Dr Feroz Kabir Kazi is a Chemical Engineer who joined Sheffield Hallam University in January 2016 as a senior lecturer of Chemical Engineering Program. He has 20 years of academic and industrial experience working at leading universities and industries globally. His research interest is in biomass pre-treatment, conversions, upgrading, solar PV and processes developments and techno-economic analysis of novel and pioneer plants, and secured several international research and consultancy grants. Feroz teaches a number of core chemical engineering modules including chemical process principles, reaction kinetics, reactor design, advanced reaction engineering and plant design to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Dr Feroz Kabir Kazi obtained his BSc and MSc on Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Feroz moved to Canada in 1992 where he completed his PhD in 1996 in biomass pre-treatment, conversions and upgrading process development.
After obtaining his PhD from the University of Sherbrooke, he spent nearly 20 years working at Iowa State University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BearingPoint, NIKO Resources, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick and Zia Fertilizer Co Ltd as a visiting scientist, associate and assistant professor, consultant, research fellow, postdoctoral fellow and process engineer. He spent 5 years consulting oil and gas companies, engaged in knowledge and technology transfer to SMEs on process optimisation, waste minimisation, and waste management.
Dr Kabir is a member of professional bodies including Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Institution Engineering and Technology (IET), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), and Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS). He published/wrote nearly 60 journal/conference articles and project reports. He is a reviewer for a number of international journals and research funding agency.
- Top Cited Article Award (2011-2012) by Elsevier at AIChE Annual Meeting, November 16-21, 2014, Atlanta, USA
- Astonishing Academic Award for most engaged academic, Aston University, 2015
- Quebec provincial scholarship for higher education 1994
- Member, Institution Engineering and Technology, IET, UK
- Associate Member, Institute of Chemical Engineers, IChemE, UK
- Fellow, The Higher Education Academy, UK
- Life Fellow, Institute of Engineers Bangladesh, Bangladesh
- Life Member, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), Bangladesh
- Life Member, Chemical Engineers Alumni Association, BUET, Bangladesh
Specialist areas of interest
- Biomass (lignocellulosic and waste) characterization and pre-treatment
- Biomass fractionation (via aqueous and supercritical fluid processing) into its constituents and subsequent separation and upgrading to fine chemicals, fibres and by-products
- Bio-fuel and platform molecules production via integrated pre-treatment and catalytic thermo-chemical conversions: pyrolysis and gasification
- Recovery of valuable ingredients from food waste
- Treatment of industrial wastewater
- Techno-economic studies of pioneer (unproven) chemical processes, and analysis of the impact of new technologies on project cost escalation and profitability
- Solar PV electroplating technology
Industrial Collaborative Engineering
Chemical Process Principles
Chemical Reaction Engineering & Thermodynamics
Advanced reaction Engineering
Plant Design and Commissioning group Project
Professional Engineering Practice
Food Engineering ALS and Guest lecture
Establishing a base case for industrial biojet fuel production through microalgae autotrophic culture in Malaysia (a technoeconomic studies). Sponsor: Airbus Group and Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre. 2013-2017 (project active at University of Nottingham in Malaysia Campus.
Development of a process to upgrade bio-oil (from lignocellulosic biomass) to cooking and heating fuel. Sponsor: Crops for the Future Research Centre. 2013-2017 (project active at University of Nottingham in Malaysia Campus).
