Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh Technology Center
Phone; (412) 268-6160
Fax # (412) 268-7759
University of Southampton, England.
1970 University of Southampton, England.
Studies, 1980, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh,
Baghdad University, Baghdad.
Materials and Devices 1993-1994
Department of Physics, Penn State University
Physics Lecturer 1989-1994
Materials and Devices 1985-1986
Physical Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
development of High Energy Permanent Magnets 1979-1985
Energy Storage system.
Physics, Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran
Professor and Chairman 1976-1978
Fifteen years of
interaction with faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate
students. Served as principal investigator of several governmental and private
projects related to hydrogen storage materials and performed several
presentations related to hydrogen technology for hydride Rechargeable Batteries
and Fuel Cells. Presently managing the MPC laboratory for R and D of
hydrogenation catalysts fabrication and analysis. Research and development
hydrides for chemical heat pumps and hydride air conditioners
density hydrogenation catalysts for electrochemical cells
super magnets for linear actuator and brushless DC motors
process of steel mill sludge and oil separation from titanium metal scrap
and modeling of surface and interface tension of fluids and solids for
of novel hydrogenation catalysts supported by zeolites for hydrotreating and
hydrogenation of heavy petroleum oil
hydrogenation of light and heavy crude oil
kinetics of metal hydrides for hydroprocessing of crude oil
nano-structured materials and nano size magnetic particles
Technology Center ( Presently Data Storage Systems Center, DSSC),
Eleclectrical Engineering and Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University-
Investigation of Magnetostrictive Properties of Cobalt and Cobalt-Chromium
National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, New York
product Permanent Magnet Materials
NASA’s New Technology Award for High Energy Product Permanent Magnet Design for
Actuators: Report Published in NASA Tech Briefs; vol: 14, # 12
Electrical & Electronic Society
Magnetism & Magnetic Materials
Microporous & Mesoporous Materials
Conference Symposium and
(GMR) in Layared and Manganite - Based Materials, presented in The Magnetic and
Superconducting Materials Conference (MSM-99)-September 1999 -Sharif
University, Tehran, Iran.
Magnetic Characteristics of Multicomponent Rare earth - Transition Metal
Materials Based on NdFeB, presented in MSM-99 -September 1999- Sharif
University Tehran, Iran.
GMR in Layered
Materials, Korean Elecrtronic Materials R and D Association , January 1999
of Rare Earth Intermetallic compounds- Eleventh International wok shop on Rare
Earth Magnets and their Applications- October 1990, Carnegie Mellon University,
Magnetics Conference, April 1989, Magnetic Society of IEEE Washington DC.
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference, November 1987, Chicago Illinois.
Research Society Meeting, April 1986, Anaheim California.
Research and Development Activities
Pourarian is a material scientist with a vast experience in the development of
materials technology. He has managed
Advanced Material Corporation’s (Small business company at Carnegie Mellon
Research Institute) research and development efforts in the design and
synthesis of hydrogenation catalysts for over 15 years. He has served as principal investigator of
several governmental and private projects related to hydrogen storage materials
technology and performed several presentations related to technical and
business plan development for the hydrogen technology for Fuel Cell
System. Dr. Pourarian has also been
involved in the development of hydrogenation catalysts for chemical heat pumps,
and thermally driven CFC-free hydrogen air conditioners. Recently, he has developed novel high
density hydrogenation catalysts to be utilized in the design of electrochemical
cells such as Ni-Batteries and PEM Fuel Cells.
