• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Compact and responsive sorption thermal energy storages: material development, experimental characterisation and modelling

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    Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer of Thermal-Fluid Sciences in Mechanical Engineering and his main research area is sustainable cooling, heating and heat storing. Ahmed has completed and is currently running several research projects in collaboration with other countries (e.g., Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and Egypt) about sustainable cooling and heating and heat storage. Ahmed is a Principal Investigator within the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) centre at Aston University. His PhD in adsorption cooling systems was awarded in December 2012. He has extensive first-hand research experience in thermal systems modelling and optimisation. He developed several approaches in adsorption/desiccant systems modelling, which is now widely adopted by other researchers. He worked in 1D engine modelling to study and optimise the electrification of turbochargers. In the field of turbomachinery, he carried out 3D Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) turbine modelling and coupled 1D/3D-FCD modelling. Ahmed published several impactful journal papers in highly reputable journals. Current research areas encompass the development of advanced adsorption composites for sorption heat storage, heating, cooling and adsorption water desalination applications.

    Research Interests

    Thermal energy storing and upgrading.
    Heat pump and refrigeration technologies.
    Multi-generation (CHP, CCHP).
    Energy systems modelling and optimisation.
    Micro turbomachinery.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    2022: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BISE). Waste heat recovery through the rotary heat exchanger in the aggregate processing industry.

    2022: PI, Innovate UK - Knowledge Transfer partnership KTP (£252k). Project on developing a new range of modular energy efficient furnaces in aluminium scrap industry. Aston University and Mechatherm Limited

    2021: UK-PI, STFC Food Network+ (£10k). Project on developing IoT enabled cold chain for the fish market in Africa: Kenya and Uganda.

    2021: PI, Aston Institute of Material Research (AIMR) seedcorn fund (£1500). Developing new adsorbent composite of high adsorption and heat transfer performance.

    2021: PI, The Royal Society, International Exchanges (£12k) – Project on new sorption materials for cooling application.

    2020: Co-I, Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnership (£238k) – Project on solar driven precoolers for psot-harvesting food preservation. Aston University, University of Port Harcourt & ColdHubs Ltd

    2020: CoI, Innovate UK - GCRF - demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development (£50k), project on producing clean water in rural villages in Pakistan (led by AIR PUREX LTD).

    2019: PI, Global Challenges Research Fund (£50K). Cooling for Life in Sub-Saharan Africa Stage-1, interdisciplinary approach (Engineering + Business) Aston University and University of Rwanda.

    2019: British council. Workshop on low carbon cooling and heating technologies, Wuhan China.

    2019: Royal Academy of Engineering. Workshop on washing of the inequality in water and sanitation, Mexico City, Mexico

    2018: PI, Aston Institute of Material Research (AIMR) seedcorn fund (£1500). Investigating the potential use of graphene to intensify the heat transfer performance of adsorption systems.

    2017: PI, University of Huddersfield internal QR allocation fund (£33k). Building a baseline thermal driven adsorption cooling system as an energy recovery module.

    Teaching Activity

    Thermal Fluid sciences

    Multi-physics systems modelling and design for electric cars

    Contact Details

    Email:  a.rezk@aston.ac.uk

    Phone number:  +44 (0)121 204 3601

    Room Number: MB154E

    Media Contributions

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    External positions

    IMechE - Academic Assessment Committee Member

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    • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery


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