Collaborators and sponsors
- University of Nottingham in Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
- Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Malaysia
- Airbus Group
- Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC)
- Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC), Malaysia
- Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia
- Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia
Deng, W., Backhouse, D.J., Kabir, F., Janani, R., Bigharaz, M., Wardlow, A., ... Bingham, P. (2019). An ancient technology could help deliver decarbonisation. Glass International, 42 (7), 47-49. https://www.glass-international.com/issues/view/july-august-2019
Mohammed1, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., & Kabir Kazi, F. (2018). In-situ upgrading of Napier grass pyrolysis vapour overmicroporous and hierarchical mesoporous zeolites. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 9 (8), 1415-1428. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-017-9925-x
Rahman, A., Chin, J., Kazi Kabir, F., & Hung, Y.M. (2017). Characterisation and thrust measurements from electrolytic decomposition of Ammonium Dinitramide (ADN) based liquid monopropellant FLP-103 in MEMS thrusters. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjche.2017.09.016
Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., Yusup, S., Alaba, P.A., Morris, K.I., Sani, Y.M., & Kabir, F.K. (2017). Upgrading of Napier grass pyrolytic oil using microporous and hierarchical mesoporous zeolites: products distribution, composition and reaction pathways. Journal of Cleaner Production, 162, 817-829. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.105
Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., Yusup, S., & Kabir, F. (2017). Valorization of Napier grass via intermediate pyrolysis: Optimization using response surface methodology and pyrolysis products characterization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142 (4), 1848-1866. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.11.099
Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., Musa, M., Yusup, S., Singh, A., & Kabir, F. (2016). Valorization of Bambara groundnut shell via intermediate pyrolysis: Products distribution and characterization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 139, 717-728. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.090
Mohammed, I.Y., Lim, C.H., Kabir, F., Yusup, S., Lam, H.L., & Abakr, Y.A. (2016). Co-pyrolysis of Rice Husk with Underutilized Biomass Species: A Sustainable Route for Production of Precursors for Fuels and Valuable Chemicals. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 8, 911-921. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-016-9599-9
Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y., Kabir, F., & Yusuf, S. (2016). Effects of pretreatments of Napier Grass with deionized water, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide on pyrolysis oilcharacteristics. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 8 (3), 755-773. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-016-9594-1
Lim, C.H., Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., Kabir, F., Yusup, S., & Lam, H.L. (2016). Novel input-output prediction approach for biomass pyrolysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 136 (B), 51-61. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.141
Mohammed, I.Y., Kabir Kazi, F., Yusup, S., Alaba, P.A., Sani, Y.M., & Abakr, Y.A. (2016). Catalytic Intermediate Pyrolysis of Napier Grass in a Fixed Bed Reactor with ZSM-5, HZSM-5 and Zinc-Exchanged Zeolite-A as the Catalyst. Energies, 9 (4), 246. http://doi.org/10.3390/en9040246
Mohammad, I., Abakr, Y., Kabir, F., Yusuf, S., Alshareef, I., & Chin, S. (2015). Pyrolysis of Napier Grass in a Fixed Bed Reactor : effect of operating conditions on product yields and characteristics. BioResources, 10 (4), 6457-6478. http://doi.org/10.15376/biores.10.4.6457-6478
Mohammed, I., Abakr, Y., Kabir, F.K., Yusup, S., Alshareef, I., & Chin, S. (2015). Comprehensive characterization of Napier Grass asa feedstock for thermochemical conversion. Energies, 8 (5), 3403-3417. http://doi.org/10.3390/en8053403
Mohammed, I., Kabir, F.K., Abakr, Y., Yusuf, S., & Razzaque, A. (2015). Novel method for the determination of water content and higher heating value of pyrolysis. BioResources, 10 (2), 2681-2690. http://doi.org/10.15376/biores.10.2.2681-2690
Ong, M.K., Kazi, F.K., Forney, C.F., & Ali, A. (2013). Effect of Gaseous Ozone on Papaya Anthracnose. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 6 (11), 2996-3005. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11947-012-1013-4
Kazi, F.K., Patel, A.D., Serrano-Ruiz, J.C., Dumesic, J.A., & Anex, R.P. (2011). Techno-economic analysis of dimethylfuran (DMF) and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) production from pure fructose in catalytic processes. Chemical Engineering Journal, 169 (1-3), 329-338. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2011.03.018
Kazi, F.K., Fortman, J.A., Anex, R.P., Hsu, D.D., Aden, A., Dutta, A., & Kothandaraman, G. (2010). Techno-economic comparison of process technologies for biochemical ethanol production from corn stover. Fuel, 89, S20-S28. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2010.01.001
Anex, R.P., Aden, A., Kazi, F.K., Fortman, J., Swanson, R.M., Wright, M.M., ... Dutta, A. (2010). Techno-economic comparison of biomass-to-transportation fuels via pyrolysis, gasification, and biochemical pathways. Fuel, 89, S29-S35. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2010.07.015
Kazi, F.K.M., & Cooper, P.A. (2006). Method to recover and reuse chromated copper arsenate wood preservative from spent treated wood. Waste Management, 26 (2), 182-188. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2004.12.025
Makris, S.P., Le, T., Carleton, J., Kazi, F.K., & Banerjee, S. (2004). Effect of Electrohydraulic Discharge on the Flotation Deinking Efficiency. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 43 (23), 7552-7556. http://doi.org/10.1021/ie0497801
Kabir, F., Cooper, P., & Ung, T. (2002). Kinetic model of CCA fixation on wood. Part III. Model validation. Wood and Fiber Science, 34 (2), 318-324.
