Mohammad Shahinur Rahaman

216 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40292

 502-554-0025, m0raha01@louisville.edu, http://tikgroup.org/shahin-rahaman

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of experience in heterogeneous catalysis and energy material R&D 

  • Knowledge of biomass/bio-oil conversion and kinetic evaluation of catalytic systems

  • Energetic team player/leader, able to communicate effectively with people with diverse backgrounds

  • Multidisciplinary project management with flexible and adaptable problem-solving skills

 

 RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

   University of Louisville – Louisville, KY ½ Research Associate/PhD. Candidate½Aug. 2016 – Present

  • Led a team to conduct research in preparation and characterization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for biomass conversion and battery applications

  • Engineered plasma catalysis for plastics upcycling

  • Developed kinetic models to understand the catalytic systems for the biomass conversion

 

  Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd, – Bangladesh½ Operation Engineer ½Jan. 2015 – Jun. 2016

  • Monitored smooth operation of gas compressor and supervise the process operation

  • Increased the 20% gas flow capacity throughout the Bangladesh

 

  Tasnim Chemical Complex Ltd, – Bangladesh½ Assistant Process Engineer ½Aug. 2013 – Dec. 2014

  • Responsible for the uninterrupted production of caustic soda, liquid chlorine and other chlorinated products as a shift in charge.

  • Increased the 50% production capacity

RESEARCH SKILLS

   Experiments:

  • Experienced in operating and troubleshooting chromatographic equipment (GC/MS/FID/TCD, HPLC),

  • Materials synthesis: zeolites, MOFs, supported metal and metal oxide catalysts,

  • Materials characterization: TPD, TPR, TGA, DSC, BET, SEM, Raman, DRIFT, FTIR, UV-Vis and XRD,

  • Reactor design and operation: dielectric barrier discharge (DBD), packed-bed, fluidized-bed, and Parr reactors

 

  Computation:

  • Performed Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculation by utilizing Gaussian,

  • Estimated physical, chemical and electronic properties of molecules,

  • Applied theoretical calculation in studies of reaction pathways, mechanism, and kinetics.

 

   Process simulation:

  • ASPEN PLUS, CHEMCAD, ChemDraw, Design of Experiments (DoE)

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering ½Dec. 2021 (expected)

University of Louisville, USA

 

M.S., Chemical Engineering ½Aug 2020

University of Louisville, USA

 

B.S., Chemical Engineering ½Dec. 2012

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology – Bangladesh

 

SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS

  • 1st prize winner, Graduate Student Regional Research Conference (GSRRC), UofL, 2020

  • Graduate Research Grant, Graduate Student Council, UofL, 2019

  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Southeastern SunGrant Center, UTK, 2018

  • Graduate School Travel Grant, Graduate Student Council, UofL, 2017

  • Grosscurth Fellowship, University of Louisville, 2017

  • Pullin Fellowship, University of Louisville, 2016

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • M. A. Hossain, M. S. Rahaman, D. Yelle, H. Shang, Z. Sun, S. Renneckar, J. Dong, S. Tulaphol, N. Sathitsuksanoh. “Effects of polyol-based deep eutectic solvents on the efficiency of rice straw enzymatic hydrolysis.” Industrial Crops and Products 167 (2021): 113480

  • M. A. Hossain, K. N. Mills., A. M. Molley, M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, S. B. Lalvani, J. Dong, M. K. Sunkara, N. Sathitsuksanoh. "Catalytic isomerization of dihydroxyacetone to lactic acid by heat treated zeolites." Applied Catalysis A: General 611 (2021): 117979.

  • E. Chowdhury, M. S. Rahaman, N. Sathitsuksanoh, C. A. Grapperhaus, M. G O’Toole. "DNA-induced assembly of gold nanoprisms and polystyrene beads into 3D plasmonic SERS substrates." Nanotechnology 32, no. 2 (2020): 025506.

  • M. S. Rahaman, T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, E. Chowdhury, S. Tulaphol, S. B. Lalvani, M. O’Toole, G. A. Willing, J. B. Jasinski, M. Crocker, N. Sathitsuksanoh. "Hydrophobic functionalization of HY zeolites for efficient conversion of glycerol to solketal." Applied Catalysis A: General 592 (2020): 117369.

  • M. A. Hossain, M. S. Rahaman, D. Lee, T. K. Phung, C. G. Canlas, B. A. Simmons, S. Renneckar et al. "Enhanced softwood cellulose accessibility by H3PO4 pretreatment: high sugar yield without compromising lignin integrity." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 59, no. 2 (2019): 1010-1024.

  • S. Tulaphol, M. A. Hossain, M. S. Rahaman, L. Liu, T. K. Phung, S. Renneckar, N. Grisdanurak & N. Sathitsuksanoh. "Direct Production of Levulinic Acid in One Pot from Hemp Hurd by Dilute Acid in Ionic Liquids." Energy & Fuels 34, no. 2 (2019): 1764-1772.

  • M. A. Hossain, T. K. Phung, M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, J. Jasinski, N. Sathitsuksanoh, "Catalytic cleavage of the β-O-4 aryl ether bonds of lignin model compounds by Ru/C catalyst." Applied Catalysis A: General 582 (2019): 117100.

  • S. A. Iqbal, M. S. Rahaman, M. Rahman, A. Yousuf. "Anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste to produce biogas." Procedia Engineering 90 (2014): 657-662.

