Zein University of Hull

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Zein University of Hull

Zein University of Hull




Sharif Zein


Zein has taught several undergraduate courses (Chemical Reaction Engineering, Reactor Design and Analysis, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Physical Chemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemical Processes, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Lab I, Chemical Engineering Lab II and Chemical Engineering Lab III).

Currently, he is teaching undergraduate course (Chemical Reaction Engineering) and graduate course (Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering)




The future production of renewable high-value chemicals and fuels will increasingly depend on biomass due to the requirement to shift society’s dependence from petroleum-based to renewable resources. This is essential for the development of sustainable technologies and the effective management of greenhouse emissions. Recently, there has been a significant increase in cellulosic wastes from the agriculture and food industries. There are pre-harvest and post-harvest agricultural losses and wastes from the food processing industry. They can be used to exploit the synthesis of biofuels and advance eco-friendly biomaterials with a host of different potential applications in many different industries.

This in turn will help to eliminate problems related to the use of inorganic synthetic based materials which are non-renewable, non-biodegradable and, during manufacture, consume large amounts of energy and pose potential health risks.


Research Interests

  • Microwave treatment of cellulosic wastes of agriculture and food industries
  • Green Catalysis for the production of clean fuels, biochemical and advance materials
  • Electrospinning process for biomass exploitation for the synthesis of advance biomaterials.


Participation in Research  Projects  as CoI and/or PI:


Current projects

Maximizing the Real Value of Lignin (MaRVeL). BBSRC funded project in collaboration with Warwick University, Imperial College London, University of St Andrews and Glasgow University

Enhancing environmental resilience & energy security by developing efficient novel methods for converting palm oil waste to biodiesel and fertiliser. Newton Fund British Council funded project  collaboration with  Malaysia (April 2015 – March 2016)