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Dr Sharif Zein

Reader in Biorefinery Processes and Reaction Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

PI of the Bioref Group / School Priority Research Area (Head of Discipline Group) / Open & Applicants Days coordinator for Chemical Engineering

Dr Zein has more than 15 years of experience and research expertise in harnessing waste from the food supply chain to produce biofuel and biomaterials.

He hopes that his research could hasten public awareness of this major global challenge and improve market uptake of bio-based products.

Dr Zein and his co-researchers have published more than 130 scientific articles, four book chapters and one patent. He has been awarded 31 research grants and is frequently invited to give talks to seminars.

Undergraduate

Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK

Book Chapter

Rheological evaluation of the fabrication parameters of cellulose acetate butyrate membrane on CO2/N2 separation performance

Lee, R., Jawad, Z., Ahmad, A., Chua, H., Ngang, H., & Zein, S. (2019). Rheological evaluation of the fabrication parameters of cellulose acetate butyrate membrane on CO2/N2 separation performance. In Z. A. Jawad (Ed.), Membrane Technology for CO2 Sequestration and Separation, 202-225. (1). Taylor & Francis

Journal Article

Investigation of the chemocatalytic and biocatalytic valorization of a range of different lignin preparations: The importance of ß-O-4 content

Lancefield, C. S., Rashid, G. M. M., Bouxin, F., Wasak, A., Tu, W., Hallett, J., …Bugg, T. D. H. (2016). Investigation of the chemocatalytic and biocatalytic valorization of a range of different lignin preparations: The importance of ß-O-4 content. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 4(12), 6921-6930. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01855

Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation

Zein, S. H., Gyamera, B. A., & Skoulou, V. K. (2017). Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation. Materials letters, 193, 46-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.01.100

Characterization of rice husk-based catalyst prepared via conventional and microwave carbonisation

Touhami, D., Zhu, Z., Balan, W. S., Janaun, J., Haywood, S., & Zein, S. (2017). Characterization of rice husk-based catalyst prepared via conventional and microwave carbonisation. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 5(3), 2388-2394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2017.04.020

Wheat straw bio-refining. Part II: Optimization of the microwave radiation with sulphuric acid pre-treatment and its enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars

Festus, O., Skoulou, V. K., & Zein, S. H. (2017). Wheat straw bio-refining. Part II: Optimization of the microwave radiation with sulphuric acid pre-treatment and its enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars. Current Microwave Chemistry, 4(4), 306-316. https://doi.org/10.2174/2213335604666171103123459

Research interests

Biomass and plastics waste

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£904,838.00

Started

1 January 2019

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Zein welcomes applications in the area of biofuels and chemical feedstocks from renewable resources, such as from lignocellulosic biomass.

He is also interested in scaling up the basic lab works to processes and bio-based products which can be used in industry.

Current PhD Supervisions

- Mohammed Abdulsattar

- Elis Davies

- Hassan Alabdrabalameer

- Osman Yansaneh