Department of Chemical Engineering

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
 
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Research Interests

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering in the following areas

  • Oxidative cracking/or dehydrogenation of alkanes to olefins
  • CO2-mediated selective oxidation of hydrocarbons
  • Gasification of heavy oil, micraoalgae (biomass) to produce hydrogen and syngas
  • Decompostion of ammonia into hydrogen - hydrogen delivery
  • Conversion of natural gas into hydrogen and CNT
  • CO2 capture, chemical-looping combustion (CLC)
  • Dry reforming of methane to produce syngas
  • VOC oxidation
  • Heavy oil upgrading in slurry phase - dispersed catalysts for hydrocracking, hydrodesulfurization

Current Research Projects

  • CO2 assisted oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene and syngas,  April 2020-March 2023, Deanship of Scientific Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (DSR-KFUPM project).

  • Catalytic decompostion of hydrocarbons to hydrogen and high value carbon, Deanship of Scientific Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KU-KFUPM joint project)

  • Oxidative cracking of olis to olefins using zeolites supported metal catalysts September 2018-, Saudi Aramco R&DC.

  • Development of bimetallic catalysts for ammonia decompostion - IR CRAC project (July 2021 -

  • Hydrocracking using dispersed catalyst, April 2018-March 2021, Deanship of Scientific Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (DSR-KFUPM project).

 Completed Research Projects

  • Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Butane to Butene, April 2017-March 2020, Deanship of Scientific Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (DSR-KFUPM project).

  • CO2 Capture-CLC for liquid fuel based power plants- Thermodynamic modeling, Development of oxygen carrier (s), Reaction studies (KACST-TIC Project)

  • Selective oxidation- Catalyst developments and Kinetics Studies (KACST Project, Collaboration with The University of Western Ontario, Canada)

  • Heavy oil upgrading- Catalyst development and Kinetics Studies (KACST)

  • Biomass gasification- Thermodynamic modeling, Catalyst development, Kinetics studies (In house project)

  • Integrated CO2 Capture/Sequestration and Wastewater Treatment by Microalgae Culture (KACST)

  • Biological Wastewater Treatment in Liquid-Solid Circulating Fluidized Bed: Scaling (up/down) effects on the Reactor Hydrodynamics  (KACST-NSTIP )

  • CO2 Capture-CLC involving gaseqous fuels - Development of oxygen carrier, Reaction studies, Kinetics modeling, Process simulations  (KACST-NSTIP Project)  (2012-2014).

  • CO2 Capture & Wastewater Treatment Using Microalgae: Investigation of Growth Kinetics, KACST-NSTIP (2012-2014).

  • Integrated biomass-gasification and Chemical-looping combustion in fluidized (2011) (DSR, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia)

  • Chemical-looping combustion in fluidized beds (2008) (Client: NSERC Canada)

  • Selective oxidation of ethane to acetic acid: Kinetics and mechanistic investigations (2003). (Client: SABIC R&T, Saudi Arabia).

  • Catalytic oxidation of propylene to acrylic acid: Kinetics Investigations (2002), (Client: SABIC R&T, Saudi Arabia).

  • Catalytic oxidation of propylene to acrolein: Kinetics and mechanistic investigations, (2001). (Client: SABIC R&T, Saudi Arabia).

  • Development of high performance heavy oil upgrading hydrocracking catalysts, Phase–II, (2002), (Client: Japan Petroleum Energy Center, Japan).

 
 
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M. Mozahar Hossain

Tel.: +966-3-860-1478

KFUPM Box: 5050

Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

E-mail: mhossain@kfupm.edu.sa