Dr Rawaz Ahmed

Job: Research fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6855

E: rawaz.ahmed2@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr. Rawaz Ahmed: She received a scholarship from Kurdistan to pursue an MSc and Ph.D. in heterogeneous catalysis on the dry reforming of methane at Teesside University, UK, which was followed by a year Post Doctoral Fellowship in the hydrothermal conversion of poultry litter for nutrient recovery also at Teesside University.

She won first prize for her poster at the Royal Society of Chemistry Conference in March 2011, and this work resulted in a patent application (P136962GB). She then spent 5 years as a Senior lecturer at Kurdistan Institute for Strategic Study and Scientific Research (KISSR). She has Joint De Montfort University in 2019 in the role of exam paper maker for the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development.

Since October 2021 she is a Daphne Jackson Fellow funded by both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemists in Industry (UK) hosted by Professor Katherine Huddersman at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Here she is focussing on the application of a heterogeneous catalyst in the esterification/transesterification of FOGs from wastewater to produce biodiesel and syngas production. During her fellowship, she supervised the MSc student project. However, she joined the team at Nottingham Trent University to help the MSc students in the module ENGG40281: Sustainable Energy Technology and Innovation 2022-2023. I taught RET-screen management software and gave a lecture on renewable energy and sustainable energy especially biomass, biogas, wind energy, and solar energy. In addition, I have registered as a reviewer in ELSEVIER, and I have currently reviewed a couple of papers.

Research group affiliations

  • Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)
  • Institute of Engineering Sciences (IES)

Publications and outputs

  • R. Ahmed1*, S. Tanasoi3 , M. Olea2 , A. Urda3 , I. Sandulescu3 “Ni/SBA-15 catalysts for methane dry reforming” , Proc. of the Second Intl. Conf. on Advances In Bio-Informatics, Bio-Technology and Environmental Engineering- ABBE 2014. Copyright © Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors, USA .All rights reserved. ISBN: 978-1-63248-053-8 doi: 10.15224/ 978-1-63248-053-8-09.
  • Rawaz Abdulrahman Ahmed*1, Binta Abubakar Adama2 and Samuel Shomefun2, "Dry reforming of methane over Ni-La/SBA-15 based catalysts", the paper has been accepted for “International Journal of Chemical Engineering"”– IJCE,2015” with paper ID “IJCE-15-915”
  • Rawaz Abdulrahman Ahmed, (2016) “Temperature Programmed Reduction of Ni monometallic and Ni bimetallic catalysts supported on SBA-15”, Kurdistan Academics Journal (KAJ) part A, 12(1).

Research interests/expertise

Research interests include:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis - (structure-activity relationships)
  • Environmental catalysis, dry reforming of CH4, biomass conversion to chemicals and fuels, recycling technologies
  • Optimisation in chemical and chemical processes.
  • Refining process of crude oil
  • Biofuel synthesis especially biodiesel
  • Research Projects
  • Development of environmentally benign sustainable chemical technologies. Better fuels, improved catalysts, and microreactors as options for pollution prevention in process development and design.
  • Assessing biomass to chemicals (ABC).
  • Physical properties as indication for chemical composition of petroleum fraction of Hassera and Khurmala crude oil.

Areas of teaching

Sustainable and renewable energy, chemical engineering and chemistry

I taught RET-screen management software and gave a lecture on renewable energy and sustainable energy especially biomass, biogas, wind energy, and solar energy


  • 2009-2013: PhD Chemical Engineering (Specialist in catalysts and catalysis process) School of Science & Engineering, Teesside University, UK
  • 2008-2009: MSc Petroleum Technology (Distinction), School of Science & Engineering, Teesside University, UK
  • 2000-2004: BSc in Chemistry – Top 3 students Department of Chemistry, Sulaymania University, Kurdistan, North Iraq.

Courses taught

Teach RRETScreen clean energy management software

Honours and awards

  • Daphne Jackson Trust research fellowship award from 2021
  • Postgraduate funding Scholarship from the Minister of Higher Education
  • Win poster prize of Royal Chemical Society Catalysis Conference at Johnson Matthey conference, Billingham, March 2011.
  • Win oral presentation 2022. 

