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Taher Rabizadeh is a postdoctoral research assistant in the department of chemistry and biological sciences at the University of Huddersfield. Taher has a B.Sc. in materials science and engineering (ceramic engineering), and an M.Sc. in metallurgy and materials engineering (corrosion and protection of materials). During his University years, Taher has gained experience of applying different types of coatings by various techniques and has investigated their corrosion and wear resistance. For examples, Ni-P/SiO2 nano composite and Cu antifouling coatings by electroless; Sn-Zn alloy coatings by electrodeposition; biocompatible nano- coatings on Ti-13Nb-13Zr implants (e.g., hydroxyapatite and nano-TiO2) by electrophoretic and sol-gel methods. His M.Sc. project was funded by Iranian offshore oil company.
After getting his M.Sc. in 2010, Taher worked for 2 years in the corrosion and surface engineering laboratory of the University of Tehran. He was an operator of the electrochemical instruments (e.g., electrochemical polarisation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry). Meanwhile, he achieved teaching experience as a teaching assistant in some courses like “surface engineering”.
Taher received his Ph.D. in “crystallisation” from the University of Leeds, UK in 2016. His PhD project focused on evaluating the effects of different types of inhibitors (inorganic, organic and polymeric) on the nucleation and growth kinetics and mechanisms of problematic scale minerals (e.g., PbS, ZnS and calcium sulfates). It is worth mentioning that these crystals clog the pipelines and membranes in different industries such as water treatment, oil and gas and decrease the efficiency of the system. To answer his research questions, he designed some novel experimental procedures and used various in-situ and ex-situ techniques to illustrate the mechanisms, by which the additives affect the crystallisation process including kinetics and mechanism. Furthermore, he elucidated the interaction of additives with crystals and their surface adsorption or structural incorporation (by combination of XPS and ICP techniques). Moreover, during a 3 months visit to the University of Oslo in 2014, Taher learned about the computational fluid dynamics and collaborated with a group of researchers on designing a set-up to monitor the crystal growth in a microfluidic cell by an optical microscope and a camera. He also forged collaboration with researchers at Clariant Oil Service Company, and investigated the effects of an industrial inhibitor invented by this company on the crystallisation of the sulfide minerals. Taher’s Ph.D. project was funded by a Marie Curie Initial training network.
Currently, Taher is doing research on “lead in tap water” and “corrosion in drinking distribution water systems”. He is trying to understand the mechanisms by which the minerals grow on the pipe, their solubilities and how they control the concentration of lead in tap water. His work is funded by Yorkshire water, UK.
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