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Jute Man

Dr.Mubarak Ahmad Khan

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Here's who I am & what I do

Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan is a Bangladeshi scientist who has been doing research into Jute's commercial uses and possibilities. According to the science-based research database, Scopus, he is considered to be the leading scientist in the study of jute worldwide. He is currently serving as the Scientific Advisor of Bangladesh Jute Mills corporation (BJMC). Among his many discoveries citables are Sonali Bag, Jutin, helmets and tiles of which all are made from jute.

Life and career

Early life and education

Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan was born in a noble Muslim family on 31 January 1958 in Manikganj district in Bangladesh. He was one of the five children of school teacher Muhammad Muhsin Khan and Nurjahan. Mubarak Ahmad has started his school life from P. S. high school in Manikganj and got talent pool scholarship. He attended his matriculation and intermediate exams from Manikganj Model High School and Debendro College respectively and passed with better result. He accomplished his bachelor's and master's degree in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University in 1991, followed by the completion of his Ph.D. in Polymer and Radioactive Chemistry. Subsequently, he pursued Post Doctoral studies in Germany, Japan, UK, and the USA, further enriching his expertise and contributing to the global research landscape.

Marriage and children

Mubarak Ahmad Khan married Jahanara Begum, a deputy director general manager of Agrani Bank Ltd. in 1987. Their son Shauk Muntaha Murshid Khan is an engineer in Germany and daughter Arshi Mavan Murshid Khan is a bachelors student.

Professional career

In 1984, Mubarak Ahmad Khan initiated his professional journey as a Scientific Officer at the Radiation and Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Savar-Dhaka. Progressing through various roles, he served as a Senior Scientific Officer from 1990 to 2000, Principal Scientific Officer and Group Leader from 2001 to 2009, and then ascended to the position of Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Institute of Radiation and Polymer Technology from 2009 to 2015. Subsequently, from 2015 to 2017, he held the esteemed positions of Chief Scientific Officer and Director General at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Research Establishment. Since 2017, he has been actively contributing as a Scientific Advisor to the Bangladesh Jute Mill's Corporation, while also providing consultancy services to numerous private companies in Bangladesh.

Working experience in eminent research institute

In 1990 he was IAEA fellow in University of New South Wales, Australia. In 1995 and 2014 he was a DAAD fellow in Technical University in Berlin, Germany and Jacob University in Bremen, Germany. In 1997 he has worked in "The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF)", Japan. In 2000 he was a visiting professor of Michigan State University, USA. In 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2014 he was Alexader von Humboldt fellow (AvH) in Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research and University of Kassel, Germany. In 2017 he was work in Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Kumamoto University, Japan.

Teaching experience in Bangladesh

Mubarak Ahmad Khan has been a faculty member at institutions like Mirzapur College(1982-1984), Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (1991-2002), Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University(2010-2016) and from 2012 to present is an adjunct professor of the University of Dhaka. He is also a visiting professor of Daffodil International University and Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh. He has supervised more than 300 M.Sc. students, 8 M.Ph. students and 20 Ph.D. students.

Membership

Mubarak Ahmad Khan is former a member of IUPAC polymer division and New York Academy of Science. He is a member of Bangladesh Chemical Society, Bangladesh Physical Society, Bangladesh Association for the Advance of Science, Association of Humboldt Fellows Bangladesh and Fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Science. He is member of section committee (Associate professor and professor level) of Jahangirnagar University. He is convener member of Syllabus/ Curriculum committee on polymer and material science of various universities of Bangladesh.

Scientific career

Mubarak Ahmad Khan work on environmental science, material science, health care, agriculture and biological science. He is working on sustainable material and also working on nano-technology. He has invented biodegradable polybag (Sonali Bag) from jute fibre to remove plastic pollution. He work on deafferents type of composite materials, in this continuing he has invented Jute Reinforcement Corrugated Sheet (Commercial name is Jutin). He used to mix jute with polymer for the making of Jutin. He invented advance wound dressing material from cow bone, biodegradable PPE from jute with chitosan, biodegradable sanitary napkin from jute based superabsorbent, Natural Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. He has invented natural plant growth promoter from prawn shell, liquate biofertilizer from textile effluent etc. In 2016 he created non-harmful proteins as an alternative to harmful formalin for human body. He also invented numerous essential things with jute.

Awards and honors

Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan was conferred Independence Award (Swadhinata Padak), the highest civilian award, by the government of Bangladesh in 2024 in recognition of his special contribution in the field of science and technology. The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented him with this prestigious award. He received the award in the Science and Technology category.

Natural Fibrenamics Award, 2023, ICNF, Portugal, The Jagodish Chandro Bose Green Research Leadership Award, 2023, pollimar Gold medal, 2019, National Jute Day Award, 2017.

Publication

The world's various scientific research organizations publish documents on his work. In 1998, his name was published in the publication of 'Who's Who'. His publication list more than 800 and 20 book chapters. He has three research patents.

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC)

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) is a public corporation that manages all government-owned jute factories and industries in Bangladesh. The corporation is located in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. In addition to the jute mills, it also owns several public entities in other fields for the purposes of funding and revenue collection.

The Sonali Bag project is being managed by the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) under the Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Bangladesh.

Presently the Sonali Bag Project is located at Latif Bawany Jute Mills under BJMC

Project Fund

Names Funding Dated
Sonali Bag project Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Ministry of Textiles and Jute 12/05/2017 To 30/12/2023
“To extand further research work for production of environmental friendly Sonali Bag from jute” Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund 30/06/2019 To 30/12/2023

Our Employes

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Md. Latifur Rahman

Senior Scientist

Sonali Bag Project

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Tania Akter Ruhane

Senior Scientist

Sonali Bag Project

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Sonali Bag Project

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Scientist

Sonali Bag Project

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