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Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam

Ph. D. : 2008

Department of Science of Resources and Environment

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Tokyo, Japan.

M. Sc. : 2004

Pulp and Paper Technology
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

M. Sc. : 2002

Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline
Khulna University (KU), Bangladesh.

B. Sc. (Hons.) : 1999

Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline
Khulna University (KU), Bangladesh.

Biodegradability, non-resistant to fire and weathering condition, large variations in quality, drying, non-availability, etc are the major challenges faced by the plant biomass, and is gradually more difficult to manage. At the same time, everyday people are becoming more dependent on environmentally friendly biomass materials because of the environmental concerns. My research focuses on developing techniques for increasing the service life of plant biomass materials against the deteriorating agents, production of valuable materials from the waste and lesser/non-used materials, and choosing the right materials at its living condition having the appropriate properties for a particular use. More specifically, I am interested in the following areas -

    • Biocomposites and polymer composites
    • Bionanocomposites including CNF
    • Wood preservation and modification
    • Wood drying
    • Pulping and paper making
    • Wood quality assessment of living trees
    • Utilization of lignocellulosic materials
    • Bioadhesives
    • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of forest products

    Academic Positions

    2014 - to date: Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

    2010-2014: Associate Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

    2004-2009: Assistant Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2002-2004: Lecturer, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

     Professional Experiences/Training


    Deputy Director, Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) - 2016

    Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.

    Postdoctoral Fellow : 2014

    Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia.

Postdoctoral Fellow : 2012

University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscemingue (UQAT), Canada.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow : 2010

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Tokyo, Japan.

General Course on Intellectual Property (IP) : 2018

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), WIPO Academy, Switzerland.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Material Flow Analysis (MFA) : 2012

Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University, Bangladesh.

First Aid and Cardiovascular System : 2012

Canadian Government.

Training of Trainers on Disaster Management : 2009

Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing : 2004

Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

    Adaption in Forest at Adverse Condition and Harvesting of Products from Remote Areas : 1998
    Qadirabad Cantonment, Bangladesh Army.

    Ongoing/completed projects    

Development of value-added products from water hyacinth to support alternative livelihoods and ecological resilience in coastal villages of southwest Bangladesh. Funded by Blue Gold Innovation Fund, Netherlands (2019-2020) – on going.

Trend analysis of fuelwood consumption and sources in the south-western six districts of Bangladesh at household and industrial level. Funded by an International Organization working in Bangladesh (2019) – on going.

Selection of mangrove species to optimize aquaculture based livelihoods and biodiversity in climate smart designed polders of Bangladesh. Funded by Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), Netherlands (2017-2020) – on going.

Utilization of waste bio-resources for the production of environmental friendly binderless composites to meet the demand of 21st century. Funded by World Bank (2016-2018) through UGC under HEQEP.

Development of improvised technology for the production of craft paper from different bioresources. Funded by Education Ministry, Bangladesh (2016-2017).

Fabrications of bio-nanofibers for new generation electronic paper. Funded by Education Ministry, Bangladesh (2015-2017).

Assessment of perception changes of general people after implementation of biodiversity project by GIZ in Bangladesh. Funded by German Society for International Cooperation, Ltd. (2014-2015).

Mid-term evaluation of forestry project activities of a development organization. Funded by the NGO (2014-2015).

Biopulping and biobleaching of muli bamboo. Funded by Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Bangladesh (2008-2009).

Utilization of bamboo wastage for fibreboard production. Funded by Bangladesh University Grants Commission, Bangladesh (2008-2009).

Utilization of coconut palm inner part for the production of particleboard. Funded by Khulna University Research Cell, Bangladesh (2008-2009).

Thermal treatment of some hardwood species to lengthen the service life of wood. Funded by Ministry    of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Bangladesh (2002-2003).

