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Professor Iqbal Mujtaba

Professor Iqbal Mujtaba

BIOGRAPHY +

Iqbal M. Mujtaba is a Professor of Computational Process Engineering and is the Head of the School of Engineering. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and is a Fellow of the IChemE. He is currently an executive member of (a) IChemE Computer Aided Process Engineering Subject Group (Secretary 2000-2010; Chair 2015 - ), (b) the European Committee for Computers in Chemical Engineering Education (Secretary 2007-2010; Chair 2010-2013) and (c) Chair of BUET Chemical Engineering Forum, Bangladesh (2007-). He leads the Mechanical and Process Engineering research group in the School of Engineering. Professor Mujtaba was the member of the University Senate from 2002-2010 and was members of a number of committees including University Equality & Diversity committee, University Research Degree committee (Deputy Chair), School Board and School Executive Committee, School HR committee (Chair). He is currently an Associate Editor of Desalination Journal and Editorial Board Member for Processes (Open access journal).

Research Interests
Professor Mujtaba is actively involved in many research areas like: dynamic modelling, simulation, optimisation and control of batch and continuous chemical processes with specific interests in distillation, industrial reactors, refinery processes and desalination. His current research focus is in the area of energy and water (two of the four key challenge areas for future chemical engineers as identified by IChemE). He was recently successful in attracting funding from the British Council, Texas A&M University, Royal Society and DST (India) to organise a UK-Qatar workshop on 'Water & Energy Security' in Qatar (2015), UK-India workshop on 'Food, Water & Energy Nexus' in India (2015) and UK-Egypt-South Africa workshop on 'Water Management' in South Africa (2016). Professor Mujtaba has managed several research collaborations and consultancy projects with industry and academic institutions in the UK, Italy, Hungary, Malaysia, Iraq, China, Libya, Qatar, India, Bahrain, Algeria, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. He has published over 260 technical papers in major Engineering Journals, International Conference Proceedings and Books and has supervised 26 PhD students since 1997 and is currently supervising 8 PhD projects. He has given over 60 invited lectures home and abroad and several keynotes in international conferences.

Professor Mujtaba is a co-editor of the books (1) 'Application of Neural Networks and Other Learning Technologies in Process Engineering', Imperial College Press, London, 2001 (http://www.icpress.co.uk/books/compsci/p225.html); (2) 'Composite Materials Technology' CRC Press, 2009, https://www.crcpress.com/Composite-Materials-Technology-Neural-Network-Applications/Sapuan-Mujtaba/p/book/9781420093322; (3) 'The Water-Food-Energy Nexus', CRC Press, 2017,https://www.crcpress.com/The-Water-Food-Energy-Nexus-Processes-Technologies-and-Challenges/Mujtaba-Srinivasan-Elbashir/p/book/9781138746077 . Professor Mujtaba is the author of 'Batch Distillation: Design & Operation' published by the Imperial College Press, London in 2004 (http://www.icpress.co.uk/books/engineering/p319.html) which included his 18 years of research in batch distillation. He has several ongoing research collaborations and consultations with industries and academic institutions in the UK, Italy, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Administrative and managerial duties and responsibilities
Professor Mujtaba has led the re-launch of UG and PG Chemical Engineering programme at Bradford in 2008 and is currently the External Examiner for BEng & MEng Chemical Engineering programmes at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) and for BEng & MEng BioChemical Engineering programmes at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He was External Examiner for BEng & MEng Chemical Engineering programmes at the University of Hull (2012-2016); for MSc programme at the University of Cranfield (UK, 2009-2012), External assessor for UG Chemical Engineering Curriculum at the University of Hull (2012), External assessor for MSc in Oil and Gas Management at Wolverhampton University (2013). Professor Mujtaba has been External Assessor and Appointment Panel Member for professorial appoint for several institutions home and abroad (Imperial College London, Swansea University, University of Malaya, Khartoum University, International Islamic University Malaysia).

