Biography

Dr. Abdul Shakoor is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

He holds a PhD degree in Materials Engineering. He has been teaching various courses of metallurgy and materials science since 2003. His area of research  focuses  on the synthesis and characterization of advance materials for diversified filed of applications. He is, currently, conducting research on the development of novel cathode materials for sodium/lithium rechargeable batteries, nanocomposite coatings for high wear and anticorrosion applications, shape memory alloys (SMAs), organic solar cells and thermoelectric generators. He has spent almost ten years in industry and gained overwhelming experience of his profession, man management and project execution.

He has been awarded with several academic and professional awards because of his outstanding academic, industrial, teaching and research achievements. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing research projects in the areas of materials science and engineering. He has extensive experience in managing funded projects involving collaborators from around the world. He has been supervising many undergraduate, graduate and industrial projects since long.

His recent research work has been published in prestigious and high impact factor international journals which includes 35 International Journal publications, two patents (one US patent and one Korean Domestic patent), one book chapter and presentations in many international/local conferences so for. He is currently supervising two international academic research projects (1) NPRP-6 ‐ 027 ‐ 2 ‐ 010  “Mechanical properties and erosion‐corrosion of high strength steels for oil and gas transmission pipelines in H2S environment (2) NPRP No.: 7‐159‐2‐076 “Development of high performance metastable aluminum composites using microwave sintering approach” and four industrial research projects having total value of about $1,900,000.

Academic Positions

01/10/2014- till now – Research Fellow/Assistant Professor-Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar  (01/10/2014 till now )

05/07/2012 to 30/09/2014 – Post Doc. Researcher –Nanocomposite coating and electrochemistry lab. Dept. Chemical Eng.

  • Synthesis and characterization of cathode materials for Lithium/Sodium ion batteries.
  • Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite coatings for high wear and severe corrosion applications.

01/06/2011 to 30/06/2012  Research Professor -NEST Lab., Dept. of Materials Science/ KAIST-Republic of Korea

  • Conducted research on synthesis and characterization of advanced cathode materials for sodium/lithium ion batteries.

01/02/2011 to 30/05/2011 – Post Doc. Researcher-NEST Lab., Dept. of Materials Science-KAIST-Republic of Korea

  • Conducted research on synthesis and characterization of advanced cathode materials for sodium/lithium ion batteries for energy storage applications.

27/05/2009 to 30/01/2011 – Post Doc. Researcher-AEM. Lab. Dept. of Materials Science-KAIST-Republic of Korea

  • Conducted research on synthesis and characterization of cathodes for lithium/sodium batteries.

03/07/2007 to 15/06/2009  Assistant Professor -Faculty of Materials Science and Eng., GIKI, Pakistan

18/09/2003 to 27/05/2007 – Graduate Assistant (GA)-Faculty of Materials Science and Eng., GIKI, Pakistan

18/08/1994 to 17/09/2007 – Assistant Works Manager-Heavy Industries (HIT) Taxila, Pakistan

  • Officer incharge Quality Control Department (Sep 2002 to May 2007)
  • Officer incharge Surface Treatment Shop (1999 to 2000)
  • Officer incharge Foundry and Forge Shop (1997 to 1999)
  • Officer incharge Heat Treatment Shop (1994 to 1997)

18/02/1992 to 15/08/1994 – Assistant Manager Technology (FFW)-Heavy Mechanical Complex, Taxila, Pakistan

  • Officer incharge Foundry Technology
  • Officer incharge Heat Treatment Technology

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Education

18/09/2003 to 27/05/2007 – PhD in Materials Engineering-GIK Institute of Eng. Sciences and Tech. (GIKI), Pakistan.

Advisor: Prof.Fazal A Khalid

PhD thesis title:     Effect of Samarium additions on shape memory and thermo-mechanical behaviour of Iron based shape memory alloys.

01/01/2001 to 31/12/2002  MSc in Metallurgy and Materials Eng., Uni. of Eng. and Tech. (UET)-Lahore, Pakistan

Advisor: Prof.Dr.Javed Iqbal

M.Sc thesis title:Factors affecting the adhesion of zinc coating on the cyanided parts.

01/02/1987 to 18/08/ 1992 – B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Eng., Uni. of Eng. and Tech. (UET)-Lahore, Pakistan

Advisor: Prof.Dr.Javed Iqbal

Final Year Project Report Title: Effect of austenitizing temperature on grain growth of plain carbon steels.

Honors, Awards and Distinctions

  • Awarded Gold Medals and Honors Degree in Bachelor of Engineering by UET, Lahore, Pakistan for achieving highest position in the department.
  • Awarded merit scholarship for standing first in department in 3rd and final year in B.Sc. Eng.
  • Awarded Merit Scholarship in F.Sc (12 years education) by Gujranwala Board for meritorious achievements.
  • Awarded merit scholarship in SSC (10 years education) by Gujranwala Board for meritorious achievements.
  • Visiting research fellow at Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Awarded Commendation Certificate by the project Director, HIT for improving production and process of Heat Treatment Shop.
  • Best poster award in technical poster competition held at GIKI in 2008.
  • Awarded Brain Korea 21 (BK 21) research fund award for three years to develop new cathode materials for lithium and sodium ion batteries.
  • Awarded three years Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) through National Priority Research Program (NPRP) to develop novel coating for oil/gas and sea water desalination.
  • Awarded three years Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under National Priority Research Program (NPRP) to develop novel cathode materials for lithium and sodium ion batteries.

Grants

Institutional/Academic Grants

  1. LPI of the project “Development of High Performance Metastable Aluminium Composites Using Microwave Sintering Approach” Funding awarded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) through National Priority Research Program (NPRP No.: 7‐159‐2‐076), Total amount funded:  0 USD,  (Nov. 2014-Oct. 2017).
  2. Co-LPI of the project “Mechanical Properties and Erosion‐Corrosion of High Strength Steels for Oil and Gas Transmission Pipelines in H2S Environment” Funding awarded by QNRF through (NPRP-6 027- 2‐010), Total amount funded; 953824 USD,  (Nov. 2013-Oct. 2016).
  3. PI of the under graduate project, “Improve microstructure for proper Thermo-Mechanical Treatment of 6061 alloys”, Funding awarded by Qatalum/Hydro, Total amount 27000.0 USD, Nov. 2015-Oct. 2017.

Industrial Grants

  1. Effect of homogenization temperature and cooling rate on the nucleation of Mg2Si in 6061 alloys (Qatalum/Hydro, 2014-2016)
  2. Corrosion of Al-alloys in marine environment (Hydro, 2015-2016).
  3. Optimization of electrical conductivity and strength in aluminum alloys (Hydro, 2015-2016).
  4. Welding and mechanical testing of aluminum alloys (6082) for bridge applications (Hydro, 2015-2016).
  5. Investigating Corrosion performance of Q-Coat epoxy coated rebar in gulf environment.