Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering



Details of Dr. Mohammad Ismail

Research Interests

 Carbon di-oxide Capture and Utilization, Clean Hydrogen Production

 Energy and Environment Pollution and Green Technology

 Biogas, Biodiesel, Bio-oil Production and Conversion to Commercial Green Fuel

 Petrochemical Synthesis and Characterisation

Novel Catalyst Synthesis using Different Techniques, its Industrial Application

 Hydrogen Production from Various Reforming Techniques.

 Catalysis of Porous Materials.

 University – Industry Partnership.


PhD in Engineering: University of Cambridge (January 2012 - July 2016): Energy Laboratory, Dept. of Engineering. Area: Carbon Capture, Clean Energy & H2 Production.

Topic: Development and Evaluation of Iron Oxide-based Oxygen Carriers for Chemical Looping Combustion and Hydrogen Production

Master’s of Science (M.S) in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2002, Result: 1st class 1st

Bachelor of Science (4 Years Course) in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2001, Result: 1st class 2nd

H.S.C: Chittagong College, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1996.

S.S.C: Kalauzan Dr. Y. B. R. S. High School, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1994.


Dec. 2010 - till date : Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, University of Dhaka

Apr. 2008 - Dec. 2010: Lecturer, Dept. of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, University of Dhaka

June 2006 - Apr. 2008: Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR)

Apr. 2006 - June 2006: Research Fellow, Bangladesh Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR)

Jan. 2004 - Jan. 2006: Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, INSIGHT (Research & Dev. Services)

Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

2015, 2014: Pillman Award, Girton College, University of Cambridge, Ford of Britain Trust Award, Dept. of Engineering, Univ. of Cambridge

                    Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Award

2014 : Royal Society Award for Commonwealth Science Conference, India                      

2012 : IDB-Cambridge International Scholarship- covered PhD tuition fees and living costs

2009: TWAS, Italy Fellowship for Research & Advanced Training at TERI, India.

2007: TWAS, Italy Fellowship for Research & Advanced Training at TERI, India

2006: Prof. Mokarram Hossen Khondaker Memorial Fellowship from BCSIR

1995 -2002: Government scholarship during the Postgraduate, Graduate & H.S.C study.

M.S. (Graduate) Student thesis supervision:

1. Production of biodiesel from castor oil (Ricinus communis).

2. Production of bio-oil via vacuum pyrolysis of castor seedcake.

3. Bio-oil production from municipal solid waste & rice husk by pyrolysis & its characterization.

4. Study of the Bio-diesel production from Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) Oil and its co-ignition characteristics with commercial diesel.

5. Characterization and upgradation of indigenous clay minerals.

6. A study on the production of biodiesel from rubber seed oil (hevea brasiliensis).

B.Sc. (Undergraduate) Student project supervision:

1.  Production & prospect of biodiesel in Bangladesh.

2. Production of bio-oil from MSW and its prospect in Bangladesh

3. Integrated production of sugar and ethanol from sugar cane.

4. Synthesis & possible modification technologies for Renitidine manufacture.

Academic Course teaches:

 H-102: Chemical Engineering-I (Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering)

 H- 203: Chemical Technology-III (Glass, Cement and Paint Technology)

 H-301: Chemical Technology-III (Oil, Fat, Soap, Detergent and Dyes Technology)

 H-304: Fuel Technology

 H-408: Environmental Pollution and Industrial waste management

MS- 502: Energy conversion Engineering and Environment

MS- 508: Pharmaceutical Technology

MS- 503: Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics & Reactor Design

Training & Workshop

2015:   “Leadership in Action” – By Research Development Office, University of Cambridge, June 15 -17, 2015.

2014    “European Carbon Capture & Storage Research & Development Workshop (ECCSRD), Cranfield University, UK, June 18, 2014.

2013:   a) “Cambridge GRADschool for Researcher Development” at Wyboston Lakes (Organized by University of Cambridge), September 20 - 22, 2013.

b) “Enterprisers” at Wyboston Lakes (Organized by Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, Univ. of Cambridge), May 20 - 23, 2013.

