Upgrading agricultural waste via catalytic conversion of biomass derived syngas to higher alcohols

​Waqas Aslam's research domain is about upgrading agricultural waste via catalytic conversion of biomass derived syngas to sustainable oxygenated fuels. He has expertise in transition metal based catalysts for energy applications. He is particularly interested in industrial applications and identification of active sites over catalysts nanoparticles. During the MS research, Waqas Aslam conducted a detailed study on reaction kinetics of benzene alkylation with dodecene to estimate activation energy and rate of reaction. Also he investigated the effect of post synthesis treatment and intrinsic properties of zeolites on alkylation reaction.

Waqas Aslam completed my BSc Chemical Engineering from University of the Punjab, Pakistan and served as Operation Engineer at Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd. for two years. In January 2012, he joined Center for Refining & Petrochemicals, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. as Research Assistant. He is currently doing PhD at Australian Institute for bioengineering & nanotechnology, University of Queensland, Australia.

Key Publications

  1. Waqas Aslam, M. Abdul Bari Siddiqui, B. Rabindran Jermy, Abdullah Aitani, Jiří Čejka, Sulaiman Al-Khattaf, "Selective synthesis of linear alkylbenzene by alkylation of benzene with 1-dodecene over desilicated zeolites", Catalysis Today (2014).
  2. Waqas Aslam , Mohammad M. Hossain, Sulaiman Al-Khattaf, Basim Ahmed Abussaud, M. Abdul Bari Siddiqui, "Kinetics of liquid phase alkylation of benzene with dodecene over mordenite", Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2015).
  3. Waqas Aslam, Muxina Konarova, Luqman Atanda, Masih Rashidi and Jorge Beltramini, “Role of catalyst support for selective synthesis of higher alcohols from syngas using molybdenum carbides”, Reaction Chemistry and Engineering (under review)
  4. Muxina Konarova, Waqas Aslam, Lei Ge, Qing Ma, Fengqiu Tang, Victor Rudolph and Jorge Norberto Beltramini, “Enabling process intensification via 3D printing of catalytic structures”, ChemCatChem (2017).