UAP Professor Tanveer Saeed develops Low-Cost Energy Production


Microbial fuel cell constructed wetlands could provide simultaneous wastewater treatment and electricity production; a few specialized groups of the world are now working on this cutting-edge research. The research team led by Prof. Dr. Tanveer Ferdous Saeed of Civil Engineering Department, University of Asia Pacific recently developed low-cost, energy producing microbial fuel cell constructed wetlands that treated municipal wastewater and produced green energy.

Different types of organic (biochar, coal, jute fiber), waste (slag), construction materials (concrete, brick) and local plants Phragmites, Vetiver were used for wastewater treatment and electricity generation. Particularly, construction materials were used for the first time in the world to produce electricity which will formulate in a new research direction on electricity production.

The research has recently been published in an extremely prestigious journal “Chemical Engineering Journal”. The outcome of this research will increase the name and fame of Bangladesh to the international scientific community and planners. Principal investigator Prof. Saeed informed that the developed low-cost green microbial fuel cell constructed wetlands could solve the environmental pollution of the country and could produce electricity.

Prof. Saeed is working on the application of low cost green technologies for wastewater treatment in Bangladesh. He is the recipient of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh Gold Medal and Award in the year 2013, 2016 for original contribution in technological research of the country. He is an associate fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. He is the eldest son of late Engg. Abu Saeed, Former Member of Parliament and the eldest grandson of national leader Shahid A H M Quamaruzzaman.