Dr Muhammad Akram
BSc (honours), MSc, MPhil, PhD
Energy 2050 (PACT Facilities)
Tel/Fax: +44 114 222 3655
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.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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:
o Advanced solvent emissions monitoring and control under challenging operating conditions (University of Sheffield and University of Edinburgh)
o 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)
o 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)
- 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
- Member of IChemE
- Academic member of UKCCSRC
- Member of CO2Chem network
- Akram M, Tait P, Milkowski K, Pourkashanian M, Lucquiaud M & Buschle B (2018) Flexible operation of post-combustion CO2 capture at pilot scale with demonstration of capture-efficiency control using online solvent measurements. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 71, 253-277. View this article in WRRO
- Ali U, Akram M, Font Palma C, Ingham D & Pourkashanian M (2017) Part-load Performance of Direct-firing and Co-firing of Coal and Biomass in a Power Generation System Integrated with a CO2 Capture and Compression System. Fuel. View this article in WRRO
- Diego de Paz M, Akram M, Bellas J-M, Finney K & Pourkashanian M (2017) Making gas-CCS a commercial reality: The challenges of scaling up. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 7(5), 778-801. View this article in WRRO
- Ali U, Font-Palma C, Akram M, Agbonghae EO, Ingham DB & Pourkashanian M (2017) Comparative potential of natural gas, coal and biomass fired power plant with post - combustion CO2 capture and compression. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63, 184-193. View this article in WRRO
- Ali U, Font-Palma C, Nikpey Somehsaraei H, Mansouri M, Akram M, Finney K, Best T, Mohd Said NB, Assadi M & Pourkashanian M (2017) Benchmarking of a micro gas turbine model integrated with post-combustion CO₂ capture. Energy, 128, 475-487. View this article in WRRO
- Rehman S, Shah AN, Mughal HU, Javed MT, Akram M, Chilton S & Nimmo W (2016) Geology and combustion perspectives of Pakistani coals from Salt Range and Trans Indus Range. International Journal of Coal Geology, 168, 202-213. View this article in WRRO
- Rezazadeh F, Gale WF, Akram M, Hughes KJ & Pourkashanian M (2016) Performance evaluation and optimisation of post combustion CO2 capture processes for natural gas applications at pilot scale via a verified rate-based model. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 53, 243-253. View this article in WRRO
- Akram M, Ali U, Best T, Blakey S, Finney K & Pourkashanian M (2016) Performance evaluation of PACT Pilot-plant for CO2 capture from gas turbines with Exhaust Gas Recycle. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 47, 137-150.
- Akram M, Tan CK, Garwood R & Thai SM (2015) Vinasse - A potential biofuel - Cofiring with coal in a fluidised bed combustor. Fuel, 158, 1006-1015.
- Akram M, Tan CK, Garwood DR, Fisher M, Gent DR & Kaye WG (2015) Co-firing of pressed sugar beet pulp with coal in a laboratory-scale fluidised bed combustor. Applied Energy, 139, 1-8.
- Naveed S, Ramzan N, Malik A, Akram M & Roskilly AP (2011) Gasification Characteristics of Auto Shredder Residue. Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, 33(6), 787-792.
- Naveed S, Malik A, Ramzan N & Akram M (2009) A comparative study of gasification of used tyres, food waste, poultry waste and municipal solid waste. The Nucleus, 46(3), 77-81.
- Akram M, Tan CK & Garwood R () The Effect of Fuel Characteristics and operating conditions on NOx Emissions during Fluidized Bed Combustion of High Moisture Biomass with Coal. Journal of the Energy Institute.
- Akram M, Naveed S, Malik A, Deary M & Roskilly AP () Gasification Perspective of Pakistani Coal. Journal of the Energy Institute.
Conference proceedings papers
- Nikpey Somehsaraei H, Ali U, Font-Palma C, Mansouri Majoumerd M, Akram M, Pourkashanian M & Assadi M (2017) Evaluation of a Micro Gas Turbine With Post-Combustion CO2 Capture for Exhaust Gas Recirculation Potential With Two Experimentally Validated Models. Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration Applications; Organic Rankine Cycle Power Systems
- Akram M, Szuhanszki J, Milkowski K, Nimmo W & Pourkashanian M (2016) Performance assessment of 1TPD post combustion CO2 capture with coal combustion. NA
- Akram M & Tan CK (2015) The Role of Alkali in Agglomeration During Combustion in Fluidised Beds. Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
- Akram M, Blakey S & Pourkashanian M (2015) Influence of Gas Turbine Exhaust CO2Concentration on the Performance of Post Combustion Carbon Capture Plant. Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
- Akram M, Blakey S & Woolley R (2014) Post Combustion Carbon Capture from Gas Turbines using Exhaust Gas Recirculation: Implications of CO2 Environment on Combustion. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 April 2014 - 1 May 2014.
- Akram M, Khandelwal B, Ubogu E, Blakey S & Wilson C () Experimental Analysis on Emission Production and Performance of Stressed 100 % SPK, Stressed Fully Formulated Synthetic Jet Fuel, Jet A-1 in a Small Gas Turbine Engine. 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and 11th International Energy Conversi. San Jose, USA, 15 July 2013 - 17 July 2013.
- Akram M, Ali , hughes K, pourkashanian M & ingham D () Sensitivity analysis of post-combustion CO2 capture at pilot scale level. 3rd Post Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC3). Regina, 8 September 2015 - 11 September 2015.
- Akram M, Leong C & Blakey S () Chemical Kinetic analyses of Combustion for Carbon Capture from Gas Turbines using Exhaust Gas Recycle. 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics. Aberdeen, 8 July 2014 - 10 July 2014.
- Akram M, Khandelwal B, Blakey S & Wilson CW () PRELIMINARY CALCULATIONS ON POST COMBUSTION CARBON CAPTURE FROM GAS TURBINES WITH FLUE GAS RECYCLE. ASME Turbo Expo 2013. San Antonio, 3 June 2013 - 7 June 2013.
- Ward J, Akram M & Garwood R () Co-firing of coal and pressed sugar beet pulp in a pilot scale fluidized bed combustor. Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Industrial furnaces and Boilers (INFUB-9),Estoril, Por
- Malik A, Naveed S, Akram M & Ramzan N () Fixed bed gasification of steam treated food waste (FW) and Municipal solid waste (MSW). FP9 BigPower SSA Project Biogastech Workshop, April 2008, Gebze, Turkey
- Akram M, Dogru M & Akay G () Gasification of Municipal solid waste; A move towards a sustainable world. 1st International symposium on process intensification and miniaturization, 18 – 21 August 2003,. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
- Ward J, Akram M & Garwood R () Fluidized bed combustion of blends of coal and pressed sugar beet pulp. 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, March 14 – 17, 2011, AJTEC 2011 – 44093.. Honolulu, Hawaii