Dr Abul Kalam Hossain

European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) 

I joined Aston University in September 2007 as a Research Associate in the Sustainable Environment Research Group. Although this is my first appointment in academia, I previously worked in industry as a Mechanical Engineer for 6 years before starting my postgraduate study – where I worked on boiler, dual-fuelled and gas engine generators, cooling tower, pumps and compressors, gravity and magnetic separators, and conveyors. In industry, I was actively engaged in designing and modification of components, process design and optimisation of flow parameters, and new installation and commissioning of machineries.

Currently, I am working on the development of biofuels based co-generation (or tri-generation) systems; second generation biofuels production, charecterisation and upgrdation; internal combustion engine components/parameters modifications to adapt these biofuels; and solar PV-based brackish water desalination techniques combined with green house cooling system.  

Position: Research Fellow

Phone+ 44 (0) 121 204 3041
Room: EB102/MB171

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education (PGCPP) - Aston University , UK
  • Aston University Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Aston University, UK
  • PhD - Cranfield University, UK
  • MSc - Cranfield University, UK
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering with 1st Class - BUET, Bangladesh
  • 2013 – present - Research Fellow, European Bioenergy Research institute (EBRI), Aston University, UK
  • 2007 – 2013 - Research and Teaching Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Design Group, Aston University, UK
  • 1994 – 2000 - Mechanical Engineer, Textile and Process Industries, Bangladesh

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

  • Renewable biofuels for CHP (or tri-generation) application, engine waste energy recovery
  • Performance, emissions and combustion of alternative fuels in IC engines; engine modification/parameter optimisation
  • Desalination of brackish (and sea) water using solar energy 
  • Biomass energy: resource assessment, conversion, techno-economic modelling, lifecycle energy and emission analysis
  • Carbon capture and storage, energy storage techniques 
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Energy Institute (MEI).

  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

  • Member of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).     

  • Support for Bioenergy Research and Industrial Development in the West Midlands, European Regional Developemnt Fund (ERDF).
  • Bio-energy: technology and business solutions for the UK and India (Science Bridges), funded by Research Councils, UK (EP/G039992/1) and DST, Government of India.
  • Enhanced biomass production and energy conversion for use in water-scarce areas of India, funded by EPSRC (EP/E044360/1).  
  • Thermodynamics and Fluidmechanics, Engineering Principles, Transfer Processes.
  • MSc research projects (60 credits) and BSc final year projects (40 credits).  
Review articles for international journals.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2013).Pyrolysis liquids and gases as alternative fuels in internal combustion engines -A review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 21, 165-189.

Yang, Y., Brammer, J. G., Samanya, J., Hossain, A. K. and Hornung, A. Investigation into the performance and emissions of a stationary diesel engine fuelled by sewage sludge intermediate pyrolysis oil and biodiesel blends. Energy (in press).

Hossain, A. K., Oaudi, M., Siddiqui, S., Yang, Y., Brammer, J., Hornung, A., Kay, M. and Davies, P. A. (2013). Experimental investigation of performance, emission and combustion characteristics of an indirect injection multi-cylinder CI engine fuelled by blends of de-inking sludge pyrolysis oil with biodiesel. Fuel, 105, 135-142.

Hossain, A. K., Thorpe, R., Vasudevan, P., Sen, P. K., Critoph, R. E. and Davies, P. A. (2013). Omnigen: providing electricity, food preparation, cold storage and pure water using a variety of local fuels. Renewable Energy, 49, 197-202.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2012). Performance, emission and combustion characteristics of an indirect injection (IDI) multi-cylinder compression ignition (CI) engine operating on neat jatropha and karanj oils preheated by jacket water. Biomass and Bioenergy, 46, 332-342.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2012). Combustion and emission characteristics of a typical biodiesel engine operated on waste cooking oil derived biodiesel. SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-1624.

Hossain, A. K., Thorpe, R., Critoph, R. E. and Davies, P. A. (2011). Development of a small scale pure plant oil fuelled CI engine based trigeneration plant: principles, design, construction, performance and emission. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 688-693.

Davies, P. A., Srivastava, R., Kaphaliya, B., Hossain, A. K., Ngoye Igobo, O., and Garantziotis, G. (2011). A greenhouse integrating desalination, water saving and rainwater harvesting for use in salt-affected inland regions, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 628-633.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2010). Plant oils as fuels for compression ignition engines: a technical review and life-cycle analysis. Renewable Energy, 35 (1), 1-13.

Davies, P. A. and Hossain, A. K. (2010). Development of an integrated reverse osmosis-greenhouse system driven by solar photovoltaic generators. Desalination and Water Treatment, 22, 161-173.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2009). Small-scale reverse osmosis brackish water desalting system combined with greenhouse application for use in remote arid communities. Desalination and Water Treatment, 3, 229-235.

Davies, P. A., Hossain, A. K. and Vasudevan, P. (2009).  Stand-alone groundwater desalination system using reverse osmosis combined with a cooled greenhouse for use in arid and semi-arid zones of India. Desalination and Water Treatment, 5, 223-234.

Davies, P. A., Hossain, A. K., Lychnos, G. and Paton, C. (2008). Energy saving and solar electricity in fan-ventilated greenhouses. Acta Horticulturae, 797, 339-346.

Hossain, A. K. and Badr, O. (2007). Prospects of renewable energy utilization for electricity generation in Bangladesh. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 11 (8), 1617-1649.

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