Dr. Fahad Rehman
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Area of Interest: Plasmas microreactors for chemical synthesis e.g., Hydrogen and ozone. Biodiesel Production, Wastewater treatment- Aeration and Sterlization. HEC Approved Supervisor
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (148)

Dr. Fahad Rehman is working as Assisant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated in Chemical Engineering with specialization Environmental Engineering from Punjab University, Lahore. Under faculty development program CIIT, he was awarded scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Engineering which he completed with Distinction in 2008 from The University of Sheffield, UK. He won the partial scholarship for doctoral studies from The University of Sheffield, UK in 2010.

Academic Responsibilities

Dr. Rehman leads Continuous Quality Improvement Cell (CQIC) for implementation of Outcome Based Education (OBE) in Department of Chemical Engineering.   He has led the curriculum revision committee (CRC) of the Department of Chemical Engineering and has developed/revised scheme of studies (SoS) of undergraduate chemical engineering program which was implemented in Fall 15. He has also been part of developing SoS for undergraduate programs of Materials Engineering, Polymer Engineering and postgraduate program Process System Engineering. Recently in Fall 17, CRC has proposed a new prostgraduate programs of Environmental and Energy Engineering and Materials Engineering (Fall 18). The former has been approved by HEC whie the latter is in the stage of academic approval.  Dr. Rehman is member of Board of Studies (BoS), Departmental Academic Regulatory Committee (DARC) and Campus Academic Regulatory Committee (CARC) of CUI Lahore campus and member BoS of Department of Chemical Engineering, Khawaja Farid University of Engineering and Information Technology.         

Research Grants

A research grant worth 10.5 million PKR “hydrogen production and separation using plasmolysis for decentralized power generation for rural areas of Pakistan” under NRPU (2017), HEC, Pakistan.

A research grant of 19.8 million "Simultanous biodiesel productoin and textile wastewater using microalgal advance oxidation process system" under NRPU (2017), HEC, Pakistan.  

Industrial Projects  

Along with publishing high quality journal articles, Dr. Rehman has been part of several successfully industrial projects including;

Microbubble mediated mass transfer to increase process efficiency of aeration. In collaboration with Air Products, UK and Perlemax Ltd, UK.

Integrating plasma microreactors with polymer beads to enhance sterilization efficiency. In collaboration with XEROS Ltd, UK and perlemax Ltd, UK.

Microbubble mediated mass transfer for biodiesel production. In collaboration with ITS America, Carbon Sequestration Ltd, UK and Perlemax Ltd, UK.

Biorefinery Engineering And Microfluidics (BEAM) Lab

 BEAM lab is working on two different horizons -(1) developing energy efficient and sustainable processes for biofuels production and (2) developing advanced oxidation processes for wastewater treatment. The lab is fully equipped with the facilities for growth, culture, separation and utilization of bioalgal/biomass and development, operation and analysis of microplasma reactors for advanced oxidation processes and chemical synthesis. The prime focus is given on understanding the kinetics of the process through modeling and exploiting microfluidics to cheat chemical equilibrium via Le Chatleir’s principle.

There are two lab engineers, two doctoral students and four master’s students working in the BEAM lab. The running projects in the lab are;


    Design of plasma microreactor for textile wastewater treatment

    Simultaneous production of biodiesel and treatment of textile wastewater using microalgae

    Design and development of plasma hybrid reactors

    Simulation of microbubble mediated production of ethyl acetate

    Production of microbubble mediated ethyl acetate

    Techno-economical assessment of biodiesel as an alternative and sustainable replacement of petroleum diesel         