Education
Professor Mujtaba obtained his BSc in 1983 and MSc in 1984 all in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). He studied at Imperial College, London with the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and received his PhD and DIC in 1989. He worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at BUET (1984-1990) and as Research Fellow at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College, London from 1990-1994. He joined University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in 1995.

Knowledge Transfer (KTP): 2008 -
1. CPD training on 'Concepts and skills of diversity in multi-national businesses', CRISTAL Global, Saudi Arabia, 2008, Co-ordinator.
2. CPD training on 'Integrated Product and Process Design', BUET, Bangladesh, December 2008.
3. CPD training on 'Seawater to Freshwater: Optimal Design and Operation of Thermal Desalination Process', Summer School, Technical University Berlin, Germany, 2009, 2010.
4. Feasibility study for generating electricity for domestic solid wastes, Waddington Ltd., 2011
5. Heat Transfer modelling of Autoclaves, Autoclaves Ltd., 2012
6. Chemical Engineering Lab training for Nigerian engineers, Heaton Education, 2012
7. CPD training on 'Synthesis of batch distillation', Summer School, Technical University Berlin, Germany, 2012
8. CPD training on 'Breaking the Tradition - Whole Crude Oil Fractionation then Hydrotreating or Whole Crude Oil Hydrotreating then Fractionation', Summer School, Technical University Berlin, Germany, 2013.
9. Workshop on 'Energy and Water' in Qatar, Funded by the British Council and the Texas A&M University, 2014
10. Workshop on 'Food, Water & Energy Nexus' in India, Funded by the Royal Society and Department of Science & Technology (India), 2015

INTERNATIONAL PROFILE +


International Conference Organisation

1. Water & Energy Security Workshop, Doha, February 2015. Funded by British Council & Texas A&M University 2. Food, Water & Energy Nexus Workshop, India, March 2016. Funded by the Royal Society and DST (India). 3. Water Management Workshop, South Africa, September 2016. Funded by the British Council

RESEARCH STUDENTS +

Current
1. S. Alsadaie, PhD, MSF desalination process modelling and optimisation
2. S. Tanthadiloke, PhD (jointly with Chulalongkorn University). Modelling, optimisation and control of hard chrome plating processes
3. N. Tehlah, PhD (jointly with Prince of Songkla University). Model Predictive Control strategy design for refined palm oil processing
4. M. Al-Obaidi, PhD. Modelling, optimisation and control of RO Process for wastewater treatment
5. D. Aqar, PhD. Modelling, optimisation and control of Batch reactive distillation
6. Y. John, PhD. Modelling, optimisation and control of FCC process
7. A.Y. Zakari, PhD. Modelling and optimisation of Catalytic Reforming Unit
8. Z. Khan, PhD (jointly with University of Malaya). Modelling and optimisation of polymerisation process
9. E. Elmalik, MPhil. Synthetic Fuel

Completed
1. A.Z. Masoud, PhD, 2008. Dynamic optimisation of batch distillation with and without chemical reaction with emphasis on product demand and operating cost.
2. F. Trabzuni, PhD, 2008. Modelling and simulation of chlorinator fluidised bed reactor
3. S.H. Senan, MPhil, 2008. Simulation and design of packed aeration tower to remove volatile organic contaminants from ground water
4. H. Khalfalla, PhD, 2009. Modelling and optimisation of oxidative desulphurization process for model sulphur compounds and heavy gas oil
5. E.E. Edreder, PhD, 2010. Modelling and optimisation of batch distillation involving esterification and Hydrolysis reaction systems
6. M. Mahmoud, MPhil, 2010. Optimal design and operation of multivessel batch distillation with fixed Product demand
7. W.H.B. Ibrahim, PhD, 2011. Dynamic modelling and optimization of polymerization processes in batch and semi-batch reactors
8. A.T. Jarullah, PhD, 2011. Kinetic modelling simulation and optimal operation of trickle bed reactor for hydrotreating of crude oil
9. E.A. Hawaidi, PhD, 2011. Simulation, optimisation and flexible scheduling of MSF desalination process under fouling
10. K. Konakom, PhD, 2012 (jointly with Chulalongkorn University). Design and optimisation of batch reactor with separation.
11. K.M. Sassi, PhD, 2012. Optimal scheduling, design, operation and control of reverse osmosis based desalination
12. W. Weerachaipichasgul, PhD, 2012 (jointly with Chulalongkorn University). Multiple objective integration of process design and model predictive control for batch systems with separation.
13. S. Niamsuwan, PhD, 2012 (jointly with Chulalongkorn University). Optimisation and waste minimisation of diary process.
14. S. A. Said, PhD, 2013. MSF process modelling, simulation and optimisation: impact of non-condensable gases and fouling factor on design and operation