Journal Articles

Islam, M.N., Liza, A.A., Faruk, M.O., Habib, M.A., Hiziroglu, S. 2019. Formulation and characterization of tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) seed kernel powder (TKP) as green adhesive for lignocellulosic composite industry. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.10.027

Islam, M.N., Ratul, S.B., Sharmin, A., Rahman, K.S., Ashaduzzaman, M. and Uddin, G.M.N. 2019. Comparison of calorific values and ash content for different woody biomass components of six mangrove species of Bangladesh Sundarbans. Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science, 1-8pp, doi: org/10.1007/s13196-019-00246-9

Rana, M.N., Islam, M.N., Nath, S.K., Das, A.K., Ashaduzzaman, M. and Shams, M.I. 2019. Properties of low-density cement-bonded composite panels manufactured from polystyrene and jute stick particles. Journal of Wood Science, 65, doi: org/10.1186/s10086-019-1831-3

Islam, M.N., Dana, N.H., Rahman, KS. Hossain, M.T., Ahmed, M.U. and Sadig, A. 2019. Nypa fruticans Wurmb leaf collection as a livelihoods strategy: a case study in the Sundarbans Impact Zone of Bangladesh. Environment Development and Sustainability.,

Rahman, K.S., Islam, M.N., Ratul, S.B., Dana, N.H., Musa, S.M. and Hannan, M.O. 2018. Properties of flat-pressed wood plastic composites as a function of particle size and mixing ratio. Journal of Wood Science, 64(3): 279–286.

Nath, S.K., Islam, M.N., Rahman, K.S. and Rana, M.N. 2018. Tannin-based adhesive from Ceriops decandra (Griff.) bark for the production of particleboard. Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science 15(1): 21-27.

Islam, T., Afrin, N., Parvin, S., Dana, N.H., Rahman, K.S., Zzaman,W. and Islam, M.N. 2018. The impact of chitosan and guava leaf extract as preservative to extend the shelf-life of fruits. International Food Research Journal 25(5): 2056-2062.

Ratul, S.B., Rahman, K.S., Hasan, M.A.W., Islam, M.A., Islam, M.N. and Shams, M.I., 2017. Hybrid particleboard from kadam (Anthocephalus chinensis) reinforced with dhaincha (Sesbania aculeata): effects of particle mixing ratio on physical and mechanical properties. Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science, 14(2): 115–121.

Dungani, R., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Islam, M.N., Sumardi, I., Aditiawati, P. and Hadiyane, A. 2016. Soil Burial Degradation of Oil Palm Shell (OPS) Nanofiller and Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) Resin-Impregnated Oil Palm Trunk Lumber (OPTL): Dimensional Stability and Mechanical Properties. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, 10(4): 258-264.

Sulaeman, A., Dungani, R., Islam, M.N., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Sumaradi, I., Hermawan, D. and Hadiyane, A. 2016. Preliminary Study of Characterization of Nanoparticles from Coconut Shell as Filler Agent in Composites Materials. Journal of Materials Science, 1: 1-9.

Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Hossain, M.S., Rosamah, E., Azli, N.A., Saddon, N., Davoudpoura, Y., Islam, M.N. and Dungani, R. 2015. The role of soil properties and it’s interaction towards quality plant fiber: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 43: 1006-1015.

Biswas, S.K., Shams, M.I., Das, A.K., Islam, M.N. and Nazhad, M.M. 2015. Flexible and Transparent Chitin/Acrylic Nanocomposite Films with High Mechanical Strength. Fibers and Polymers, 16(4): 774–781.

Alwani, M.S., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Islam, M.N., Sulaiman, O., Zaidon, A. and Dungani, R. 2015. Microstructural Study, Tensile Properties and Scanning Electron Microscopy Fractography Failure Analysis of Various Agricultural Residue Fibres. Journal of Natural Fibres, 12(2): 154-168.

Alwani, M.S., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Islam, M.N., Wan Nadirah, W.O.  and Dungani, R.  2014. Fundamental approaches of pineapple leaf fibre for the application in high performance reinforced composites. Polimery, 59: 798-802.

Sasthiryar, S., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Ahmad, Z.A., Islam, M.N., Dungani, R. and Fizree, H.M. 2014. Carbon Nanofiller-enhanced ceramic composites: thermal and electrical Studies. BioResources, 9(2): 3143-3151.

Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Davoudpour, Y., Islam, M.N., Mustapha, A., Sudesh, K., Dungani, R. and Jawaid, M. 2014. Production and modification of nanofibrillated cellulose using various mechanical processes: A review. Carbohydrate Polymers 99: 649-665.

