Carbon Sciences Inc. (Carbon Sciences) has appointed Naveed Aslam as the new chief technology officer of the company. Aslam is a molecular systems expert and has more than 14 years of industry and research experience. He served as a technology advisor of the company since 2008 and he is the inventor of the company's CO2 to fuel technology. Earlier, Aslam was a senior process engineer for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
Recently, Aslam was recognized by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service as an alien of high ability, and was awarded an O-1 employment visa. Aslam has authored over ten cutting-edge publications on chemical engineering, biochemical engineering and biomedical technologies. His most notable contributions to the scientific community are:
The development of the first computer aided process engineering (CAPE) design tool for using supercritical fluids to develop next generation chemical and petroleum processes that are cost effective and environment friendly;
The development of the first non-linear computational tool for modeling biological processes related to inflammation and memory loss for the development of drugs against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
At SABIC, Aslam responsibilities included all aspects of process engineering during the preliminary and detailed design phases of 125,000 tons per year ethylene manufacturing plant.
I am very excited about joining Carbon Sciences full time and look forward to leading the effort to further develop and commercialize our unique CO2 to fuel technology, said Dr. Aslam. Previous approaches to transforming CO2 into fuel have been unacceptable due to the enormous amounts of external energy required to complete the process. However, applying what I learned from my earlier research, I determined that using the same biocatalytic process that certain microorganisms have performed since the beginning of time, we could help solve the energy problem. Since then, we have made additional progress and will soon be filing a number of patent applications. One of my highest priorities is to produce a prototype to demonstrate our technology. I expect to complete this task within the next few months.
Derek McLeish, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, commented, We are very fortunate to have Aslam leading our technology team. His in depth knowledge of molecular systems, chemical engineering and years of hands-on experience with industrial process design makes him an ideal choice to lead a successful technology development effort. The biocatalytic process to transform CO2 into fuel invented by Dr. Aslam is truly novel and we believe it may be a very efficient approach to producing liquid fuel from a renewable source.
Aslam holds B.S. in chemical engineering from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Prior to Carbon Sciences, Aslam was a research fellow at the University of Texas, Houston, and Florida State University, Tallahassee.