• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

  • Aston Triangle, Aston University, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Bioenergy conversion technologies

Renewable Energy Modelling Systems 

Fuel Cell

Materials Design and Optimisation


Dr Abed Alaswad received his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland in 2012. After his PhD, he was involved in different teaching duties and research projects in DCU, before he moved to Scotland in 2014, where he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies in the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). During his career in UWS, he significantly contributed to the research in Biomass Energy and Biofuel Technologies. He also acted as the Secretary and the Co-editor of the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection (SEEP 2015) in which about 120 delegates participated from 40 different countries. Afterwards, Abed joined Birmingham City University as a Lecturer, and later as a Senior Lecturer where he acted as the Programme Leader for Foundation Programme, and for FdEng Programmes with EEF- The Manufacturers’ Organization. In 2017, Abed was awarded the Public Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

During his career, Abed has published over 40 articles in Hight Impact Factor International Journals, Elsevier Book chapters, and International Conference Proceedings. He supervised 2 PhD students to completion, and currently supervising three PhD students. He worked in a various funded projects (KTP, ETP, Innovation vouchers, Erasmus programs), while reviewing regularly in a number of prestigious scientific journals such as Renewable Energy, Energy, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Reviews. Abed is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and acted as an External Panel Member resulting in validating different programmes that are currently running in Universities of Surrey, Ulster, Southampton Solent, Salford and Northampton. He is acting as an External Examiner for University of Bradford, and for Blackburn and Fleetwood Colleges with Lancaster University.

Abed joined Aston University in December 2018, and currently acting as the Deputy Programme Director of Mechanical Engineering Programmes. He is also the Module Leader for Design Engineering and the Environment for final year students, and as a module tutor for the CDIO Prototyping and Development Module for first year students. As a researcher, Abed is working in the Sustainable Energy and Transport research group and as a member of the Research Strategy Group in Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI).

PhD Supervision

  • Ahmed Al Makky: Prediction of the gas emission from soil media with concern of Energy and Environment. Co-Supervisor: A. G. Olabi, Feb 2013- July 2016.
  • Cristina Rodriguez: Improving biogas yield from seaweeds by mechanical pretreatment co-digestion. Co-Supervisor: A. G. Olabi, Feb 2014- July 2017.
  • Sherdon Ninio: Modelling the offshore wind resources in the Philippines (Newton Fund Project). Co-Supervisor: Venkatesh Chennam Vijay. September 2016- still. 
  • Ugochukwu Chibuisi: Design and optimization of Micorlagae cultivation system for animal feed. Co-Supervisor: Lynsey Melville. December 2017- still.
  • Abdelnasir Omran: Techno Economic Study of PEM Fuel Cell Vehicles with focus on Efficiency and Power Consumption. Supervisor: Jose Sodre. January 2018- still

Teaching Activity

  • Recently accredited as a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 
  • Deputy Programme Director for Mechanical Engineering Programmes.
  • Previously, Programme Leader for the Foundation year in Mechanical, Automotive, Electronic, and Civil Engineering programmes.
  • Previously, Link Tutor and Programme Leader for FdEng Programmes with EEF the manufacturers’ organization.
  • Currently module leader for Design Engineering and the Environment for final year students, and a module tutor for the CDIO Prototyping and Development Module for first year students. 
  • Teaching experience include teaching Engineering Science, Engineering Principles, Mechanical Science, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Finite Element Analysis, Design & CAD/CAM, Materials Science, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Design and Applications, Mechanics of Machines, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy across levels (3- 7). 
  • External Examiner and External Panel Member in a number of UK Universties.

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, University of the West of Scotland

PhD, Dublin City University

External positions

External Examiner

External Examiner, University of Bradford

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Research Output 2011 2019

Application of fuzzy modelling and Particle Swarm Optimization to enhance lipid extraction from microalgae

Nassef, A. M., Rezk, H., Abdelkareem, M. A., Alaswad, A. & Olabi, A., 1 Oct 2019, 35, p. 73-79 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Particle swarm optimization (PSO)
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Cost functions
Fuzzy logic

Modelling and optimization of wet microalgae Scenedesmus quadricauda lipid extraction using microwave pre-treatment method and response surface methodology

Onumaegbu, C., Alaswad, A., Rodriguez, C. & Olabi, A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Renewable energy. 132, p. 1323-1331 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Organic solvents

A numerical and experimental study of a new design of closed dynamic respiration chamber

Al Makky, A., Alaswad, A., Gibson, D., Song, S. & Olabi, A. G., 5 Feb 2018, In : Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 145, p. 326-340

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Carbon dioxide
experimental study
carbon dioxide

Improvement of methane production from P. canaliculata through mechanical pretreatment

Rodriguez, C., Alaswad, A., El-hassan, Z. & Olabi, A. G., 1 Apr 2018, In : Renewable energy. 119, p. 73-78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anaerobic digestion
Multiobjective optimization

Inorganic Thin Film Materials for Solar Cell Applications

Alajlani, Y., Alaswad, A., Placido, F., Gibson, D. & Diyaf, A., 21 May 2018, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Solar cells
Solar power generation
Cadmium telluride
Renewable energy resources
Thin films