I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering (Thermal Engineering Group). I completed my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in August 2013. During my Ph.D., I developed various multi-physics models to study solar thermochemical fuel production process at multiple scales. My research was funded by US Dept. of Energy projects. During this period, I also received Marshall Plan Foundation fellowship to carry out research at FHV Austria as an exchange student.
After completion of my Ph.D., I received DAAD-DLR postdoctoral fellowship to perform research at the Institute of Solar Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany. At DLR, I performed theoretical and experimental investigations of solar thermochemical fuel production and energy storage processes for US Dept. of Energy and EU-Horizon 2020 projects. After completion of my fellowship, I continued my research at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden in close collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a postdoctoral fellow. As part of my research, I actively participated in the construction and the successful experimental demonstration of a prototype scale latent heat thermal energy storage system. After successful completion of my project, I joined the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA as a postdoctoral researcher. During this period, I led design, construction, and experimentation of a prototype scale high efficiency Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) power block supported by the US Dept. of Energy.
My research focuses on understanding thermal transport and reaction phenomena at the material scale and apply this knowledge to develop stable, scalable and efficient devices for high-temperature processes. At the application level, I am interested in investigating solar fuel generation, high-temperature thermochemical energy storage, electrochemical heat engines, carbon capture, energy-water nexus and micro combined heat and power systems for residential and commercial applications.
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