Mohammadhossein Saberian


Personal profile


Coal Tar Pitch (CTP) is used as a carbonisable/graphitisable binder for carbon electrodes (e.g. for aluminium smelting), graphite electric brushes and current collectors (e.g. for motors and on electric trains), and molten metal-conveying components for the metal industries.  CTP, though, is fossil derived and is a toxic chemical under ‘sunset’ REACH status.  Wood Tar Biopitch (WTB), obtained from the distillation of sawdust, shows promise as a safer and renewably-sourced binder. We're working on biomass as a sustainable replacement for fossil derived materials to reduce the carbon footprint and released PAHs

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Pyrolysis
  • Distillation
  • Bio-oil
  • Bio-pitch
  • Graphene based materials
  • TS Manufactures
  • Carbon electrodes
  • Graphite electric brushes
  • Current collectors

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Futures


  • Sustainability
  • Carbon
  • Graphene
  • Nanotechnology
  • Materials Science