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Dr Mohammed Ismail

Dr Mohammed Ismail

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Engineering


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD


Dr Ismail is a lecturer in chemical engineering and has joined School of Engineering in 2022. He is an expert in multiscale modelling, operation and integration of renewable and/or electrochemical energy units and systems. His PhD study, funded by the EPSRC and Shell UK, was on the characterisation and numerical modelling of the porous media used in the clean technology of the hydrogen fuel cells. After completing his PhD, Dr Ismail has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and then at the University of Sheffield. Equipped with strong expertise in multiscale modelling and experimental characterisation, he has been an instrumental member for various research projects which involve the use of renewable and/or electrochemical technologies such as fuel cells, solar collectors, batteries, electrolysers and photovoltaics.

Dr Ismail has, as of November 2022, published more than 50 refereed journal articles, two patents and two book chapters. His research is currently centered on (i) innovating new designs and/or materials to boost the efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of the hydrogen-consuming (e.g. hydrogen fuel cells) and generating (electrolysers) technologies through numerical modelling and/or experimental means and (ii) multiphysics modelling of membrane distillation which is an efficient seawater desalination method.

Research interests

Mohammed’s main research focus is to boost the efficiency of the low temperature hydrogen fuel cells through proposing new designs and materials. In addition to that, his research interests cover the following areas:

Innovation and characterisation of cheap and high-performance catalysts, porous media and membrane electrolytes for hydrogen fuel cells and electrolysers

Multiscale and multiphysics modelling of hydrogen fuel cells

Multiscale and multiphysics modelling of membrane distillation desalination modules

Dynamic modelling of desalination systems driven by renewable energy sources

Multiscale and multiphysics modelling of molten carbonate fuel cells used as a carbon capture solution

Lead investigator







Reduced-cost components for hydrogen fuel cells (focussing on platinum-free catalysts and alternative electrolytes) to ultimately expedite decarbonisation of the automotive sector


Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation




1 November 2022



Postgraduate supervision

- Hydrogen fuel cells

- Hydrogen electrolysers

- Molten carbonate fuel cell as a carbon capture solution

- Membrane distillation desalination

Conference organisation

1st UK-Japan Symposium on Advanced Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


Honorary position

Visiting Lecturer to University of Sheffield


Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Associate member of IChemE