Dr. Akram is part of Energy 2050 team at the University of Sheffield. He completed his BSc (honours) in Chemical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Pakistan where he was awarded four gold medals for the best performance in Chemical Engineering and Plant design. He then completed his MSc in Clean Technology in Chemical Engineering with distinction followed by MPhil degree in staged combustion of gas oil to reduce NOx from University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dr. Akram completed his PhD degree on “optimization of co-combustion of high moisture biomass with coal in a bubbling fluidized bed combustor” from University of South Wales.
Since joining Sheffield University, he is involved with different carbon capture technologies i.e. Selective exhaust gas recycle on gas turbines for economical carbon capture and carbon capture from coal and biomass firing. He works on National Carbon Capture (PACT) Facilities of the UKCCSRC where he works with a range of academic institutions and industries.
Before, starting his academic career, Dr. Akram worked at a caustic soda manufacturing plant. He has designed, commissioned and operated a number of combustion and gasification research rigs including a high pressure transport gasifier.
Thermal power engineering
Combustion, Pyrolysis and Gasification
Aerosols and particulate emissions
Fluidized beds combustion
Post combustion carbon capture
Carbon capture from Gas Turbine
Innovative gas turbine cycles
Oxyfuel combustion of coal and biomass
Waste to energy technologies
EPSRC SELECT: Selective Exhaust Gas Recirculation for Carbon Capture with Gas Turbines: Integration, Intensification, Scale-up and Optimisation (EP/M001482/1)
UKCCSRC BIO-CAP-UK – Air/Oxy Biomass Combustion with CO2 Capture Technology (UKCCSRC-C1-40)
EU NANOMEMC2: Nanomaterial based membranes and processes for improved pre/post combustion Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC2)
EPSRC Gas-FACTS: Gas – Future Advanced Capture Technology Options, Consortium (EP/J020788/1)
EU NANOMEMC2: Nanomaterial based membranes and processes for improved pre/post combustion Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC2), Researcher co-investigator, (£325k)
BF2RA: Reduction of agglomeration in fluidized bed combustors by blending biomass (£40k)
o Advanced solvent emissions monitoring and control under challenging operating conditions (University of Sheffield and University of Edinburgh)
o Advancing the development of best practice guidelines for the operational flexibility of post-combustion capture for power CCS (University of Sheffield and University of Edinburgh)
o A scoping study of Raman spectroscopy as a novel instrumentation option for solvent analysis at pilot plant scale (University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh and Telemark University College Norway)