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Dr. Md Jahirul Islam

PhD (QUT), M Eng (UM, Malaysia), B Eng (BUET), Bangladesh
Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow
School of Engineering and Technology
Clean Energy Academy
(07) 4930 9584
0413809227 Mobile Phone
Rockhampton North
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An experienced Mechanical Engineer over 15 years experience in academic research and industrial R&D activities expertise in waste-to-energy, renewable energy, biofuel and searching of alternative energy sources. He awarded the Advanced Queensland Industry Research Fellowship (AQIRF), for the year 2022 -2025. He is now leading the project titled: “Cheaper greener Queensland: Optimising renewable fuel production from mixed-waste” supported by the Advanced Queensland, CQUniversity, Northern Oil Refinery Pty. Ltd. (Gladstone) and Synbio Pty. Ltd. (Gladstone) with the combined eligible project cash conttribution of AUD 1,248,000. Published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers which obtained about 3,200+ research citations with a h-index of 20 (google scholar). Among those, a paper on biomass pyrolysis has been cited more than 1200+ times and stood number one amongst top-cited papers in the Energies journal. Current research focuses on industrialising waste-to-energy technologies and supporting the local industries in achieving their objectives. Dr. Islam's hand on expertise in municipal solid waste processing, pyrolysis reator operation, and analytical laboratory skills will be benificial for this project.

Universities Studied At

PhD from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 

Masters of Engineering from The University of Malaya, Malaysia

Bachelor of Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.  

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University, Australia

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

University of Sunshine Coast, Australia 

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

University of Malaya, Malaysia 



Advance Queensland Industry Research Mid-Career Fellowship, 2022-2025

10th Anniversary Best Paper award, Journal of Energies, (Paper number 29 in publication section), 2018.

Professional Experience

Advanced Queensland Industry Research Fellow, School of Science and Engineering, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia, January 2022 - current.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Science and Engineering, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia, April 2020 – Dec. 2022

Production Engineer, Subsea Communication Australia Pty. Ltd. Sydney, Australia, June 2016 – March 2020.

Sessional Academic, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, Feb 2018 – Dec. 2019

Sessional Academic, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, Feb 2011 – Nov 2016

Sessional Academic, University of Sunshine Cost (USC), Australia, Mar, 2016-July, 2016

Lecturer (Casual), Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia, July 2010 - Nov2010

Lecturer, Linton University College (LUC), Malaysia, Jan. 2009 -June 2010

Sessional Academic, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia, July 2005 - Nov 2009

Operations Engineer , KYCR Cold Rolling Steel Industry, Bangladesh, June 2004 – June 2005 

Professional Memberships

Member, Engineers Australia (EA).

 Member, The Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).

Member, Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA).

 Member, Malaysian Tribology Society (MYTRIBOS).

Member, Bangladesh Society of Mechanical Engineers (BSME).

Professional Interests

Research, teaching and Industrial R&D in the area of

  • Waste -to-energy technology 
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind, bio-fuel, green hydrogen)
  • Refinery and Process Industries
  • Energy Conversion esterification, gasification, pyrolysis, fluidization, etc.)
  • Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability
  • Artificial neural networks 

Computer Software



Recent Research Projects
Cheaper greener Queensland: Optimising renewable fuel production from mixed-waste (AQIRF037-2021RD4)
From: 03/01/2022 to 03/01/2025
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships 2021
Total Funding: $360,000.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4103 Environmental Biotechnology
  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering
  • 4002 Automotive Engineering

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Research Interests

Automotive Engineering - Automotive combustion and fuel engineering


Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering - Computational methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer (incl. computational fluid dynamics)


Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
My research interest and expertise are in searching renewable and sustainable energy sources, waste management and energy recovery, technology development and industrial implementation.


Mechanical Engineering - Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation

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