Farooq Sher

Dr, PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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    Dr. Farooq Sher is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering at Coventry University. His undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering, followed by MSc Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds UK. He was awarded PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham UK. His PhD research was on the development of oxy-fuel combustion technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS). After that, he worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Sher has been involved in commissioning and operation of a fluidised bed combustor, a UK Engineering and Physical Research Council funded project (EPSRC, grant no. EP/ EP/M01536X/1), the overall budget of the project was £1 million. The project explored the utilisation of various fuels as a source of renewable energy in addition with particular emphasis on CO2, NOx, and SOx emission control in partnership with major UK power generation companies.

    Dr. Sher has published several research papers, book chapters and editorials apart from this he is the editor of different international scientific journals. He has reviewed hundreds of research papers for several high impact journals. Dr. Sher has been awarded a top reviewer for Engineering in 2018 and 2019 from Publons Academy.

    Dr. Sher is a member of departmental and faculty committees. Externally, he is an associate member of Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and professional engineer member of Engineers Australia (IEAust). Dr. Sher is also interested in various forms of community work both within the University and outside such as British Red Cross, where he is a refugee support worker, a school governor and as a STEM Ambassador for youngsters to value them in their lives and careers.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Farooq Sher current research overviews the diverse range of approaches and technologies to minimise emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) a greenhouse gas from the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). It also includes developing technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the flue gases of power plants and chimneys, as well as burn the fuels in pure oxygen (Oxy-fuel), which results in a flue gas that consists entirely of carbon dioxide and water vapours that can be captured relatively easily and can be stored safely in repositories deep underground. Moreover, Dr. Sher is working towards sustainable energy, environment, climate change and low carbon technologies. His main interests are in the conversion of renewable sources such as biomass, solar, wind and hydro into heat and power including their impact on the environment and climate change. Dr. Sher is also studying the combustion behaviour of different fossil fuels to get a better understanding of their environmental impacts. His expertises are in energy, heat and mass transfer operations, fluid mixing, distillation, energy optimisation, wastewater treatment, hydrogen production, fluidised bed combustion (FBC), life cycle assessment (LCA), oxy-fuel combustion, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling.

    Area of Expertise

    • Clean energy from fossil fuels; coal, oil and gas
    • Renewable energy generation from biomass, solar and hydro
    • Hydrogen gas production 
    • Waste to energy conversion
    • Coal and biomass combustion/ gasification
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Carbon capture and storage
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Synthesis of nanomaterials
    • CFD modelling

    Research Projects

    • Integrated electrochemical process for CO2 capture and utilisation in oil and gas sector
    • Solid-liquid waste management during oil and gas decommissioning process
    • Numerical simulation study of carbon dioxide injection to enhance the oil recovery from undersea deep reservoirs
    • Optimisation study of microbial enhanced oil recovery processes
    • Modelling and optimisation of biomass oxy-fuel combustion in a fluidised beds
    • Sustainable biomaterials for CO2 capture, conversion and utilisation applications
    • Life cycle assessment of pulverised coal-fired power plant with CCS technology in the UK
    • The potential environmental impacts from the shale oil and gas development 

    Education/Academic qualification

    PGCHE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Coventry University

    MSc Chemical Engineering, University of Leeds

    PhD Chemical Engineering , University of Nottingham

    External positions

    Editor, American Journal of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

    Editor, Journal of Experimental Results, Cambridge University Press

    Editor, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering

    Associate Editor, International Journal of Petrochemical Science and Engineering

    President, International Society of Engineering Science and Technology

    Guest Editor, MDPI- Sustainability


    • TP Chemical technology
    • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
    • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
    • QD Chemistry
    • TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
    • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery


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