Dr Md Golam KIBRIA (Bangladesh)

Golam’s research interest revolves around electro/photo-catalysis for the synthesis of sustainable fuels or feedstocks, including CO₂ conversion to high-value chemicals, renewable synthesis of hydrogen and ammonia.

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current position: Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary

Research focus: artificial photosynthesis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, CO2 reduction, nanomaterials, solar-fuel devices

Golam’s research focuses on the development of nanomaterial for artificial photosynthesis, i.e. sunlight-driven water splitting and CO2 reduction to generate sustainable hydrogen and other energy-rich fuels. The aim of his academic approach is to offer alternative, clean, sustainable and storable solar-fuels to consumers and businesses alike.

2016-2018 Postdoctoral fellowship by the Government of Canada
2016 Participation at the 66th Nobel Laureate meeting Lindau, Germany

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2015):

McGill University, Canada

Research focus: development of nitride-based nanoscale photocatalysts for efficient and stable solar water splitting and CO2 reduction to generate sustainable hydrogen and hydrocarbon fuels

Md Golam Kibria is developing nanomaterials for artificial photosynthesis, i.e. sunlight driven water splitting and CO2 reduction to generate sustainable hydrogen and other energy-rich fuels. He hopes that his work will eradicate some of the main stumbling blocks for achieving cheap, sustainable and storable solar-fuels.

With a background in Nanotechnology and Electrical Engineering, Golam is focussing his research on the development of sustainable energy and green environment. Having studied in his home country, Bangladesh, and in Canada, Golam’s work has received much international interest. He has received scholarships and awards from various granting institutions in Canada, the USA, and Bangladesh. As a recent PhD graduate in "Solar Water Splitting for artificial photosynthesis on III-nitride nanowires", he is currently working as Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at McMaster University and McGill University, Canada, respectively. His aim is to engineer nanostructured photocatalyst materials so that he may bring alternative, clean, sustainable and storable solar-fuels to customers and businesses alike. Golam believes that his findings and developments will significantly accelerate artificial photosynthesis research globally in order to implement it in practical settings. Through the application of such technologies, renewable energies can provide an increased share of our energy needs, a key aim for the Smart Cities of the future.

His professional goal is to work as a dynamic faculty member in a high-ranked and research-intensive university, in order to perform outstanding research in close collaboration with leading industries. Germany’s large number of research-intensive and high-ranked universities makes it one of Golam’s key research destinations. These institutions offer practical higher education and application-oriented research. Golam was attracted to the Green Talents Forum because it offers a number of unique opportunities for his future career on sustainable development.

The jury lauded Golam’s innovative approach to this important research area of sustainable usage of innovative technologies. They believe that this is a great opportunity for Golam to continue his research with the input of the international collaborations he can form at the Green Talents Forum.