Pourarian has also several years of experience in developing magnetic materials
for devices, high energy super magnets, magnetic circuit design and fine powder
metallurgy process technology. He is
co-recipient of NASA (Projects Sponsor) award for the design work of a linear
the last 10 years Dr. Pourarian interest has shifted considerably to the
technologies which would have an impact on the efficient use of energy
resources. Since 1995 he has been
involved in the development of microwave energy process of steel mill sludge,
magnetic filtration of steel mill detergent and the microwave oil separation from
titanium metal scrap. His particular
interest is focused on characterizing and modeling the physical properties of
the fluids and solids involved in the microwave waste treatment process. He has determined and analyzed the surface
and interface tensions of several process fluids and oil used in the microwave
treatment technology. The results
provided a significant solution to the problems involved in the steel waste
March 1997 he has been strongly involved in the design and development of novel
hydrogenation catalysts for hydrotreating of petroleum heavy crude oil. He performed the processing of conventional
hydrogenation of heavy and light crude oil using pressure hydrogenating reactor
systems. His experience at MPC also
includes characterization of fabricated hydrogenation catalysts and zeolites
and analytical and structural investigation of petroleum products. Dr. Pourarian has published over 100
technical papers in the area of the hydrogenation materials technology and
permanent magnets and holds 7 patents related to development of hydrogenation
catalysts for Ni-metal hydride batteries and for heat pumps and refrigeration
Formal Technical Reports
De-Oiling of Titanium Scrap Metal - Prepared for Oremet Titanium Company- December,
17, 1997 - Microwave Processing Center - Carnegie Mellon Research Institute
Treatment of Oily wastes- Prepared for Aluminum Company of America, January 3,
1996, Microwave Processing Center - Carnegie Mellon Research Institute
Separation of Oil-Water Sludges- Recyclability of Process Fluid- Report
CR-107758, December 1996- (Published by EPRI Center for Materials Production)-
Microwave Processing Center- Carnegie Mellon Research Institute
Separation of Oil-Water Sludges- Application to polymer-Treated Sludges-CMP
Report # 95-4 CR-105736- (Published by EPRI Center for Materials Production)
Microwave Processing Center- Carnegie Mellon Research Institute.
ZrMn2 Type Alloy
Partially Substituted with Ce/Pr/Nd and Characterized by AB2 Stoichiometry,
U.S. Patent 4,406,874, Sept. 27,1983.
Alloy characterized by ZrMn2 Stoichiometry, U.S. Patent 4,412,982, November 1,
Materials of Hyperstoichiometric Alloys based on ZrCr2 System, U.S. Patent 4,
512,965, April 23, 1985.
Materials of Zr-Cr-Fe and Ti Alloys Characterized by ZrCr2 Stoichiometry, U.S.
Patent 4,556,551, December 3, 1985.
Pump, U.S. Patent 4,928,496 May, 1990.
Pump Alloy Combination, U.S. Patent 5,122,338, June 16, 1992.
Materials for Battery Applications, U.S. Patent, 5,525,435, June 11, 1996.
List Of Publications
Properties of (Rare Earth)-Co2 Compounds I, E. W. Lee and F. Pourarian,
Phys. stat. sol. (a) 33, 483 (1976).
Properties of (Rare Earth)-Co2 Compounds II, E. W. Lee and F.
Pourarian, Phys. stat. sol. (a) 34, 383 (1976).
Induced Volume Magnetostriction in Some Rare Earth- Co2
Compounds, F. Pourarian, Phys. Lett. 67A, 407 (1978).
of Magnetostriction in TbAl2 and TbCo2 Compounds, F.
Pourarian, Phys. Lett. 72A, 175 (1979).
of Some Rare Earth-Aluminum Laves Phase Compounds, F. Pourarian and W. E.
Wallace, J. Appl. Phys. 50, 7707 (1979).
Striction of Rare Earth-Al2 Laves Phase Compounds, F.
Pourarian, J. Phys. Chem. Sol. 41, 123, (1980).
in Some Rare Earth-Co3 Compounds, F. Pourarian and N. Tajabor,
Phys. Stat. Sol. (a) 61, 537 (1980).
in Some R6Fe23 Rare Earth Intermetallic Compounds,
F. Pourarian, W. E. Wallace, S. G. Sankar and R. Obermeyer, in The Rare
Earths in Modern Science and Technology Vol. 2, G. J. McCarthy, J. J.
