Aiming to have a CO2 controlled greener era
Bringing a firm and favorable change in current trend of global warming could be possible only by coupling GHG emission reduction together with transformation of CO2 and CH4 to value added products. As a postdoctoral researcher at Kyushu University (Japan), UPM Ashik is actively working on co-conversion of CO2 and CH4 to syngas, a crucial intermediate resource for production of synthetic hydrocarbon fuels. His major objective is to develop low cost materials for a greener future.

Short Biography

U.P.M. Ashik is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Hayashi LaboratoryKyushu University, Japan. He holds a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from  University of Malaya, Malaysia. He has received a Master of Philosophy degree in Nanoscience and nanotechnology from International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He also hold another master degree in Physical Chemistry from School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. 

His current research interests is the development of stable and activenanocatalysts for dry reforming of methane to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide. He has 7 years of research experience in the fields such as, catalysis, nanomaterial synthesis, hydrogen production, nanocarbon synthesis, development of polymer nanocomposite for Li-ion battery application, and theoretical chemistry.

Doctoral Research Summary

Nanoparticle formation from their respective precursors through bottom-up method is a very fascinating practice in nanotechnology. The research focuses two promising bottom-up methods:

i) controlled precipitation of Ni, Fe, and Co nanoparticles and reinforcement with silicate through modified Stöber method and

ii) chemical vapor deposition of nanocarbon from methane.

The experimental results reveal that metal oxide particles were formed as single-crystal nanoparticles after silicate addition and exhibited catalytic activity enhancing features, such as low particle size and high surface area and porosity. 

Nanocatalysts produced by co-precipitation cum modified Stöber method was used to generate nanocarbon and hydrogen from methane through chemical vapor deposition, which is another bottom-up approach for nanoconstruction. A significant number of studies focused on methane decomposition in the last few decades because nanocarbon and hydrogen are two important products in the field of environmentally benign energy and nanotechnology.



Ph.D. (2012-2016) 

Reaction EngineeringDepartment of Chemical EngineeringFaculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya
Adviser: Prof. Wan Mohd Ashri Wan Daud
Thesis title: Development of nanocatalysts via co-precipitation cum modified Stöber method and application to methane decomposition

M.Phil. (2011-2012) 

Nanoscience and NanotechnologyInternational and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University.
Advisers: Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas & Dr. A. Manuel Stephan
Thesis title: Studies on poly(ethylene oxide) based nanocomposite electrolytes for lithium batteries 

M. Sc. (2008-2010) 

Physical Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University
Adviser: Dr. Ayan Datta
Thesis title: Computational study of guanine quartet and role of metal ions

B. Sc. (2005-2008) 

ChemistryUniversity of Calicut, Kerala, India.



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