RECENT PUBLICATIONS +

Total: 260 (Including 4 Books)


Books


1. I.M. Mujtaba and M.A. Hussain, eds., Application of Neural Network and Other Learning Technologies in Process Engineering, pp 424, Imperial College Press, London. 2001. http://www.icpress.co.uk/books/compsci/p225.html.

2. I.M. Mujtaba, Batch Distillation: Design and Operation, Series on Chemical Engineering, Volume 3, pp 450, Imperial College Press, London. 2004. ISBN: 1-86094-328-X http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/p319

3. S.M. Sapuan and I.M. Mujtaba, eds., Composite Materials Technology: Neural Network Applications, pp-368, CRC Press, USA, 2009

4. I.M. Mujtaba, R. Srinivasan and N. Elbashir, eds., The Water-Food-Energy Nexus, CRC Press, 2017

Journal Papers


2017


1. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Development of a mathematical model for apple juice compounds rejection in a spiral-wound reverse osmosis process, Journal of Food Engineering 192 (2017) 111-121
2. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Wastewater treatment by spiral wound reverse osmosis: Development and validation of a two dimensional process model, Journal of Cleaner Production 140 (2017) 1429- 1443
3. M.A. Al-Obaidi, J.P. Li, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Optimisation of reverse osmosis based wastewater treatment system for the removal of chlorophenol using genetic algorithms, Chemical Engineering Journal 316 (2017) 91"100
4. S.A. Alsadaie and I.M. Mujtaba, Dynamic modelling of Heat Exchanger fouling in multistage flash (MSF) desalination, Desalination 409 (2017) 47"65
5. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Scope and limitations of the irreversible thermodynamics and the solution diffusion models for the separation of binary and multi-component systems in reverse osmosis process, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 100 (2017), 48"79
6. Y.M. John, R. Patel, I.M. Mujtaba, Modelling and simulation of an industrial riser in fluid catalytic cracking process, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 106 (2017), 730-743
7. A. Suwatthikul, S. Limprachaya, P. Kittisupakorn, I.M. Mujtaba, Simulation of Steam Gasification in a Fluidized Bed Reactor with Energy Self-Sufficient Condition, Energies, 10 (2017), 1-15
8. Y.M. John, R. Patel, I.M. Mujtaba, Maximization of Gasoline in an Industrial Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit, Energy Fuels 2017, 31, 5645−5661
9. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmaninan, I.M. Mujtaba, Synthesis of Methyl Decanoate Using Different Types of Batch Reactive Distillation Systems, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2017, 56, 3969−3982
10. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Modeling of a spiral-wound reverse osmosis process and parameter estimation, Desalination and Water Treatment 69 (2017) 93"101
11. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Removal of phenol from wastewater using spiral-wound reverse osmosis process: Model development based on experiment and simulation, Journal of Water Process Engineering 18 (2017) 20"28
12. A.E. Mohammed, A.T. Jarullah, S.A. Gheni, I.M. Mujtaba, Significant cost and energy savings opportunities in industrial three phase reactor for phenol oxidation, Computers and Chemical Engineering 104 (2017) 201"210
13. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Feasibility of integrated batch reactive distillation columns for the optimal synthesis of ethyl benzoate, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification 122 (2017) 10"20
14. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Significant Profitability Improvement for Methyl Decanoate, Production using Different Types of Batch Distillation Columns. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, 57, 1075-1080
15. S.P. Peletiri, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Effects of Impurities on CO2 Pipeline Performance, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, 57, 355-380.
16. Y.M. John, R. Patel, I.M. Mujtaba, Optimization of Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Regenerator to Minimize CO2 Emissions, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, 57, 1531-1536.
17. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Feasibility of integrated batch reactive distillation columns for the optimal synthesis of ethyl benzoate, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification 122 (2017) 10"20
18. M.A. Al-Obaidi, C. Kara-Zaïtri, I.M. Mujtaba, Optimum design of a multi-stage reverse osmosis process for the production of highly concentrated apple juice, Journal of Food Engineering 214 (2017) 47-59.
19. Aysar T. Jarullah, Noor A. Awad, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Optimal design and operation of an industrial fluidized catalytic cracking reactor, Fuel 206 (2017) 657"674
20. Fatemehsadat Mirghaderi, Nejat Rahmanian, Raj Patel a , Davide Manca, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Simulation and Optimization of a Continuous Reverse, Osmosis Desalination Process for Making Fresh Water, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, 61, 1783-1788 (keynote in PRES 2017).
21. Md Tanvir Sowgath a,b, *, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Design of Reverse Osmosis Process for the Purification of River Water in the Southern Belt of Bangladesh, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, 61, 1159-1164


