Dr Omid Doustdar PhD, MEng, AMIMechE

Dr Omid Doustdar

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Omid Doustdar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering.

He has more than ten years of teaching, research and industrial experience in environmental pollutants control and decarbonisation technologies, working as a research fellow and a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham and working as a seconded researcher in world-leading industries and collaborating with them in power solution, marine and transportation. Additionally, he has extensive industrial experience in textile processing, its air quality impact, waste, and its market, enabling him to identify challenges.

His research focuses on net-zero solutions with potential benefits for the manufacturing and textile industry, energy security and transportation. His research areas are Tribology, Design, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Pollutants Control in Textile, Additive Manufacturing , transportation and Advanced Propulsion Systems.


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 2019
  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 2012
  • Diploma and Pre-University, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), Sampad, Tabriz, IRAN, 2007

Awards and Membership in Professional Bodies

  • Royal Academy of Engineering’s Endorsement as Global Talent, UK, 2021
  • Associate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)
  • Member of the Textile Institute (MTI)
  • Member of Polish Scientific Society of Engineers (MPSSCE)
  • Member of Society of Automotive Engineers International (MSAE)
  • Member of IMechE Automobile Division Birmingham Centre, UK
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching, Higher Education Futures institute (HEfi), UoB, UK
  • PhD Scholarship, UoB, UK, 2015
  • IMechE Awards for Best Project, IMechE, UoB, UK, 2012
  • MEng Scholarship, UoB, UK, 2010


  • Level 2: Thermodynamic and Fluid Mechanics
  • Level 3: Mechanical Design B
  • Level 2 and 3: Integrated Design Project
  • Level 3 and 4 and MSc: Final Year Research Project
  • Level 4: Synoptic Mechanical Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

If you are interested in working in the area of tribology, and decarbonisation technologies in the transportation, manufacturing and textile industries, please get in touch. For more details, please contact o.doustdar@bham.ac.uk

PhD and MSc by Research applicants and visiting researchers are welcome in the following areas:
Tribology, Design, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Pollutants Control in Textiles, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printer) and transportation (Low/Zero-carbon Fuels and Advanced Propulsion Systems)


  • Environmental Pollutants and Indoor Air Quality
  • Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing
  • Tribology (Application in Transportation and Textile/3D Printing Industry)
  • Textile Processing and Recycling
  • Waste to Energy/Bio-product Technologies
  • Clean Energy and Low/Zero-carbon Fuels
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Energy Recovery and Thermal Management
  • Emission Control Technologies and Catalytic Convertors

Other activities

School and college administration and student enrichment

  • Deputy Head of Dubai Engineering Development
  • Year 4 Director for Mechanical Engineering
  • Early Career Researcher’s Representatives in the College of EPS Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee
  • Member of the School of Engineering Social Committee
  • Member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee in the School of Engineering
  • University of Birmingham adviser for Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants
  • Personal tutor in the School of Engineering
  • Supporting Admission Team, Open day and Offer Holders Visit Day and supervising Year 12 summer work experience in Mechanical Engineering
  • Supporting Daughters of Invention Project’s Team as an Outreach Activity

External roles


Recent publications


Yavuz, M, Brinklow, G, Cova Bonillo, A, Herreros, M, Wu, D, Doustdar, O, Zeraati Rezaei, S, Tsolakis, A, Millington, P & Alcove Clave, S 2024, 'The Suitability of the Three-way Catalyst for Hydrogen Fuelled Engines', Johnson Matthey Technology Review, vol. 68, no. 3. https://doi.org/10.1595/205651324X17054113843942

Doustdar, O, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Herreros, JM, Martos, FJ, Tsolakis, A & Wyszynski, ML 2024, 'The significance of low carbon bio-alcohols and bio-ketones fuels for clean propulsion systems', Fuel, vol. 361, 130641. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2023.130641