Rhyne and H. B. Silber, eds. Plenum Press, NY (1980), p. 321.
of Absorbed Hydrogen on Magnetic Ordering the Tb6Mn23
and Dy6Mn23, F. Pourarian, E. B. Boltich, W. E.
Wallace and S. K. Malik, J. Less-Common Metals 74, 153 (1980).
System: Magnetism and
Pressure-Composition Isotherm to 1400 Atm, ibid., 161 (1980).
Characteristics of R6Mn23 Hydrides (R = Gd, Ho and
Er), F. Pourarian, E. B. Boltich, W. E. Wallace, R. S. Craig and S. K.
Malik, J. Mag. Mag. Mat. 21, 128 (1980).
Strains in Some Light Rare Earth Aluminum Laves Phase Compounds, J. Mag.
Mag. Mat. 24, 43 (1981).
of Spontaneous Ferromagnetism in Non-stoichiometric ZrCo2, H. Fujii, F.
Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, ibid., 93 (1981).
of Hydrogen on Structure and Magnetic Properties of Ho6Fe23 and Er6Fe23,
E. B. Boltich, F. Pourarian, W. E. Wallace, H. K. Smith and S. K. Malik,
Solid State Commun. 40, 117 (1981).
and Magnetism of Hydrides of Non- stoichiometric ZrMn2, F. Pourarian, H.
Fujii, W. E. Wallace, V. K. Sinha and H. K. Smith, J. Chem. 85, 3101 (1981).
Christallographic and Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Zr1-xTixMn2, H.
Fujii, F. Pourarian, V. K. Sinha and W. E. Wallace, ibid., 3112 (1981).
Strain and Thermal Expansion in NdCo5 in the Spin Reorientation
Temperature Region, F. Pourarian, M. V. Satyanarana and W. E. Wallace, J.
Mag. Mag. Mat. 25, 113 (1981).
Characteristics of RCo2-xFex-Hydrides (r = Tb, Dy), F. Pourarian, W. E.
Wallace and S. K. Malik, J. Less-Common Met. 83, 95 (1981).
and Christallographic Characteristics of Tb6-xYxMn23 Alloys, E. B.
Bpltich, W. E. Wallace, F. Pourarian and S. K. Malik, J. Mag. Mag. Mat.
25, 295 (1982).
Behavior of Laves Phase Fex (R = Ho, Er) Compounds and Their Hydrides, F.
Pourarian, W. E. Wallace and S> K. Malik, ibid., 299 (1982).
of Hydrogen Absorption on the Magnetic Properties of ZrMn2-xFex Ternaries
with C14 Structure, H. Fujii, V.K. sinha, F. Pourarian and w.E. Wallace,
J. Less Common Metals 85, 43 (1982).
of Hydrogen Absorption on the Magnetic Propertied of Zr((Fe1-xAlx)2
Compounds, H. Fujii, F.Pourarian and W.E. Wallace, J. Mag. Mag. Mat27, 215
Storage in CeNi5-xCux, F. Pourarian and W.E. Wallace, J. Less –Common
Metals 87, 275 (1982).
Characteristicsof Zr1-xTiXMnFe Alloys, V.K Sinha, F. Pourarian, and W. E.
Wallace, ibid, 283 (1982).
Absorbtion by ZrMn2Fex, V. K. sinha, F. Pourarian, J. Phys. Chem. 85, 4952
Absorption by ZrMn2MnyFex, F. Pourarian, V. K. Sinha and W. E. Wallace,
ibid, 4956 (1982).
Studies of LaNi5-xCux Alloys and Relation to Hydride Formation, W. E.
Wallace and F. Pourarian, ibid., 4958 (1982).
of Hydrogen absorption on Magnetic Ordering in Some Zr-based Laves Phase Compounds,
H. Fujii, F. Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, J. Less. Common Metals 88, 187
and Thermodynamics of ZrMn2- Based Hydrides, F. Pourarian, V. K. Sinha, W.
