Sazan Rahman

Md Sazan Rahman

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4893
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 226, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: He/him/his

Dr. Rahman's research mainly focus on increasing the yield and quality of agricultural products using minimum resources and reducing environmental degradation with minimal carbon footprint by applying different innovations, optimizations, waste management, and renewable techniques in controlled environment agricultural (CEA) systems. Dr. Rahman's research interest includes but not limited to:
> Innovation and improvement of novel sustainable HVAC technologies in CEA.
> Innovative substrate and hydroponic systems development for indoor farming and green buildings.
> Thermal/moisture balance modeling, and energy optimizations of agricultural buildings.
> Integrating renewable sources in the indoor environment controlling systems for agricultural buildings.
> Innovative systems development for integrating waste-recovering technologies in CEA production.

Dr. Rahman's Engineering for Agri-Environment (EAE) Lab is a multi-disciplinary lab where they are trying to overcome each specific challenge of controlled environment agriculture (CEA), from the substrate to the roof cover and anything in between, through sustainable technologies.


  • D, Bioengineering, Mcgill University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rajshahi University, Banglades

Selected Publications

  • Ahamed, M. S., Sultan, M., Monfet, D., Rahman, M. S., Zhang, Y., Zahid, A., . . . Achour, Y. (2023). A critical review on efficient thermal environment controls in indoor vertical farming. Journal of Cleaner Production, 425, 138923. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.138923

  • Rahman, M. S., & Guo, H. (2023). Sensitivity analysis of the DehumReq model to evaluate the impact of predominant factors on dehumidification requirement of greenhouses in cold regions. Information Processing in Agriculture, 10(2), 216-228. doi:10.1016/j.inpa.2022.01.004

  • Rahman, M. S., MacPherson, S., & Lefsrud, M. (2023). Experimental investigation of a novel evaporative cooling pad made of cement-free porous concrete. Building and Environment, 228, 109867. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109867

  • Rahman, M. S., MacPherson, S., & Lefsrud, M. (2022). Prospects of porous concrete as a plant-growing medium and structural component for green roofs: a review. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 37(5), 536-549. doi:10.1017/s1742170522000138

  • Rahman, M. S., MacPherson, S., Akbarzadeh, A., Guerini, A., Chapelat, J., & Lefsrud, M. (2022). A study on heat and mass transfer through vegetated porous concrete for environmental control. Journal of Cleaner Production, 366, 132984. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.132984

  • Rahman, M. S., Chauvin-Bossé, T., Akbarzadeh, A., Guerini, A., Chapelat, J., & Lefsrud, M. (2022). Experimental investigation of heat and moisture transfer with ventilation through porous concrete with embedded coils for air conditioning. Building and Environment, 222, 109370. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109370

  • Nehar, L., Rahman, T., Tuly, S. S., Rahman, M. S., Sarker, M. R. I., & Beg, M. R. A. (2022). Thermal performance analysis of a solar still with different absorber plates and external copper condenser. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 17, 100763. doi:10.1016/j.gsd.2022.100763

  • Rahman, M. S., Guo, H., & Han, J. (2021). Dehumidification requirement modelling and control strategy for greenhouses in cold regions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 187, 106264. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2021.106264

  • Tuly, S. S., Sarker, M. R. I., Das, B. K., & Rahman, M. S. (2021). Effects of design and operational parameters on the performance of a solar distillation system: A comprehensive review. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 14, 100599. doi:10.1016/j.gsd.2021.100599

  • Tuly, S. S., Rahman, M. S., Sarker, M. R. I., & Beg, R. A. (2021). Combined influence of fin, phase change material, wick, and external condenser on the thermal performance of a double slope solar still. Journal of Cleaner Production, 287, 125458. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125458