Paving the Way for Future Generations: Faculty Researches Generating Renewable Fuels from Waste


“I believe research should impact human life toward a better environment, living standard and best use of natural resources,” said Mohy Mansour, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering. "Energy is one of my main fields of research, and most of my work is focused on the efficient use of conventional sources of energy -- both new and renewable energy resources."

Mansour was recently globally recognized as one of the top 2% most impactful scientists, being named in the Stanford-Elsevier's Scopus database of the most cited scientists. The list is created by experts at Stanford University, based on data from Elsevier’s Scopus. It includes the top 2% scientists in 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields and provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator.


With his research focused mainly on renewable energy, Mansour said that this recognition motivates him to continue to find solutions to one of the most pressing global issues. 

“I am pleased to be on this list, and I am looking forward to working harder to develop new technologies for more use of renewable energy,” he said. 

Expanding the production and use of renewable energy has long been a high priority for the Egyptian government. In fact, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, in line with Egypt's 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy, aims to supply 20% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2022 and increase that number to 42% by 2035. Mansour has been conducting research in this field for years, working to find efficient uses of conventional energy sources while also finding best practices for producing renewable energy.


“I have been working on the generation of renewable fuels from waste and the development of a new system for the efficient use of these fuels,” he said.

In 1997, he received the State Prize in Egypt for his combustion systems research, investigating energy generated from such systems through new applications of laser techniques to improve the combustion process for higher efficiency and lower pollution levels. More recently, Mansour has been working on generating renewable fuels from waste and developing a new system for the efficient use of these fuels.

Generating renewable fuels from agricultural waste and municipal solid waste should improve the environment and supply enough energy for future generations,” he said. As of 2018, about 80 million tons of waste are produced in Egypt each year, making it one of the central research areas for energy production.

For Mansour, the most important part about his work is paving the way for future generations. 


“I do what I do to use my research to educate our future engineers,” he said. “Building new generations of highly qualified engineers should build a brighter future for our world and develop more advanced technologies for a better life.”

He still has different research projects in the works with international scientists from Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and China.

“I would like to thank AUC for continuous support during my research,” he said