E. Wallace and H. K. Smiyh, ibid., 451 (1982).
in Behavior of Non-Stoichiometric Systems ZrMn2T0.8 ( T= Mn, Fe, Co, Ni
and Cu), F. Pourarian, W. E. Wallace, Sol. State Comuni. 45 223 (1983).
Enthalpiesof of Zr-based Hydrides of Laves Phase Structure, A. T.
Pedziwiatr, W. E. Wallace and R. S. Craig, J. Solid State Chem. 46, 336
Entropies of the ZrMn2+y Systems, F. Pourarian, V. K. Sinha, W. E. Wallace
and A. T. Pedziwiatr, in Electronic Structure and Properties of hydrogen
in Metals, P. Jena and C. b. Satterthwaite, eds., Plenum Publishing Corp.
(1983), P. 385.
Formation in Zr1-xCexMnx (x=0.2 and 0.3), F. Pouarian and W. E.
Wallace, J. Less-Common Metals 91, 223 (1983).
and Proton NMR Studies of Zr-Based Ternary Hydrides, D. rambabu, R.
Nagarajan, S. K. Vijayraghavan, F. Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, J. Mag.
Mag. Mat. 31 759 (1983).
Sorption Properties of Non-Stoichiometric ZrMn2-Based Systems, F.
Pourarian, V. K. Sinha and W. E. Wallace, J.s Common Metals 96, 237
Behavior of RFe3-Hydrides (R = Tb, Er and Tm), S. K. Malik, F. Pourarian,
and W. E. Wallace, J. Less Common Metals 96, 237 (1983).
Properties of Zr(Cr1-xCox)2 Alloys and Their Hydrides, S. Hirosawa, F.
Pourarian, V. K. Sinha and W. E. Wallace, J. Mag. Mag. Mat., 38, 159
Advances in the Study of the Magnetism of Lanthanide Intermetallics and
Their Hydrides, W. E. Wallace, H. Fujii, E. B. Boltich, S. Hirosawa, F.
Pourarian, M. Merches, E. Oswald, E. Scwab, and M. V. Satyanaryana, in
Proceeding of the International Conference on Magnetism of Rare Earths and
Actinides, E. Burzo and Rogalski, eds., CIP-AP, Vol. 4 (1983), P.1.
Characteristics of the Hyperstoichiometric ZrCRFeTx System (T = Mn, Fe,
Co, Ni, and Cu), F. Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, J. Sol. State Chem. 55
Characteristics of Hyperstoichiometric ZrCrFeT0.8 (T = Mn,Fe,Co and Ni)
and Hydrides, S. Hirosawa, F. Pourarian, and W. E. Wallace, J. Mag. Mag.
Mat., 43, 187 (1984).
Characteristics of CeNi5-xCux (X = 0, 1,2,2.5,3 and 4) Alloys and their
Hydrides, A. T. Pedziwiatr, F. Pourarian, and W. E. Wallace, J. Appl.
Phys., 55, 1987 (1984).
Properties of RNi4Fe Alloys (R = La, Ce, or Y), F. Pourarian, A. T.
Pedziwiatr, and W. E. Wallace, ibid, 1981 (1984).
of Fe Substitution on the Magnetic Characteristics of Some RNi5 Alloys (
R= Pr Or Nd), F. Pourarian, A.T.
Pedziwatr, and W. E
Wallace, IEEE, Trans, Mag. 20, 1446 (1984).
Sorption Characteristics of Zr1-xTix (Cr1-yFey)2, F. Pourarian and W. E.
Wallace, J. Less Common Met. 107, 69 (1985).
Chrystallographic, Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of the
Zr1-xTixCrFe-H2 System, G. Y. Yu, F. Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, J. Less
Common Met. 106, 79 (1985).
of Hydrogen Absorption on Magnetic Properties of (Zr(Fe1-xVx)2 Ternaries,
H. Fujii, Okamoto, W. E. Wallace, F. Pourarian, T. Morisaki, J. Mag. Mag.
Mat. 46, 245 (1985).
effect of Substitution of Mn or Al on the Hydrogen Sorption
Characteristics of CeNi5, F. Pourarian and W. E. Wallace, Intl. J.