2012    “Sustainable Energy Summer School” at University of Cambridge (organized by European Agency for Energy Security), August 26 - Sep.1, 2012.

2009:  “Bio-oil Upgradation: Technical review to assess the merit of the processes” at TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute), India, 22/06/09 - 28/07/09.

2007:   “Bio-oils from biomass and feasibility study of upgrading bio-oil to petro-fuels” at  TERI, India, August 30 - December 29, 2007

2004:   “Industrial process unit operation & process control techniques" at Training Institute for Chem. Inds. (TICI), Bangladesh, Aug. 29 - Sept. 28, 2004.

2003:   In-plant training at Karnaphuli Paper Mills Ltd, Rangamati, Sep. 06 – Oct. 01, 2003.

Short in-plant trainings at:

Tabani Beverage (Coca-Cola) Company Ltd., Dhaka, Mimi Chocolate Industry Ltd., Dhaka, Savoy Ice-cream Industry Ltd., Dhaka, People Ceramic Industry, Gazipur. Global Capsule Ltd., Padma Caps & Glass Industry Ltd., Barishal, Opsonin Basic Chemicals Ltd, Opsonin Pharmaceutical Ltd. & Opso Saline Ltd., Eastern Refinery Ltd., Chittagong & Urea Fertilizer Ltd., Chittagong.



35. M. Ismail, F. Donat, W. Hu, E. Marek & S. A. Scott. Enhanced Performance of Ca-Al-O Modified Fe2O3 Oxygen Carriers for CO2 Capture and Production of H2 in CLC. Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res. submitted and under review, 27/11/2016; Manuscript ID iecr-2016-01281r

34. M. Ismail, W. Liu, M. T. Dunstan, S. A. Scott. Synthesis, Application and Carbonation Behaviour of Ca2Fe2O5 for Chemical Looping H2 Production. Energy & Fuels, 2016, 30 (8), pp 6220–6232; DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b00631).

33. M. Chan, W. Liu, M. Ismail, Y. Yang, S. Scott, J. Dennis. Improving hydrogen yields, and hydrogen:steam ratio in the chemical looping production of hydrogen using Ca2Fe2O5. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 296, 15 July 2016, pp 406–411.

32. M. Ismail, W. Liu, M. T. Dunstan, S. A. Scott. Development and Performance of Iron Based Oxygen Carriers Containing Calcium Ferrites for Chemical Looping Combustion and Production of Hydrogen. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol 41, pp.4073-4084, 2016.


31. S. M. A. Sujan, M. S. Jamal, M. Hossain, M. Khanam and M. Ismail. Analysis of gas condensate and its different fractions of Bibiyana gas field to produce valuable products. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 50(1), pp.59-64, 2015.

30. W. Liu, M. Ismail, M. T. Dunstan, W. Hu, Z. Jhang, P. S. Fennell, S. A. Scott & J. S. Dennis. Inhibiting the interaction between FeO and Al2O3 during chemical looping production of hydrogen. RSC Advances, Vol 5 Issue-3, 2015, pp.1759-1771.


29. M. Ismail, W. Liu and S. A. Scott. The performance of Fe2O3-CaO Oxygen Carriers and the Interaction of Iron Oxides with CaO during Chemical Looping Combustion and H2  production, Energy Procedia, Vol. 63, 2014, pp. 87-97.


28. Islam M. S., Jamal M. S., Sujan S. M. A., Ismail M., Miah M. Y., Saha M. Bio-oil from pyrolysis of rice husk. Journal of Biofuels. Vol-2, Issue-1: p01-07, 2011. DOI: 10.5958/j.0976-3015.2.1.008.

27. M. Saiful Islam, M. Ismail, M. Saha & M.Y. Miah, Bio-oil from pyrolysis of bagasse. Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci., Vol 2(1), 17-20, 2011(July).

26. A. F. M. M. Rahman, M. S. Reza, M. Ismail, M. Nurnabi and M. N. Haque. Production of biodiesel from Karanja (Pongamia Pinnata) oil and comparison of its fuel properties with commercial diesel. Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci., Vol 2(1), 25-29, 2011(July).

