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Doctor of Science, Physical Chemistry
Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR, 1990

Ph.D., Kinetics and Catalysis
Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR, 1975

BS/MS, Petrochemical Engineering
ASOIU, Azerbaijan, 1970

Research Focus:

Dr. Nazim Muradov joined the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in 1990. His main areas of research include thermocatalytic and photocatalytic hydrogen production systems, solar-powered water-splitting cycles, advanced biofuels, fossil fuel decarbonization, reformers for fuel cell applications, hydrogen sensors, radiant detoxification of hazardous wastes and nanostructured carbon materials. Dr. Muradov has been principal investigator (PI) and co-PI of close to $10 million in externally funded research projects from such funding sources as US DOE, US DOD(Navy), NASA, EPA, NSF, Chevron, National Priorities Research Program (Qatar), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), FL-DACS, PetroAlgae, Science Application International Corporation, Radian Corp., Procyon Corp., GRT Inc., FHTCC, Breakthrough Energy Ventures (founded by Bill Gates)and others.

Dr. Muradov is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), and a member of the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Council of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, IMDEA Energia (Spain).  He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy since 2006. Dr. Muradov is a member of the national panel of reviewers for the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture (energy-related projects). As a member of the NASA-UCF research team, Dr. Muradov participated in the development of a unique hydrogen sensor, which was successfully tested during the NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour mission.

Dr. Muradov has authored and coauthored 2 books, 5 book-chapters, close to hundred refereed research papers and encyclopedia articles. He has been awarded 46 US patents and 5 foreign patents. Presented papers at more than hundred national and international meetings, including several keynote presentations and plenary lectures. His paper “From hydrocarbon to hydrogen-carbon to hydrogen economy” (coauthored with N. Veziroglu) was identified by Thomson Reuters' Essential Science Indicators to be one of the most cited papers in research area of Hydrogen Economy ( Dr. Muradov was invited to give seminars and lectures at MIT (Cambridge, USA), Vrije University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Ray Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), Tokyo Science University (Japan), Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), Dutch Hydrogen Dialog (Oisterwijk, the Netherlands), Institute for Advanced Studies (Mostoles, Spain), University of Agriculture and Technology (Tokyo, Japan), Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY, USA), Universal Oil Products (Chicago, USA). He chaired and co-chaired technical sessions during several World Hydrogen Energy Conferences and American Chemical Society meetings, and was an invited member of scientific committees and advisory boards for a number of international conferences and symposiums.

Awards and Honors:

  • Jules Verne Award, awarded by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • Referred to as “the father of DMD” process by the group of researchers from France, USA and Australia in their review article, IJHE/Elsevier, p.25831 (2022). (DMD- direct methane decomposition)
  • “Progress” medal, the state award of Azerbaijan Republic (2022)
  • Honorary Professor (Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University) (2021)
  • Jubilee medal, awarded by the Department of Education of Azerbaijan (2021)
  • Jubilee medal awarded by National Hydrogen Energy Association, Russian Federation (2018)
  • Excellence in Research Award (UCF Institutes & Centers, 2017)
  • The nationally syndicated "The Greenpreneur Show" featured guest appearance (Chicago, 2017)
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow (2016)
  • Best Paper Award (Int. Conf. Hydrogen Production, China, 2016)
  • “Key Scientific Article”, Renewable Energy Global Innovations Series (2015)
  • R&D100 Award(also known as “Oscar of Inventions) (2014)
  • “The most prolific inventors at UCF”, Orlando Business Journal (2013)
  • Excellence in Research Award (UCF Institutes & Centers, 2012)
  • Fellow, International Association for Hydrogen Energy (2010)
  • Top 25 Hottest Articles (Ranked 9), Elsevier/IJHE (2010)
  • Nomination for NASA's Blue Marble Award (a member of NASA-UCF team) (2010)
  • Most downloaded articles, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2009)
  • Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Paper” (Science Watch, 2009)
  • Research Incentive Award (UCF, 2003)
  • SAE Recognition Award (Society of Automotive Engineers International, 1996)
  • Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award (UCF Institutes & Centers, 1996)
  • Listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Science and Engineering