Abdul-Majeed Azad

Department of Chemical Engineering

The University of Toledo

2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390, USA.

Office: 3052 Nitschke Hall
Mail Stop: 305
Phone: (419) 530-8103
Fax: (419) 530-8086
Email: abdul-majeed dot azad at utoledo dot edu

Latest developments & news!

UT Office of Research's promotional video with A.-M. Azad and Bob Kinner on their Acetylene Sensors (UT Invents: February 15, 2013).

The United States Patent Application US/2012/0196379 A1 on Methods and Devices for Detecting Unsaturated Compounds, August 2, 2012 Acetylene Sensors

The United States Patent 8,227,373 B1 on Exhaust Gas Purification Catalysts And Methods of Making the Same, July 24, 2012 Exhaust Purification Technology

The United States Patent Application US/2011/027499 A1 on Gradiator Reformer, November 10, 2011 Two-in One Compact Logistic Fuel Reformer

Visiting Professorship (May - June 2012) at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Asem Aboelzahab Wins The Best MS Thesis Award: Investigation of the Efficacy of Titania Nanofibers and Nanocoatings Towards the Mitigation of Surgical Site Infection Caused by Staphylococcus aureus (May 2012)

Former Grad Student in the News UTNews, August 29, 2011

UT Professor's Work in Carbon Dioxide Gets Coveted Award Toledo Blade, September 08, 2010

Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to ACerS Member ACerS Bulletin, August, 2010

Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award: 2010-11 UTNews, July 12, 2010

Video of the Week: CO2 Utilization vs. Sequestration Ceramic Tech Today, July 8, 2010

Professor Ikram Ul Haq of National Center of Excellence in Physical Chemistry (University of Peshawar, Pakistan) Visits Materials Research Laboratory under URAF's Summer 2010 Visiting Research Scholar Award (June-July 2010) ZnO Poster

Sirhan Al-Batty Wins The Best MS Thesis Award: Utilization of CO2 to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Effect (May 2010)

Undergrad Intern Eric McDaniel Wins The 2010 Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program (USRCAP) Award Conversion of Fossilized Diatom into Titania Photocatalyst with Preserved Periodic Structural Hierarchy

UT Team: People in the Spotlight The American Ceramic Society Bulletin, June/July 2009

Hydrogen Gets Hot: Fuel Cells the Next Big Thing! WGTE, Toledo, April 15, 2009.

Exotic microstructures can be viewed on Flickr:

The microstructures are available interactively in the multimedia 'Phlog' (Photolog) section.

CNTs supported on chromel wire

Electrospun ceramic nanofibers

Surface nanofication

Green energy demonstration

Global Venture Challenge '09 Competition at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

12th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, Columbus, OH, July 13-16, 2008

Awards & achievements

Positions open


Research interests/On-going research

CO2 Mitigation via Utilization

CO2 Sequestration via Chemcial Looping Combustion (CLC) and Chemical Looping via Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU)

Stable Glass-Ceramic Nanocomposites as Compliant Seals for SOFCs (In collaboration with SEM-COM Inc.)

Nanofibrillar Ceramics with Functionality

Sulfur-tolerant Nanocatalysts for Logistic Fuel Reforming

Agile Desulfurizers for Logistic Fuels

Materials for Biomedical Applications: Photoactive Nanogauze and Coatings

Intelligent Automotive Exhaust Emission Control Technology

New-generation Nanocatalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis of Alternative Fuels

Mono-shaped, Mono-sized Multi-functional Nanoceramics

Smart Gas Sensors for Environmental Hygiene, Industrial Safety and Automobiles: CO, H2, H2S, SOx, NOx, C2H2


Ph.D., University of Madras, India, 1990.

Research Scientist, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, India, 1983 - 1991.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, 1991 - 1995.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia, 1996 - 1999.

Senior Researcher, Advanced Materials Research Center (AMREC), Malaysia, 1999 - 2000.

Research Scientist, NexTech Materials Ltd., Worthington, OH, 2000 - 2003.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2003 - 2009.

Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2009 - .

The US Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology, Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Energy Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2010-11.

Research group

Click here for a description of active research projects and, current and past members of my group.


Strange Matter Exhibit 2005, COSI, Toledo: pictures and activities.

Recent publications

M. Arjmand, A. Hedayati, A.-M. Azad, H. Leion, M. Rydén and M. Tobias, "CaxLa1-xMn1-yMyO3-d (M = Mg, Ti, Fe or Cu) as oxygen carriers for chemical-looping with oxygen uncoupling (CLOU)," Energy & Fuels, (2013) in press.

