Research Experience

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland, MD (2016 – Present)

  • Determine the effect of using nanoparticles (NP) on methane and energy production potential during anaerobic digestion, tracking NP degradation during digestion, and uptake of NPs by crops when the digested bio-slurry is used to fertilize the crops.
  • Evaluate and analyze the operation and performance of an anaerobic digester processing poultry litter combined with a nutrient capture system that can partition nutrients from system by-products to increase the options and flexibility for managing nutrients, thereby reducing potential nutrient run-off into local waterways.
  • Conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) of poultry litter digester combined with a nutrient capture system.
  • Collaborate with the Port of Baltimore to startup algae biogas digester of algae harvested from Algal Turf ScrubberTM system

International fellowship, University of Maryland, MD (2015)

  • Evaluated the use of bio-slurry and wetland soil and plant roots on microbial fuel cell performance.
  • Research Assistant (Ph.D.), Northwest A&F university, China (2012-2015)

  • Combine microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) with anaerobic digestion (AD) to improve digester performance.
  • Determine the factors effecting hydrogen production using dark fermentation.
  • Quantify hydrogen and methane production using microbial electrolysis cell with wastewater, cattle manure, food waste, glucose, maize flour, and cattle manure.
  • Evaluate the use of solar energy to both heat anaerobic digesters and produce electricity for MEC.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (M.Sc.), Northwest A&F university, China (2009-2011)

  • Designed and created a model to simulate the use of parabolic trough solar collector (PTC) for improving efficiency of AD when exposed to ambient temperature.
  • Designed single-axis solar tracking system for parabolic trough solar collector (PTC) combined with solar cell
  • Simulated and validated the use of greenhouse to heat biogas digesters
  • Heating biogas digester by using PTC and green house.
  • Assistant Lecturer, Suez Canal University, Egypt (2008-209)

  • Evaluate the effect of mixing, pH, and heating on biogas production of daily manure.
  • Evaluate using different electrodes material on solar electrolysis performance.
  • Determine the heat flow on solar dryer performance.
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