Dr Muhammad Akram

BSc (honours), MSc, MPhil, PhD

Muhammad AkramResearch Associate

Energy 2050 (PACT Facilities)
Bioincubator (A08)

E-mail:m.akram@sheffield.ac.uk
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.

Industrial Experience:

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.


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:

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)

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

Journal articles

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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Akram M, Szuhanszki J, Milkowski K, Nimmo W & Pourkashanian M (2016) Performance assessment of 1TPD post combustion CO2 capture with coal combustion. NA RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download