Mostafa Keshtkar | Ecosystem services | Young Scientist Award

 Dr. Mostafa Keshtkar| Ecosystem services | Young Scientist Award

🌱 With a solid academic background in Environmental Science and Engineering, culminating in a Ph.D. focused on spatial planning and ecosystem services, I have developed expertise in strategic environmental assessment and sustainable land use planning. My research contributions, showcased in reputable journals, demonstrate a keen interest in addressing pressing environmental challenges such as urban growth impacts, land use change effects on soil retention, and air pollution dynamics, particularly in the context of Iran. My professional journey spans roles as an Environmental Expert in government ministries, spatial planning consultancy, academic research, and entrepreneurial endeavors, reflecting a commitment to advancing environmental sustainability through interdisciplinary approaches and innovative solutions. 🌍




🎓Academic Education and Training:

Elementary School (1999-2004), Marvdasht, Fars, Iran, Secondary School (2004-2007), Marvdasht, Fars, Iran High school (2007-2011), Marvdasht, Fars, Iran. B. Sc. of Environment Science and Engineering (2011 to 2015) – Shiraz University, Fars, Iran. M. Sc. of Environment Planning (2015-2018 July) – Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. Master thesis entitled: Land Sustainable Planning Based on Strategic Assessment of Ecosystem Services (Case Study: Zagros Biom’s in Iran) Supervisors: Dr Shahindokht Barghjelveh, Dr. Naghmeh Mobarghaei. Ph.D of Environment Science and Engineering – spatial Planning (2023) Ph.D dissertation entitles: Using the Ecosystem Services Nexus(ESsN) approach in strategic spatial planning in national scale (Case study: Iran) Supervisors and Advisor: Dr Naghmeh Mobarghaei, Dr. Romina Sayahnia and Dr. Zahra Asadolahi

👩‍🎓Working Experiences:

Environmental Expert, Iran Ministry of Energy, Tehran, Iran (2023 – now). Spatial Planning and Environment-specific Expert, Development and Foresight Research Center, Tehran, Iran (2019-2023). Research Assistant and Teacher Assistant in Environmental Sciences Research Institute Shahid .Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (2015- now). Expert Environmental Assessment, Ab Gostaran Mihan, Tehran, Iran (2018-2019). CEO of Iedepardazan Sabz Takhtejamshid Company, Marvdasht, Fars, Iran (2013-2015).


  • Fermenter system optimized for production of compost tea (liquid fertilizer and pesticides)
  • A novel intelligent gray water extraction system.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Landscape ecological security response to urban growth in Southern Zagros biome, Iran
    • Journal: Ecological Indicators, 2023, 154, 110577
    • Abstract: This article discusses the landscape ecological security response to urban growth in the Southern Zagros biome in Iran.


  1. Title: Impact of Land Use/Land Cover Change on Soil Retention Service: A Case of Agricultural-Urbanized Landscape in Northern Iran
    • Journal: Journal of Landscape Ecology (Czech Republic), 2022, 15(2), pp. 34–58
    • Abstract: This article examines the impact of land use/land cover change on soil retention service, focusing on an agricultural-urbanized landscape in Northern Iran.


  1. Title: Analysis of changes in air pollution quality and impact of COVID-19 on environmental health in Iran: application of interpolation models and spatial autocorrelation
    • Journal: Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2022, 29(25), pp. 38505–38526
    • Abstract: This article analyzes changes in air pollution quality and the impact of COVID-19 on environmental health in Iran, applying interpolation models and spatial autocorrelation.


  1. Title: Site selection of a waste incineration plant using integrated fuzzy-ANP and weighted sum-ANP in Qazvin Province, Iran
    • Journal: International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2020, 25(3), pp. 381–394
    • Abstract: This article discusses the site selection of a waste incineration plant in Qazvin Province, Iran, using integrated fuzzy-ANP and weighted sum-ANP methods.

Omvir Singh | Sustainable Biomass Upgradation |Young Scientist Award

 Dr. Omvir Singh| Sustainable Biomass Upgradation | Young Scientist Award

This professional holds a Ph.D. in Biomass Upgradation and has expertise in heterogeneous catalysis. With a research focus on converting unconventional feedstocks into valuable chemicals, they have contributed significantly to the field of renewable energy and sustainability. Their experience includes positions such as Assistant Professor, Post-doctoral Fellow, and Senior Research Fellow, where they worked on projects related to biomass upgradation, waste plastic valorization, and CO2 hydrogenation. They have received prestigious awards and honors, including the BRICS Young Scientist fellowship and INSPIRE fellowship. Proficient in various computer software and research techniques, their research interests encompass nanomaterial synthesis, biomass conversion, and selective oxidation.




