Dr Jabbar Gardy

Dr Jabbar Gardy


He obtained his BSc (First Class Honours) in Chemistry from Salahaddin University-Erbil (2003, KRG), which was followed by a teaching assistant position from the same University until 2006. In 2008, he was awarded an MSc with distinction in Petroleum Engineering from Bourgas University in BG, after which he returned to Erbil and was appointed to a Lecturer in Petroleum Chemistry at Salahaddin University-Erbil (2009, KRG). During this time, he also performed extensive consultancy work in the area of materials science, crude oil processing and petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, lubricating oil, heavy oil, fuel additives, etc.) characterisation. Following this, he went on to complete his PhD in Catalysis and Renewable Energy from the University of Leeds (2017, UK). He is now held Post-doctoral Research fellow appointment in Pharmaceutical Powders Characterisation at the University of Leeds. Jabbar is also  recognised for his ability to serve as an outstanding referee for many leading international journals.

Research interests

Since 2003 Jabbar has been working on a wide range of projects related to catalysis, design of multifunctional materials (PSD from nm to mm), powder characterisations (in situ and ex situ measurements), powder flow, powder caking, powder spreading for additive manufacturing, off gas capture in nuclear future, water desalination, crude oil and its derivatives, polymerisation, enhanched oil recovery and renewable energy. 

His current research is mainly focused on the Centre for Manufacturability and Design (CMD) project, in particular to characterise different confidential active pharmaceutical ingredients & agricultural powders from AstraZeneca (AZ), Union Chimique Belge (UCB), Syngenta and Merck to better understand the impact of various characteristics on the secondary processing steps, handling and storage. He also collaborates within the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds  and with others at a national and international level in the following areas:

  • Catalysis (homogeneousand heterogeneous).
  • Fabrication, characterisation and applications of multifunctional nanomaterials.
  • Powder characterisations (ex situ and in situ measurements) and their applications in bulk performance.  
  • Wastewater treatment and water desalination (any aspect related to novel draw solutions and membranes).
  • Additive manufacturing (raw materials, in-process monitoring and quality of manufactured parts).
  • Surface functionalisation of particles based on their applications (e.g. enhanced oil recovery).
  • Visualisation of flow phenomena in porous media at the pore level using micromodels.
  • Crude oil processing and petroleum products (petrol, diesel, lubricating oil, heavy fuel, etc.) characterisation.
  • Bioenergy production from waste (e.g. biodiesel, biofuel, etc.).
  • Polymers and plastics recycling (e.g. slow and fast pyrolysis process, etc.).
  • Additives for improving the quality of biofuels & petroleum products.
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  • BSc in Chemistry (Hons, 1st class)
  • MSc in Petroleum Engineering (Hons, 1st class)
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering

Professional memberships

  • Full member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Full member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)
  • Full member of the Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Associate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)

Student education

Lecturing for the Petroleum Engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as project co-supervision of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering students in School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Research groups and institutes

  • Nuclear Leeds
  • Functional Materials
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Future
  • Digital Manufacturing & Emerging Technologies

Co-supervision of current PhD students

  • Brandon Lowe
  • Tamseela Habib
  • Usman Abdullahi
  • Aondohemba Aende
  • Pengsheng Liu
  • Saud Alshammari
  • Mohamed Edokali
  • Louey Tliba
  • Zobaideh Haydari
  • Masome Moeni
  • Fatemeh Talebi
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