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Dr Sharif Zein

Director of Postgraduate Research, Chemical Engineering Department

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

|Reader in Biorefinery Processes and Reaction Engineering : Bioref Group|

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

Recent outputs

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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). Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis

Journal Article

An innovative method of extraction of coffee oil using an advanced microwave system: in comparison with conventional Soxhlet extraction method

Hibbert, S., Welham, K., & Zein, S. (2019). An innovative method of extraction of coffee oil using an advanced microwave system: in comparison with conventional Soxhlet extraction method. SN Applied Sciences, 1(11), https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-019-1457-5

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

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