Farid Akhtar has a collaboration with the University of Calgary in Canada, where they work to capture carbon dioxide from industries. He has also been involved in developing green and sustainable insulation where production does not emit any carbon dioxide. The material has better functionality than the corresponding traditional and will now be tested in small buildings at Luleå University of Technology to control temperature changes and how much energy it can save. The next step is to introduce the material to the market.
He describes himself as curious, motivated and persistent, qualities that help him in his role as a researcher. The most important driving force is to contribute to a green and sustainable society, and he does this by combining his research in materials science with environmental technology. He has always wanted to do research, and he thinks the most fun is meeting colleagues around the world and seeing his students develop and take responsibility for their research.
Farid Akhtar was born in 1975 in Lahore, Pakistan. He defended his dissertation in 2007 at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China, with a dissertation on hard titanium carbide-based materials that are resistant to corrosion and erosion. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and watching Netflix, but he does not want to watch any horror movies because they scare him.