Kazi, F.K.M., & Cooper, P.A. (2002). Rapid-extraction oxidation process to recover and reuse copper chromium and arsenic from industrial wood preservative sludge. Waste Management, 22 (3), 293-301. http://doi.org/10.1016/s0956-053x(01)00023-x
Kabir, F., Cooper, P., Jeremic, D., Taylor, J., & Ung, T. (2001). Effect of humic acid on leaching of CCA from treated wood. Forest Products Journal, 51 (9), 73.
Kabir, F., Cooper,, P., & Chen, J. (2000). Kinetic Model of CCA Fixation in Wood. Part II. The Main Reaction Zone. WOOD AND FIBER SCIENCE, 32 (4), 442-449.
Kabir, F., & Cooper, P. (2000). Kinetic Model of CCA Fixation on Wood. Part I. The Initial Reaction Zone. Wood and Fiber Science, 32 (3), 354-361.
Kazi, K.M.F., Jollez, P., & Chornet, E. (1998). Preimpregnation: an important step for biomass refining processes. Biomass and Bioenergy, 15 (2), 125-141. http://doi.org/10.1016/s0961-9534(98)00008-7
Kabir, F., & Esteban, C. (1998). A diffusion model for the chemical impregnation of hardwoods and its significance for rapid steam treatments. Paperi ja puu. = Paper and timber, 80 (1), 41-48.
Kabir, F., Gauvin, H., Jollez, P., & Esteban, C. (1997). A diffusion model for the impregnation of lignocellulosic materials. Tappi Journal, 80 (11), 209-219. https://imisrise.tappi.org/TAPPI/Products/97/NOV/97NOV209.aspx
Mohammed, I., Abakr, Y., Kabir, F., & Yusup, S. (n.d.). Effect of aqueous pretreatment on pyrolysis characteristics of Napier grass. Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, 10 (11), 1487-1496. http://jestec.taylors.edu.my/Vol%2010%20Issue%2011%20November%202015/Volume%20(10)%20Issue%20(11)%201487-1496.pdf
Rahman, M.M., Kabir, F., Begum, B.A., & Biswas, S.K. (n.d.). Monitoring and Trend Analysis of Air-Borne Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5) at Major Hot-Spot Areas: Mohakhali and Farmgate in Dhaka City. Journal of Chemical Engineering, 61-67. http://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v24i0.5586
Kabir, F., ]Koskinen, J., Sung, S., Yang, J., & Banerjee, S. (n.d.). A sensor for microstickies. Tappi Journal, Online Exclusives, 2 (4), 1-9.
Kabir, F., Lim, C.H., Mohammed, I.Y., Abakr, Y.A., Yusupe, S., & Lam, H.L. (n.d.). Element Characteristic Tolerance for Semi-batch Fixed Bed Biomass Pyrolysis. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSACTIONS, 45, 1285-1290.