Khoei, JK, Bafqi, MSS, Dericiler, K, Doustdar, O, Okan, BS, Koşar, A & Sadaghiani, A 2024, 'Upcycled graphene nanoplatelets integrated fiber-based Janus membranes for enhanced solar-driven interfacial steam generation †', RSC Applied Interfaces. https://doi.org/10.1039/d4lf00082j

Wahbi, A, Tsolakis, A, Herreros, M, Zeraati Rezaei, S, Doustdar, O, Millington, PJ & Raj, A 2023, 'Advanced Catalytic Technologies for Compressed Natural Gas–Gasoline Fuelled Engines: Challenges in methane abatement', Johnson Matthey Technology Review, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 171–185. https://doi.org/10.1595/205651323X16669674224875

Brinklow, G, Herreros, M, Zeraati Rezaei, S, Doustdar, O, Tsolakis, A, Millington, P & Kolpin, A 2023, 'Impact of Cylinder Deactivation Strategies on Three-way Catalyst Performance in High Efficiency Low Emissions Engines', Chemical Engineering Journal Advances, vol. 14, 100481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceja.2023.100481

Martos, FJ, Doustdar, O, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Herreros, JM & Tsolakis, A 2023, 'Impact of alcohol–diesel fuel blends on soot primary particle size in a compression ignition engine', Fuel, vol. 333, 126346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2022.126346

Brinklow, G, Herreros, JM, Zeraati rezaei, S, Doustdar, O, Tsolakis, A, Kolpin, A & Millington, P 2023, 'Non-carbon greenhouse gas emissions for hybrid electric vehicles: three-way catalyst nitrous oxide and ammonia trade-off', International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-023-04848-2

Tanwar, MD, Torres, FA, Alqahtani, AM, Tanwar, PK, Bhand, Y & Doustdar, O 2023, 'Promising bioalcohols for low-emission vehicles', Energies, vol. 16, no. 2, 597. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16020597

Kova¿ev, N, Doustdar, O, Li, S, Tsolakis, A, Herreros, M & Essa, K 2023, 'The synergy between substrate architecture of 3D-printed catalytic converters and hydrogen for low-temperature aftertreatment systems', Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 269, 118490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2023.118490

Torres, FA, Doustdar, O, Herreros, JM, Li, R, Poku, R, Tsolakis, A, Martins, J & Melo, SABVD 2021, 'A comparative study of biofuels and fischer–tropsch diesel blends on the engine combustion performance for reducing exhaust gaseous and particulate emissions', Energies, vol. 14, no. 6, 1538. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061538

Hamedi, MR, Doustdar, O, Tsolakis, A & Hartland, J 2021, 'Energy-efficient heating strategies of diesel oxidation catalyst for low emissions vehicles', Energy, vol. 230, 120819. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.120819

Torres, FA, Doustdar, O, Herreros, JM, Li, R, Poku, R, Tsolakis, A, Martins, J & Melo, SABVD 2021, 'Fischer-Tropsch diesel and biofuels exergy and energy analysis for low emissions vehicles', Applied Sciences, vol. 11, no. 13, 5958. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11135958

Doustdar, O, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Herreros, JM, Tsolakis, A, Dearn, KD & Wyszynski, ML 2021, 'Tribological Performance of Biomass-Derived Bio-Alcohol and Bio-Ketone Fuels', Energies, vol. 14, no. 17, 5331. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14175331

Mahmoudi, H, Jahangiri, H, Doustdar, O, Akbari, N, Wood, J, Tsolakis, A & Wyszynski, ML 2020, 'Maximizing paraffin to olefin ratio employing simulated nitrogen-rich syngas via Fischer-Tropsch process over Co3O4/SiO2 catalysts', Fuel Processing Technology, vol. 208, 106477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuproc.2020.106477

Doctoral Thesis

Doustdar, O 2019, 'Alternative fuels and aftertreatment systems for low emissions engines', The University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/https://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/9333/

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