Prof. Muthanna Al_Dahhan Portrait

  Dr. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan

   Missouri University of Science and Technology
   110-E Bertelsmeyer Hall
   Rolla, MO 65409
   Phone: 573-341-4416

   BS ChE, University of Baghdad, 1979
   MS ChE, Oregon State University, 1988
   PhD ChE, Washington University in St. Louis, 1993

Research Areas

Multiphase reaction engineering, advanced measurement techniques, clean and alternative energy and environment

Research Statement

The research activities are related to 1) advancing the knowledge and understanding of multiphase reaction engineering, reactors and processes via advanced measurement and computational techniques; 2) modeling of transport – kinetic interactions; 3) energy efficient and environmentally responsible design, scale-up and performance of multiphase flow systems; 4) development of advanced measurement techniques including radiometric techniques; 5) application of radioisotopes and nuclear technology in industrial process imaging and visualization; and 6) advancing and investigating various multiphase processes related to sustainable energy and environment, production of clean energy, bio-energy, fuels, chemicals, petrochemical, petroleum, biomass and coal conversion and clean utilization, wastes treatment, animal and farm wastes treatment via anaerobic digestion, environmentally responsible and risk free proliferation nuclear energy, etc.

Awards and Honors

Mesopotamia Award, March 14, 2009, for outstanding achievements in Engineering achieved by an academician from Iraq origin, Iraqi Cultural Attaché, administered by the US National Academies – Washington D.C

CLRI Dr. Y. Nayudamma Distinguished Award 2008 for outstanding achievements in Chemical Engineering given by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers during its annual meeting, ChemCon-2008, December 27-30, 2008 and during US-India Symposium on energy and sustainable development

Distinguished Service Award, Students and teachers as research scientists, University of Missouri – st. Louis, in grateful recognition of outstanding support and commitment to the enhancement of science education, July 18, 2008

Selected by Iraqi ministries of Higher Education, scientific research, industry, and oil and mineral among few scientists and academicians invited from the western world to help them developing scientific and engineering research and higher education policies and capacities, Baghdad, June 22-24, 2009

Selected as a panelist on clean coal utilization session as a part of Energy Summit organized by University of Missouri System – Columbia, April 22-23, 2009

Selected in April 2009, on a mission by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Korea –  Daejeon (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, KAERI) for one week to train engineers, scientists, faculty, and graduate students on industrial applications of radioisotopes for imaging and visualization

Selected in April 2009 by National Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) – Petroleum Research Center to review their strategic planning

Selected as a panelist in Iraqi Academics Conference (March 14-15, 2009) by Iraqi Cultural Attaché administered by the US National Academies – Washington D.C. on “How can we help Iraqi academia”

Selected by UiTM University in Malaysia – Shah Alam, to review their chemical engineering curriculum and program and of affiliated appointment, February, 2009

Nominated by the national university of Malaysia in 2009 to be affiliated with its chemical engineering department and to review their curriculum and program, February 2009

Note - The above list only includes awards and honors from 2009

Representative Publications

S. Nedeltchev, F. Ahmed, and M. H. Al-Dahhan, "A New Method for Flow Regime Identification in a Fluidized Bed Based on Gamma-ray Densitometry and Information Entropy", Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan 45(3), 197-205 (2012).

A. Youssef and M. H. Al-Dahhan, "Impact of Internals on the Gas Holdup and Bubble Properties of a Bubble Column", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 48(17), 8007–8013 (2009).

B. C. Ong, P. Gupta, A. Youssef,  M. H. Al-Dahhan, and M. P. Dudukovic, "Computed Tomographic Investigation of the Influence of Gas Sparger Design on Gas Holdup Distribution in a Bubble Column", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 48(1), 58-68 (2009).

Z. V. Kuzeljevic, W. van der Merwe, M. H. Al-Dahhan, M. P. Dudukovic, and W. Nicol, "Effect of Operating Pressure on the Extent of Hysteresis in a Trickle Bed Reactor", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 47(20), 7593-7599 (2008).

H.-P. Luo and M. H. Al-Dahhan, "Local Characteristics of Hydrodynamics in Draft Tube Airlift Bioreactor", Chemical Engineering Science 63(11), 3057-3068 (2008).

H.-P. Luo and M. H. Al-Dahhan, "Macro-Mixing in a Draft Tube Airlift Bioreactor", Chemical Engineering Science 63(6), 1572-1585 (2008).