Dr. Alireza Bazargan was born in Tehran in 1985, and moved to Canada with his family as a young child. After living in North America for about a decade, he moved back to Iran and participated in the highly competitive nationwide university entrance exam. By being ranked in the top 2% among hundreds of thousands of participants, Dr. Bazargan was admitted into the Chemical Engineering program at the most prestigious technical university in the country, Sharif University of Technology. Near the end of his BSc, he visited TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, for a term as a research intern.
For postgraduate studies, Dr. Bazargan was awarded the prestigious TOTAL Fellowship for MSc studies at Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France. At Ecole des Mines (now IMT Atlantique), Dr. Bazargan enrolled in the Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering program (PM3E) where he completed every single one of his credits with honors. After finishing the courses, in order to expand his horizons, Dr. Bazargan decided to travel east to Hong Kong, where he wrote his thesis on waste processing and recycling.
Subsequently, Dr. Bazargan turned down a PhD admission offer from Oxford University, so that he could continue his research at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a full scholarship under the supervision of one of the most cited Chemical Engineers of all time: prof. Gordon McKay. Dr. Bazargan’s PhD research aimed at producing valuable materials and useful products from a wide variety of solid wastes. In addition, the topic of water and wastewater treatment, and more specifically, oil spill remediation with sorbents was more closely examined. During his PhD, Dr. Bazargan obtained an additional scholarship to carry out a chapter of his work at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, he worked under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Rough, where he produced and tested biomass fuel pellets for renewable energy applications, as well as producing pellets for heavy metal adsorption in water and wastewater treatment. Dr. Bazargan obtained his PhD degree in January 2015.
Thus far, Dr. Bazargan has had more than 40 academic publications and conference presentations. He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including top instructor, best paper, best presentation, gold medal and the “International Young Waste Researcher Award” in 2015. His track record has also been successfully evaluated by the “National Elites Foundation” which awarded him the esteemed “Kazemi Ashtiani” prize in 2017.
Currently, Dr. Bazargan is a faculty member at the Environmental Engineering group at the Department of Civil Engineering at K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran’s oldest technological university. His research and teaching interests focus on environmental and energy engineering in general, and more specifically, the topics of water and wastewater treatment, desalination, solid waste management, recycling, renewable energies and sustainability. Meanwhile, Dr. Bazargan is an independent consultant to various companies regarding the aforementioned areas of activity. Since 2015, he headed the R&D and later took on an advisory role regarding business development at NVCo (Iran’s first private investor in reverse osmosis desalination). Other clients have included Shamim (one of Iran’s market leaders in ozonation), Peako Biomass Energy Ltd. (as the exclusive representative of this company in Iran), and MAPNA (one of the middle east’s largest engineering companies, valued at over 1 billion $USD) among numerous others.