Transport
  • Urban Water System


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology, Sydney, 2000.
  • Master of Engineering Science, The University of New South Wales, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Water Engineering, Iran, 1989.


Recent Research Grants

  • Vetiver Biofiltration System for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate,  Unspecified Funding Source,  Multiple Funding Sources - Industry Engagement Scholarship,  2017 - 2021,  $48,000.
  • Determining Infiltration Pond Performance Curves,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $238,758.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Alai Bakhsh, M., Emelyanova, I., Barron, O., Khiadani, M., Warren, G., (2017), Large-scale regional delineation of riparian vegetation in the arid and semi-arid Pilbara region, WA. Hydrological Processes, 31(24), 4269–4281 , DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11348.
  • Chipongo, K., Khiadani, M., (2017), Spatially Varied Open-Channel Flow with Increasing Discharge Equation. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 143(3), Article number 04016089, American Society of Civil Engineers, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001258.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Hooman, K., Lucas, G., (2017), Efficiency of a combined desalination and power system utilising a two-phase flow multi-stream heat exchanger. Heat Transfer Engineering, 38(11-12), 1000-1007, New York, USA, Taylor & Francis Inc., DOI: 10.1080/01457632.2016.1216939.
  • Chipongo, K., Khiadani, M., (2017), Oxygen transfer by multiple vertical plunging jets in tandem. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143(1), Article Number: 04016072, American Society of Civil Engineers, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001145.
  • Ahooghalandari, M., Khiadani, M., Esmi Jahromi, M., (2017), Calibration of Valiantzas’ reference evapotranspiration equations for the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 128(3-4), 845-856, Springer-Verlag Wien, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-016-1744-7.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Sadafi, M., Hooman, K., (2017), A numerical model and experimental verification for analysing a new vacuum spray flash desalinator utilising low grade energy. Desalination, 413(July 2017), 109–118, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.03.014.
  • Chipongo, K., Khiadani, M., (2017), Reoxygenation by Free, Wall-Supported, and Plate-Supported Rectangular Jets Plunging into a Quiescent Pool. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143(8), article no. 04017031, Virginia, USA, American Society of Civil Engineers, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001233.
  • Esmi Jahromi, M., Khiadani, M., Shukla, S., (2017), A comparative study of predicting oxygen transfer in weirs and water jets in cross-flows. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Water Management, Ahead of print(Ahead of print), Article no. 1600046, London, United Kingdom, Institute of Civil Engineers Publishing, DOI: 10.1680/jwama.16.00046.
  • Shokoohi, R., Asgari, G., Leili, M., Khiadani, M., Foroughi, M., Sedighi Hemmat, M., (2017), Modelling of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) efficiency on hospital wastewater (HW) treatment: a comprehensive analysis on BOD and COD removal. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 14(8), 841–852, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s13762-017-1255-9.
  • Esmi Jahromi, M., Khiadani, M., (2017), Experimental Study on Oxygen Transfer Capacity of Water Jets Discharging into Turbulent Cross-Flow. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143(6), article no. 04017007, Virginia, USA, American Society of Civil Engineers, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001194.
  • Alai Bakhsh, M., Emelyanova, I., Barron, O., Sims, N., Khiadani, M., Mohyeddin Kermani, A., (2017), Delineation of riparian vegetation from Landsat multi-temporal imagery using PCA. Hydrological Processes, 31(4), 800-810, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11054.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Hooman, K., Lucas, G., (2016), Optimised exergy efficiency of a combined flash spray desalinator recovering discharge thermal energy. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57(40), 18588-18596, Taylor and Francis Inc., DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1095684.
  • Ahooghalandari, M., Khiadani, M., Esmi Jahromi, M., (2016), Developing equations for estimating reference evapotranspiration in Australia. Water Resources Management, 30(11), 3815–3828, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-016-1386-7.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Hooman, K., (2016), A novel vacuum discharge thermal energy combined desalination and power generation system utilizing R290/R600a. Energy, 98(2016), 215–224, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/
  • Samarghandi, MR., Khiadani, M., Foroughi, M., Zolghadr Nasab, H., (2016), Defluoridation of water using activated alumina in presence of natural organic matter via response surface methodology. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23(1), 887-897, Heidelberg, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5293-x.
  • Alai Bakhsh, M., Emelyanova, I., Barron, O., Mohyeddin Kermani, A., Khiadani, M., (2015), Multivariate detection and attribution of land-cover changes in the Central Pilbara, Western Australia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36(10), 2599-2621, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1042595.
