Research team


Research leader


Dr Azharul Karim

Dr Azharul Karim is a senior lecturer and course leader of engineering management in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD degree from Melbourne University in 2007. Through his scholarly, innovative, high quality research, he has established a national and international standing. His excellence in research has been demonstrated by development of many innovative new products, 2 international patents, 115 high quality refereed publications, publication/acceptance of 2 books and three book chapters, nine research grants amounting $3.2 million, including one highly competitive Queensland Government Smart Future Fellowship, being invited by reputed universities for seminars and establishment national and international research collaboration. His current research areas are food drying, solar thermal energy, use of nano-fluid in thermal storage, concentrating PV-thermal collector, and lean manufacturing.

He is regarded one of the emerging researchers in Australia in solar thermal research and lean manufacturing areas. He has chaired many reputed conferences and is reviewer and editorial board members of many reputed journals. Dr Karim’s innovative product development capability is well recognised.

Research members


Dr Majedul Islam

Dr Majedul Islam received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, researching the optical and thermal optimisation of a parabolic trough concentrating photovoltaic/thermal solar collector system. He currently works as an assistant professor at the mechanical engineering department in Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh. He has also served as a Lecturer at the same university from March 2006 to April 2010.

Dr Majedul’s research interest is optimisation of concentrating solar power technology, computational thermo-fluid dynamics and Monte Carlo ray tracing.

Dr Chandan Kumar

DChandan Kumar is a mechanical engineer with experience in both research and industry. He completed his bachelor in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009. He then worked as an engineer at Building Automation System (BAS) and power generation plants during 2010 and 2011.

His passion for continuous learning led him to pursue a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Professor Graeme Millar.Chandan’s current research is focused on mathematical modelling and experimentation of heat and mass transfer and food quality during drying of agricultural product. This project involved designing an experimental dryer, testing food quality, and developing a mathematical model for fluid flow and heat transfer.

Mohammad U.H. Joardder

Mohammad Joardder received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh, in 2008. In that year, he joined RUET as a lecturer.

He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Associate Professor Richard Brown. His primary research interest is the structural change of plant tissue under drying conditions. Currently, he is working on the investigation of porosity of plant-based tissue to establishing the relationship between drying parameters and dried food quality.

Nghia Duc Pham

Nghia Duc Pham received his Bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from the Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam, where he then worked as a lecturer. He is currently studying his PhD under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Doctor Wayde Martens at the Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include heat and mass transfer, and nutrient degradation in the drying process.

Md. Imran Hossen Khan

Md. Imran Hossen Khan is an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology (DUET), Bangladesh, where he also received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and master of science in refrigeration and air-conditioning. He is currently studying his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Doctor Troy Farrell. His research focus is on multiphase porous media modelling for intermittent microwave drying of food material.

Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman

Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman received his bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh, in 2010 and his master of engineering science from the University of Malaya in 2014. He has previously worked at L.M Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd. and GMG Airlines Ltd and is currently continuing his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, where he is working on multi-scale modelling in food drying. His research interest includes modelling, drying process optimisation and renewable energy.

Owen Arthur

Owen received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014. He is currently completing his research master’s degree under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Professor YuanTong Gu. Owen’s current research is focused on modelling high temperature nanofluids as alternative heat transfer fluids used in concentrating solar power systems for renewable electricity generation.