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    B4 7ET Birmingham

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  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Dr José Ricardo Sodré is Reader and Head of Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering at Aston University. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor and Automotive Engineering Team Leader at Birmingham City University, and as Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Mechanical Engineering at Pontifical University Catholic of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), in Brazil. 

His research interests lie in the fields of Sustainable Energy and Transport Decarbonisation, and his expertise is primarily in the areas of pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, biofuels, energy efficiency and transport electrification. He has 30 years of experience investigating the conversion efficiency of biofuels and alternative fuels to electricity generation and vehicle propulsion – including ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen – pollutant and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, waste heat recovery systems, and electric vehicles (EVs). He has authored/co-authored 77 articles published in scientific journals, 15 book sections, 125 articles published in international conference proceedings and 1 filed patent. He has participated making presentations and chairing sessions in more than 120 scientific events in over 25 countries.

He has supervised to completion 11 PhD students and 27 MSc students. He has led research and innovation projects sponsored by funding bodies, industry and academy, attracting over £8.5 million grants. His world-leading industry partners include FIAT-Chrysler automobile manufacturer, IVECO commercial vehicles manufacturer, PETROBRAS oil and gas company, CEMIG electric utility company, VALE mining company, FORD motor company, STIHL handheld power equipment, and HORIBA mechatronics measurement devices manufacturer.

Research Interests

 Electric Vehicles, Biofuels, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, Internal Combustion Engines, Renewable Energy

Teaching Activity

  • ME4504 Sustainable Energy – Module Leader
  • ME4511 Hybrid and Electric Powertrains - Module Leader

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Formulation and Experimental Validation of a Computer Model for Spark Ignition Engine Exhaust Hydrocarbons, UMIST, Manchester, UK

7 Oct 199129 Sept 1995

Award Date: 12 Dec 1995

MSc, Experimental Determination of Friction Factors in Annular Regions with Fins or Filled with Regenerative Matrices, Pontifícia Universidade Católica Do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)

1 Mar 198821 Jun 1991

Award Date: 22 Feb 1992

BSc, Universidade Federal Fluminense

1 Mar 198318 Dec 1987

Award Date: 13 Jan 1988

External positions

Associate Professor, Birmingham City University

16 Aug 20164 Nov 2018

Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais

4 Aug 199715 Aug 2016

Research Associate, Pontifícia Universidade Católica Do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)

2 Jan 199631 Jul 1997


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Energy Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biofuels
  • Hydrogen
  • Fuel Cells
  • Internal Combustion Engines


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