Journal Papers:
1. Ali S. Fazal T. Javed F. Hafeez A., Rehman S., Zimmerman B., Rehman F. (2020), "Investigating biodiesel Production strategies as a sustainable energy resource for Pakistan", Journal of Cleaner Production, Impact Factor: 6.395   
2. • Javed, F. Shamari Z., Ali S., Ahmad N., Hafeez A., Rehman S., Zimmerman W., Rehman. F., (2019), "““Pushing and Pulling the” equilibrium through bubble mediated reactive separation for ethyl acetate production”", Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, pp: 705-714, Vol: 4, Impact Factor: 4.641   
3. Ahmad N., Javed F., Awan J. A, Ali S., Fazal T., Hafeez A., Aslam R., Rehman S., Zimmerman W. B., Rehman F., (2019), "Biodiesel production intensification through microbubble mediated esterification", Fuel, pp: 25-31, Vol: 253, Impact Factor: 5.801   
4. 3. Fazal T., Razzaq A., Javed F., Hafeez A., Rashid N., Faisal A., Rehman S., Rehman F.,“ (2019), "Integrating Adsorption and Photocatalysis: A Cost Effective Strategy for Textile Wastewater Treatment using Hybrid Biochar-TiO2 Composite", Journal of Hazardous Materials, Impact Factor: 7.650   
5. 4. Fazal T., Faisal A., Mushtaq A., Hafeez A., Javed F. Aludin A., Rashid N., Aslam M., Rehman S., Rehman. F., (2019), "Macroalgae and Coal-Based Biochars as a Sustainable Bioresource Reuse for Treatment of Textile Wastewater", Biomass conversion and Biorefinery , Impact Factor: 2.326   
6. Javed F., Aslam M., Rashid N., Khan A., A., Rehman F., Rehman S., Yasin M., Khan Z., Bazmi A. A., (2019), "Microalgae-based biofuels, resource recovery and wastewater treatment: A pathway towards sustainable biorefinery", Fuel, Vol: under review , Impact Factor: 4.601   
7. 2. Hafeez A., Taqvi A., Fazal T., Javed F., Khan Z., Bokhari A., Shehzad N., Rashid N., Rehman S., Rehman F., (2019), "Optimization on Cleaner Intensification of Ozone Production using Artificial Neural Networking and Response Surface Methodology: Parametric and Comparative Study", Journal of Cleaner Production, pp: 119833, Vol: 252, Impact Factor: 6.395   
8. 5. Fazal T., Rehman S., Mushtaq A., Hafeez A., Javed F., Aslam M., Fatima M., Faisal A., Iqbal J., Farooq R., Rehman F. (2019), "Simultaneous production of bioelectricity and biogas from chicken droppings and dairy industry wastewater employing bioelectrochemical system", Fuel, pp: 115902, Vol: 256, Impact Factor: 5.80   
9. • Rehman S., T. Fazal, A. Mushtaq, Rehman F., A. U. Khan, N. Rashid and W. Farooq and M.S. Rehman, (2018), "“Bioremediation of textile wastewater and successive biodiesel production using microalgae,", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, pp: 3107-3126, Vol: 82, Impact Factor: 9.184   
10. Siswanto A. P., Kuvshinov D., Holmes T. D., Yulianto M. E., Rehman F., Zimmerman W. B., (2018), "Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Approach for Bio-Oils Chemical Detoxification: An Advanced Technology on Industrial Application", Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, pp: 9499-9501, Vol: 12   
11. Liu, Y., F. Rehman and W. B. Zimmerman (2017), "Reaction engineering of CO generation by treatment with atmospheric low power CO2 DBD plasma", Fuel, pp: 117-126, Vol: 29, Impact Factor: 4.601    (External URL)
12. Rehman F., Y. Liu and W. B. Zimmerman (2016), "The role of kinetics in using O3 generation as proxy for hydrogen production from water vapour plasmolysis", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp: 6180-6192, Vol: 41, Impact Factor: 3.582    (External URL)
13. Rehman, F., G. J. Medley, H. Bandulasena and W. B. Zimmerman (2015), "Fluidic oscillator-mediated microbubble generation to provide cost effective mass transfer and mixing efficiency to the wastewater treatment plant", Environmental Research, pp: 32-39, Vol: 137, Impact Factor: 3.835    (External URL)
14. Rehman, F., W. S. Abdul-Majeed, and W. B. J. Zimmerman (2013), "Hydrogen production from water vapour plasmolysis using DBD-Corona hybrid reactor", Energy & Fuels, pp: 2748-2761, Vol: 27, Impact Factor: 3.091    (External URL)
15. Rehman, F., J. H. Lozano-Parada, and W. B. Zimmerman (2012), "A kinetic model for H2 production by plasmolysis of water vapours at atmospheric pressure in a dielectric barrier discharge microchannel reactor", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp: 17678-17690, Vol: 37, Impact Factor: 3.852    (External URL)
Conference Papers:
1. Siswanto, A. Holmes, T.D., Kushvinov, D. Rehman, F., (2017) "Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Approach for bio-oils chemical detoxification", Conference of Vocational Studies on Applied Research (ICoVAR)   
2. Holmes T. D., Rehman F., Siswanto, A., Kushvinov, D., (2017) "Plasma micro-reactors: potential and practical challenges for chemical engineering", 44th IOP plasma Physics conference   
3. Rehman F. (2016) "Role of Microfluidics in wastewater treatment", First international conference on emerging technologies for wastewater and alternative energy process   
4. Rehman F. (2015) "COMSOL Multiphysics-A Chemical Engineering Perspective", One day workshop    
5. Rehman F. (2015) "Microbubble generation using oscillatory flow", First International conference on Energy systems for sustainable development (ESSD)   
6. Rehman F. (2015) "One day workshop on "An introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics"", Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program arranged by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)   
7. Rehman F. (2015) "Use of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to characterize microplasmas", Microfluidics Seminar Series   
8. Rehman F. (2014) "Hydrogen production using microplasmas", Microfluidics Seminar Series   
9. Rehman F. (2012) "Role of kinetics in optimizing operational parameters of hydrogen production from water vapour plasmolysis", Microfluidics Seminar Series   


Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Sheffield , UK
Master in Environmental and Energy Engineering
The University of Sheffield , UK
Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Environmental Engineering
University of the Punjab , Pakistan


Assistant Professor
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Mar 2015 to Date
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Jan 2007 to Mar 2015
Lab Engr
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Aug 2006 to Dec 2006

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