Clean Energy - Mohammad Rasul

Research Mohammad Rasul

CQUniversity's Clean Energy Research is Internationally Recognised as Leading Research in the Area of Energy

Clean Energy – Mohammad Rasul

Personal Experience

After completing my bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, I started my career as an academic in Bangladesh. I then moved to Malaysia to complete my Master of Engineering in Energy Technology. Finally, I moved to Australia to complete my PhD in the area of energy, focusing on clean energy and thermodynamics.

After completing my PhD, I commenced working as a consultant and Senior Research and Development Engineer in a process and environmental engineering company in Queensland.

In 2002, I accepted a position as a lecturer at CQUniversity. My main career aspiration has always been to enter academia so that I could teach and continue with my research.  Currently, I am an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology, and a leader of the Clean Energy RHD Academy.

Research at CQUniversity: Clean Energy

Our clean energy research is internationally recognised as leading research in the area of energy. We have established ourselves as experts in this field through producing high quality publications, attracting significant research funding, creating impact through large number of citations, h-index and other scholarly outcomes that contribute in developing our reputation among the academic community.

What’s more, our research significantly contributes to improve the research profile of the School of Engineering and Technology in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Both have achieved an ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) rating of 5, which is well above world standard. This indicates the quality of research we do in clean energy, which attracts potential RHD students to undertake research with us.

Students working in clean energy benefit from working in a team of experts recognised nationally and internationally, who have strong and lasting connections with energy, process and resource industries.

CQUniversity is also one of the world’s best young universities, placing it in the top 150 institutions under 50 years of age worldwide*. The research quality at CQUniversity has achieved “world standard, above world standard or well-above world standard” ratings in more than twenty research areas^. CQUniversity holds expert supervisors and is very generous in providing research facilities to RHD students.

Current Research Projects

My current clean energy research focuses on application of energy-efficient technologies and production of sustainable and clean energy from renewable and alternative fuel sources. This research addresses the energy and resources priority; that is, supporting the development of reliable, low cost, sustainable energy activities including management of solid waste, production of biodiesel and biofuels, green and net-zero building and alternative fuels for process industries (such as power plant, cement, alumina, food, etc.).

This research helps meet the national clean energy target and addresses climate change and global warming concerns. It also offers flexibility to handle the increasing volume of solid waste such as municipal solid waste, municipal green waste, plastic waste and waste tyres.

Our applied research in clean energy aims to solve process and resource industries problems and concerns. Most of our research can be applied to improve energy efficiency and in reducing environmental pollution. This area has attracted attention of the Australian Government and communities due to its outcomes in reducing energy and environmental pollutions along with sustainable development in clean energy.

Research Career Highlights

My biggest career highlight so far has been getting my PhD. Being invited to provide keynote speeches and lectures at international conferences, in front of expert researchers from all over the world and being able to establish myself as an expert in the field of clean energy is another exciting aspect of my role. International recognition, evidenced through my high-quality publications and citations has helped me to create impact in both professional and academic communities, which is a particularly rewarding part of my career. This has all been made possible by the first step of enrolling in a PhD and building on my research interests.

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. Visit
^State of Australian University Research 2018-19: ERA National Report.