School of Chemical Engineering


Abdul completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honours from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in October 2012. Later he completed his M.Eng.Sc. from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015. His works in masters was in CO2 capture from iron and steel industry. On completion of his masters, he worked as a Research Assistant at Energy Lab, the University of Malaya running experiments and data analysis on nano-fluids and micro-fluids.

Currently, Abdul is undertaking a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He is a PhD candidate under The Australian Centre for LNG Futures, based in University of Western Australia, Perth. His area of research includes helium gas recovery, upgrading and purification from natural gas using hybrid Pressure Swing Adsorption-membrane process. Besides, some experimental study, mathematical modelling and optimization for hybrid PSA/membrane system will be conducted in his PhD project.

Abdul’s core interest in techno-economic analysis and sustainable process development.  

Research Project

Title: Design, Simulation and Optimization of Hybrid Membrane/PSA Process for Helium Gas Separation and Purification 

Advisors: Dr. Thomas E. Rufford and Dr. Simon Smart

Brief Summary of project: 

Hybrid PSA-membrane process receives significant attention from both academia and industry as they show great potential in several important applications, such as Helium separation, from natural gas. A successful hybrid PSA/membrane separation process has to exploit the most important features of these two technologies. Hence, by combining these two technologies, it might be possible to retain the high product purity, higher recovery and at significantly lower operating costs and energy consumption.

The main goal of this project is to design and testing of hybrid membrane/PSA separation schemes (also study the synthesis and potential of a hybrid system) for the separation and purification of Helium from nitrogen rejection unit (NRU) that consists He/CH4/N2 gas mixture mostly. The focus on to ensure high purity and high recovery of helium from NRU gas mixtures with minimum energy consumption. It will add economic value as well as reduction of GHG emissions (i.e. CH4 emission) in environment from the NRU unit at LNG plant. The mathematical model for each system will be developed and implemented in Aspen Adsorption and Aspen HYSYS simulation software and Aspen Process Economic Analyzer developed by Aspen Tech Version 9.    

Research Skills

  • Adsorption materials characterization 
  • Adsorption and membrane process design
  • Process modelling and simulation by using ASPEN Plus (Adsorption and HYSYS)
  • Genetic Algorithm, Multi-Objective optimisation in MATLAB 
  • Multi-criteria Decision Making (Delphi, 2-tuple DEMATEL, Fuzzy AHP, Fuzzy Extent Analysis)
  • IBM SPSS Statistics: Data Analysis  

Achievement Highlights

July 2016-Present: Research Scholar, School of Chemical Engineering,The University of Queensland, Australia 

November 2013- November 2016: Research Assistant, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya,


  • Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) (July 2016 –January 2020)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (July 2016- January 2020)
  • UQ Postgrad to-up Scholarship (July 2016- January 2020)
  • Graduate Research Assistance Scholarship (GRAS), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur,           Malaysia (Feb 2014 - Sept 2015)
  • University Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, CUET ( 2008-2012)


Key Publications

Book Chapter:

  • M. Abdul Quader, Shamsuddin Ahmed, 2017, “Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS): Future Prospect of Carbon-Negative Technologies”, Chapter 4, Book Title: Clean Energy for Sustainable Development, Academic Press. p. 91-140. ISBN: 978-0-12-805423-9, doi:

Journal Publications:

  • M. Abdul Quader, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Raja Ariffin Raja Ghazilla, Shmeem Ahmed, Mahidzal Dahari, “Evaluation of criteria for CO2 capture and storage in the iron and steel industry using the 2-tuple DEMATEL technique” Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015,  (ISI, IF: 4.167/Q1)
  • M. Abdul Quader, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Raja Ariffin Raja Ghazilla, Shmeem Ahmed, Mahidzal Dahari,‘A comprehensive review on energy efficient CO2 breakthrough technologies for sustainable green iron and steel manufacturing’, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, Vol.50, pp.594–614, /10.1016 /j.rser. 2015.05.026  (ISI, IF: 5.901/Q1)
  • M. Abdul Quader, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Raja Ariffin Raja Ghazilla,  ‘Present needs, recent progress and future trends of energy-efficient Ultra-Low Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Steelmaking (ULCOS) program,’ Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.101 (ISI, IF: 5.901/Q1).
  • M. Abdul Quader, Shamsuddin Ahmed, ‘A hybrid fuzzy MCDM approach to identify critical factors and CO2 capture technology for sustainable iron and steel manufacturing’, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, pp 1-20, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s13369-016-2134-2 (ISI

PhD Student

Room: 202

Building: General Purpose South (78)