Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2017
  • M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2011
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Iran, 2008
Licenses & Certifications
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Professional Honors
  • Bagley Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Mississippi State University 2013-2015
Professional Affiliations
  • AIChE
  • NFPA
  • Persian

Dr. Zanganeh is a chemical engineer and specializes in catalysis, reaction kinetics, low temperature combustion strategies, diesel engine emissions control, nanomaterials synthesis and characterization techniques, soft materials science, and analytical methods in downstream and upstream oil and gas applications. He has assisted with the investigation of industrial fires and explosions as well as various mechanical equipment and system failures.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Zanganeh was a scientist and materials characterization lab manager at an oil and gas services company providing analytical testing and analysis. He collaborated in various projects for upstream studies for investigating the fluid behaviors under high temperature and high pressure (HTHP) conditions via PVT analysis. His materials science experience includes thermal and rheological behavior of petroleum products including crude oil, lubricating oils, drilling fluids, pastes, and polymers via state-of-the-art rheometer, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Dr. Zanganeh was also a key member of the chromatography department. He has expertise in utilizing liquid and gas chromatography techniques to simulate distillation of crude oil, sulfur analysis, PIONA analysis, identification of aromatics, compositional analysis of crude oil, natural gas, refinery wastes, fuels, and oils.

During his graduate program, he worked on strategies to reduce the pollutant emissions produced by diesel engines. He had a close collaboration with a research team in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University where he studied the effect of diesel-natural gas dual fuel low temperature (LTC) strategy on engine performance and exhaust emissions. He also worked on the synthesis and characterization of a novel sinter resistant copper-gold alloy catalyst for CO oxidation. Additionally, he has an extensive experience with nanomaterial synthesis techniques including sol-gel, deposition-precipitation (DP), microemulsion, electro-deposition, and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). He is also experienced in material characterization techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmitted electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and BET surface area analysis. Dr. Zanganeh also possesses a research background in the separation and purification of disaccharides by using the solvent extraction technique. He investigated the solubility of lactose in a sugar-water-alcohol system via NRTL and UNIFAC thermodynamic models. He also utilized statistical tools for the design of experiments (DOE), finding the effective parameters, and optimization of the separation process.