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  • Phone0121 204 3041
  • United Kingdom

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Contact Details

Phone number: 44(0)1212043041
Room: MB 154J


I joined Mechanical Engineering and Design Engineering Group as a Lecturer in September 2014. Before starting my postgraduate study, I worked in the industry as a Mechanical Engineer for 6 years. In the industry, I worked on boiler, dual-fuelled engine generator, gas engine generator, cooling tower, process design and optimisation, and mechanical maintenance of heavy machineries. Currently, I am working on waste derrived biofuels upgradation and blending, development of biofuels based poly-generation systems, waste heat recovery, and engine parameters modifications. I am working closely with the researchers of the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston on the development and use of second and third generation biofuels. My other research theme is solar PV powered brackish water desalination techniques combined with green house cooling system.


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Research Interests

My research interests are in developing small-to-medium scale renewable energy systems for poly-generation application. Specific areas of interest include but not limited to:         

  • Alternative fuels for Internal Combustion (IC) engines
  • Renewable biofuels for CHP (or tri-generation) application, engine waste energy recovery
  • 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels production, characterisation and upgradation
  • Performance, emissions and combustion characteristics of alternative fuels in IC engines; engine modification/parameter optimisation
  • Desalination of brackish water using solar energy 
  • Biomass energy: resource assessment, conversion, techno-economic modelling, lifecycle energy and emission analysis
  • Biomass-solar hybrid system, carbon capture and storage, energy storage techniques

Funding Applications and Awards

UKIERI Project. ‘Waste to Engine - Low Temperature Combustion of Sustainable Green Fuels’ (Principal Investigator), funded by UKIERI-DST (India). Collaboration with Anna University and IIT, Madras. 2019-2021.

GCRF Project. 'Low cost filtered drinking water in the areas of struggle in Pakistan' (Co-Investigator), funded by Innovate UK. Collaboration with with Coventry University, Kotli University (Pakistan), Air Purex Ltd and Eco Research Ltd.(UK). 2020

AIMR (Aston) Seedcorn Project. 'Biodiesel-Nanoparticle blends to improve combustion characteristics and reduce exhaust pollution from IC Engines' (Principal Investigator). 2020.

A Novel Bioenergy System for Marginal Environments’ [Co-Investigator]. Funded by American University of Sharjah. Collaboration with American University of Sharjah and other UK Universities. 2019 -2021.

GSIKE Project. Solar-thermal Conversion of Waste to Energy (Principal Investigator), funded by British Council (with American University of Sharjah, UAE). 2018 -2019.

Off-grid Desalination for Irrigation in the Jordan Valley (Principal Investigator), funded by British Council. 2017-2019.

Solar powered desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley. Funded by the Douglas Bomford Trust. (Principal Investigator). 2018-2019.

Teaching Activity

ME3011 (Module Leader): Advanced Thermodynamics

ME1601 (Module Leader for TP2): Engineering Science

ME1502 (Module Tutor): CDIO - Prototyping and Development

MSc Research Projects and MEng/BEng Final Year Projects

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Member of the Energy Institute (MEI)

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the UnICEG

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert


PhD, Cranfield University

MSc, Cranfield University

External positions

PhD Examiner

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Research Output

An experimental study on performance and emission characteristics of an IDI diesel engine operating with neat oil-diesel blend emulsion

Hossain, A. K., Refahtalab, P., Omran, A., Smith, D. I. & Davies, P. A., 1 Feb 2020, In : Renewable energy. 146, p. 1041-1050 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Investigation of 2-butoxyethanol as biodiesel additive on fuel property and combustion characteristics of two neat biodiesels

    Masera, K., Hossain, A. K., Davies, P. A. & Doudin, K., 18 Sep 2020, In : Renewable energy. 164, p. 285-297 13 p., 285-297.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Microscopic characteristics of biodiesel – Graphene oxide nanoparticle blends and their Utilisation in a compression ignition engine

    Nagaraja, S., Rufuss, D. D. W. & Hossain, A. K., 9 Jul 2020, In : Renewable energy. 160, p. 830-841 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Combustion characteristics of cottonseed biodiesel and chicken fat biodiesel mixture in a multi-cylinder compression ignition engine

    Masera, K. & Hossain, A. K., 15 Jan 2019, In : SAE Technical Papers. 2019-January, January, 2019-01-0015.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access