Robert Kinner, A.-M. Azad, G. Srinivasan, G. Sreenivasulu and Menka Jain, "ZnO/LSMO nanocomposites for energy harvesting," Smart Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, 2(#1) (2013) 3-17. (Download)

A.-M. Azad, Ali Hidayati, M. Rydén, H. Leion and T. Mattisson, "Examining the Cu-Mn-O spinel system as an oxygen carrier in chemical looping combustion," Energy Technology, 1 (2013) 59-69. (Download); (Graphical abstract)

A.-M. Azad, Asem Aboelzahab and Vijay Goel, "Bactericidal and wound disinfection efficacy of nanostructured titania," Advances in Materials Research, 1(#4) (2012) 309-345. (Download)

M. Arjmand, A.-M. Azad, H. Leion, T. Mattisson and A. Lyngfelt, “Evaluation of CuAl2O4 as an oxygen carrier in chemical-looping combustion,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 (#43) (2012) 13924–13934. (Download)

A. Hidayati, A.-M. Azad, M. Rydén, H. Leion and T. Mattisson, "Evaluation of novel ceria-supported metal oxides as oxygen carriers for chemical-looping combustion," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 (#39) (2012) 12796-12806. (Download)

Asem Aboelzahab, A.-M. Azad and Vijay Goel, "Necrosis of Staphylococcus aureus by the electrospun Fe- and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers," ISRN Orthopedics, 2012 (ID 763806) (2012) 1-11. (Download)

I. Haq and A.-M. Azad, "Experimental artifacts for morphological tweaking of chemical sensor materials: Studies on ZnO," Sensors, 12(#6) (2012) 8259-8277. (Download); (Graphical abstract)

Asem Aboelzahab, A.-M. Azad, Shawn Dolan and Vijay Goel, "Mitigation of Staphylococcus aureus-mediated surgical site infections with IR photoactivated TiO2 coatings on Ti implants," Advanced Healthcare Materials, 1 (#3) (2012) 285-291. (Download).

M. Arjmand, A.-M. Azad, H. Leion, A. Lyngfelt and T. Mattisson, “Prospects of using Al2O3 and MgAl2O4-supported CuO in chemical-looping combustion (CLC) and chemical-looping with oxygen uncoupling (CLOU),” Fuel & Energy, 25 (#11) (2011) 5493-5502. (Download).

Eun-Ju Kim, Jae-Hwan Kim, A.-M. Azad and Yoon-Seok Chang, "Facile synthesis and characterization of FeS/Fe nanocomposites for environmental applications," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (#5) (2011) 1457–1462. (Download).

A.-M. Azad and P.-I. Gouma, "Functional ceramic nanofibers via electrospinning," in: Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 14, H.S. Nalwa (Editor), American Scientific Publishers (2011) pp. 301-329.(Download)

A.-M. Azad, Ryan Hershey, Asem Aboelzahab and Vijay Goel, "Infection mitigation efficacy of photoactive titania on orthopedic implant materials," Advances in Orthopedics, 2011 (ID 571652) (2011) 1-13. (Download).

For a complete list with several downloadables, click here.

Affiliation with professional societies and activities


The American Ceramic Society, OH, USA.

The Electrochemical Society Inc., NJ, USA.

Materials Research Society, PA, USA.

Chair, NW Ohio/Michigan Section of the The American Ceramic Society (2004-2005).

Associate Editor, Reviews in Advanced Sciences and Engineering (RASE).

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing (IJNM).

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanomanufacturing (JNN).

Co-organizer, Energy Symposium, MS&T’07 Conference and Exhibition (Detroit, MI) Sep. 16-20, 2007.

Chair, Technical Program, 12th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS-12), Columbus, OH, July 13-16, 2008.

Co-organizer, Energy Symposium, MS&T’08 Conference and Exhibition, October 5-9, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA.

Co-organizer, Energy Symposium, MS&T’09 Conference and Exhibition, October 25-29, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.

Co-organizer, Energy Symposium, MS&T’10 Conference and Exhibition, October 17-21, 2010, Houston, Texas.

Member, International Advisory Committee, 5th International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NANOSMAT-5), 19-21 October 2010; Reims, France.

Member, North and South America Regional Committee, IMCS 2012 - The 14th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, May 20 - 23, 2012, Nürnberg/Nuremberg, Germany.

Reviewer for:

The Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, The Netherlands.

Journal of American Ceramic Society, OH, USA.

International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, OH, USA.

Journal of Electrochemical Society, NJ, USA.

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, The Netherlands.

Materials Letters, The Netherlands.

Journal of Materials Science, MA, USA.

Materials Science and Engineering A, The Netherlands.

Materials Science and Engineering B, The Netherlands.

ASME Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, NY, USA.

Thermochimica Acta, The Netherlands.

Applied Catalysis A: General, The Netherlands.

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, American Chemical Society.