25. M. Saha, B. S.Palma, D. Saha, M. A. Azim, S.T.A. Islam, M. Ismail &A. A. Rana,  Reaction of p-Cresol with Indene in the Presence of Benzenesulphonic Acid. Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci., Vol 2(1), 59-60, 2011(July).

24. M. Saha, B. S.Palma, S.T.A. Islam, D.Saha, M. A. Azim, Md. Ashaduzzaman & M. Ismail, Reaction of o-Cresol with Indene in the Presence of Benzenesulphonic Acid. Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci., Vol 2(1), 83-84, 2011(July). (Short Communication).

23. M. Saha, M. Shahruzzaman, N. Sharmin, M. K. Hossain, M. T. U. Bhuyan, A. M. S. Chowdhury, D. Saha, M. Ismail & S. T. A. Islam. Application of experimental design to the reaction of o-cresol with cyclopentyl chloride. Dhaka Univ. J. Sci 59(1):109-116, 2011 (January).

22. M. Shahruzzaman, M. Saha, N. Sharmin, M. K. Hossain, M. T.U. Bhuyan, A. M. S. Chowdhury, D. Saha, M. Z. Alam & M. Ismail. “tert.-butylation of p-cresol with tert.-butyl chloride. Dhaka Univ. J. Sci 59(1):117-119, 2011 (January).


21. M. Shahruzzaman, M. Saha, N. Sharmin, M. K. Hossain, M. Galib, D. Saha, M. Z. Alam & M. Ismail, “tert.-Butylation of o-Cresol”, Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci. & Eng., Vol.1(1), 37-42, 2010.

20. M. Saha, M. Shahruzzaman, N. Sharmin, M. K. Hossain, M. Galib, D. Saha, M. Ismail and S. T. A. Islam, “Application of Experimental Design to tert.-Methylcyclohexylation of p-Cresol”, Dhaka Univ. J. A. Sci. & Eng., Vol.1(1), 23-30, 2010.

19. M. Y. Miah, M. S. Islam S. K. Banik, M. S. Jamal, M. Ismail, M. Saha. Production Of Bio-Oil From Municipal Solid Waste By Pyrolysis. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. V. 45(2) 91-94, 2010.

18. M. Galib, M, Saha, D. Saha, H.L.Paul, T.U. Bhuyan, M. Shahruzzaman & M. Ismail; “tert.-methylcyclohexylation of o-cresol with methylcyclohexanol in the presence of Sulphuric Acid”. Dhaka Univ. J. Sci 58(2):243-246, 2010 (July).

 17. S.T.A. Islam, M, Saha, D. Saha, M. Ismail, M. Galib & N. Sharif, Application of statistical experimental design to benzylation of p-chlorophenol. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res.Volume 45(2) 105-110, 2010.

16. S.T.A. Islam, M. Z. Alam, M. Ismail, M. Galib, N. Sharif, M. Saha. A statistical approach to alkylation of p-cresol with cyclopentanol. Asian Journal of Chemistry, India, Vol-22, No. 2(2010), 1245-1250.


15.  M. S. Jamal, M. Ismail, M. Y. Miah, M. N. Haque, S. K. Banik, “Studies on the production of gasoline from Heavy oil (furnace oil) by thermal cracking.  – Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. Vol 44(4), 473-478, 2009.

14. M. Galib, M.Z. Alam, D. Saha, M. Ismail, S.T.A. Islam, M, Saha. “Application of Plackett- Burman experimental design to tert.-methylcyclohexylation of p-chlorophenol.” Journal of Chemistry and Technology of fuels and oils, Springer Publication, U.S.A.Volume-45(5), p 336-342, 2009.

13. M. Asaduzzaman, M. Saha, S. T. A. Islam, M. Ismail, N. Sharif and M. Galib. “A mathematical model for the alkylation of o-cresol with cyclohexahol”. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 44(2), 181-186, 2009.


12. M. Ismail, M. A. Hanif, M. Galib and M. Saha. “tert.-butylation of toluene: A statistical study” - Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 43(4) 541-548, 2008.

