Dr Sharif Zein

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Dr Sharif Zein is Reader in Chemical Engineering and MSc Coordinator. He has about two decades of experience and research expertise in the valorisation of the biomass and waste plastics which is the foremost global challenge towards the production of biofuel and biomaterials in deriving value from the waste. Sharif also scales up the basic lab works to processes and bio-based products used in the industry. He adapts techniques for use in a different purpose to produce several different types of materials and chemicals that could have applications as fuels or industrial chemicals. Hence, his research could hasten public awareness and improve market uptake of the above bio-based products. He has managed to get with his co-researchers about 40 grants and publish over 140 scientific articles, book chapters, and patents. Some of Dr Sharif’s papers are listed as one of the top 25 hottest articles. For many years, Dr Sharif has received over 50 awards, including special awards and Gold medals for his studies, research, excellence in teaching in and reaction engineering, reactor design, Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas and Bioenergy.

Undergraduate

In terms of teaching, Dr Zein has taught several modules of the Chemical Engineering Curriculum such as Chemical Reaction Engineering, Reactor Design and Analysis, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Organic Chemical Processes, Chemical Engineering Lab I, Chemical Engineering Lab II, Chemical Engineering Lab III, and Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering. . For his teaching, he has received seven (7) Excellent Teaching Awards in the past.

Currently, Dr Zein contributes:

Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering - Level 7 (Module Leader)

Undergraduate MEng final year individual projects - Level 7

MSc individual projects - Level 7

Chemical Reaction Engineering - Level 6 (Module Leader)

Chemical Engineering Design Project - Level 6 – (13 Students)

Undergraduate teaching Labs - Level 4 and 5

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A circular economy approach for industrial scale biodiesel production from palm oil mill effluent using microwave heating: Design, simulation, techno-economic analysis and location comparison

Waudby, H., & Zein, S. H. (2021). A circular economy approach for industrial scale biodiesel production from palm oil mill effluent using microwave heating: Design, simulation, techno-economic analysis and location comparison. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 148, 1006-1018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2021.02.011

Electrochemical Quantification of D-Glucose during the Production of Bioethanol from Thermo-Mechanically Pre-treated Wheat Straw

Ward, R. A., Welham, K. J., Zein, S. H., Richards, D. I., Kelly, S. M., Lawrence, N. S., …Lawrence, N. (2021). Electrochemical Quantification of D-Glucose during the Production of Bioethanol from Thermo-Mechanically Pre-treated Wheat Straw. Electrochemistry communications, 124, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2021.106942

Esterification of residual palm oil using solid acid catalyst derived from rice husk

Semilin, V., Balan, W. S., Janaun, J., Chung, C. H., Zhu, Z., Haywood, S. K., …Zein, S. H. (2021). Esterification of residual palm oil using solid acid catalyst derived from rice husk. Journal of hazardous materials, 404(Part B), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124092

Recovery of oil from palm oil mill effluent using polypropylene micro/nanofiber

Semilin, V., Janaun, J., Chung, C. H., Touhami, D., Haywood, S. K., Chong, K. P., …Zein, S. H. (2021). Recovery of oil from palm oil mill effluent using polypropylene micro/nanofiber. Journal of hazardous materials, 404, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124144

Single-Step extraction-esterification process to produce Biodiesel from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) using microwave heating: a circular economy approach to making use of a difficult waste product.

Davies, E., Deutz, P., & Zein, S. H. (in press). Single-Step extraction-esterification process to produce Biodiesel from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) using microwave heating: a circular economy approach to making use of a difficult waste product. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-020-00856-1

Research interests

Biomass and Waste Plastics

Postgraduate supervision

Supervision

Dr Zein supervises PDRA, PhD and MSc by Research projects in areas related to biomass, plastic waste, petroleum refineries, reactor design and intensification processes

Current Postgraduate Supervision

• 3 PhD (First Supervisor)

• 1 PhD (Second Supervisor)

• 1 PhD (Second Supervisor - Malaysia)

Completed Supervision

• 2 PDRA

• 8 PhD

• 14 MSc by Research

Dr Zein welcomes PhD and Masters of Research applications and feel free to contact him directly to discuss options, topics and funding availability.

Awards and prizes

Gold Medal and The World Invention Award

2009

Development of New Synthetic Composite for Injectable Bone Replacement Material” at the British Inventors Society/ The 9th British Invention Show/ 13-16th October 2009 in Alexandra Palace, London.

Gold Medal

2005

Production of Carbon Nanotubes and Hydrogen” at the 33rd International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Special Prize

2005

In the field of carbon nanotubes from The Technical Culture-Croatia

Excellent Scientist

2005

Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Gold Medal

2004

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Malaysia for the project entitled “Single Step Production of Carbon Nanotubes and Hydrogen from Natural Gas”.

Gold Medal

1999

The Industrial Art & Technology Exhibition (INATEX’99) for the project entitled “Modified HZSM-5 Zeolites Catalysts for The Single Step Conversion of Methane to Gasoline”.