Dr Amjad Shah MSc, M.Phil, PhD

Dr Amjad Shah

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Amjad Shah is a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering.

He is the author of a number of research papers published in reputed scientific journals extending from petroleum characterization, application of catalysts for petroleum upgrading and recovery, surface studies such as SEM/EDS, XRD of new microstructures/materials with application of catalysts and combustion.

He has also worked on alternative aviation fuels and is highly skilled evaluator of new aviation fuels and their effects on different aircraft systems such as fuel tanks, turbine blades deposits formation, O-ring sealing, particulates, smoke and other emissions such as COx, NOx, and un-burnt hydrocarbons. He has also worked on testing/developing new efficient burners for commercial use and the UKMOD.

Currently he is working on the testing/developing/designing of micro-catalyst reactors for the innovative THAI-CAPRITM technology which has the potential to improve heavy oil/bitumen recovery and upgrading significantly.


  • Post Doctoral Research Associate at School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield 2011-2012
  • PhD Chemical Engineering 2011
  • M.Phil 2005
  • MSc 1999


Amjad Shah qualified his MSc and M.Phil in Fuel Chemistry from the University of Peshawar in 1999 and 2005 respectively. He got his Doctorate from the University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering in 2011 specialising in catalysis and reaction engineering.

During his stay at Birmingham University he helped design/commissioned the CAPRITM experimental rig for the detailed evaluation of the new technology to study the effects of different catalysts on the recovery/upgrading of heavy oils and bitumen. He represented his group at a number of high profile conferences as a speaker including the World Congress of Chemical Engineers in 2009 and SPE CURIPC 2010 in Canada.

He joined the Low Carbon Combustion Centre at the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield. He ran a number of long duration tests at semi-commercial scale to test the effects of new aviation fuels on aircraft systems. He worked for the EU initiated Alfa-bird project and contributed towards the findings of the EU wide project involving more than 24 commercial and academic partners. He also worked in developing/testing new burners for commercial partners. He has also worked for the research centre facility coordinator.

He has joined Birmingham University as a Research Fellow in July 2012 and is currently working on new micro-reactors involving the application of nano-catalysts for the recovery and upgrading of the Canadian oil sands.


Research themes

  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Petroleum recovery and upgrading

Research activity

  • THAI-CAPRITM development
  • Optimization of catalysts for heavy petroleum oil upgrading
  • Designing and testing new catalysts
  • Testing and designing new process to minimize coking

Other activities

Amjad Shah is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


  • Shah A., Fishwick R.P., Leeke G.A., Wood J., Rigby S.P., and Greaves M. (2011), Experimental Optimization of Catalytic Process In-Situ for Heavy Oil and Bitumen Upgrading, J. Can. Pet. Technol., 50 (11-12): 33-47.
  • Shah A., Fishwick R.P., Leeke G.A., Wood J., Rigby S.P., and Greaves M. (2010), A review of novel techniques for heavy oil and bitumen extraction and upgrading, Energy Environ. Sci., 3, 700–714.
  • Ahmad I, Shakirullah M, Rehman HU, Ishaq M., Khan M.A. and Shah A.A. (2009), NMR analysis of cracking products of asphalt and assessment of catalyst performance. Energy, 34 (2), 127-133.
  • Shakirullah M., Ahmad I., Khan M.A., Shah A.A., Ishaq M., and Rehman H.U. (2008), Conversion of asphalt into distillate products, Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 49, Issue 1, P. 107-112.
  • Shakirullah M., Ahmad I., Ishaq M., Shah A.A., Khan M.A., Rahman H.U. and Khan. H. (2007), FTIR analysis of whole asphalt and some crackate. Jour. Chem. Soc. Pak, Vol. 29, No. 5, P. 468-475.
  • Shakirullah M., Ahmad I., Ishaq M., Rehman H.U., Shah A.A., Khan M.A. (2007), SEM Evaluation of Carbonized Petroleum Residues, Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures, Volume 15, Number 1/January-February.
  • Shakirullah M., Ahmad I., Khan M.A., Ishaq M., Rehman H.U., Shah A.A. (2006), Study of Graphitic Crystallites in Some Carbonized Residues Prepared From Catalytic Cracking of Asphalt, Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, Volume 14, Number 4, 595 –606.