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 Renewable Energy, Low/Zero-carbon Fuels, Advanced Propulsion Systems, Tribology, Design, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Pollutants Control in Textile, Additive Manufacturing and transportation.


  • 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 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 2: Mechanics 2
  • Level 3: Turbomachinery and Compressible Flow
  • Level 2 and 3: Integrated Design Project
  • Level 3 and 4 and MSc: Final Year Research Project
  • Level 4: Advanced Fuels and Powertrain Systems
  • 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:
Renewable Energy: Low/Zero-carbon Fuels, Advanced Propulsion Systems, Tribology, Design, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Pollutants Control in Textiles, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printer) and transportation.


  • 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

  • Member of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee in School of Engineering
  • Early Career Researcher’s Representatives in College of EPS Research Committee
  • University of Birmingham adviser for Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants
  • Personal tutor in 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


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

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, 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

Hamedi, M, Doustdar, O, Tsolakis, A & Hartland, J 2019, 'Thermal energy storage system for efficient diesel exhaust aftertreatment at low temperatures', Applied Energy, vol. 235, pp. 874-887. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.11.008

Davies, C, Thompson , K, Cooper, A, Golunski, S, Taylor, S, Bogarra Macias, M, Doustdar, O & Tsolakis, A 2018, 'Simultaneous Removal of NOx and Soot Particulate from Diesel Exhaust by in-situ Catalytic Generation and Utilisation of N2O', Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 239, pp. 10-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.07.072

Doustdar, O, Wyszynski, M, Tsolakis, A & Mahmoudi, H 2017, 'Bio-ketones from lignocellulosic biomass: experimental investigation on fuel properties, combustion and emissions characteristics of cyclopentanone blend with diesel in compression ignition engine', Combustion Engines . https://doi.org/10.19206/PTNSS-2017-414

Bogarra Macias, M, Doustdar, O, Fayad, F, Wyszynski, M, Tsolakis, A & Pacek, A 2016, 'Performance of a drop-in biofuel emulsion on a single-cylinder research diesel engine', Combustion Engine PTNSS, vol. 3, no. 166, pp. 9-16. https://doi.org/10.19206/CE-2016-324

Conference article

Doustdar, O, Wyszynski, ML, Mahmoudi, H & Tsolakis, A 2016, 'Enhancing the properties of Fischer-Tropsch fuel produced from syngas over Co/SiO2 catalyst: Lubricity and Calorific Value', IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 148, no. 1, 012092. https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/148/1/012092

Doctoral Thesis

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

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