Ahsan earned his PhD in Materials Chemistry from Chonbuk National University, South Korea, and completed post-doctoral work at Toyama University, Toyama, Japan under the Venture Business Laboratory (VBL) program. He joined King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2010. In 2016, he was promoted to Associate Professor. He has been Associate Professor of Chemistry at Khalifa University. Undergraduate, M.S. and PhD students have been supervised and co-supervised in strategically important research areas. He has served on various academic committees over the last ten years including Applied Chemistry Bachelor program development, Safety, Graduate program, and curriculum development. His main research interests are in materials chemistry and the development of novel methods for the production of materials for clean energy generation and storage, catalysis, sensors and biological applications. He is subject editor/editorial board member for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Materials Research Bulletin and Scientific Reports.
Ahsan’s research concerns the development of advanced functional nanomaterials from earth-abundant metals, oxides and chalcogenides. In addition, carbon based materials, porous materials, nanoclusters, 2D graphene and its analogues, nanoarrays and nanoarchitectures are being studied. Investigation of the structure-property relationship of these materials uses characterization techniques including high-end electron microscopy (FESEM and HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Among the targets are strategically important applications such as energy conversion devices including clean energy hydrogen production via electrolysis and solar and electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion into clean fuels, as well as energy storage applications (electrodes, electrolytes), ammonia synthesis, corrosion, catalysis and biological applications.