Dhawal Shah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular Insights into the role of Arginine on Protein Stabilization

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  • 209 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Research interests

We, as a research team, are involved in various projects on molecular dynamics simulations of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents to explore the underlying interactions of/within these solvents, and to correlate these interactions to their thermophysical and chemical properties. In addition, we also performs molecular/quantum simulations on biomolecules to understand and enhance their structural stability. The buzz words for our works are 

  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Ionic liquids, Deep eutectic solvents
  • Adsorption over nanomaterials
  • Protein aggregation and bio-molecular stability
  • Aerosol Chemistry

Personal profile

Dr. Dhawal Shah is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Nazarbayev University (NU) since August 2015. He received his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and Ph. D. degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering from Singapore-MIT Alliance at National University of Singapore. Prior to joining NU, he has been working as lecturer and assistant professor at Middle East Technical University in Cyprus and in Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, respectively.


  • Thermodynamics (Graduate; Undergraduate)
  • Chemical Plant Design and Optimization (Undergraduate)
  • Chemical Process Calculations (Undergraduate)
  • Computer Aided Design (Aspen Plus; Undergraduate)
  • Heat Transfer and Exchanger Design (Undergraduate)
  • Physical Chemistry (Undergraduate)
  • Process Control and Dynamics (Undergraduate)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (Undergraduate)
  • Engineering Economics (Undergraduate)
  • Surface and Colloid Sciences (Graduate; Undergraduate)
  • Plant Economics and Design (Graduate)
  • Resource Engineering (Includes Green Engineering, Biotechnology) (Graduate; Undergraduate)
  • Unit Operation Laboratories (Undergraduate)
  • Fluid Mechanics (Undergraduate)

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Ph.D., National University of Singapore

External positions

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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 209 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Paper

Molecular dynamics simulations on extractive desulfurization of fuels by tetrabutylammonium chloride based Deep Eutectic Solvents

Shah, D., Gapeyenko, D., Urakpayev, A. & Torkmahalleh, M., Jan 15 2019, In : Journal of Molecular Liquids. 274, p. 254-260 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Molecular dynamics

Structure of monoethanolamine based type III DESs: Insights from molecular dynamics simulations

Kussainova, D. & Shah, D., Mar 1 2019, In : Fluid Phase Equilibria. 482, p. 112-117 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

monoethanolamine (MEA)

A new model to predict particulate matter impact on the solvent loss in Post Combustion CO2 Capture Plants using Aspen Plus

Torkmahalleh, M., Mansurov, U., Shah, D. & Bazybek, N., 2018, GHGT-14. Melbourne, Australia

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Contributions of burner, pan, meat and salt to PM emission during grilling

Amouei Torkmahalleh, M., Ospanova, S., Baibatyrova, A., Nurbay, S., Zhanakhmet, G. & Shah, D., Jul 1 2018, In : Environmental Research. 164, p. 11-17 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fuel burners
Hydrothermal synthesis
Fly ash
fly ash