Dr. Md. Hasan Zahir

Research Interests


Exploration of Nano-Structural Ceramic Materials Towards Clean Energy and Pollution Free Society

The chemistry I want to do is nanocomposite transition-metal oxide catalysts design and their applications for environmental chemistry.

I am interested to investigate, understand, and apply advanced materials such as functional oxide thin films and nanostructures oxide powders or electrodes in nanotechnology and for the design of highly selective energy-harvesting applications. Based on my long experience in the field of nanostructure oxide powders synthesis and their application, I would like to investigate multi-component nanostructured oxide for selective reduction of NOx (NOx = NO + NO2) catalysts (future research plan-1), microporous nanocrystalline oxide membranes for hydrogen separation (future research plan-2) and novel porous ceramic material for solid oxide fuel cell (future research plan-3). Based on these research activities, finally I will try to propose an environmentally benign energy system. I will fabricate the materials which can have significant performance. For example, the performance of the SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) was reported in the journal of Science quite recently [Science 325, 852 (2009)].


Areas of Specialization & Previous Research Accomplishments

1)      7/2007-4/2010

Solid Oxide Full-Cells


Design and Fabrication of Lightweight, Submillimeter Tubular Solid Oxide Full-Cells, worked at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan


2)      4/2003-7/2007

Hydrogen Separation Membrane


Synthesis Nanocomposite by Sol-Gel Method and Fabrication Inorganic Mesoporous Membrane for H2 Gas Separation & its Hydrothermal Stability and transparent laser ceramics synthesis, worked at Japan Fine Ceramics Center, Japan


3)      4/2000-4/2003

De-NOx Catalysts


Hydrothermal Synthesis Nanofiber, Nanocomposite, Pyrochlore and Spinel type Powders. New Cleanup Technology for Diesel Exhaust by Using Honeycombs wash-coated Ceramic Reactor modules, worked at Fine Ceramics Research Association, Japan.


4)      10/1995-10/1999

Complex Ions


Preparation of Phthalocyanine (3-) Species as Bulk Material by Reduction of the Dichloro(phthalocyaninato)Antimony(V) Complex Cation Under Air-free Conditions, worked at National Research Institute for Metals (Present name NIMS), Japan.


5)      10/1995-10/1997



Polymer Membrane with Multienzyme Coated Biosensor for Glucose and H2O2 Sensor,            worked at the University of Science, Malaysia


6)      4/1990-4/1995

Purification and Coordination Chemistry of Rare Earths


Extraction and Separation of Rare Earths Using a Combination of the Di(2-ethyl hexyl)phosphoric Acid and Three Adductants into Kerosine/Chloroform. And Calixcrowns-Interactions with Metal Cations. Ph.D research course at Kobe University, Japan


Research Grants Awarded IN JAPAN & MALAYSIA (worked as a research member)


1) The 1990-1995 Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (No. 06241250) and (No. 05303004) from  the Ministry of Education, Govt. of Japan for the development of new preparation methods for rare earth compounds and for the evaluation and characterization of organic solvents.

2) The 1995 IRPA Grants (No. 09-02-05-6028) from Malaysian Government for biosensor fabrication


3) Synergy Ceramics Project (FY 2000-FY2003), supported by METI, Japan, Part of the work has been supported by NEDO.


4) R&D Project (FY 2002-FY 2006, project budget -350 million yen) on ‘‘Highly Efficient Ceramic Membranes for High Temperature Separation of Hydrogen’’ promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan, supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

 5) R&D Project (FY 2005-FY 2009 project budget -570 million yen) on “Advanced Ceramic Reactor” Part of the work has been supported by NEDO.


Research Grants Awarded IN SAUDI ARABIA

1) NSTIP Approved Project No. 10-ADV1367-04

Project Title: Development of YSZ-Based Porous Tubular Anode Support and Dense Single Grain Electrolyte Layer For Solid Oxide Fuel Cell