  • Chipongo, K., Khiadani, M., (2015), Comparison of Simulation Methods for Recharge Mounds Under Rectangular Basins. Water Resources Management, 29(8), 2855-2874, Kluwer Academic Publishers, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-015-0974-2.
  • Ahooghalandari, M., Khiadani, M., Kothapalli, G., (2015), Assessment of Artificial Neural Networks and IHACRES models for simulating streamflow in Marillana catchment in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 19(2), 116-126, Melbourne, VIC, Taylor and Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2015.1116183.
  • Hosseini Araghi, A., Khiadani, M., Lucas, G., Hooman, K., (2015), Performance analysis of a low pressure discharge thermal energy combined desalination unit. Applied Thermal Engineering, 76(February), 116-122, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.10.092.
  • Miao, J., Lu, HB., Habibi, D., Khiadani, M., Zhang, L., (2015), Photocatalytic Degradation of the Azo Dye Acid Red 14 in Nanosized TiO2 Suspension under Simulated Solar Light. CLEAN: Soil, Air, Water, 43(7), 1037-1043, Wiley-VCH Verlag, DOI: 10.1002/clen.201400383.
  • Shahryari, A., Nikaeen, M., Khiadani, M., Nabavi, F., Hatamzadeh, M., Hassanzadeh, A., (2014), Applicability of universal Bacteroidales genetic marker for microbial monitoring of drinking water sources in comparison to conventional indicators. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186(11), 7055-7062, Kluwer Academic Publishers, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-014-3910-7.
  • Khiadani, M., Foroughi, MM., Amin, MM., (2014), Improving urban run-off quality using iron oxide nanoparticles with magnetic field. Desalination and Water Treatment, 52(4-6), 678-682, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.826382.
  • Khiadani, M., Kolivand, R., Ahooghalandari, M., Mohajer, M., (2014), Removal of turbidity from water by dissolved air flotation and conventional sedimentation systems using poly aluminum chloride as coagulant. Desalination and Water Treatment, 52(4-6), 985-989, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.826339.
  • Amin, MM., Khiadani, M., Fatehizadeh, A., Taheri, E., (2014), Validation of linear and non-linear kinetic modeling of saline waste water treatment by sequencing batch reactor with adapted and non-adapted consortiums. Desalination, 344(2014), 228-235, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.03.032.
  • Nourmoradi, H., Khiadani, M., Nikaeen, M., (2013), Multi-Component Adsorption of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene from Aqueous Solutions by Montmorillonite Modified with Tetradecyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide. Journal of Chemistry, 2013, , Article 589354, United States, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2013/589354.
  • Ziajahromi, S., Khanizadeh, M., Khiadani, M., Daryabeigi Zand, A., Mehrdad, M., (2013), Experimental evaluation of nitrate reduction from water using synthesis nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) under aerobic conditions. Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, 16(2), 205-209, IDOSI Publications, DOI: 10.5829/idosi.mejsr.2013.16.02.11661.
  • Khiadani, M., Zarrabi, M., Foroughi, M., (2013), Urban runoff treatment using nano-sized iron oxide coated sand with and without magnetic field applying. Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, 11(1), Article 43, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/2052-336X-11-43.
  • Mohammadi-Moghadam, F., Amin, , MM., Khiadani, M., Momenbeik, F., Nourmoradi , H., Hatamipour, MS., (2013), Application of Glycyrrhiza glabra Root as a Novel Adsorbent in the Removal of Toluene Vapors: Equilibrium, Kinetic, and Thermodynamic Study. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2013(986083), 7 p., New York, United States, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2013/986083.
  • Foroughi, M., Khiadani, M., Amin, MM., Pourzamani, HR., Vahid Dastjerdi, M., (2013), Treatment of synthetic urban runoff using manganese oxide-coated sand in the presence of magnetic field. International Journal of Environmental Health Engineering, 2(1), 5 p., Mumbai, India, Mednow Publications, DOI: 10.4103/2277-9183.115794.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Novel Discharge Thermal Energy Combined Desalination And Power Cycle Utilising A Vacuum Spray Flash Evaporator
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Digital Change Detection And Separation Of Anthropogenic And Natural Impacts On Ecohydrological Conditions In The Pilbara Region, Wa
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Effects Of Lateral Inflow On Oxygen Transfer And Hydraulics In Open Channel Flows
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Flow Characteristics Of A Transverse Water Jet Into An Unconfined Water Channel
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Water Resource Options For Sustainable Development In The Pilbara Region Of Western Australia
  • Master of Engineering Science,  Using Agricultural Wastes To Treat Lead-contaminated Water In Western Australia

Co-principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Engineering Science,  Engineered Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-polymer Composites For The Removal Of Dissolved Arsenic And Antimony
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Simulated Solar Light Assisted Photocatalytic Degradation Of Organic Matters
  • Master of Engineering Science,  Engineering Characteristics Of Compacted Sand-bentonite Mixtures
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