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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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Journal Article

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

Optimization of pH as a strategy to improve enzymatic saccharification of wheat straw for enhancing bioethanol production

Abdulsattar, M., Abdulsattar, J., Greenway, G., Welham, K., & Zein, S. H. (2020). Optimization of pH as a strategy to improve enzymatic saccharification of wheat straw for enhancing bioethanol production. Journal of Analytical Science and Technology, 11(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s40543-020-00217-7

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

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