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Dr. Asif Hussain Khoja
Assistant Professor
Department of Thermal Energy Engineering

USPCAS-E
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
USPCAS-E Building, NUST, Sector H-12, Islamabad
Tel : +92-333-7036558

Specialization
Cold plasma reforming, Reaction Engineering, Plasma-Catalysis, Green Fuels

Education
BE (Chemical) BUITEMS Quetta Pakistan, (2011) MS Energy Systems Engineering NUST, Islamabad Pakistan (2014) PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Technology Malaysia (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) (2019)

Dr. Asif Hussain Khoja is working at the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE) NUST as an Assistant Professor since March 2019. He received his BE Chemical from BUITEM Quetta Pakistan in 2011. He worked for PEPSI COLA International as a quality assurance officer (QAO) from December 2011 to July 2012. He has completed his MS Energy Systems Engineering in 2014 from CES-NUST.  He has been working as Lecturer at BUITEMS Quetta from January 2015 to November 2015. He joined the NUST faculty development programme and completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology Malaysia (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Malaysia with the distinction of Best Postgraduate Student award. 
Dr. Asif has research interests in the following areas:
1- CO2 utilization for fuel production via reforming techniques
2- Material synthesis for reforming technologies.
3- Heterogeneous plasma-catalysis for green fuels production 
4- Reactor design engineering
5- Biogas processing for liquid fuels
Journal articles:
- Asif Hussain Khoja, Muhammad Tahir, and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin. "Process optimization of DBD plasma dry reforming of methane over Ni/La2O3-MgAl2O4 using multiple response surface methodology." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 44 (23) (2019): 11774-11787. (4.22 IF) Q1
- Arif Hussain Juato, Sheeraz Ahmed Memon, Azizullah Channa, and Asif Hussain Khoja*. "Efficient removal of cyanide from industrial effluent using acid treated modified surface activated carbon." Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects (2019): 1-10. (0.58 IF, Q4)
- Asif Hussain Khoja, Muhammad Tahir, and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin. "Recent developments in non-thermal catalytic DBD plasma reactor for dry reforming of methane." Energy Conversion and Management 183 (2019): 529-560. (6.37 IF) Q1
- Asif Hussain Khoja*, Sabrina Mohidin Yahya, Azra Nawar, Abeera Ayaz Ansari, and Muneeb Qayyum. "Akademia Baru." Journal of Advanced Research in Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology 11, no. 1 (2018): 31-38. (Scopus index)
- Asif Hussain Khoja, Muhammad Tahir, and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin. "Cold plasma dielectric barrier discharge reactor for dry reforming of methane over Ni/γ-Al2O3-MgO nanocomposite." Fuel Processing Technology 178 (2018): 166-179. (3.95 IF) Q1
- Samad, A., K. Y. Lau, I. A. Khan, Asif Hussain Khoja, M. M. Jaffar, and M. Tahir. "Structure and breakdown property relationship of polyethylene nanocomposites containing laboratory-synthesized alumina, magnesia and magnesium aluminate nanofillers." Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 120 (2018): 140-146. (2.2 IF) Q2
- Nawar, Azra, Asif Hussain Khoja*, Naveed Akbar, Abeera Ayaz Ansari, Muneeb Qayyum, and Ehsan Ali. "Physical abrasion method using submerged spike balls to remove algal biofilm from photobioreactors." BMC research notes 10 (1) (2017): 666. ESCI Index (WoS)
- Abeera A. Ansari, Asif Hussain Khoja*, Azra Nawar, Muneeb Qayyum, and Ehsan Ali. "Wastewater treatment by local microalgae strains for CO2 sequestration and biofuel production." Applied Water Science 7(7) (2017): 4151-4158. ESCI Index (WoS)
- Asif Hussain Khoja, Muhammad Tahir, and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin. "Dry reforming of methane using different dielectric materials and DBD plasma reactor configurations." Energy conversion and management 144 (2017): 262-274. (6.37 IF) Q1
- Muhammad Ali Uzair, Ali Waqas, Asif Hussain Khoja, and Nisar Ahmed. "Experimental study of catalytic degradation of polypropylene by acid-activated clay and performance of Ni as a promoter." Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects 38 (24) (2016): 3618-3624. (0.58 IF) Q4
- Asif Hussain Khoja*, Ehsan Ali, Kashaf Zafar, Abeera A. Ansari, Azra Nawar & Muneeb Qayyum. "Comparative study of bioethanol production from sugarcane molasses by using Zymomonas mobilis and Saccharomyces cerevisiae." African Journal of Biotechnology 14(31) (2015): 2455-2462. (Scopus index)
Conference Proceedings: 
- Asif Hussain Khoja, Abeera A Ansari, Azra Nawar, Muneeb Qayyum, Hamza Ihsan and Ehsan Ali, “Bioethanol production from sugar cane molasses by using Zymomonas Mobilis." 3rd International Conference on Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development (EESD2014), MUET Jamshoro, Pakistan, October 22-24, 2014 .
- Abeera Ayaz Ansari, Azra Nawar, Muqaddas Tahir, Asif Hussain Khoja, Muneeb Qayum and Ehsan Ali, “Wastewater Treatment by Local isolated Algae Strains for CO2 Sequestration and efficient Biofuel Production” 3rd International Conference on Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development (EESD2014), MUET Jamshoro, Pakistan, October 22-24, 2014.

Patent:
- Asif Hussain Khoja and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin. La2O3 promoted nano-lamella structured Ni/MgAl2O4 catalyst for cold plasma dry reforming of methane. IP # IP/PT/2018/0273

Lecturer January 2015- November 2015, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta Pakistan 
•Assistant Professor March 2019 USPCASE NUST Islamabad Pakistan

​Quality Assurance officer December 2011- July 2012 PEPSI COLA International Karachi Pakistan ​