Born on 1 January 1943, in the village of Sosna in the Baltasi region of the Tatarstan Republic, central Asia. He belongs to the family of a mullah (religious scholar). In 1964 he graduated from the Kazan Chemical and Technological Institute. During 1965-1967, he worked in the Kuibyshev plant of synthetic alcohol. He was a postgraduate student at the Moscow Mendeleev Chemical and Technological Institute (1968-1970) and in 1970; he defended his candidate’s thesis.
In 1972, Prof. Mazgarov established the laboratory of desulfurization of hydrocarbon raw materials at VNIIUS (Kazan), becoming its director in 1985. He was awarded his doctorate of technical sciences in 1984, and successively became a full professor in 1990, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan (1991), honored chemist of Tatarstan (1990), government prize laureate of Tatarstan in the field of science and technology (1998).
Professor Akhmet Mazgarov is a specialist in the field of organic sulfur chemistry, metal complex catalysis, oil and gas processing, chemistry and technology of the desulfurazation processes of oil, gas and oil products. He is the author of 120 scientific works, 109 patents, including 5 USA patents and 1 German patent. Prof. Mazgarov was the first to develop the process of selective demercaptanization of crude oil (the DMC process), commercialized in 1995 by the USA oil company “Chevron” on the Tengiz oil-field in Kazakhstan. Twenty three commercial gas, gasoline and waste-water desulfurization plants in Russia and one plant of waste-water treatment in Bulgaria were built on the basis of technologies developed by Academician Mazgarov. Two technologies developed by Prof. Mazgarov were sold to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where more than 10 plants will be built.
Prof. Mazgarov was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2000.