Dr Muhammad Akram

BSc (honours), MSc, MPhil, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate

m.akram@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3655

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Dr Muhammad Akram
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Energy 2050 (PACT Facilities), Bioincubator (A08)
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Dr. Akram is a research associate, part of Energy 2050 team. He completed his BSc (honours) in Chemical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Pakistan where he was awarded four gold medals for the best performance in Chemical Engineering and Plant design.

He then completed his MSc in Clean Technology in Chemical Engineering with distinction followed by MPhil degree in staged combustion of gas oil to reduce NOx from University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dr. Akram completed his PhD degree in 2012 on “optimization of co-combustion of high moisture biomass with coal in a bubbling fluidized bed combustor” from University of South Wales.

Since joining Sheffield University, he is involved with different carbon capture technologies i.e. Selective exhaust gas recycle on gas turbines for economical carbon capture and carbon capture from coal and biomass firing. He works on National Carbon Capture (PACT) Facilities of the UKCCSRC where he works with a range of academic institutions and industries.

Before, starting his academic career, Dr. Akram worked at a caustic soda manufacturing plant. He has designed, commissioned and operated a number of combustion and gasification research rigs including a high pressure transport gasifier.

Research interests
  • Thermal power engineering
  • Combustion, Pyrolysis and Gasification
  • Aerosols and particulate emissions
  • Fluidized beds combustion
  • Post combustion carbon capture
  • Carbon capture from Gas Turbine
  • Innovative gas turbine cycles
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Oxyfuel combustion of coal and biomass
  • Waste to energy technologies

Projects

  • EPSRC SELECT: Selective Exhaust Gas Recirculation for Carbon Capture with Gas Turbines: Integration, Intensification, Scale-up and Optimisation (EP/M001482/1)
  • UKCCSRC BIO-CAP-UK – Air/Oxy Biomass Combustion with CO2 Capture Technology (UKCCSRC-C1-40)
  • EU NANOMEMC2: Nanomaterial based membranes and processes for improved pre/post combustion Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC2)
  • EPSRC Gas-FACTS: Gas – Future Advanced Capture Technology Options, Consortium (EP/J020788/1)
Grants
  • EU NANOMEMC2: Nanomaterial based membranes and processes for improved pre/post combustion Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC2), Researcher co-investigator, (£325k)
  • BF2RA: Reduction of agglomeration in fluidized bed combustors by blending biomass (£40k)

UKCCSRC Projects

  • Advanced solvent emissions monitoring and control under challenging operating conditions (University of Sheffield and University of Edinburgh)
  • Advancing the development of best practice guidelines for the operational flexibility of post-combustion capture for power CCS (University of Sheffield and University of Edinburgh)
  • A scoping study of Raman spectroscopy as a novel instrumentation option for solvent analysis at pilot plant scale (University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh and Telemark University College Norway)
Professional activities

Dr. Akram has practical experience of working on a process plant producing caustic soda and a number by products. As a process engineer Dr. Akram was responsible for managing work force for the shift and quality control of the products including Ammonium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, solid and liquid caustic soda of different grades.

Achievements

  • Gold medalist of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, for the best performance in Chemical Engineering
  • Gold Medal for the best performance in process plant design
  • Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) scholarship for higher studies
  • Distinction in MSc Clean Technology

Memberships

  • Member of IChemE
  • Academic member of UKCCSRC
  • Member of CO2Chem network