Dr. P Abdul Salam
Position: Associate Professor
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Email: salam@ait.ac.th

Ext: 5420

Academic Affiliation

School of Environment, Resources and Development

Areas of Expertise (Keywords)


D. Eng. (Energy Technology), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.  2005

M. Eng. (Energy Technology), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.  1994

BSc. Eng. (Mechancial Engineering),  University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 1991.

Professional Experience

2014 - Present: Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

2009 – 2014:  Assistant Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

2007 – 2009:  General Manager cum Engineering Manager, Genesis Engineering and Technical Service Co. Ltd, Bangkok. Thailand.

2005 – 2007:  Senior Research Specialist, Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology.

2002 – 2005 :  Research Specialist, Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology.

1999 – 2002 :  Research Engineer, Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute Technology.

1994 – 1999 :  Research Associate, Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology

Present Research Involvements

Biomass Gasification

Rice Straw as cooking fuel

Biomass Densification

Food waste to energy

Climate change mitigation

Research Interests

Bioenergy (biomass, biofuel, biogas)

Renewable Energy

Waste to Energy

Energy conservation and efficiency

Energy, environment and climate change issues

Doctoral Research Supervision

Hydrogen production from biomass

Municipal Solid Waste to Energy

Selected Publications



P. Abdul Salam, Sangam Shrestha, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Anil K Anal. Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Principles and Practices. Wiley and American Geophysical Union. ISBN: 978-1-119-24313-7.  August 2017.


Sangam Shrestha, Anil K.Anal, P. Abdul Salam, Michael van der Valk. Managing Water Resources under Climate Uncertainty: Examples from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Springer, 2015.



Bhattacharya, S.C and P. Abdul Salam.  Biomass Energy in Developing Countries: A Multi-Facetted Study in Asian Countries. 2006. RERIC puboication. ISBN 974-8257-33-9 (374 pages).


Bhattachrya, S.C and P. Abdul Salam. A Review of Selected Biomass Energy Technologies: Gasification, Combustion, Carbonization and Densification. 2006. RERICpublication. ISBN974-8257-14-2 (200 pages).


International Peer Reviewed Journal Papers:



  Deepanraj.B, M. Srinivas, N. Arun, G.Sankaranarayanan, and P. Abdul Salam.  Comparison of Jatropha and Karanja biofuels on their combustion characteristics. International Journal of Green Energy. Vol.14, No.15, 1231-1237 (2017).


  Sheikh Aminur Rahaman and P. Abdul Salam.  Characterization of cold densified rice straw briquettes and the potential use of sawdust as binder.  Fuel Processing Technology.  158 (2017) 9-19.


 Joseph Dal Khan Suan, Avishek Datta and P. Abdul Salam. Effect of oil palm fly ash on soil properties and yield of sweet corn in the tropical zone of Thailand. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. Vol.48, No.2, 236-244, 2017.


  Rotchana Intharathirat and P. Abdul Salam. Valorization of MSW-to-Energy in Thailand: Status, Challenges and Prospects. Waste and Biomass Valorization. Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 31-57, February 2016.


 Rotchana Intharathirat, P. Abdul Salam, S. Kumar and Akarapong Untong.   Forecasting of municipal solid waste quantity in a developing country using multivariate grey models, Waste Management. 39(2015), 3-14.


 Jakkapong Udomsirichakorn, Prabir Basu, P.Abdul Salam and Bishnu Acharya.  CaO-based chemical looping gasification of biomass for hydrogen-enriched gas production with in situ CO2 capture and tar reduction.  Fuel Processing Technology. Vol. 127 (2014), pp 7-12.


 Phutchard Vicharnakorn, Rajendra P. Shrestha, Masahiko Nagai, Abdul P. Salam and Somboon Kiratiprayoon. Carbon Stock Assessment Using Remote Sensing and Forest Inventory Data in Savannakhet, Lao PDR.  Remote Sensing. 2014, 6, 5452-5479; doi:10.3390/rs6065452.


Jakkapong Udomsirichakorn and P. Abdul Salam. Review of hydrogen-enriched gas production from steam gasification of biomass: The prospect of CaO-based chemical looping gasification. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review. Vol.30 (2014), pp 565 -579.