🎓Educational Qualifications

Ph.D. in Biomass Upgradation, Heterogeneous CatalysisAcademy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR), Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP-CSIR), Dehradun, India, 2022Thesis title: “Production of Aromatics Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Upgradation of Unconventional Feedstocks” PhD supervisor: Dr. Bipul Sarkar/Dr. Suman Lata Jain. Master of Science (Organic Chemistry) SLIET Deemed University Punjab, India, 2017. Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Ramjas College, University of Delhi, India, 2015

📚Professional Qualification

Assistant Professor (Sept 2023-present)Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Amethi, IndiaResearch focus:Tree-borne oil into valuable chemicals (olefin and aromatics)Biomass Upgradation into valuable chemicals Waste Plastic ValorizationUnconventional feedstock into useful chemicals and fuelsLow-temperature CO2 Hydrogenation into valuable chemicalsPost-doctoral Fellow (PDF) (June 2023 – Sep 2023)International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research Centre, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, JapanResearch focus:Low-temperature CO2 Hydrogenation into methanol and value-added chemicalsInvestigation of the structural design, development, and application of unconventional nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysisPost-doctoral Fellow (PDF) (July 2022-June 2023)Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, IndiaResearch focus:Conversion of CO2 Hydrogenation into value-added chemicalsInvestigation of unconventional nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysisSenior Research Fellow (Doctoral Student) (August 2019-September 2022)Catalytic Depolymerisation Area, Catalyst Conversion Division, CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, IndiaResearch focus:Development of catalyst and process for the catalytic upgradation of biomass-derived unconventional feedstockUpgradation of raw lignocellulose biomass to synthesis value-added chemicalsConversion of CO2 into value-added chemicalsOxidative valorization of Glycerol into acrylic acid and acroleinHydro-desulfurization of Light Coker gas oil (LCGO) and Light cycle oil (LCO)Junior Research Fellow (Doctoral Student) (August 2017-July 2019)Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun, IndiaResearch focus:Synthesis & characterization of zeolites, heterogeneous catalysts, carbon material, Metal supported zeolite catalyst, MOF (metalorganic framework), Composite materialEvaluation of catalysts in the fixed-bed downflow continuous reactor and product analysis

🏆Awards & Honours

  • BRICS Young Scientist fellow conducted by China, August 29-September 1, 2022
  • Recipient of INSPIRE fellowship by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for PhD in 2017
  • Recipient of INSPIRE scholarship by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India since 2012
  • ACS membership
  • School topper in Secondary Education, India, 2010

💻Computer Skills

OS: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Software: MS Office, Peak fit, Chemdraw, MDI Jade 6, Chem Office, Origin 9.5, Endnote, CASA

🔬Research Techniques

Hands-on experience with Rigaku Gingerflex & Bruker D8 advance X-ray Diffractometer, FEI Quanta SEM, Micromeritics Auto Chem II, HP-Mass Spectrometer, Shimadzu UV-DRS, Agilent/Bruker online or offline GC & RGA, Fixed bed tubular reactors, PARR High-pressure batch reactors, Microreactors, and bench-scale HTHP reactors. Characterization techniques: X-ray Diffraction, FE-SEM, HR-TEM, Raman, In-situ UV DRS, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FT-IR, BET surface area, pore size distribution, TPR, TPO, TPD, metal dispersion, ICP-AES, TGA-DTA, XANIS, EXAFS

🔍Research Interests

Shape-selective behavior of nanomaterial, Controlled synthesis of nanomaterials, Conversion of Biomass into value-added chemicals CO2 activation, Conversion of non-edible seed oil/used cooking oil to value-added chemicals, Selective oxidation and hydrogenations 2D & 2D porous materials, In-situ characterization of catalyst by IR, XPS, EXAFS etc.

Publications Top Notes 📝

Advantages and Limitations of Catalytic Oxidation with Hydrogen Peroxide: From Bulk Chemicals to Lab Scale Process

  • Authors: R Goyal, O Singh, A Agrawal, C Samanta, B Sarkar
  • Journal: Catalysis Reviews
  • Volume: 64
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 229-285
  • Year: 2022
  • Citations: 56


Renewable Aromatics from Tree-Borne Oils over Zeolite Catalysts Promoted by Transition Metals

  • Authors: O Singh, A Agrawal, T Selvaraj, IK Ghosh, BP Vempatapu, B Viswanathan, …
  • Journal: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 22
  • Pages: 24756-24766
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 22


Converting Lignocellulosic Pentosan-Derived Yeast Single Cell Oil into Aromatics: Biomass to Bio-BTX

  • Authors: O Singh, T Sharma, I Ghosh, D Dasgupta, BP Vempatapu, S Hazra, …
  • Journal: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 15
  • Pages: 13437-13445
  • Year: 2019
  • Citations: 20


One-Pot Transformation of Glucose into Hydroxymethyl Furfural in Water over Pd Decorated Acidic ZrO2

  • Authors: R Goyal, BM Abraham, O Singh, S Sameer, R Bal, P Mondal
  • Journal: Renewable Energy
  • Volume: 183
  • Pages: 791-801
  • Year: 2022
  • Citations: 17


Production of Renewable Aromatics from Jatropha Oil over Multifunctional ZnCo/ZSM-5 Catalysts

  • Authors: O Singh, A Agrawal, N Dhiman, BP Vempatapu, K Chiang, S Tripathi, …
  • Journal: Renewable Energy
  • Volume: 179
  • Pages: 2124-2135
  • Year: 2021
  • Citations: 12


Integration of Zeolite@ Metal–Organic Framework: A Composite Catalyst for Isopropyl Alcohol Conversion to Aromatics

  • Authors: O Singh, A Agrawal, BM Abraham, R Goyal, C Pendem, B Sarkar
  • Journal: Materials Today Chemistry
  • Volume: 24
  • Article Number: 100796
  • Year: 2022
  • Citations: 9