Coventry | United Kingdom
Main Specialties: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Surgery
Additional Specialties: Clean energy from fossil fuels; coal, oil and gas; Renewable energy generation from biomass, solar and hydro; Waste to energy conversion; Coal and biomass combustion/ gasification; Life cycle assessment; Carbon capture and storage; Wastewater treatment Synthesis of nanomaterials; CFD modelling
Dr Farooq Sher is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering at Coventry University. He is having more than ten years of teaching and research experience in higher education. His undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering, followed by MSc Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds UK. He was awarded PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham UK in 2017. His PhD research was on the development of oxy-fuel combustion technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS). After that, he worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Dr Farooq Sher has published several research papers, book chapters and editorials apart from this he is the editor of different international scientific journals. He has reviewed hundreds of research papers for several high impact journals. Dr F. Sher has been awarded a top reviewer for Engineering in September 2018 from Publons Academy.
Primary Affiliation: Coventry University - Coventry , United Kingdom
Journal of Cleaner Production
Saudi Pharm J 2018 May 6;26(4):453-461. Epub 2018 Feb 6.
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK.
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Biomimicry is a relatively new discipline of applied science that seeks inspiration from natural systems for innovative solutions to human problems. Taking nature as ‘model, mentor and measure’ receives wide acceptance in the field of architecture but predominantly in conceptualising novel forms. The biomimicry concept is comprehensively analysed for its ability to provide more sustainable and possibly even regenerative built environments. As part of this study, first, various frameworks for approaching ‘biomimicry’ in general are discussed and then relevant examples pertaining to architecture are evaluated. Case studies are critiqued with respect to varied levels of sustainability achieved and its causative factors. In the second part, an approach model for ‘biomimetic architecture’ in the context of Mumbai is presented and applicable strategies based on climatic adaptation are suggested using local biodiversity as a library of organisms. The generic example of ‘human skin’ addressing the same adaptation is analysed and complemented by a state-of-the-art case study on similar lines. The results achieved clearly reveal that biomimicry is a successful approach to design and operate the sustainable built environments for the buildings of the future.
International Journal of Ambient Energy
15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies – SET 2016, Singapore, Singapore, 19/07/16
Green walls can be basically defined as climbing plants grown either directly against, or on support structures integrated to external building walls. Similar to other types of green infrastructure, they are in the centre of interest owing to their remarkable benefits such as reducing internal building temperatures, mitigating building energy consumption and facilitating urban adaptation to a warming climate. In this research, thermal regulation feature of green wall systems is experimentally and numerically investigated through a case study conducted in the Jubilee Campus of University of Nottingham. Internal wall temperatures are measured time-dependently for different cases and the results are compared with those of ordinary walls for a reliable and realistic approach. Different sky conditions are also considered within the scope of this research as an independent variable. Experimental results are verified by numerical models carried out in Ecotect. The results reveal that an average of 2.5 oC reduction in internal wall temperature can be achieved via green walls with about 10 cm thick climbing vegetation of Hedera helix, which is very promising.
Fuel Cells Science and Technology 2016, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 13/04/16
Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) Student Conference, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 17/12/15
Biomass plays an important role in renewable energy generation. The carbon in biomass used as fuel does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike most other renewable energy sources biomass can be stored and used on demand to give controllable energy. Fluidised bed combustion has been recognised as a promising technology for energy production from biomass.
1st International Biomass Emissions Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 14/09/15
Is the world getting warmer? if so, what are the causes of this global climate change? Are the actions of mankind to blame for earth’s temperature increases and what should be done about these issues? The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the largest contributor, accounting for more than 63% of the total that contributes to global warming. The CO2 is released into the atmosphere due to direct burning of fossil fuels. Today world’s 84% energy comes from oil, coal, and natural gas all of which are fossil fuels. Power plants account major source for the CO2 emissions about 41% of the total emissions. Capturing CO2 at large point sources where it is quite concentrated makes sense. Now it needs to increase the use of renewable fuels.
14 th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies
- SET2015, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 25/08/15
The continual use of fossil fuels results in an increase in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere which leads to global climate change. The huge energy demand of our society is causing fossil fuel resources to diminish rapidly. Therefore, it is critical to search for alternative renewable energy resources to protect the environment and to meet the future energy demands. Biomass is abundant, inexpensive and has the potential to replace fossil fuels. Oxy-fuel combustion is one of three main CO2 capture technologies that can be applied to industrial and power plants. The combustion of biomass in an oxy-fuel power plant could yield a significant additional CO2 reduction, or even lead to negative CO2 emissions. However, biomass oxy-fuel combustion technology is still in the developing phase and further research is still required in order to fully clarify the consequences of its implementation in power plants. In the present study a bubbling fluidised bed (BFB) combustor with a capacity of 20 kWth is designed, manufactured, commissioned and successfully tested for biomass combustion. A sintered plate was used as the distribution plate and Garside 14/25 sand with a sauter mean diameter (d32) of 0.78 mm was used as the bed material. The minimum fluidisation velocity (Umf) of 0.51 m/s was experimentally determined with air at ambient temperature. The biomass screw feeder was tested with three different types of biomass fuels; wood pellets (WP), miscanthus pellets (MP) and straw pellets (SP). The feeder was found to be able to provide continuous and smooth feeding without any blockage for all three types of biomass pellets. The temperature profiles in the BFB during combustion were found to be smoothly distributed along the reactor throughout the operation. With the help of a water-cooling heat extraction probe, the average temperatures within the main combustion zones were successfully controlled to be in the range of 750–850 oC. The concentrations of the main components in the flue gas have shown the expected dependencies on the stoichiometric ratio (SR). The average values of the flue gas components CO2, CO, O2 and NOx were found to be in the range of 14.85–18.64%, 0.29–0.70%, 1.67–5.94% and 40.08–63.30 ppm respectively with a different SR ratio from 1.10 to 1.45. The average temperature distribution throughout the reactor was in the range of 650–850 oC.
LINK15 Postgrad Research Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 20/07/15
The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced. Ever since the industrial revolution began about 150 years ago, man-made activities have added significant quantities of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the largest contributor, accounting for more than 63% of the total that contributes to global warming. Oxy-fuel combustion has been recognized as a promising technology for CO2 capture as it produces a high CO2 concentration flue gas. Combustion of pure biomass in an oxy-fuel power plant could yield a significant, additional CO2 reduction, or even lead to negative emissions of CO2 from power production.