Membership of external committees

A member of the Material Chemistry committee; Energy group of the SCI

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Associate member of IRED organization (UASCE)- AM10100052861
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)

Professional licences and certificates

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)


Newly developed catalysts for environmentally friendly catalytic processes

Conference attendance

1. Rawaz Ahmed, Katherine Huddersman, Short review of biodiesel production by the esterification/transesterification of wastewater containing Fats Oils and grease (FOGs), oral presentation at 3
rd international conference on energy and sustainable future (ICESF)”. 7-8September 2022.
2. Rawaz Ahmed, Katherine Huddersman, “Esterification/Transesterification of stearic acid/glycerol monostearate (GMS) with methanol over functionalised PAN fibrous solid acid catalyst”, SCI early career materials annual conference 2022, Belgrave Square-London. 15 of July 2022.
3. Rawaz Ahmed, Rebaz A. Ahmed, Herdi R Ahmed, 3rd Sustainable Waste Management Conference | AIChE, 4-6th August 2021, online video presentation. your abstract 633607: Health Risks Associated with Workers in Cement Factories has been accepted for presentation at the 3rd Sustainable Waste Management Conference. 3rd Sustainable Waste Management Conference | AIChE
4. Rawaz A. Ahmed, Katherine Huddersman, Esterification Reaction of Stearic Acid with Methanol Over Surface Functionalised PAN Fibrous Solid Acid Catalyst, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering Vol:16, No:05, 2022. Esterification Reaction of Stearic Acid with Methanol Over Surface Functionalised PAN Fibrous Solid Acid Catalyst (waset.org)
5. Rawaz Ahmed, Abdulsalam R. Karim, Sadonya M. Jamel, Vian S. Hamma-Saeed, Bayan Q.S. Hussein, 9th International Conference on Oil, Gas and Petrochemistry, EuroSciCon. “Identifying Physical properties as indication of their chemical composition for petroleum fraction of Hassira and Khurmala Crude oil” August 19, 2020 at London, UK online. Physical properties as indication for chemical composition of petroleum fraction of Hassira and Khurmala crude oil (ijeas.org)
6. R. Ahmed, S. Tanasoi, A. Urda, I. Sandulescu, S. Hodgson, M. Olea (2011), Europacat2011 International Congress) , Glasgow University, United Kingdom.
7. Rawaz Ahmed, Shinjo Kudo, Kazuhiro Mae, Simon Hodgso1, Maria Olea (17th May 2010), 1st IChemE Research Symposium, UK North Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough.
8. R. Ahmed, Y. Pang, M. Olea, and S.N. Hodgson, (2012), 1st International conference 2012, Koya University/Kurdistan/Iraq.
9. R. Ahmed, M. Olea, S. Hodgson, (15th Sep.2011), Annual Research Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough. Computing Skills Awards Additional Skills References
10. Maria Olea, Rawaz Ahmed, Qarib Ullah, Shinjo Kudo, Kazuhiro Mae, Komang Ralebitso-Senior, Simon Hodgson, (2010) , Bioten Congress held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
11. Rawaz Ahmed, Maria Olea, Simon Hodgson. (23rd Mar. 2011) ‘Applied catalyst deactivation symposium, Royal Society of Chemistry, Johnson Matthey, Chilton Office, Billingham.
12. R. Ahmed, S. Tanasoi, A. Urda, I. Sandulescu, S. Hodgson, M. Olea, (2010), RomCat2010, Iasi, Romani

Current research students

currently 1st supervisor for two MSc Students , for project title is:
"Optimization of process parameters for an esterification using an acid solid phase DMU catalyst2

Externally funded research grants information

Received MSc student grant from Synthomer -Harlow 

Published patents

Olea; M., Hodgson; S. & Ahmed; R. (2014), World patent WO2014125309A3, 2014 Publications, UK as grunt country 

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