Brunel University London in West London is a dynamic institution with over 12,500 students and over 1,300 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. With a turnover of more than £200 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial and social resources and makes a major contribution to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both academia and industry.
Brunel University London has climbed 14 places in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and is now placed in the top third of universities worldwide. Brunel prides itself on its multicultural environment and has gained countless benefits from having staff and students from over 113 different countries contributing to both its academic and social environment. The university holds a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award for its commitment to supporting its researchers.
Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of managing EU projects, Brunel was involved in 120 projects within FP7 with a cumulative value of over 37 Million Euros, and has been successful with over 60 Horizon 2020 proposals to the value of 30 million Euros, of which it is leading and coordinating 9 projects.
The research in this project will be coordinated by the Centre for Heat Pipe and Thermal Management Research, which forms a part of the Institute of Energy Futures (IEF). The centre, lead by Professor Hussam Jouhara, is supported by various grants from the H2020 (iTherm, ETEKINA, DREAM and PVadapt) and from various major UK Research Councils and industrial grants currently totalling just above €8m. Prof. Jouhara is the technical coordinator of two H2020 projects, ETEKINA and PVadapt. The research group also has many other areas of strength, including heat pipes, advanced refrigeration and waste heat recovery technologies, as well as electrical power generation from renewable sources.
Having worked in academia and the industry, Prof. Hussam has unique expertise in working on applied heat exchangers and energy-related research activities with direct support from research councils and various UK and international industrial partners.
He has extensive expertise in designing and manufacturing various unique types of heat exchangers that have been implemented across various industries. He is currently running various national and EU projects in areas related to energy efficiency in the industry and buildings. He is also the technical coordinator for two EU projects: ETEKINA and PVADAPT.
Professor and Research Director
Darem Ahmad has an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
He has an in-depth knowledge in the use of analytical equipment such as F-AAS, ICP-OES, FT-IR, and SEM.
Darem is F-gas certified enabling him to work with any refrigeration and air conditioning units that involve f-gas refrigerants.
His current work in Professor Jouhara’s group include but not limited to heat pumps, rupture discs for pressurised vessels, thermal management using heat pipe technology, fabrication and other projects within the group. Darem is also the lab manager and Theme safety officer (TSO) for Professor Jouhara’s labs.
Apart from Darem’s full time work at Brunel, he is a part time PhD student.