11. M. Ismail, M. Saha, M. N. A. Siddiky, M. Z. Alam and N. Sharif. “Reaction of Xylenes with tert.-Butylchloride in the Presence of Anhydrous Aluminium Chloride” - J Sci & Ind Res. (India). Vol 67, May 2008, pp 371-373

10. M. Ismail, M. H. Tareque, P. K. Chakrabarty,   M. Asaduzzaman, B. S. Palma and M. Saha. “Benzylation of Phenol with Benzyl Alcohol in the Presence of Perchloric Acid” - Dhaka Univ. J. Sci 56 (2):175-177, 2008 (July).

9. M. Saha*, M. Ismail, H. C. Dey, M. Z. Karim & D. Saha “ Alkylation of Cresols with Cyclohexene in the Presence of p-Toluenesulphonic Acid” - Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 43(2), 277-282, 2008.


8. M. Saha*, M. Ismail, H. C. Dey, M. Z. Karim & D. Saha. “Alkylation of Xylenes with Cyclohexene in the Presence of p-Toluenesulphonic Acid” Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 42(4), 489-494, 2007.

7. M. Z. Karim, M. Ismail, S. T. A, Islam, D. Saha & M. Saha*, “Alkylation of m-Cresol with Cyclopentene in the Presence of p-Toluenesulphonic Acid” Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res 42(4), 499-502, 2007.

6. M. Nurnabi & M. Ismail, “Synthesis of biologically important chiral monopholine derivatives”. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 42 (2), 133-146, 2007.

5. M. Ismail, M. S. Jamal, S. T. A. Islam, Md. Z. Alam, Md. Ashaduzzaman & M. Saha. “A mathematical model for the benzylation of p-cresol with benzyl alcohol”-Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 42(2), 187-194, 2007.

4. B. S. Palma, M. A. Azim, M. Ismail, D. Saha, Md. A. Kader and M.  Saha.  'A Mathematical model for the indylation of m-Cresol with Indene in the presence of Benzenesulphonic Acid' Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 42 (1),1-8, 2007.


3. M. H. Tareq, M. Ismail, S. T. Islam, M. Kamaruzzaman and M. Saha*. “Reaction of Xylenes with Benzyl chloride in the presence of anhydrous aluminum chloride.” Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res.  41(3-4), 251-256, 2006.

2. M. H. Tareq, M. Ismail, P. Chakravarty, A. A. Rana & M. Saha*. “Benzylation of Phenol with Benzyl alcohol in the presence of Sulphuric Acid”. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 41(3-4), 257-261, 2006.


1. M. Ziaul Karim, M. Ismail, M. Kamaruzzaman and M. Saha*.“Alkylation of o-Cresol with Cyclopentene in the presence of p-Toluenesulphonic Acid”-Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 40(3-4), 331-336, 2005.

Selected Academic (Technical) Presentations:

2015:   a) ‘Enhanced Performance of Ca-Al-O Modified Fe2O3 Oxygen carrier for CO2 Capture & H2 Production in CLC Formation’- 6th High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network Meeting, Milan, Italy, September 1 - 2, 2015

b) ‘Application & Carbonation of Di-calcium ferrite for Chemical Looping Combustion & H2 Production’ 1st Chemistry in Energy, Harriot Watt University, July 20 - 22, 2015

c) ‘Effect of Sodium in Alumina Supported Iron Oxide Oxygen Carriers for Carbon Capture & H2 Production’- 4th FETE conf., Duxford, UK, July 16, 2015

d) ‘Alumina Supported Iron Oxide Oxygen Carriers for Carbon Capture & Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping Combustion in Coal Fired Power Plants’- IDB Scholars 2nd  Scientific Symposium, Imperial College, May 26, 2015.

2014    a) The performance of Fe2O3-CaO oxygen carriers and the interaction of iron oxides with CaO during chemical looping combustion and reforming’-12th Int. Conf. on Greenhouse Gas Technologies, USA, October 5-9, 2014

b) ‘Fe- Based Oxygen Carriers Containing Ca-Ferrites for Chemical Looping Production of H2’- 3rd Int. Conf. on Chemical Looping, Sweden, 9-11 Sept.’14.