Kabir, F., Razzaque, A., & Abakr, Y. (2014). Effect of Aqueous Pre-treatment on Biomass Pyrolysis to Bio-oil. In Proceedings of ICCE 2014: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy, Quebec, Canada. http://www.cim.org/en/News-and-Events/Events/EventsList/2014/10/ICCE2014InternationalConferenceExhibitiononCleanEnergy.aspx
Mohammed, I., Kabir, F., Yusuf, S., Alshareef, I., & Chi, S. (2014). Higher Heating Values (HHV) Prediction Model from Biomass Proximate Analysis Data. In Proceedins of ICCE 2014: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy, Quebec, Canada. http://www.cim.org/en/News-and-Events/Events/EventsList/2014/10/ICCE2014InternationalConferenceExhibitiononCleanEnergy.aspx
Kabir, F. (2014). Assessment of Module Learning Outcomes for H84ARE Advanced Reaction Engineering for Continual Quality Improvement. In Continuous Quality Improvement Conference, CQIC2014, Semenyih, Malaysia, 5 August 2014 - 8 August 2014. Nottingham University in Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
Kabir, F. (2013). Techno-economics of bio-power in Malaysia. In Pproceedings of ICCE 2013: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy, Ottawa, Canada, 9 September 2013 - 11 September 2013. http://iaemm.com/OLDpublic/ICCE2013/index.html
Kabir, F., Razzaque, A., Elhassan, H., & Abakr, Y. (2013). Design and fabrication of a bench-scale continuous fast pyrolysis rig. In Proceedings of ICCE 2013: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy, 9 September 2013 - 11 September 2013. http://iaemm.com/OLDpublic/ICCE2013/index.html
Kabir, F. (2012). The case of renewable energy- general prospects, including bioenergy. In Forum on Nuclear Energy as an Option for Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 February 2012. Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), and United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia: http://www.idfr.gov.my/images/banners/nuclear/renewalenergypaper.pdf
Kabir, F., Anex, R., Hsu, D.H., Wright, M., Swanson, R., Fortman, J., ... Brown, R. (2009). Techno-economic comparison of biomass to-transportation fuels via pyrolysis, gasification and biochemical pathways. In ACS National Meeting, 16 August 2009 - 20 August 2009. American Chemical Society (ACS)
Kabir, F., Fortman, J., Anex, R., Hsu, D., Aden, A., Dutta, A., ... Brown, R. (2009). Techno-economic comparison of biochemical processes for ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstock. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 16 August 2009 - 20 August 2009. AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Kabir, F. (2008). Onsite enzyme production and hot water pretreatment. In NREL Meeting, Golden, Colorado, USA, 22 July 2008 - 23 July 2008.
Kabir, F., Rahman, M., Begum, B., Balasubramanian, R., & Uddin, M.S. (2006). STUDY OF AIR QUALITY OF DHAKA: PARTICULATE MATTERS AND TRACE ELEMENTS. In 11th Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 August 2006 - 30 August 2006.
Kabir, F., Banerjee, S., Makris, S., & Carleton, J. (2004). Spark technology: mill trials. In 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 3 May 2004 - 5 May 2004. TAPPI
Kabir, F., Cooper, P., Ung, T., & Qi, D. (2003). Two approaches to recycling CCA treated wood: extraction for recycling and wood cement composites. In AWPA Annual Meeting, 27 April 2003 - 29 April 2003. American Wood Protection Association (AWPA)
Kabir, F., Cooper, P., Chen, J., & Ung, T. (2000). A fixation model, based on the temperature dependence of CCA-C fixation. In IRG Conference 2000, Kona, Hawaii, USA, 14 May 2000 - 19 March 2000. International Research Group on Wood Protection, Drottning Kristinas väg 63B, Box 5604
Kabir, F., & Cooper, P. (1999). Recovery and reuse of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) wood preservative from CCA treated wastes. In 20th Annual Canadian Wood Preservation Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 25 October 1999 - 26 October 1999. The Canadian Wood Preservation Association (CWPA), PO Box 520, Campbellville, ON, Canada
Kabir, F., & Cooper, P. (1998). Solvent extraction of CCA-C from out-of-service wood. In International Research Group on Wood Protection, Maastricht, The Low Countries, 14 June 1998 - 19 June 1998. International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRGWP)
Kabir, F., Jollez, P., Laborde, P., & Esteban, C. (1997). Impregnation and rapid steam treatment (IRST) process for the production of cellulosic fibers from annual plants and residual lignocellulosics. In The 47th Canadian Chem. Eng. Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 5 October 1997 - 8 October 1997.
Kabir, F., Esteban, C., Gaumond, F., Gauvin, H., Trottier, M., & Jollez, P. (1997). Forage crops in the production of ethanol and co-products (extracts). In 1997 ethanol research and development workshop, Ottawa, Canada, 17 March 1997 - 18 March 1997 (pp. 107-108). www.osti.gov/etdeweb/biblio/490238
Kabir, F., Esteban, C., Jollez, P., Trottie, M., & Gauvin, H. (1996). Fractionation of biomass via aqueous/steam treatments: the role of impregnation, models and applications. In Conference on developments in thermochemical biomass conversion, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 20 May 1996.
Kabir, F. Techno-economics of biodiesel production process from high FFA content animal fat. In 2nd Conference on Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials (CEAM) Virtual Forum.
