Dr WAHEED AFZAL

Dr WAHEED AFZAL
CEng CSci MIChemE FHEA

Lecturer

Overview

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room No. 260 Fraser Noble Building| Kings College| Aberdeen| AB24 3UE| United Kingdom 

Biography

Waheed's research covers carbon capture and utilization, sulphur species in oil and gas systems, lignocellulosic fuels and products, and ionic liquids. He has managed research projects funded by the Gas Processors Association, Institut Français du Pétrole, and US Department of Energy while working in France, Denmark and the US.
Before joining the University of Aberdeen in 2015, Waheed had been an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of the Punjab, Lahore for several years. He received his 3-year post-doctoral training from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech) for PhD in Process Engineering and the University of the Punjab, Lahore for MS in Total Quality Management and BSc (Engg) in Chemical Engineering. He also attended the University of Aberdeen for PgCert in Higher Education. Based on his doctoral work, he was awarded the “Docteur de L’Union Européenne”.
Waheed is a Chartered Chemical Engineer (CEng), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research

Research Interests

Carbon capture and utilization
Value-added chemical products and fuel from lignocellulosic feedstocks
Applications of ionic liquids in chemical processes
Impact of sulfur species on oil and gas systems
Clean energy technologies
Gas hydrates

Current Research

Current Supervision or Co-Supervision of PhDs: 

  1. Mohsin Ali Raza (PhD expected in 2019), Harnessing natural polymers for industrial applications, co-supervised by Prof. Hallett, Funded by Elphinstone Scholarship
  2. Wanawan "Nan" Pragot (PhD expected in 2020), Carbon capture and utilization: value-added products from carbon dioxide and brines rich in calcium and magnesium, co-supervised by Dr Imbabi, Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand.
  3. Mohamud Yassin (PhD expected in 2020), Intensification of post-combustion capture by using advanced regeneration technologies, Supervision is led by Dr Claudia Martin 

Successfully Supervised or Co-Supervised PhDs: 

  1. Geraldo AR Ramos (2018): Investigation of EOR techniques
  2. Purnomo Sidi (2018): Investigating the suitability of Eichhomia crasspipes for use in drilling fluids
  3. Muhammad S Akram (2018), Kinetic study and reactor simulation of methylcyclohexane dehydrogenation reaction for a mobile power plant
  4. Dureem Munir (2018), Catalytic hydrocracking of waste plastics to liquid fuels
  5. Shahzad Y Khawaja (2014): Factors influencing the extraction efficiency in a pulsed sieve-plate extraction column

Collaborations

Prof. Christophe Coquelet, Director of Process Thermodynamics, Department of Energy and Processes, École des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech)

Prof. Georgios Kontogeorgis, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Prof. Paul Hallett, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Prof. John Prausnitz, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Grants

External Grants

OMYA Chemicals, Carbon utilization in high-value precipitated calcium carbonate under low solid conditions, CI, 2018- 2019

Scottish Funding Council through the Northern Research Partnership, Sulphur species in fuel products and environment, PI, 2016-2017

Scottish Funding Council, Micro wind turbine with carbon capture module, PI, 2015-2016

Travel Grant: Santander Mobility Grant, Raman spectroscopy in carbon capture, Visit of Germany, December 2016

Travel Grant: British Council Researcher Links, Renewable energy technology: future, opportunity, and challenges for the UK and Turkey, Istanbul 4-7 April 2016

Travel Grant: UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, CCS in the UK - Moving Forward, Manchester Biannual, Manchester 13-14 April 2016

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Design and Leadership

Programme Coordinator:

MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering

MSc Process Safety

 

Current Teaching

EX4016: Biochemical Engineering (Contributor)

EX3503: Chemical Engineering Design (Contributor)

EG50T4: Process Risk Identification & Management (Contributor and Coordinator)

EG55P9: Human Factors Engineering (Contributor and Coordinator)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Projects

Research Supervision (BEng, MEng, MSc, PhD)

Personal Tutor

Teaching in the Recent Past

EG551J: Energy Conversion and Storage

Advanced Process Dynamics and Control-Theory

Process Dynamics and Control-Theory

Process Instrumentation and Control-Lab

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Examinations and Quality Assurance 

1. External Examiner, Teesside University, HND/ HNC Chemical Engineering (2018-21)

2. PhD External Examiner, University of Strathclyde for Mansour Khalifa, Mercury partitioning in oil and gas processing facilities (2018)

3. PhD External Examiner, University of Exeter for Habib Ullah, First principles DFT study of novel materials for energy conversion and environmental applications (2018)

4. PhD Internal Examiner, University of Aberdeen, Renyou Zhang, Integrated reliability and optimization analysis combining both human and facility factors (2018)

5. PhD Internal Examiner, University of Aberdeen, Joao Chidamoio, Experimental and numerical modelling of gas lift cavitation and instabilities in oil producing wells (2018)

6. PhD Internal Examiner, University of Aberdeen, Andrew McNab, Quantification and qualification of species adsorbed on Fischer-Tropsch catalysts (2017)

 

Funding Agencies and Panels

Reviewers Penal for Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Newton Fund administered by the British Council (2016-2019)

Reviewer, National Research Foundation (NRF South Africa), 2016-

 

Reviewing for Journals

Journal of Physical Chemistry (ACS); Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data; Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics; Fluid Phase Equilibria; Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; Chemical Engineering Communications; Journal of Quality and Technology Management; PIChE Journal

 

Publications

Publications 

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