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, M. A. Hossain, and N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Kinetics of phosphotungstic acid catalyzed condensation of levulinic acid with phenol to diphenolic acid: Temperature-controlled regioselectivity” (Submitted to Molecular Catalysis)

 

Manuscript in preparation:

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, M. A. Hossain, J. Jasinski, N. Sun, A. George, B. Simmons, M. Crocker, L. M. Thompson, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Elucidating the role of phosphotungstic acid encapsulation in aluminum-containing metal-organic frameworks for selective glucose dehydration to 5-hydroxymethyl furfural”

  • M. S. Rahaman, K. N. Mills, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, J. Jasinski, M. Crocker and N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Selective and recyclable MIL-101(Al)-NH2 catalyst for isomerization of glucose to fructose in ethanol”

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, M. A. Hossain, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Elucidating the effect of modulators of UiO-66-catalyzed esterification of levulinic acid with methanol: acid site density and quality”

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, A. Molley, K. Mills, L. M. Thompson, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Direct C-alkylation of benzyl phenyl ether catalysed by metal triflates as a novel route of lignin transformation to diesel fuel precursors”

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, S. B. Lalvani, J. Dong, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Upcycling of polypropylene to solid acid catalysts”

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, M. A. Hossain, L. M. Thompson, J. Dong, Q. Zhou, O. Mante, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Plasma enhanced oxidative depolymerization of polypropylene into commodity chemicals”

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. Mulvehill, S. Tulaphol, F. Nkurunziza, S. Uttarwar, K. Mills, A. Molley, Y. Zhou, J. Spurgeon, N. Sathitsukanoh, “Meerwein–Ponndorf–Verley reduction of carbonyl compounds over Hf-based MOFs: Exploring the Role of Framework and Coordination number”

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, M. Crocker, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Highly selective lactic acid production from dihydroxyacetone using aluminum-containing metal-organic frameworks”

 

Conference presentations:

  • L. Mushill, M. S. Rahaman, N. Sathitsuksanoh, J. Dong, “Biodegradable Polyhydroxyalkanoate Production from Plasma Oxidized Non-Degradable Polypropylene”, 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 7-12, 2021.

  • M. S. Rahaman, S. Viswanathan, K. Mills, A. Molley, M.A. Hossain, and N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Synthesis of Metal−Organic Framework from the plastic wastes”, Graduate Student Regional Research Conference (GSRRC), UofL, February 27-28, 2020

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. A. Hossain, T. K. Phung, S. Tulaphol, M. Crocker, & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Enhanced Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethyl Furfural through Encapsulated Phosphotungstic Acid in MOF”, 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting”, Orlando, FL, November 11-15, 2019.

  • M. A. Hossain, M. S. Rahaman, & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Enhancing Lactic Acid Production from the Dihydroxyacetone by Extra Framework Alumina”, 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, November 11-15, 2019.

  • M. S. Rahaman, T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, M. Crocker, J. B. Jasinski, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Hydrophobic HY zeolites enabling acetalization of crude glycerol”, Tri State Catalysis Society Symposium, Louisville, KY, April 30, 2019

  • M. A. Hossain, K. N. Mills, M. S. Rahaman, S. Tulaphol, N. Krisadanurak, L. Liu, S. Renneckar, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Hemp processing: From weed to values”, Tri State Catalysis Society Symposium, Louisville, KY, April 30, 2019

  • M. S. Rahaman, T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, M. Crocker, J. B. Jasinski, & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Hydrophobic HY zeolites enabling acetalization of crude glycerol”, KY NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, April 19, 2019.

  • M. S. Rahaman, T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, Mechanistic insights of the acid-catalyzed diphenolic acid production from renewable biomass, Frontiers in Biorefining 2018, St. Simons Island, GA, November 5-8, 2018

  • M. S. Rahaman, T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, S. Tulaphol, M. Crocker, J. B. Jasinski, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Hydrophobic HY zeolites enabling acetalization of crude glycerol”, Frontiers in Biorefining 2018, St. Simons Island, GA, November 5-8, 2018

  • M. S. Rahaman, N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Mechanistic insights of the acid-catalyzed synthesis of diphenolic acid as a plastic precursor for 3D printing”, KY Nano Symposium 2018, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, August 2nd, 2018.

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. A. Hossain, T. K. Phung, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Mechanistic insights of the acid-catalyzed synthesis of diphenolic acid”, Kentucky NSF EPSCoR Super Collider 2018, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, February 23, 2018.

  • M. S. Rahaman, M. A. Hossain, T. K. Phung, S. Tulaphol, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Efficient Saccharification of Softwoods by an Integrated Thermochemical and Biological Process”, 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 29-November 03, 2017.

  • T. K. Phung, M. A. Hossain, M. S. Rahaman, T. Prasomsri & N. Sathitsuksanoh, “Reverse-engineering lignocellulose: The key step toward sustainable Kentucky”, Kentucky NSF EPSCoR 2017, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, August 15, 2017.

    

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • President, Bangladeshi Student Association, UofL, 2020-present

  • Vice President, Bangladeshi Student Association, UofL, 2019-2020

  • Vice President, Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, UofL, 2019-present

  • Social Media Coordinator of YPC, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2019-2020

  • Department Representative, Graduate Student Council, UofL, 2019-present

  • Public Relation Secretary, Bangladeshi Student Association, UofL, 2018-2019

  • Judge for Undergraduate Student Poster Competition, 2017 AIChE annual meeting, MN

  • Graduate Student Member, (ID 009902282051), AIChE, 2017-present

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA): worked as a TA for multiple courses such as Materials Science, Heat & Mass Transfer, Health, Environment & Safety, Modeling and Transport Phenomena, Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Processing in the department of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. My responsibilities include giving lectures and encouraging students to apply the classroom concepts into lab experiments.

 

  • Mentoring: Supervised >40 graduate and undergraduate students for their research projects by encouraging them to develop sound hypothesis and validate their findings. I also trained two high school students from DuPont Manual (Louisville, KY) to develop their school projects, and both won the 2nd prize in the Kentucky regional science fair competition.

 

REFERENCES

Available Upon Request