Kabir, F., Ahammad, S.S., Siraj, S., Ali, M.S., & Kaji, M.A. (2010). Tracking of possible sources of Dhaka city air pollutants. In International Conference on Environmental Aspects of Bangladesh (ICEAB), Kitakyushu, Japan, Sept. 2010, 4 September 2010 - 4 April 2020. University of Kitakyushu
Lim, C., Mohammed, I., Abakr, Y., Kabir, F., Yusup, S., & Lam, H. (2015). Element characteristic tolerance for semi-batch fixed bed biomass pyrolysis. In Varbanov, P.S., Klemes, J.J., Alwi, S.R.W., Yong, J.Y., & Liu, X. (Eds.) Chemical Engineering Transactions. (pp. 1285-1290). Italian Association of Chemical Engineering: http://doi.org/10.3303/CET1545215
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Mohammad, N., Mohammad, H., Islam, S., Islam, R., ... Ahmed, S. (2007). Niko-BAPEX Chhatak 2 Environmental Programs. Crown Agents, St Nicholas House, St Nicholas Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EL, UK.
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Newaz, N., Mohammad, H., Islam, S., Islam, R., & Mohammad, D. (2005). Initial environmental examination (IEE) and approval of terms of reference (TOR) for : environmental impact assessment (EIA) for development and installation of Chhatak gas processing facility at Chhatak west gas field, Tengratilla. (August).
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Mohammad, N., Mohammad, H., Abdul, M., Islam, R., & Mohammad, D. (2005). Initial environmental examination for east CHHATAK gas drilling project. (May).
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Mohammad, N., Mohammad, H., Mohammad, D., Islam, R., & Islam, S. (2005). Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) for installation and operation of Chhatak gas processing facility at west Chhatak gas field, Tengratilla. (May).
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Mohammad, N., Mohammad, H., Islam, R., Islam, S., & Mohammad, D. (2005). Initial environmental examination (IEE) and approval of terms of reference (TOR) for: environmental impact assessment (EIA) for development and installation of Chhatak gas processing facility at Chhatak west gas field, Tengratilla. (August).
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Mohammad, N., Mohammad, H., Islam, R., Mohammad, D., & Islam, S. (2005). Environmental impact assessment of Feni well #7 drilling project. (December).
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Noor, N., Mohammad, D., Islam, R., Islam, S., ... Mohammad, H. (2005). Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and approval of terms of reference (TOR) for: environmental impact assessment (EIA) for development and installation of slug catcher, pig receiver and condensate collection facility at Jalalabad gas regulator, Chhatak. (December).
Kabir, F., Mohammad, A., Mohammad, N., Abdul, A., Hossain, I., & Reza, O. (2005). Environmental Management and Mitigation Plan for: Drilling of Chhatak Well #2A (Relief well) and Relocation of Production Wells (Well #3, well #4 and Well #5) within Joint Venture’s Compound. (May). REMS.
Kabir, F., Glaholt, R., Ahmed, S., Islam, R., Newaz, N., & Kabir, K. (2005). Post blowout damage inventory. (Final Report, Vol. 1-2).
Kabir, F., Syed, A., & Mohammad, N. (2004). EIA on “Chhatak gas field development project” of Niko-BAPEX Joint Venture. (August). REMS.
Kabir, F., Sayed, A., & Mohammad, N. (2004). EIA studies on Feni gas field project of Niko-BAPEX Joint Venture. (August).
Kabir, F., Syed, A., & Noor, N. (2003). Demonstration of waste minimization and design-construction of pilot treatment plant.
Kabir, F., Syed, A., & Noor, N. (2003). Textile dying industrial waste minimization and recycling.
Kazi, F.K., Fortman, J., Anex, R., Kothandaraman, G., Hsu, D., Aden, A., & Dutta, A. (n.d.). Techno-Economic Analysis of Biochemical Scenarios for Production of Cellulosic Ethanol. Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). http://doi.org/10.2172/982937
(n.d.). Replacing chemicals in recycle mills with mechanical alternatives. Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). http://doi.org/10.2172/828245
Kabir, F. (2014). Application of advanced technologies (VLE) in teaching, assessment, and techno-cultural barriers in learning outcome (Abstract only). Presented at: PGCHE teaching and learning development conference, Semenyeh, Malaysia, 2014
External examiner, International Islamic University, Malaysia