Alwani, M.S., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Sulaiman, O., Islam, M.N. and Dungani, R. 2014. An approach of using agricultural waste fibres in biocomposites application: Thermogravimetric analysis and activation energy study. BioResources 9(1): 218-230.

Naher, I., Das, A.K., Biswas, S.R. and Islam, M.N. 2014. Enhencement of Life Span of Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Raintree (Albizia saman) and Akashmoni (Acacia auriculiformis) Wood Treating with CCB Preservative. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 7(1): 38-44.

Dungani, R., Islam, M. N., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Davoudpour, Y. and Rumidatul, A. 2014. Modification of the Inner Part of the Oil Palm Trunk (OPT) with Oil Palm Shell (OPS) Nanoparticles and Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) Resin: Physical, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties. BioResources 9(1): 455-471.

Sasthiryar, S., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Bhat, A.H., Ahmad, Z.A., Islam, M.N., Zaidon, A. and Dungani, R. 2014. Nanobioceramic Composites: A Study of Mechanical, Morphological, and Thermal Properties. BioResources 9(1): 861-871.

Islam, M.N., Ando, K., Yamauchi, H., Kamikawa, D., Harada, T., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S. and Hattori, N. 2014. Impregnation of laser incised wood of Douglas fir and Japanese cedar by dipping (passive impregnation) in solutions of copper azole (CuAz-B) and fire retardant (PPC). Holzforschung, 68(3): 353-360.

Rahman, K.S., Islam, M.N., Rahman, M.M., Hannan, M.O., Dungani, R. and Abdul Khalil, H.P.S. 2013. Flat-pressed wood plastic composites from sawdust and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET): physical and mechanical properties. SpringerPlus 2: 629.

Islam, M.N., Dungani, R., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Siti Alwani, M., Wan Nadirah, W.O. and Fizree, H.M.. 2013. Natural weathering studies of oil palm trunk lumber (OPTL) green polymer composites enhanced with oil palm shell (OPS) nanoparticles. SpringerPlus 2: 592.

Habib, M.A., Muslim, M., Shahadat, M.T., Islam, M.N., Ismail, I.M.I., Islam, T.S.A. and Mahmood, A.J. 2013. Photocatalytic decolorization of crystal violet in aqueous nano-ZnO suspension under visible light Irradiation. Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry, 3:70.

Dungani, R., Islam, M. N., Abdul Khalil, H. P. S, Hartati, S., Abdullah, C. K., Dewi, M. and Hadiyane, A. 2013. Termite resistance study of oil palm trunk lumber (OPTL) impregnated with oil palm shell meal and phenol-formaldehyde resin. BioResources 8(4), 4937-4950.

Dungani, R., Jawaid, M., Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., Jasni, S.A., Hakeem, K.R., Hartati, S. and Islam, M.N. 2013. A Review on Quality Enhancement of Oil Palm Trunk Waste by Resin Impregnation: Future Materials. BioResources 8(2): 3136-3156.

Islam, M.N., Ando, K., Yamauchi, H. Kamikawa, D., Harada, T. and Hattori, N. 2013. Impregnation of Preservative and fire retardants into Japanese cedar lumber by passive impregnation. BioResources, 8(1): 395-404.

Ando, K., Islam, M.N., Yamauchi, H. and Hattori, N. 2012. Effect of steam injection redrying of Japanese cedar on preservative leaching after passive impregnation. Wood Material Science and Engineering, 7(4): 196-201.

Islam, M.N., Rahman, K.S., Bahar, M.M., Habib, M. A., Ando. K. and Hattori, N. 2012. Pollution attenuation by roadside greenbelt in and around urban areas. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11(4): 460-464.

Rahman, K.S., Alam, D.M.N. and Islam, M.N. 2012. Some physical and mechanical properties of bamboo mat-wood veneer plywood. Journal of Biological Sciences, 1(2): 61-64.

Islam, M.N., Ando, K., Yamauchi, H. and Hattori, N. 2011. Change of temperature and pressure in dry and green douglas-fir and sugi wood during passive impregnation method. Wood and Fiber Science, 43(3): 305-310.