2013:   ‘Calcium Oxide Stabilized Fe-based Inexpensive O2-carrier for Carbon Capture by Chemical Looping Combustion’ – 3rd FETE conf., Duxford, UK, July 18, 2013.

2012    ‘Mixed Oxide Oxygen Carriers for Chemical Looping Combustion of Coal’- Cambridge University Combustion Group Meeting, June 8, 2012.

2010:   ‘Production of bio-fuel & reduction of environment pollution in Bangladesh’ at Afro-Asia Conclave of young Scientists. February11-13, 2010, Bangalore, India.

2008:   ‘Bio-oil from Biodiesel Wastes & Other Biomass and its upgradation to Green Fuels’- Bi-monthly Scientific talk at BCSIR, February 14, 2008.

2007:   Synthesis and parametric studies of industrially important benzylated & tert. butylated aromatic petrochemical compounds’- Monthly Sci. Talk at TERI, India, September 17, 2007.

Conference Proceedings:

2014:   a) Iron Based Inexpensive Oxygen-Carrier for Carbon Capture & H2 Production in Coal Fired Power Plants- 1st Commonwealth Science Conference, Bengaluru, India, November 25 -28, 2014.

b) Development, Performance & Interaction Mechanism of Ca- ferrites Oxygen Carriers for Pure CO2 & H2 Production during Chemical Looping Combustion & Reforming, IDB Scholars 1st Scientific Symposium, University of Cambridge, May 22, 2014

2012:   ‘Development and performance of inexpensive oxygen carrier for chemical looping combustion of coal’- 2nd FETE conf., Duxford, UK, July 11, 2012.

2009:  Alkylation of isomeric cresols with α-methylstyrene”- 21st Bangladesh Sci. conf., Organized by Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BASS), February 18 – 20, 2009.

2008:   “Bio-oil from bio-diesel waste and upgradation of bio-oil to green fuel” at Bio-vision Alexandria-2008, Egypt, April 11-16, 2008.

Other Attended Conferences

  1. Joliot Curie Conference 2015, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK, September 16-17, 2015.
  2. Future Resource Abundance’- CUTEC 12th Technology Venture Conference, University of Cambridge, June 26, 2015.
  3. 1st and 2nd Innovation Leaders Confernces,University of Cambridge, 2014 (Feb. 27 -28), 2015 (April 16-17).
  4. Catalysis@Cambridge Showcase and Networking, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, April 14, 2015.
  5. ‘GAS - An (Un) Conventional Pathway Towards Our Energy Future’- CUEN Annual Conf., Jesus College, Univ. of Cambridge, June 09, 2014.
  6. Innovation Leaders Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, February 27-28, 2014
  7. UKCCSRC CATO-2 ECR Networking Meeting, University of York. March 24-25, 2014.
  8. Cambridge International Development Conference: from crises to long term development, University of Cambridge, UK, December 07, 2013
  9. 5th High Temperature Solid Looping Network Meeting, Queens College, University of Cambridge, UK, September 02-03, 2013
  10. ‘Smart Cities and Smart Energies’- CUEN Annual Conference, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, June 18, 2013
  11. Nuclear Power: Clear or Unclear? – CUEN Annual Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, June 26, 2012.

Professional Memberships:

  1. Member, Royal Society of Chemistry, Membership No.: 530687
  2. Member, Society of Chemical Industry, Membership No.:71660
  3. Member, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, Membership No.: 1100434379
  4. Life Member, Bangladesh Chemical Society, Membership No.:LM-1443
  5. Life Member, Cambridge University Engineering Society
  6. Member, Cambridge philosophical Society
  7. Member, UK Carbon Capture Community Network

Interests, Responsibilities and Activities:

2014 - 2015: Vice- President, IDB Scholar Association, UK,

2013: Graduate Representative, Cambridge University Bangla Society         

2102: Vice- President, Cambridge University Energy Network, Environment Officer, Girton College MCR, University of Cambridge

2011 - till date: Member, Chittagong Society, Dhaka, Chairman, Career Design Foundation, Bangladesh

2010: Publicity Officer, Satkania –Lohagara Society, Dhaka

2007 - 11: Chief Coordinator, Ex- Student Association, Kalauzan High School, Chittagong.