• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Dr Imran is established researcher in the area of thermal energy systems. His research activities aimed at developing innovative thermal energy systems and improving the energy performance of existing energy systems. He is working in the area of waste heat to power conversion technologies (organic Rankine cycle) since 2012. His work in the organic Rankine cycle technology can be categorized into design & optimization, working fluid selection, flow boiling and condensation of refrigerants, binary mixtures, volumetric expanders, system integration, and dynamic modelling and control. His research involve both the numerical modelling and experimental approach. He has the opportunity to conduct research in the above-mentioned research areas in the Asia and the Europe. He was part of the team at Korea Institute of Energy Research that successfully developed and commercialized 5kW, 30kW, and 100kW ORC system. He is particularly interested in the waste and low temperature heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, sCO2), hybrid energy systems (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass), combined heat and power system, thermal energy management, district heating and cooling, heat pump, and thermal energy storage. He has successfully completed number of research projects in above mentioned research areas. His research work has been published in various internationally recognized ISI indexed journals and international peer reviewed conference proceedings. He is also serving as a reviewer for number of international journals in the field of thermal energy.

    Research Interests

    • Organic Rankine Cycle 
    • Heat Transfer
    • Supercritical CO2 cycle
    • District heating and cooling 
    • Combined heat and Power
    • Renewable Energy
    • Hybrid Renewable System


    • PhD in Energy System Engineering, University of Science & Technology, South Korea
    • MSc Thermal Power Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan

    • BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan


    • 06/2019 - Present: Lecturer in Mechanical & Design Engineering, Aston University, UK
    • 05/2017 - 05/2019: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
    • 03/2016 – 04/2017: Assistant Professor, University of Management & Technology Lahore, Pakistan
    • 09/2012 – 02/2016: Research Assistant, Korea Institute of Energy Research, South Korea
    • 07/2010 – 08/2012: Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Punjab, Pakistan
    • 10/2009 – 07/2010: Lab Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Lahore, Pakistan

    Teaching Activity

    • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)

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    Energy minimization of carbon capture and storage by means of a novel process configuration

    Muhammad, H. A., Sultan, H., Lee, B., Imran, M., Baek, I. H., Baik, Y. J. & Nam, S. C., 13 May 2020, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 215, 112871.

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  • Implications of advanced wastewater treatment: Electrocoagulation and electroflocculation of effluent discharged from a wastewater treatment plant

    Sher, F., Hanif, K., Iqbal, S. Z. & Imran, M., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Water Process Engineering. 33, 101101.

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  • Thermal and kinetic analysis of diverse biomass fuels under different reaction environment: A way forward to renewable energy sources

    Sher, F., Iqbal, S. Z., Liu, H., Imran, M. & Snape, C. E., 1 Jan 2020, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 203, 112266.

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  • Thermodynamic performance analysis of hydrofluoroolefins (HFO) refrigerants in commercial air-conditioning systems for sustainable environment

    Farooq, M., Hamayoun, A., Naqvi, M., Nawaz, S., Usman, M., Naqvi, S. R., Imran, M., Nadeem, R., Razi, A., Turan, A., Pettinau, A. & Andresen, J. M., 5 Feb 2020, In : Processes. 8, 2, 25 p., 187.

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