2016


1. Wensheng Cao, Qiang Liu, Yongqing Wang, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Modelling and simulation of VMD desalination process by ANN, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 84 (2016) 96-103
2. Wei He, Yang Wang, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Mohammad Hasan Shaheed, An evaluation of membrane properties and process characteristics of a scaled-up pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) process, Desalination 378 (2016) 1-13
3. A. M. Parvez, I. M. Mujtaba, P. Hall, E. Lester, T. Wu, Synthesis of bio-dimethyl ether (BioDME) based on CO2-enhanced gasification of biomass: Process simulation using Aspen PlusTM, Energy Technology, 2000 (2016) , 00, 1-11
4. A. M. Parvez, I. M. Mujtaba, T. Wu, Energy, exergy and environmental analyses of conventional and CO2-enhanced rice straw gasification, Energy 94 (2016) 579-588
5. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmaninan, I.M. Mujtaba, Methyl lactate synthesis using batch reactive distillation: Operational challenges and strategy for enhanced performance, Separation and Purification Technology 158 (2016) 193-203.
6. C. Pirola, Manenti, F. Rossa, I. M. Mujtaba, A Robust Sustainable Optimization & Control Strategy (RSOCS) for (Fed-)Batch Processes towards the Low-Cost Reduction of Utilities Consumption, Journal of Cleaner Production 111 (2016) 181-192
7. T.M. Chiroma, B.J. Tsware, I.M. Mujtaba, Transesterification of Jatropha Curcas L. Seed Oil to Biodiesel: An Update, International Journal of Current Research, 8, , 8, 25140-25160, 2016
8. M. J. H. Khan, M. A. Hussain and I. M. Mujtaba, Developed hybrid model for propylene polymerisation at optimum reaction conditions, Polymers, 8, 47, 1-28 (2016)
9. M.A. Al-Obaidi and I.M. Mujtaba, Steady state and dynamic modeling of spiral wound waste water reverse osmosis process, Computers and Chemical Engineering 90, 278-299, 2016
10. A. M. Parvez, I. M. Mujtaba, C. Pang, E. Lester, T. Wu, Effect of the addition of different waste carbonaceous materials on coal gasification in CO 2 atmosphere, Fuel Processing Technology 149 (2016) 231-238
11. S.A. Alsadaie and I.M. Mujtaba, Generic Model Control (GMC) in multistage flash (MSF) desalination, Journal of Process Control, 44, 92-105, 2016
12. M. J. H. Khan, M. A. Hussain and I. M. Mujtaba, Multiphasic Reaction Modeling for Polypropylene Production in a Pilot-Scale Catalytic Reactor, Polymers, 8, 220, 1-32, 2016

Profile last updated on: 25-10-2017