Professor Harvey Thompson (HT) FIMechE is Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. He has published over 100 journal papers in the areas of CFD, Heat Transfer and Multi-disciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) of engineering products and processes and has collaborated with leading companies in the aerospace, automotive and food sectors. His recent research in CFD-enabled flow optimisation has been focussed in electronics and machine tool cooling systems and is finding application in a range of other biological, chemical and nuclear flow processing systems.

AL-DADAH, Raya (F) is a reader in sustainable energy technologies in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. She was awarded BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 and PhD in Electrohydrodynamic enhancement of boiling heat transfer in 1994. She took lectureship position at UoB in 1995, promoted to senior lecturer in 2014 and to a reader in 2019. She has more than 20 years research experience in the fields of heat transfer, heat powered refrigeration systems and harnessing solar energy. She is a fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration, fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and member of the Higher Education Academy (UK). She has researched and supervised research projects and published over 150 papers in reputable journals and international conferences with H index of 24.

Specific Research interests:

  • Heat powered adsorption technology for energy storage, cooling, heating, power generation and water desalination using advanced adsorbent materials namely Metal Organic Framework (MOF.
  • Harnessing solar energy: Developing efficient methods of harnessing solar energy based on concentrated Photovoltaic cells (silicon cells as well as multi-junction cells) for both electricity and heat energy production (PVT and CPVT).
  • Liquid Air Energy Storage: Developing efficient cold energy recovery systems for cooling, power generation and freeze water desalination.

Longfei Chen is Professor in the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Beihang University, China. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. He has published more than 60 refereed journal articles. He serves as the secretary general of the Aviation Internal Combustion Engine Branch of Chinese Society for Internal Combustion Engines, and the member of SAE E31 Working Group of ICAO Emission Standards Committee. He has received many awards including the National Excellent Young Scholar (2019), China Internal Combustion Engine Society Outstanding Researcher (2019), the 4th China-France team cooperation innovation award (R&D Award, 2017), Beijing Science and Technology Nova Star Award (2018), and the First Prize Paper awarded by Chinese society for IC engines (2015). His research interest lies in particle emissions, spray and combustion, ice nucleation in atmosphere, more specifically in:

  1. developing the measurement system for particle emissions;
  2. the heat and mass transfer in multi-phase flow;
  3. condensation and icing of atmospheric particles.

Professor M. Pourkashanian: is the Head of Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield. He holds a chair in Energy Engineering, is the General Secretary for the International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and is Managing Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre National Facilities. He has completed numerous major research projects on clean energy technology, receiving substantial grants from the EPSRC, EU, and NATO. During his career at Universities of Sheffield and Leeds Professor Pourkashanian has successfully managed over 100 research contracts and grants, with a total value well over £90 million –with active research grants for 2019 is in excess of £19M relating to clean energy projects.

His research is in the field of future clean and sustainable energy technology. He and his students have authored over 415 publications in refereed journals and conferences and have co-authored a few books on coal and biomass combustion. Professor Pourkashanian has graduated over 87 Ph.D. candidates and supervised over 40 postdoctoral scholars. He is currently supervising 28 Ph.D. graduate students and 15 research associate/fellows, Chair of International CCS Test Centre, member of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF): Industrial Decarbonisation Advisory Group, Fellow of the Energy Institute and Chartered Engineer.


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