 Jakkapong Udomsirichakorn, Prabir Basu, P.Abdul Salam and Bishnu Acharya. Effect of CaO on tar reforming to hydrogen-enriched gas with in-process CO2 capture in a bubbling fluidized bed biomass steam gasifier. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Vol.38 (34), 2013. Pp. 14495-14504


 S. Kumar, Pujan Shrestha and P. Abdul Salam. A Review of Biofuel Policies in the Major Biofuel Producing Countries of ASEAN: Production, Targets, Policy Drivers and Impacts. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, Vol.26 (2013), pp 822-836.  


 S. Kumar, P. Abdul Salam, Pujan Shrestha and Emmanuel Kofi Ackom. An Assessment of Thailand’s Biofuel Development. Sustainability. Vol 5, pp. 1577-1597, 2013.


Daya Nhuchhen and P. Abdul Salam.  Estimation of Higher Heating Value of Biomass from Proximate Analysis: A New Approach. Fuel, 99 (2012), pp.55-63.  Elsevier Science.



 Daya Nhuchhen and P. Abdul Salam.  Experimental Study on Two-Stage Air Supply Downdraft Gasifier and Dual Fuel Engine System. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery , Vol. 2(2),  2012, pp 159 – 168.   Springer.


P. Abdul Salam and S. C. Bhattacharya. A Comparative Hydrodynamic Study of Two Types of Spouted Bed Reactor Designs. Chemical Engineering Science, Vol. 61(6), 2006, pp 1946-1957. Elsevier Science.


P. Abdul Salam and S. C. Bhattacharya. A Comparative Study of Charcoal Gasification in Two Types of Spouted Bed Reactors. Energy, Vol.31 (2006), pp 228-243. Elsevier Science.


S. C. Bhattacharya, P. Abdul Salam, Hu Runqing, H.I. Somashekar, D.A. Racelis, P. G. Ratnasiri, Rungrawee Yingyuad. Assessment of Sustainable Energy Potential of Non-plantation Biomass Resources in Selected Asian Countries. Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol. 29 (2005), pp 153-166. Elsevier Science.


Li Junfeng, Hu Runqing, Song Yangin, Shi Jingli, S. C. Bhattacharya, P. Abdul Salam. Assessment of Sustainable Energy Potential of Non-plantation biomass Resources in China. Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol.29 (2005), pp 167 - 177. Elsevier Science.


N. H. Ravindranath, H. I. Somashekar, M. S. Nagaraja, P. Sudha, G. Sangeetha, S. C. Bhattacharya, P. Abdul Salam. Assessment of Sustainable Non-plantation biomass Resources Potential for Energy in India. Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol.29 (2005), pp 178 - 190. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, P.Abdul Salam, H.L. Pham and N.H.Ravindranath. Sustainable Biomass Production for Energy in Selected Asian Countries, Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol.25 (2003), pp.471-482. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, D.O.Albina and P.Abdul Salam. Emission Factors of Wood and Charcoal-fired Cookstoves, Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol.23 (2002), pp 453-469. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya and P.Abdul Salam. Low Greenhouse Gas Biomass for Cooking in the Developing Countries, Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol. 22 (2002), pp 305-317. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, P. Abdul Salam, and Mahen Sharma. Emissions from Biomass Energy Use in Some Selected Asian Countries, Energy, Vol 25 (2000), pp169-188, 2000. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, M. Arul Joe, Zahed Kandhekar, P. Abdul Salam and R. M. Shrestha. Greenhouse Gas Emission Mitigation from the Use of Agricultural Residues: the Case of Rice Husk, Energy, Vol.24 (1999). pp 43-59. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, R. A. Attalage, M. Augustus Leon, G.Q. Amur, P. Abdul Salam, and C. Thanawat. Potential of Biomass Fuel Conservation in Selected Asian Countries, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.40 (1999). pp 1141-1162. Elsevier Science.


S.C. Bhattacharya, Jossy M.Thomas and P.Abdul Salam. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and The Mitigation Potential of using Animal Wastes in Asia, Energy, Vol.22 (1997), pp.1079-1085. Elsevier Science.





Member - Internationa Solid Waste Association - since 2017

Member - World Bioenergy Association (WBA) - since 2014


Member - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), since 1995


Member – American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), since 2009


Associate Member – Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), since 1991