Hydrogen Energy, 10, 49 (1985).
Characterization of Methanation Catalysts
formed by Oxidation of Nickle-Cerium Intermetallics, M. Howalla, C.
L. Kibby, F. Pourarian, L. Petrakis and D. M. Hercules, Proc. Of the 9th
Canadian Symp. On Cat., Vol. 19, (1984) 243.
of Some Ternary and Quaternary CeNi5-Based Hydride System, F. Pourarian
and W. E. Wallace, Intl. J. Hydrogen Energy, 12, 289 (1986).
of Hydrogen on the Magnetic Characteristics of R2Fe14B (R=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm
or Y) Systems, F. Pourarian, M. W. Huang and W. E. Wallace, J. Less
CommonMet., 120, 63 (1986).
and Chrystallographic Characteristics of CeNi5-xMx (M = Fe or Mn) and the
Hydrides, F. Pourarian, M. Z. Lin, B. Z. Lu, M. Q. Huang and W. E.
Wallace, J. Sol. St. Chem. 65, 111 (1986).
Magnetic Studies of ComplexMetal Hydrides, W. E. Wallace, F. Pourarian, A.
T. Pedziwiatr and E. B. Boltich, J. Less Common Met., 130, 33 (1987).
Properties of 2:14 and 2:17 and the Hydrides, W. E. Wallace, T. T. Pedziwiatr,
E. B. Boltich, F. Pourarian, and S. Y. Jiang,
Anisotropy and Spin Reorientation in Nd2-xPrxCo14B, F. Pourarian, S. G.
Sankar, A. T. Pedziwiatr, E. B. Boltich, and W. E. Wallace, Materials
Rsearch Soc. Symp. Proc. 96 103 (1987).
of Hydrogen on Magnetic Propertiesof Quaternry Pr2Fe14-xCoxB Compounds, F.
Pourarian, S. Y. Jiang and W. E. Wallace, ibid., 231 (1987).
Magnetic Materials for Sensors and Activator Applications, S. G. Sankar, R.
Obermyer, E. B. Boltich, F. Pourarian, and W. E. Wallace, Annual Meeting
of American Ceramic Society, April 1987.
and Crystallographic, Properties of R2-xPrxCo14B (R= Tb, Dy, Ho and Tm),
S. Y. Jiang, F. Pourarian, E. B. Boltich, and W. E. Wallace, IEEE Trans.
Mag. MAG-23, 35, 2720 (1987).
of Dy and Co Substitutions on the Spin Reorientation Phenomena in Tm2Fe14B
Alloys, F. Pourarian, S. Y. Jiang, S. G. Sankar, and W. E. Wallace, Sol.
State Commun. 63, 1119 (1987).
of Hydrogen on the Magnetic Properties of Hyperstoichiometric ZrMn2T0.8
(T= Fe, Co, Ni and Cu), L. Y. Zhang, A. T. Pedziwiatr, F. Pourarian, and
W. E. Wallace, J. Mag. Mag. Mat., 68 309 (1987).
Behavior of R2Fe14B Hydrides (R = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Er), L. Y. Zhang, F.
Pourarian, and W. E. Wallace, J. Mag. Mag. Mat., 71, 203 (1987).
and Magnetic Properties of Quaternary Pr2-xRxCo14B (R= Dy and Er) Systems
and their Hydrides, F. Pourarian, S. Y. Jiang, S. G. Sankar ans W. E.
Wallace, J. Appl. Phys., 63, 3972 (1988).
of Magnetic Phase Diagrams of Selected (RxR1-x)2Fe14B Systems, E. B.
Boltich, F. Pourarian, R. T. Obermyer, S. G. Sankar and W. E. Wallace, J.
Appl. Phys.., 63, 3964 (1988).