Sustainable Environment Research Group


The Sustainable Energy and Transport (SET) research group focuses on creative answers to address major energy and environmental R&D challenges, from the fundamental sciences to new clean technologies to integrated energy and transport systems. The research group aims to collaborate with industries and state agencies through research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and efficient energy technologies.


Our mission is to provide cutting-edge research and innovation to meet the future needs of society regarding reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable energy and transport systems based on renewable sources and integrated systems.

Research focus

Set is focused in two main research areas:

  • Sustainable energy for power generation, heating and cooling, mainly using renewable and waste sources
  • Sustainable transport using zero-emission and low-carbon technologies

The key themes in these research areas are:

  • Biofuels
  • Electric vehicles
  • Energy systems
  • Fuel cells

For more information about these area, please click here.

Faculty members

PhD students

Recent projects


  1. Waste to engine - Low temperature combustion of sustainable green fuels
  2. A novel bioenergy system for marginal environments
  3. Multidisciplinary approach to utilize active geothermal zones for sustainable freshwater and power supply, western coast of Suez Gulf, Egypt
  4. A prototype for an off-grid solar heat-driven adsorption water-desalination system (An application to brackish coastal groundwater in Egypt).
  5. Life in Sub-Saharan Africa stage-1, interdisciplinary approach (Engineering + Business) 


  1. Solar-thermal conversion of waste to energy.
  2. Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley
  3. Solar powered desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley
  4. Investigating the potential use of graphene to intensify the heat transfer performance of adsorption systems. 

Latest journal article publications

  1. AK Hossain, P Refahtalab, A Omran, DI Smith, PA Davies. An experimental study on performance and emission characteristics of an IDI diesel engine operating with neat oil-diesel blend emulsion. Renewable energy 146 (2020) 1041-1050.
  2. S Wang, Z Liu, R Cordtz, M Imran, Z Fu. Performance prediction of the combined cycle power plant with inlet air heating under part load conditions. Energy Conversion and Management 200 (2019) 112063.
  3. AM Nassef, H Rezk, MA Abdelkareem, A Alaswad, A Olabi. Application of fuzzy modelling and particle swarm optimization to enhance lipid extraction from microalgae. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments 35 (2019) 73-79.
  4. AM Morais, SM Hanriot, A Oliveira, MAM Justino, OS Valente, JR Sodré. An assessment of fuel consumption and emissions from a diesel power generator converted to operate with ethanol. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments 35 (2019) 291-297.
  5. K Masera, AK HossainCombustion characteristics of cottonseed biodiesel and chicken fat biodiesel mixture in a multi-cylinder compression ignition engine. SAE Technical Paper No. 2019-01-0015, 2019.
  6. AK Hossain, A Hussain. Impact of nanoadditives on the performance and combustion characteristics of neat jatropha biodiesel. Energies 12 (2019) 921-926.
  7. MJ Silva, A Oliveira, JR Sodré. Analysis of processing methods for combustion pressure measurement in a diesel engine. Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering 41 (2019) 282.
  8. A Arslan, HH Masjuki, MM Quazi, MA Kalam, M Varman, M Jamshaid, SMA Rahman, M Imran, ZM Zulfattah, MT Anwar, GA Gohar, SM Mandalan, MH Harith. Experimental investigation of tribological properties of laser textured tungsten doped diamond like carbon coating under dry sliding conditions at various loads. Materials Research Express 6 (2019) 106444.
  9. HA Ali, M Baronian, L Burlace, PA Davies, S Halasah, M Hind, AK Hossain, C Lipchin, A Majali,  M Mark, T Naughton. Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley. Desalination and Water Treatment 169 (2019) 143-154.