School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Prodip Das

Lecturer

Background

Qualifications

PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Fuel Cells), University of Waterloo, Canada (2010)

MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-Fluids), University of Alberta, Canada (2003)

MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics), BUET, Bangladesh (2001)

BSc in Mechanical Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh (1998)

Class: First with honours, University Rank: 1st, Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering


Professional Appointments

2010–2013: NSERC Research Fellow, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

2009–2010: Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

2007–2008: Visiting Researcher, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, National Research Council, Canada

2001–2006: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh

1998–2001: Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh


Major Awards

2010: NSERC Research Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada

2007: National Research Council Fellowship, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, Canada

2006–2009: Mechanical Engineering Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, University of Waterloo, Canada (received 5 times)

2006–2010: President’s Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo, Canada (received 4 times)

2007: Dr Chandrashekar Memorial Award in Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo, Canada

2005: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada

2002: Alberta Ingenuity Fund, University of Alberta, Canada

2001: Dr VG Desa Gold Medal, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh

2000: Student Speaker Gold Medal, International Conference on Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, Bangladesh

1998: Werner von Siemens Excellence Award, Siemens Bangladesh Limited, Bangladesh

1994–1998: Dean’s List Award, Faculty of Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh (received 4 awards in 4 years of undergraduate study)


Selected Professional Service Activities

Track Chair, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, Direct Methanol, & Alkaline Fuel Cells, ASME 15th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference, Charlotte, USA, 2017

Symposium Co-Organiser, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Symposium, ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, Hawaii, USA, 2017

Science Board Member, SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub, UK, 2015 to present

Proposal Reviewer, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, 2015 to present

Proposal Reviewer, Advanced Light Source (ALS) Tomography Science Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, 2014 to present

Member, ASME Fluids Engineering Division, Micro & Nano Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, 2012 to present

Peer Reviewers of International Journal of Energy Research, International Journal of Green Energy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Fluids Engineering, and Journal of Power Sources, 2008 to present

Topic Co-Organiser, Applications of Computational Heat Transfer (Topic 10-30; Track 10 Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering), ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, USA, 2016

Topic Co-Organiser, Multiscale Computational Heat Transfer Modeling and Simulation (Topic 10-35; Track 10 Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering), ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, USA,  2016

Topic Co-Organiser, Panel: The Changing Modes of Computational Heat Transfer in Education (Topic 10-36; Track 10 Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering), ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, USA, 2016

Chair of Invited Speaker Committee, Microfluidics 2016 - Fluid Engineering in Micro- and Nano-Systems (Track 9 Fluid Engineering), ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, USA, 2016

Symposium Co-Organiser, Microfluidics 2016 - Fluid Engineering in Micro- and Nano-Systems (Track 9 Fluid Engineering & Track 13 Micro- and Nano-Systems Engineering and Packaging), ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, USA, 2016

Session Co-Chair, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, Direct Methanol & Alkaline Fuel Cells (Session I), ASME 14th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference, Charlotte, USA, 2016

Session Chair, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, Direct Methanol & Alkaline Fuel Cells (Session II), ASME 14th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference, Charlotte, USA, 2016

Track Organiser, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, Direct Methanol, & Alkaline Fuel Cells, ASME 14th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference, Charlotte, USA, 2016

Chair, Invited Speaker Committee, Micro- and Nano-fluidics Symposium, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Houston, USA, 2015

Session Co-Chair, New and Renewable Energy Technologies, 6th BSME International Conference on Thermal Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2014

Session Chair, Modeling, Design, and Optimization for Low Temperature Fuel Cells, ASME 11th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Minneapolis, USA, 2013

Member of Graduate Student Faculty Review Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, 2003

Organising Committee Member, Bangladesh Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bangladesh, 2000

Research

Dr Das's primary research interests span the broad area of sustainable energy-conversion and storage technologies with a particular focus on thermofluid aspects of fuel cells, redox flow-batteries, and solar-fuel generators. He utilises a synergistic combination of advanced experimental characterisation and diagnostics together with multiphysics mathematical modelling and computer simulation for linking fundamental science to the design and development of better performing and robust fuel cells and redox flow-batteries, and to identify a direction for cost-effective materials for these systems. He's also interested in fundamental studies in the areas of nature-inspired thermal transport and microfluidics. Visit the Sustainable Energy Systems group (EnSys group) website for more details.

Dr Das has given a number of invited talks and lectures at universities and international conferences on the topics of hydrogen fuel cells, natural convection and microfluidics. He has served as a reviewer for leading journal, conference session chair and symposium organiser. Dr Das has an excellent publishing record that includes 29 peer-reviewed journal articles. According to Google Scholar, the total number of Dr Das's citation is over 900 and an associated h-index of 15.


Current Projects


Prospective Projects

Sustainable Energy:

  • Modelling Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage Systems (such as Fuel Cells, Flow Batteries and Li-ion Batteries)
  • Characterisation, Modelling and Diagnostics of Proton-Exchange-Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) and Anion-Exchange-Membrane Fuel Cells (AEMFCs)
  • Multiphase Flow in Porous Media for Sustainable Energy Applications

Heat Transfer:

  • Characterisation and Modelling of Interfacial Thermal Transport in Li-ion Battery
  • Characterisation and Diagnostics using IR Thermography
  • Convective Heat Transfer of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Nanofluids in Confined Spaces and Porous Media

Microfluidics:

  • Modelling of Colloidal Interactions in Confined and Many-body Geometries
  • Electrokinetic Flows in Charged Micro-channels

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • MEC1007 Fundamentals of Thermofluid Dynamics (Module Leader)
  • MEC1012 Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills I
  • MEC2003 Applications of Thermofluid Dynamics
  • MEC3098 Mechanical Engineering Project

Postgraduate Teaching

  • SPG8028 Renewable Heating and Cooling (Module Leader)
  • MEC8095 MSc Individual Project

Teaching Interests

  • Sustainable Energy-Conversion and Storage
  • Fuel Cell Technology
  • Electrokinetic Phenomena
  • Flow in Porous Media
  • Multiphysics Modelling and Simulation

Publications